RichardB

RichardB

67 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
has done his synopsis. Phew.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Ursula K Le Guin, probably
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Lord of the Rings (Oh God, not again...) / Pavane - Keith Roberts / The Dispossessed and the Earthsea books - Ursula K Le Guin / The Girl in a Swing - Richard Adams / The Merrily Watkins series - Phil Rickman
    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?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Disillusioned. Do you mean in my head, or in the real world?
    Your worst habit?
    Not enough faith in myself; too much procrastination.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In the room variously known as the passage / library / study (it's a rather strange house)
    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?
    In contrast to the sensitive, poetic side of my nature, I'm an utter and complete nerd about steam trains.

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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on mike's Blog "Book pricing - on line etc".
    Mike, there's no need to feel devastated because one reviewer on Amazon expressed a contrary opinion to yours. Who's to say . he (she) is right and you are wrong? I've seen reviews there, and on Goodreads, of books I know and like, that have almost ...
    21 hours ago
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    Hilly
    Hilly commented on RichardB's wall:
    Hi Richard. Sent you a little pm but on mine, it never highlights it. Just to let you know.
    2 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Cissy's Blog "The Now and Then of it".
    I sometimes wish I had a group of writing friends to give mutual support and feedback. My S-E course very quickly reduced down to just three of us once the course was over, and died completely about two years ago when the other two faded away. I ...
    3 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Cissy's Blog "The Now and Then of it".
    I know of at least one writing forum (of which I am not a member) that codifies it as a written-in-stone rule: you are not allowed to post anything for critique until you have critiqued at least three (I think it is) posts by others. At least we ...
    3 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Ah. No sensa yuma, 's my problem. It is actually a valid point though, at least in fiction writing: you can't put all your trust in these 'mechanical' aids. Punctuation, and even grammar, can be as much an art as a science. Alan, hear hear.
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Then I would suggest that Grammarly is talking out of its backside. There are times when you really ought to use a comma, times when you really ought not to use a comma, and times when it's optional and depends on what stress and rhythm you want in ...
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Skylark's Blog "A Very Belated Update on Getting Published".
    Such talent! Such perseverance! It's obviously been a long hard road, but you got there. Congratulations! You are an example to us all.
    5 days ago
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    "RichardB" commented on stephenterry's Blog "A blast from the past - and it's still happening today.".
    This one comes to you courtesy of MrsB. She's the Bee Gees fan in our family. Apparently in live performance they were occasionally known to comment on the Bobbit story. 'You don't know what it's like You don't know what it's like To love ...
    6 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Cissy's Blog "The Now and Then of it".
    I've been here for nearly seven years now, apart from a break of a few months early on, and when I stuck my head in again after that I got such a warm welcome back that I've never wanted to leave since, not even during the occasional spats. As far ...
    7 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    You haven't even been able to see the cave paintings at Lascaux since the cave was closed to visitors back in 1963, only replicas at a site nearby. Moisture, carbon dioxide and other stuff from the breath of so many visitors was causing lichen and ...
    8 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    Kirsty's death was the sadder for me because I had only just, and very belatedly, realised how good she was after seeing her last ever TV appearance on Jools Holland. 'I fell out of favour with heaven somewhere and I'm here for the hell of it ...
    12 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    I was on an early shift the day after Princess Diana died, and the first I knew of it was when a nurse coming off night duty got on my bus. 'Have you heard the dreadful news?' she said, obviously shocked. 'Princess Diana's dead.' Later on, when I ...
    12 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    Oh yes, Spi, Elvis was subversive all right when he started out. A white boy from Mississppi singing like a black man? Appalling, unthinkable. And those hip movements... Re the later posts, my sad day was when Jimi Hendrix died: such a silly way to ...
    12 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    I was never much of an Elvis fan. My image of him suffered from my having come to musical awareness in the sixties, when he was a recluse who never performed in public churning out a stream of mediocre production line films and equally mediocre ...
    13 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "An Aversion to Italy".
    Daedalus summed up my own attitude exactly higher up the thread: 'I instinctively resist the notion that just because we don't understand something about the physical world it provides space for the supernatural, just as I generally hold to the view ...
    16 days ago

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  • Hilly
    by Hilly 2 days ago
    Hi Richard. Sent you a little pm but on mine, it never highlights it. Just to let you know.
  • OFP
    by OFP 3 months ago
    You're right. Uncalled for. But he is having a bad day. Give him that. 'Gog' ? Love it. going to use that next month in Aber.

    Train ghost story? Tube ghosts? Bout time you combined your passions.
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 3 months ago
    Cheers, Richard!
  • OFP
    by OFP 3 months ago
    Re your reply to Hilly's blog. You once said that your 200 years and 5 million miles had never spiked your story generator.... You refute yourself, once again...

    Gis the Route Master Chronicles ...
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    by / 7 months ago
    Yes, Very much Michael Green for an HoF place at Twickenham. Ironic in a way in that it would be the archy irreverent reward considering the sentiments of his great work.

    Somehow a deflated old ball and a molding old worn rugby boot in a dusty and sparsely populated trophy cabinet would be more appropriate to honour him.

    I think this is a free download of Ascent of the Rum Doodle which is written with the same great humility and absurdity. The expedition Doctor was named Prone.

    http://pdfbookhub.com/2016/07/14/ascent-rum-doodle-pdf-book/


    Great to see TRP honour the fast disappearing Grass Roots of Village Rugby.
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    by / 7 months ago
    RB, I've read and enjoyed The Art of Coarse Rugby. It sits on my favourites shelf of my bookcase. The key to it is it's wonderful sense of self effacing humour. It's still relevant today. I vainly contemplated writing a sequel but have only managed a collection of short stories, loosely titled Dirty Rugby Shorts. May I suggest to you The Ascent of the RumDoodle by W E Bowman, written in the same voice. A delightful tribute via piss take of the same sort of characters in Coarse Rugby but on a mountaineering expedition. It sits next to Coarse Rugby on the bookshelf.
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    by / 7 months ago
    Hi RB, I wanted to let Skylark have the last word on the Ice Cream blog so I thought I would just drop you a line to say that I am completely comfortable with your views on my views.... Best, OFP
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    by / 10 months ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 10 months ago
    Do yah, now, midshipman Richard? A brief explanation of the paravane and it's useage. Include the explanation of dropping the ball and streaming. in no less that 8k words...
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 11 months ago
    All day drinking not true at all Richard - it's just that cameras weren't allowed in the hours and hours of workshops.