I am a professional writer, so my priorities are working on paid commissions and on original work of my own, for eventual publication and sale. I first appeared in print in the early 1970s when I had a ghost story published in the Piccolo book More Haunted Houses, but since then, my work’s appeared in newspapers, books, magazines and websites the world over. I’ve been favourably referenced in books written by others, I’ve written verse for greetings cards and as you’ll see if you look at the Ghostwriting & PR page, I’ve also written prolifically for other people and causes, either under a nom-de-plume or else in an uncredited fashion.
It might sound odd, but I don’t particularly enjoy writing, because it is a solitary profession and I am by nature a sociable, gregarious type. All the same, it’s something I feel compelled to do and I’m told it’s something I’m good at, so I’m grateful for this and it stands to reason that I must constantly seek to improve my work, whether it is poetry, prose, or as Milton described it, “Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme”.
So, I suppose I keep this site as a form of diary, wherein I can record events that have happened to me, as I choose, as well as publishing posts on matters that come to my attention in the news or which otherwise interest me. At the time of writing this in December 2015, I’m preparing material concerning my interest in and many experiences of what is termed the paranormal over the years, for a book provisionally entitled Otherworld, while I’m also working on a science fiction novella. I have a great deal of unfinished business as far as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill are concerned, but I’m sure the Universe will let me know the best time for me to return to such matters.
I don’t use any form of social media to promote my writing, although that may conceivably change. In the meantime, I will continue to write about people, politics, poetry, the paranormal, dreams, antiquities, current events, language, writing, reminiscences and so forth for my own pleasure and hopefully for the pleasure of those of you who visit this site.
I have enjoyed your book “The Missing Years of Jesus” and I wanted to pass along an item that may be of interest. I have just read an article in ‘Discover Britain’ magazine (Feb 2019), “East of Eden, South of Frome” detailing the time the author John Steinbeck spent in Redlynch, Somerset. Steinbeck was fascinated by the Arthurian legends and wrote a book “The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” while living in Redlynch. The article mentions that there is a museum in nearby Bruton that contains some of Steinbeck’s letters. The article quotes one letter from summer 1959: “There’s a goodness here after travail. There’s something here that clears your eyes…It’s more than meadows and hedges – it’s much more than that. There are voices in the ground.”
If I come across anything else that may interest you, I will pass it along. Merry Christmas!
I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed my book, which means far more to me than if you agreed with my tentative conclusions or not, so thank you for taking the time and trouble to let me know. As for the information you’ve so kindly passed on to me, it is exactly the kind of thing that interests me, so thank you so much once again for telling me about it, because I doubt I’d have come across it under my own steam. This is all marvelous stuff, so I’m most grateful and a very Merry Christmas to you as well!