Caducean Whisks

Caducean Whisks

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If there's anything comfier than nightie, dressing gown and slippers on a Saturday night, I don't want to know what it is
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Margaret Atwood, John Steinbeck
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Oryx & Crake (Atwood), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving), Postcards (Proulx), Hard Facts (Spring), God of Small Things (Roy), Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), What are you like? (Enright), Canopus cycle (Lessing), Hangover Square (Hamilton), The Earth (Zola)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To write better and continually improve
    Your worst habit?
    .
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    A conspiracy from start to finish. My work will die with me
    Where do you write?
    .
    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?
    I keep chickens and rescue foxes

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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on Squidge's picture.
    That is not bloomin' bad for a lotto logo in a fez :)
    1 day ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on mike's Blog "Edwardian England".
    I do enjoy your Aunt Kathleen's writing, Mike. So full of character, so witty and easy to visualise; she's the real deal. Her school report is something to be proud of :-D
    5 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks If there's anything comfier than nightie, dressing gown and slippers on a Saturday night, I don't want to know what it is
    9 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Can you be more specific, Whisks? Length of nightie? Fabric? Are the slippers fur-lined? Up here, in the frozen north, I find the addition of a raggy quilt to curl up into adds the required warmth to the comfort equation.
      9 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks All designed for maximum ease and comfort, Sea. No fripsy-bitsy scratchy posy stuff for me! A quilt sounds nice. Add a cat and a book, and it's heavenly.
      9 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony Can pyjamas be substituted for nightie for those of us of a masculine persuasion? (Not that I would feel particularly comfortable much beyond the confines of the bedroom in such attire.)
      9 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Have a nightshirt, if you like? It was good enough for Henry VIII. And Wee Willie Winkie :-D
      9 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony I used to have a Wee Willie Winkie red dressing gown. Maybe that would do (as a waistcoat.)
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Channel Henry VIII, Tony. Channel Henry VIII.
      8 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony Am now rushing around playing short tennis and becoming increasingly worried about my relations with the Pope. Not feeling at all comfy.
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks :-D And Mrs T had better watch out as well.
      8 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony Ha ha. She always keeps her head in a crisis.
      7 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks Snow? SNOW!
    12 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Snow joke is it???
      12 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony Just 1ºC in Woking, but no precipitation fortunately.
      12 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks Sorry to say it, but I'm sick of nuts. Edible variety; peanuts, walnuts, that kind of thing.
    16 days ago
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      Caducean Whisks I like the sound of that, Hilly - both the trees and the biscuits. I hope I won't be off nuts forever - I've always loved 'em - but just lately I've had an awful lot. Nutted out.
      16 days ago
    • JD
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      JD I mix them with raisins, Greek yoghurt, honey etc to make them more interesting. Worth a try?
      16 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Ooh! Yes, worth a try, deffo!
      16 days ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly Don't live here then. We have a prodigious almond tree and the biggest walnut tree ever that just drops nuts on your head all the time. Clack, clack! You might change your mind, Whisks, if you tried my walnut biscuits. Yum.
      16 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I like the sound of that, Hilly - both the trees and the biscuits. I hope I won't be off nuts forever - I've always loved 'em - but just lately I've had an awful lot. Nutted out.
      16 days ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Dear, oh dear, oh dear. What an embarrassing pickle :) Made me smile. Nicely, of course.
    18 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks c Ω`z a````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````Åå Typed by my cat at 1:30am when she sat on the keyboard, woke the computer up, and then me - with a strange glow and unearthly noise.
    21 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen It has the makings of a bestseller...
      21 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks You think? I'd like to know how she got the omega. It takes me several searches and many tries to find out how do that.
      21 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks Mugabe. Can't he read the writing on the wall? When has he ever upheld the constitution? Like that last election he lost. But he's still bloomin' there.
    22 days ago
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      Scheherazade at 93, I 'm not sure he knows what he's doing.And after 37 years in power - not sure he's capable of seeing the writing on the wall. Dictators don't tend to learn do they?
      22 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Suppose they don't. Fearful of what may come after, perhaps; probably. But at 93, you'd think someone could just pick him up and place him outside the gate, wouldn't you.
      22 days ago
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    Newbie commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    :)
    23 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks commented on Newbie's wall:
    You're in for a treat, Noob :)
    23 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks commented on Aonghus Fallon's wall:
    Aonghus you are the very limit. Great that you've done a p-book, but you still DIDN'T TELL ANYONE. Those nice books will now sit on my very special shelf for the books I've had something to do with. Nice.
    23 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks commented on Aonghus Fallon's wall:
    Aonghus, you dark horse, you. After nagging you for YEARS to put your wonderful ebooks into pbooks, I see you've gone and done it and TOLD NOBODY. Well I'm telling people now. So there. Have just bought Bookbound (with the splendid dedication to ...
    24 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks Beware competitions: http://www.societyofauthors.org/News/Blogs/Before-you-Sign/November-2017/Before-You-Sign-Prizes-and-Competitions
    24 days ago
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      Catasshe It says 'the fees should not be subsidising the prizes', but I thought that's exactly what the fees did? Even for big and respectable competitions like those run by the Fiction Desk and Manchester comp?
      24 days ago
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      Caducean Whisks I thought that too. But their point about giving away copyright *just by entering* is valid and I've seen it in T&Cs
      24 days ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    John, there *are* exceptions, I know :), and it's only MHO, not set in stone. I've read a fair bit of your writing over the years and you do women very well. I'd still like you read you writing as a man like you, though - just to see how you'd do ...
    25 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks is reading Donna Tartt's Secret History. Started off well. Dragging ever so slightly now. Any comments, anyone?
    25 days ago
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      Caducean Whisks (I think) I can see where it's going; just wish it'd hurry up and get there. Yes I do appreciate the writing, but keep thinking the main character's a girl (cf recent discussion on gender). He quite an effeminate boy and not sure it's intentional.
      25 days ago
    • L.
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      L. Read it years ago and loved it but yes it's a slow burner but worth it in my opinion. Not like The Goldfinch, which I gave up on.
      25 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Really? OK, thanks. Will persevere.
      25 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade i read it years ago too - and loved it - for the setting , and clever writing. But remember thinking some of the characters not that well drawn - kept getting muddled up on which one was which
      25 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks (I think) I can see where it's going; just wish it'd hurry up and get there. Yes I do appreciate the writing, but keep thinking the main character's a girl (cf recent discussion on gender). He quite an effeminate boy and not sure it's intentional.
      25 days ago

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  • Newbie
    by Newbie 23 days ago
    :)
  • new-bee-author
    by new-bee-author 1 month ago
    Thank you, I look forward to reading your story.
  • Snowflake
    by Snowflake 3 months ago
    Thank you. If you look up Mandelbulb animation on YouTube there is some stunning work, though I think they are done on much more powerful PC software. Probably requires more understanding of the maths involved too. For me the maths just goes WOOSH!
  • Purple witch
    by Purple witch 3 months ago
    How upsetting Whisks. It’s sad those neighbours have nothing better to do.
    Go and sit in your garden with the ‘Chickie crew’, take a deep breath, enhance your calm, blow a raspberry in the direction of complaining neighbours home and try not to let them get you down.

    I suspect there must be a breeding programme in full swing whereby these horrible people are grown in Petri dishes -it must be the main way they are able to reproduce. They have the obnoxious gene inserted right where the sun don’t shine and are registered
    Self-centred
    Homeowners
    Insensitive
    To
    Surrounding world

    They sneak into quiet, unsuspecting communities; lurk in the work place, the supermarket and little local shops. They bask on the beaches and insinuate themselves on airplanes and other public transport.
    Like aggressive self absorbed little clones, I think they may be starting to self seed.
    They are everywhere!
    For example right now I am at in my partners mums house writing this while he helps her sort out her pc problems.
    I was just recounting to them about your complaining neighbour sand she handed me a folded sheet of paper that was tucked on her mantle shelf. It’s a copy of letter pushed through her neighbour next doors letter box several weeks ago.
    Just to set the scene a little -
    My partners mum lives in a busy residential side street in a large town in Hampshire . Recently the lady neighbour next door had the misfortune to have some very shoddy building work undertaken by the “cowboy builder” brigade and can’t afford to get the mismatched areas redone.
    To get back to the letter..... the single older lady next door knocked on my partners mum’s door a few weeks ago in tears as a so called ‘concerned’ neighbour had written this nasty and on reading it I must observe illiterate, letter telling her what a disgrace the work was and that all the other neighbours in the close have had a meeting, contacted the local council with a petition and feel she needs to sort out all the new tiles and brickwork. It also stated that local the council agrees with the letter writer that the work must be redone asap as it is an eye sore for all the neighbours and has reduced the price of properties in the road.
    We are all having a good chuckle because the funny thing is that my partners mum has not been invited to, or attended, any meeting, let alone been party to a signed petition to the council. She was totally unaware of the concerns raised in the letter until she saw it . Enquiries to other long term and established neighbours further up the road have uncovered no-one else knew about the concern, or cared about the building work.
    As the house in question is in a residential area at the end of a long cul-de-sac with partners mum, the lady in question and one other house past her, by a process of elimination it seems the last house in the cul-de-sac may possibly be the originator of the letter.
    Even more amusing, even if it’s not the suspected neighbour who wrote the letter, is the fact that over the past 4 or 5 years this neighbour has converted their house and created a dungeon- yes, a dungeon- that runs out into the back garden (partners mum witnessed it being built). ... Is allowing scantily clad ladies to parade around the back garden.... and entertain gentlemen clientele at an alarming rate. They also advertise the house and its services online. There was no mention about this devaluing the housing on the road in the letter.
    I am sure that this household and it occupants will more probably drive down house prices in the street not some mismatched roofing tiles and bit of concrete dried onto to pavement .

    Tolerant and respectful neighbourly values are dwindling fast and it such a shame. I agree with your supportive neighbours I‘d love it if you lived near me .....
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 4 months ago
    I think it's some magic of the Isle of Lewis. They almost all look massive and then have four rooms in total or something.
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 4 months ago
    This is the link for the house on Zoopla, Whisks - https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/44475997?search_identifier=214d39cbe4e7b2a22b029fc7991374c1
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 4 months ago
    Nothing changes is blocked for comments. So it's just this one. Strange.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 4 months ago
    Is this just my blog, or all blogs?
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 4 months ago
    Tony has posted something recently, so yes. It does seem as though it's personal.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 4 months ago
    The blog I rote yesterday? It is still open for comments and unchanged. Ia'nt dun nuthin.