RichardB

RichardB

66 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
is deep in thought, going through his WW report and making lots of notes.
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    OFP
    OFP commented on RichardB's wall:
    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 ...
    1 day ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB is deep in thought, going through his WW report and making lots of notes.
    1 day ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly I've had lots of paid for reports and learnt something new from each of them, some things I didn't learn as fast as I should have. I hope I'm a better writer because of them now. Good luck, Richard.
      1 day ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Hilly's Blog "Our differences?".
    Beautifully written and sadly thought-provoking. Why is it that difference (white-black, gay-straight, native-foreign, whatever) so often seems to provoke such hatred? Back in my bus driving days I was sitting in the canteen when one of my ...
    1 day ago
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    Giselle
    "Giselle" commented on RichardB's Blog "Ais Gill: Bad Coal and Complacency".
    I hadn' seen this when you originally posted, so I'm happy that it's come back to the wall. Another great story, Richard. Radio series AND book, please. ;-)
    4 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on RichardB's Blog "Ais Gill: Bad Coal and Complacency".
    I second all views above - I can hear the R4 narration in my head. Masterfully told.
    4 days ago
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    KazGinnane
    "KazGinnane" commented on RichardB's Blog "Ais Gill: Bad Coal and Complacency".
    This is FASCINATING. I'm going back to read all the others. Thank you for posting such a wonderful series! Particularly interesting to me as my WIP is set in Victorian London around the time of the great railway boom and also playing with the way ...
    4 days ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "Ais Gill: Bad Coal and Complacency".
    Oh my! How have I missed this. Brilliant.
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    Jenni: yes, she does take the rap. 'I've made too many mistakes... Now I have to pay for them.' Bric: my railway stories were posted as blogs, so they can be found on my profile page. They're the ones with place names in the titles. Other stuff: ...
    5 days ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    ST and Bric hit on and expand a great idea about writing critical scenes from alternative points of view and even gender in order to check continuity of the original scene This was my favourite and most eye opening drill during the SE course. ...
    5 days ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    This sounds really positive. It is so easy to focus on the tiny negative and loose sight of the overwhelming positive vote of confidence that this tough editor has given. If she says revise and pitch, then you should revise and pitch! She can tell ...
    5 days ago
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    stephenterry
    "stephenterry" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    Hmm. Not easy, RB. It seems to me that you should experiment by writing the 'killing the villain' climax from another POV, 'see it through their eyes' and compare. I understand your editor's point - readers don't like to feel cheated, as in 'they ...
    6 days ago
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    JtF
    "JtF" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    Dear RB, the key part of the crit for me is "BUT she finds some aspects of an important character who does some less than attractive things, and whom I was trying to portray as an essentially decent person caught between a rock and a hard place, ...
    6 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    So, bottom line, you need to work harder, early & throughout the story, at getting your readers to feel her pain and root for her. Which wouldn't derail(ha!) your plot? Also, does your character take the rap for killing him at the end, or does she ...
    6 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    You cut to the crux of the problem, Jenni. Okay, a little explanation. Her character arc leads up to this moment, as does the climactic scene. She has this awful choice: going along with the villain and letting him do his worst on the the MC (whom ...
    6 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "On Tenterhooks...".
    The WW feedback sounds great to me, Richard. I'd mull on those key revision suggestions for a while longer before you accept, adapt or reject anything. Having said that, re your character whom the editor sees as merciless and dysfunctional, ...
    6 days ago

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  • OFP
    by OFP 1 day 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 / 3 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 / 3 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 / 3 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 / 6 months ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 6 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 7 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?