SecretSpi

SecretSpi

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"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!" – Henry David Thoreau
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fiction for children
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Literary fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Robertson Davies
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Le Grand Meaulnes- The Deptford Trilogy- Greenmantle- The Children of Green Knowe- In search of England- I capture the Castle- A Time of Gifts-
    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?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    I have always dreamed of the day when I can chuck in the day job and spend my whole time writing, writing, writing (plus occasional gaze out of the window and glass of good red wine)
    Your worst habit?
    Living in the past
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Usually in my office, but also on planes, trains, at airports and in my head
    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 have an English Pub in the cellar (makes a change from a portrait in the attic and keeps me young!) http://www.secretagency.de and http://www.secretagencyblog.blogspot.de/

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    new-bee-author
    new-bee-author commented on SecretSpi's wall:
    Hello Secret Spi, I am not sure if I've interpreted the rules correctly or not, and am expecting to be disqualified when the Competition Master reads it. But I have tried.
    19 days ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on Squidge's Blog "Celebrity children's authors...".
    I don't think it's a particularly new thing in children's books - Madonna comes to mind as do some terrible books that Fergie (Duchess of Pork, not Black-Eyed-Peas) wrote in the 80s. Generally, the UK children's book market is regarded as one of the ...
    1 month ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on Squidge's Blog "Celebrity children's authors...".
    Call me cynical, but why spend all the time, effort and money it takes to market new/unknown authors when you can slap a celebrity name on something and guarantee sales that way? It's laziness, pure and simple. As mike points out, it's not just ...
    1 month ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on Squidge's Blog "Celebrity children's authors...".
    When the Director of World Book Day starts using this kind of marketing mumbo-jumbo, you know you're in trouble: “contain an extract by an up-and-coming author, to enable children to continue their reading journey and discover great new authors. ...
    1 month ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    I will have a look out and see if I can find an original German version in a second-hand book shop here. I suppose his point is where does the artist stop and the work of art start, or vice versa.
    2 months ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Do you remember E.H.Gombrich? I am reading a book called 'A little history of the World' It had originally been published in Germany in 1936 and then banned. There seems to be no real reason for this, An introduction says that this was because ...
    2 months ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Whispers and Glances".
    Sch ...... you know who! Thanks for taking this on :)
    2 months ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    One day, although my visits to London are few and infrequent these days. I'd rephrase it to say I have a slight appreciation rather than understanding. I wouldn't go that far. At least your contribution wasn't banned or bombed, as far as you know.
    2 months ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Dear SecretSpi, I notice you have a slight understanding of modern art. I suggest you visit the new six story extension to the Tate Modern. All the walls are white - pure matt white - and there are no pictures exhibited; and neither is the ...
    2 months ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Priceless! Think I'll stick to being a bag lady
    2 months ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    There is, and I found earlier a candidate for it. Howard Jacobson, writing in his Saturday Guardian column, comments on briefcases and satchels he has owned, thus: "... my professor's Leonhard Heyden Salisbury, capacious enough to carry the ...
    2 months ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    :) Haven't seen Private Eye for ages. Is there still a Pseuds' Corner?
    2 months ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Bork bork you are doing me a confuse
    2 months ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Weirdly, re: documenta, from this week's 'Funny Old World' column in Private Eye: "The concept for this exhibition was born when I began visiting galleries," art critic Jessica Dawson told a press conference in Brookfield Place, Lower Manhattan, ...
    2 months ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    ... and the last book is being added by the artist in half an hour. As from tomorrow, the redistribution starts to members of the ...
    2 months ago

About

When I was little, I wanted to be a spy. I got off to a fine start studying Psychology (including Parapsychology) at Trinity College, Cambridge but then got tempted into the (then) glamorous world of advertising which is still how I earn my money today.
"The Bother in Burmeon", a retro-style adventure story for 9-12s, was published in April 2012 and followed up in April 2014 with "Trouble in Teutonia."
"Trouble in Teutonia" was shortlisted for the International Rubery Award in 2015.
www.burmeon.com
www.facebook.com/Burmeon
www.troubleinteutonia.com
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  • new-bee-author
    by new-bee-author 19 days ago
    Hello Secret Spi,
    I am not sure if I've interpreted the rules correctly or not, and am expecting to be disqualified when the Competition Master reads it. But I have tried.
  • sirtanicmills
    by sirtanicmills 2 months ago
    Thanks Spi :)

    Kind words are gold-dust :)
  • Jill
    by Jill 7 months ago
    Duh! Put this first on my own wall instead of yours. :)

    Interesting to read of your childhood memories of Aden, although as you say, 'sadly it is still a war zone...'

    'Small Wars' is particularly interesting for me as we had older friends who were there in EOKA days and I didn't really know before the extent of what went on ~ only bits and pieces. Also, of course, it is always good to be able to imagine vividly the places written about in books, even if some the action is quite horrifying.

    Best ~ Jx
  • Jill
    by Jill 7 months ago
    Good morning, Spi. Thank you for recently reminding me about 'Small Wars'. Found it on my bookshelves and am enjoying it all over again. Well written and an excellent insight into the EOKA struggles in Cyprus.
  • Jillybean
    by Jillybean 10 months ago
    Thanks, Spi. Most kind :)
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 year ago
    Thanks Spi - secret formula? Compromise, toleration, support, appreciation feature in there to a large extent ...
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Women of the Lower Orders. Although Wags are probably from the same class, Wotlos are probably more reliable. Time - yes, I've got bags of it, I just fritter it away, here on the Cloud. Well, no ... I shouldn't be doing that. I've got a load of orders to get through. I can sit looking at them all day.
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Hi Spi, If you need it, Ned's WOLOs Guide is now on my profile (don't want to be clogging up the blog area) Cheers, Beep xx
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Spiski! What will the Russians say of you indiscretion? Thanks - but shush - it's nearly behind me now :)
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Aw, thanks, Sweetpea! Kind of you to say so. :-D