David

David

41 years old
Male
Location
Glasgow
United Kingdom
Current Status
Kazuo Ishiguro, a worthy Nobel winner
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Historical fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Alexander Trocchi
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    James Baldwin, 'Go, Tell It On the Mountain'; Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'; Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Nausea'; Alexander Trocchi, 'Young Adam'; Jean Cocteau, 'Les Enfants Terribles'
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    I want an airport named after me
    Your worst habit?
    indecision/snap decisions
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    at dining table
    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?
    Interested in photography and traditional music. Like running and overseas city-breaks. I enjoy time with family and friends.

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    David
    David Kazuo Ishiguro, a worthy Nobel winner
    4 days ago
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    David
    "David" commented on Aiyla's Blog "Take heed".
    I take inspiration from your poem, particularly the last line.
    28 days ago
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    David
    David If you don't know yourself you don't know anyone else.
    1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo I definitely don't know myself. Yo's not even my real name.
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David self-discovery should be the goal of every writer
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo I did a lot of self-discovery in my teens. My mum said I'd go blind but so-far, so-good, although I do need reading specs these days.
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David Clearly you're rather a wit
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo Seriously David. I agree with what you've both. I also agree with the words of Plato "The first and best victory is to conquer self"
      1 month ago
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      David Why would anybody write if they hadn't found something of value in themself to offer to the world?
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo To try and make a buck?
      1 month ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus If you want to make money, I can think of a few thousand ways more likely ways to succeed than writing!
      1 month ago
    • sirtanicmills
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      sirtanicmills I'd also say that most writers don't offer very much to the world. Indeed, the world doesn't see much of what is written.
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David Go and work in a bank unless you're doing it for the love of it.
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo David, it was a simple answer to your question "Why would anybody write..." Some people will write just to make a buck, especially celebs desperately trying to crank up their fading careers. Many of them won't be doing it to offer what they've found to the world, they'll be doing it to make a buck.
      1 month ago
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      David Nothing's important, nothing's valuable, nothing's serious?
      1 month ago
    • Barb
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      Barb I'm in it for the shoes.
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo @David, well certainly those who are in it just for the money may nothing is important, valuable or serious other than the money. But let's not forget that many people are desperate for money, not just those who are in desperate need but those who are desperate to maintain the standard of living they've become accustomed to. @Barb - Lol
      1 month ago
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      David I don't see what masturbation and celebrity cash-ins have to do with the general work of a writer. You seem to have hijacked this thread, Yo, to make some frivolous point.
      1 month ago
    • Yo
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      Yo Ok, if that's the way you see it, I will opt out and leave you to whatever point you're trying to make.
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David I did make the original point.
      1 month ago
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    David
    David . . . is mooching about the place.
    1 month ago
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    David
    "David" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Yes, I think that banning a book is acknowledging that it has 'hit a nerve' within society and that once it is re-instated, so to speak, it occasionally becomes influential, as that brief list shows.
    1 month ago
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    David
    "David" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Anselm Kiefer has a pretty dark approach to Germany's response to World War II; his work expresses horror and grief. Parthenon, that you're talking about, seems to be more hopeful, suggesting that there is a future. I was surprised at the books ...
    1 month ago
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    David
    David Brexit joke: An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar. The Englishman wants to leave, so they all have to.
    1 month ago
    • falcieri
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      falcieri That's a good joke. It also works the other way around. :D
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David I don't see how
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David Thanks for the comment, nevertheless
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David glad you found the joke funny
      1 month ago
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    David
    David is looking into doing non-fiction writing, specifically kind of philosophical work.
    1 month ago
    • David
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      David . . . my thinking on music, life, the mystery of existence and eternity.
      1 month ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Go for it ~ sounds interesting. :)
      1 month ago
    • David
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      David : )
      1 month ago
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    David
    David wordy clod
    2 months ago
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    David
    David An Islamaphobe, a white supremacist and a sexual predator walk into a bar. The barman asks, "what'll it be, Mr Trump?" (from social media)
    2 months ago
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    David
    David commented on Scarlett's wall:
    Good to hear from you
    2 months ago
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    Scarlett
    Scarlett commented on David's wall:
    I haven't been on here in ages. Just had a bit of a hard time since my Dad died. I'll do my best to catch up with you soon xxx take care x
    2 months ago
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    David
    David Short stories interest me
    3 months ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Writing? Reading? Structure? All three?
      3 months ago
    • David
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      David writing
      3 months ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Perhaps you could post one on here when finished? Be good to see. How is main WIP going?
      3 months ago
    • David
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      David just exploring other forms, Jill. WIP is stil progressing.
      3 months ago
    • Jill
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      Jill That's nice to know. Best wishes.
      3 months ago
    • David
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      David All the best, Jill.
      3 months ago
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    David
    David is at draft 3, and I expect there'll be a fourth, to complete my WIP.
    3 months ago
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    • Thea
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      Thea Cheers! Can't believe it's a year since the SE course and I'm still editing...
      3 months ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Well done, David!
      3 months ago
    • David
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      David Thanks, Thea. All the best with your WIP!
      3 months ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Cheers! Can't believe it's a year since the SE course and I'm still editing...
      3 months ago
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    David
    David commented on Scarlett's wall:
    I hope you and your writing are well, sweety!
    3 months ago

About

Worked as a professional journalist for most of the 00s. Then moved into scriptwriting. I had a radio play and a short film produced, and was working on a pilot for a tv series when I decided to focus on my novel. (samples of my writing: http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/15994; http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/16225; http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/16312 http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/13589)

In the past I've also spent time as a musician. I played bass guitar in a few embarrassingly-named bands down the years: UGE, X-Amount, The Zens and Allandale.

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  • Scarlett
    by Scarlett 2 months ago
    I haven't been on here in ages. Just had a bit of a hard time since my Dad died. I'll do my best to catch up with you soon xxx take care x
  • FredaPeople
    by FredaPeople 5 months ago
    Hello David! Just returning your kind greetings of a month ago! I've been a bit intermittent here. How are you and how is the writing?
  • Scarlett
    by Scarlett 6 months ago
    Right back at you. Happy horny day
  • Jill
    by Jill 7 months ago
    Yes, Spring is the best time we think. Can't cope with too much blazing nowadays, much prefer mellow!!
  • Jill
    by Jill 7 months ago
    Posted a couple of photos on front page. Taken by Mr J. Still not downloaded mine. Will soon.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 9 months ago
    It'll be a while yet. If I get my way it'll be somewhat cheaper than the current edition
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 9 months ago
    Thanks David. I hope you enjoy it. Between you, me and the gatepost, I'm hoping for another edition at some point (and then maybe a sequel), but there will be a slog to go through before then
  • David
    by David 1 year ago
    Aw, shucks.
  • Scarlett
    by Scarlett 1 year ago
    Happy Un-Birthday, Babe. Have a good one! xxx
  • David
    by David 1 year ago
    False alarm. It is not my birthday. Thanks for the wishes. Happy birthday to you, too!