RichardB

RichardB

66 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
Am I the only one here who enjoys editing more than drafting? Getting the words down is the hard part for me. Tweaking, refining, polishing are fun.
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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...) / The Once and Future King - T H White / Pavane - Keith Roberts / The Dispossessed and the Earthsea books - Ursula K Le Guin / Possession - A S Byatt / The Girl in a Swing - Richard Adams
    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 OFP's Blog "Saturday's ponderable points...".
    An unkindness of ravens...
    5 hours ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB Am I the only one here who enjoys editing more than drafting? Getting the words down is the hard part for me. Tweaking, refining, polishing are fun.
    1 day ago
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    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay No, Richard, I'm 100% with you. For me, first drafts (including of major rewrites) are usually like trying to squeeze polyfilla out of a tube last used three years ago. Much prefer editing.
      1 day ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade I like the tweaking, searching for a better word, description etc- but hate the major re-write -
      1 day ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Yes. I'd class a major re-write as (re)drafting.
      1 day ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay No, Richard, I'm 100% with you. For me, first drafts (including of major rewrites) are usually like trying to squeeze polyfilla out of a tube last used three years ago. Much prefer editing.
      1 day ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    Nah, mate. For one thing, I don't need the catharsis: I still enjoy too much reflecting on the irony of how the various people concerned in my dismissal didn't care if they were wrecking my life, when in fact they were making it much, much better ...
    2 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    The first blog I ever wrote here, back in January 2011, told the story of how I'd lost my job as a bus driver after an accident, and how we'd decided to retire and move to Wales. The accident, a walking-speed rear-ender, was one that would have ...
    2 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Friday once more".
    Now Stevie-boy please watch your manners Don't pile on the clichés so deep I've many a good friend in Wales And hardly any shag sheep
    3 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Aonghus Fallon's Blog "SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE (AGAIN!)".
    The causes of Glyndwr's rebellion were actually quite complicated, involving a dispute over the ownership of some land and the other landowner bad-mouthing him at court, but it's true that he never got dun in. He was offered a pardon if he gave ...
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Aonghus Fallon's Blog "SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE (AGAIN!)".
    I thought it was the Swedes who had the high suicide rate.
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Aonghus Fallon's Blog "SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE (AGAIN!)".
    Celtic rebellion? My favourite pub round here flies Owain Glyndwr's flag on a pole beside the road, where no one can miss it...
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Aonghus Fallon's Blog "SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE (AGAIN!)".
    Prop, I'm not laughing. You DO write comedy. Brilliantly.
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Aonghus Fallon's Blog "SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE (AGAIN!)".
    Point of order. If by 'Alliende' you mean Salvador Allende, one-time president of Chile, I have to point out that he didn't come to power by a revolution but by a democratic election, as far as I know still the only Marxist ever to do so. The ...
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "Clayton Tunnel: an Accident Waiting to Happen".
    Yes, William Huskisson has a special, if melancholy place in railway history as the first person ever to be killed by a train. As I recall he spotted someone he wished to talk to on the other side of the track and stepped across without looking to ...
    4 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Clayton Tunnel: an Accident Waiting to Happen".
    I caught the train to London on Friday and, when it stopped at Hither Green. the engine driver announced, over the intercom, that the train was not going to Charing Cross, but Cannon Street instead. We got out of the train and waited for ...
    4 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on RichardB's Blog "Clayton Tunnel: an Accident Waiting to Happen".
    Another fine account. well explained. So many moving parts, both human and mechanical. I do wonder if in this new digital age, we're any safer than we were. Flabbergasted that the Rocket only went at 30mph. I heard somewhere, that the first ...
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    "Stephen Mark" commented on RichardB's Blog "Clayton Tunnel: an Accident Waiting to Happen".
    Had you heard of the Huskisson 'incident'? By all accounts, there is a small plaque commerating the event which is attached to a small 'shed'. Apparently it can only be glimpsed as one flies by in a train...
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Mashie Niblick's Blog "Harold and Armando".
    It's been a few years now, but bus driving. A selection: sharp (adj): early ('You're a bit sharp, Driver.') turn (n): a curtailment short of the scheduled destination scratch (vb): to deliberately lose time by driving slowly, either because ...
    5 days ago

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    by / 2 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 / 2 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 / 2 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 / 4 months ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 4 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 6 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.
  • Jill
    by Jill 1 year ago
    Richard, I'm so pleased that your wife is coming home, but sorry to hear that she will be not be 100% for a while. Be gentle on yourselves, both of you. It has been a great shock emotionally and also physically for Mrs B. I don't need to tell you that, though. :) I hope that the rest of the family are near enough to give a little support too. Jx
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    by / 1 year ago
    Delighted Mrs B is coming home.

    I have no doubt you will overwhelm her with kindness and frustrate her with male ineptness at domenstic endeavours.

    Scary stuff, indeed. I go neaderthal when Her-indoors is less than 100%. I would be lost without her.

    Best to her and you.
  • Jill
    by Jill 1 year ago
    Richard, you did not scare me with your comment on my thread and I have replied to it on that thread. I am writing here to enquire how things are with your wife? All going in the right direction I trust?
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    Hi Richard. Check your inbox. The Cloud is sometimes lax with notifications. I DMd you over a week ago.