AlanP

AlanP

61 years old
Male
Current Status
Going to bed. Just saying.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Radio
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Flann O'Brien. Joanne Harris
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Forever War, Day of the Jackal, The Third Policeman, Chocolat, Our Man in Havana, don't really have seven
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Realistically to get stuff read and enjoyed by others. Stretch target, get something on the BBC.
    Your worst habit?
    Starting over.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Office at home
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Being a self employed engineering consultant I have a feast and famine work life. I also write professionally creating legal reports for litigation. To date I have never had long enough between contracts to finish anything significant.

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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Tpfm's Blog "The art of thimble filling...".
    I fear I may be rather wasteful when filling my thimble, including descending from the battlement and carefully emptying that which is within before ascending to pour afresh. A full emptying may not be the best policy, but it's my way. Generally ...
    10 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    Sekhempta; whoever that was it was worth £16m. It was more complex in that, if memory serves, there were stipulations that were over ridden. A pretty grubby business all in all.
    12 hours ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    An entirely deserved outcome, I feel. What a shame. It's probably like Ipswich Town - no sooner do they get a decent player than a richer club swoops in and offers a sum the owners have no desire to turn down. The difference being that an ancient ...
    12 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    All true enough. But they sold this donated artefact for £16M and lost their accreditation over it.
    13 hours ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    Yes, this is the problem. Once it's donated, the museum can do what it wants with it. My bugbear is with photos. Lots of servicepeople or their families donate photo albums to certain museums, and in some cases people with large collections of rare ...
    13 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    It was. They have several already in the back room. I'm keeping it. Northampton Borough rather famously sold off a donated ancient Egyptian artefact and used the money to pay for a museum refurbishment. I rather took the view that they had crossed ...
    13 hours ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    True. I'm of the opinion that things should be protected where possible in case there is some meaning or knowledge that future generations can glean that we can't. Maybe a future archaeologist will see the repair to the 1800 year old sarcophagus and ...
    13 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    I am probably one of those people that can be accused of simultaneously holding diametrically opposed views. I'm sure there's a word for it. The damage to the ancient coffin or sarcophagus can't be undone and it is an irreplaceable artefact. But, ...
    14 hours ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    I noticed this story today and thought of this blog: 'Museum visitors' photo stunt damages 800-year-old coffin' A family lifted a child over a barrier at Prittlewell Priory museum to take a photo, leading to a mediaeval coffin falling off its ...
    14 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Sunday Laugh... ".
    At school I had a friend called Roger N Naylor.
    20 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Athelstone's Blog "An Early Autumn".
    And so it goes. Excellent group title. Entices, promises much and I suspect, misleads nicely.
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "It's a Spider's Life".
    Fascinating tale and perfectly told. I felt sure that at the end you would report that the children ate her. I wonder if she will over winter in your garden. Shame about the bees, but that's the way of these things.
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP Going to bed. Just saying.
    2 days ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP Going to bed. Just saying.
    2 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Me too... night night. Don't let the bed bugs bite! ;)
      2 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Me too. Got to get up at four am...
      2 days ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP commented on The Mirror, Reflecting, Never Lies's wall:
    Will you two please knock it off. Just, Please. Barney, Prop. Enough now.
    2 days ago

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  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 days ago
    Thank you Squidge, thank you Barny. I assure you Prop is not trying to derail the winter challenge. I know him well enough to know that, he loves it as much as anyone. This nonsense, it's getting out of hand.

    Please everyone, stop. I can tell you Athelstone will launch s new one soon, if this doesn't piss him off too much.
  • Ingest
    by Ingest 2 days ago
    You and your comps are legendary, indeed. Don't believe there is any reason for attacks on you/your comps, seems what I can only call bizarre. Makes me laugh. The attacks that is. Perhaps OFP is trying to derail the continuance of the comps? Don't know. Complete mystery. He seems to be trying to encourage people choose a side, on the basis of 'pm me' and vague accusations. Throwing rocks at windmills. Hahahaha.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 2 days ago
    Mr P, your comps are legendary and, with the SE course, are one of the best things that ever happened to my writing.

    So sorry they seem to have become the focus of something that they do not deserve. *hugs*
  • OFP
    by OFP 2 days ago
    Mate, I do cheat... Taxes, pool and back in the day, rugby. But yes, shame about all that. Hugely disrespectful to you most of all... But you bowed out on total stonker.

    Watching a folk band.. And they need your banjo...

    Best
  • OFP
    by OFP 2 days ago
    200 words on the thoughts of a sniper before the shot.

    Actually it's almost all automatic. There is a little mantra most use to get the breathing right. Mine was 'Alouette', the French nursery rhyme. Honest to God.

    The thoughts are literally 'CIBLE... Cible... cible...' as you shut down all other senses except vision and there is not a conscious awareness of taking the shot. It just happens. The reload action of working the bolt also happens without conscious thoughts.

    The thought come later. Plenty of them. Still working that one out.

    Not 200 words for your comp but we all know I always cheat at monthly comps. But I cheat alone and without collusion, and I cheat to remove myself from contention, not to fuck over everyone else....


    But sniping is shooting at a target while hidden ... yet here the targets seem to remain hidden and I am all out here in the open....


    As for the future of the annual comp. I will admire from afar.
  • Cissy
    by Cissy 5 days ago
    Thanks for your comment, Mr P. Nothing rambling about it and I'll think Oceans :) Maybe it will produce a story wave......
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 12 days ago
    Thanks for digging that old blog out, Alan. I am sure it must have been at the back of my mind when I wrote that comment.
  • Barb
    by Barb 28 days ago
    Brutally vivid comp entry. You get inside the violent mind with a crisp realism and allow the reader to understand the actions even when they can't agree with them.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 28 days ago
    Where's SM?
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
    Now this IS odd. I've just clicked on your most recent blogs from your wall, and 'Nothing Changes' does the same, although the rest are open for me to comment.
    This is feeling very personal now.