RichardB

RichardB

67 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
Well, that was quick. First rejection, only four days after submitting.
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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 Skylark's Blog "Another Update on Getting Published (aka Trying to Write Book Two)".
    What an amazing moment that picture represents! How comforting it is to hear that A Published Author has as many doubts and struggles as I do. And that she works like me: anything from one sentence to a thousand or more words a day (though that ...
    12 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog ""It's only a sin if you feel remorse"".
    Something very similar to WB's example really happened in the railway accident I last blogged about. A signalman faced with a runaway train had to decide whether to throw the points to let the runaway, which was on a loop line, back onto the ...
    1 month ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    One of my favourite Pratchett moments is right at the end of 'Soul Music' when the disillusioned rock star Imp Y Celin (which is Welsh for bud of the holly) has gone to ground by taking a job in a chip shop. I don't have the book to hand and can't ...
    1 month ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    Interesting. I believe JKR was advised to use initials because a female name would boys off from reading her books (here we go again...). Would Harry Potter have become the phenomenon it is if she'd disregarded that advice? I seem to recall that the ...
    2 months ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    I don't think it's the industry feeding people what it thinks they 'should' be reading, more the other way round: the industry plays safe and panders to existing attitudes. Because it wants to sell as many books as it can. Sad, but typical.
    2 months ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    I may not be the best person to comment here, because it seems I am neither yer 'normal' male reader nor yer 'normal' male writer. I don't know why, because I write what comes to me and asks to be written, but my writing has a persistent bias ...
    2 months ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Dolly's Blog "Talks".
    I haven't managed to get quite as far from the shite as you have, Hilly, but halfway up a mountain in Wales ain't too bad (and for the same reason). I rather liked the beginning of the Argument Sketch: Palin: Is this the right room for an ...
    2 months ago
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    FredaPeople
    "FredaPeople" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    That is such a lovely story.
    2 months ago
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    Tony
    "Tony" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Very interesting account, Richard. Isn't it fascinating finding out about our past relatives - particularly ones with such a history as yours? I think family anecdotes passed down the generations can often be inaccurate whilst not in any way ...
    2 months ago
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    Marina
    "Marina" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Good post, Richard. I really enjoyed it
    2 months ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    This is wonderful, Richard. Hooked me from the poignant start. Very much enjoyed it and thank you for sharing it.
    2 months ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    I shall look out for it next time. Thank you.
    2 months ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Dear Richard, I have been looking at reviews on google after I have seen the play. My opinions are closest to those of the Guardian's critics. I don't know what that means. Squidge is partly right about celebs. I attended the first night o a ...
    2 months ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Bric, the memorial plaque is right beside the Cleveland Way, a few hundred yards north of Cook's Monument, if you're interested.
    2 months ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Fascinating. A regular walk of mine and yet I had no idea. Many thanks for this.
    2 months ago

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  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 4 months ago
    Basques in one exit - yes, very good!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 4 months ago
    Not sure whether to applaud that joke or groan at it :-)
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 5 months ago
    Hi Richard. Sent you a little pm but on mine, it never highlights it. Just to let you know.
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 7 months ago
    Cheers, Richard!
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    by / 1 year 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 / 1 year 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 / 1 year 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 / 1 year ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 1 year 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 1 year ago
    All day drinking not true at all Richard - it's just that cameras weren't allowed in the hours and hours of workshops.