I am a writer and author and I write non-fiction books. I have one already published into the Kindle store. The second book is nearly ready to be published and I expect to have a third ready to go in a couple of weeks.

This is a little different, in that it is a small piece of fiction written for the writers group I will be going to this evening. The starting point, the spark for the piece was the word harmony. I wanted to write the piece without using the word harmony. I wanted it to be a comedy and I hope that the writers group kind of just ‘gets it’.

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Encryption of Emails

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Mac20Q Podcast 121 featuring Allister Jenks Part Two

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Mac 20 Q Podcast 121 Featuring Allister Jenks from NZ – Part One

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Je Suis Charlie – Stand up for free speech

I support Charlie Hebdo and free speech

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Religion Stinks

Muslims that are humans should distance themselves from Islam as it constantly demonstrates that it is not a religion of peace. If you stay with it you are part of the problem.

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Welcome to 2015 and what a year it is going to be!

I’ve always liked the start of something new and I even look forward to change. This goes right back to when I was a youngster and I always loved getting a new diary and writing about things in a fresh, clean unused little book with page numbers that were dates. I was even fairly consistent about it and kept going with the writing through a fair few months before it tailed off. The diaries that I used to writing were fairly small and so I used to have to have codes for writing in some of the things that happened. The only trouble is is that I wouldn’t always remember what those codes were at a later stage. I am pretty sure that if I was to look back at any of those old diaries that I would find them totally uninteresting and boring. For example, I used to like to keep notes of the maintenance of my motorbike and how much fuel it was using. Thank goodness I wasn’t a stamp collector or it could have been even more boring than that.

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Family events for the year

In May there is a nephew who is getting married and it is going to be a fairly big event. I hear that the wedding is going to take place in a hotel, the ceremony as well as the festivities. I am very pleased to hear this as I don’t like having to go into churches and listen to the rubbish that the priests and vicars spout. I don’t care if I’m compared to the grumpy cat for thinking this. I really do think that religion needs to have an antidote due to way that it wants to insert itself into politics, education and anywhere else that it really shouldn’t be sticking its nose.

At the end of August my grandson will be having his first birthday party. Unfortunately I will be working so I’m not going to be able to go to it. I will have to insist that any more grandchildren get born during the wintertime when I have my vacation time. At least I will get to see Grandson Oliver next week and also at the aforementioned wedding in May.

Its book publishing time

It seems to be taking quite some time to get my first book published. It seems to be on the cusp of making his way out into the world for a very long time. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to rush these things. I have read through the book numerous times already and each time I find more mistakes that have to be corrected. I am fairly sure that even after I have it published to the Kindle bookstore I will find some more things that will need to be rewritten. I am at the moment working on the videos that are there to support the writing. I have another eight or nine of these videos to make so it is going to be at least another week and probably two more weeks before the book hits the store.

I have the photography book which is close to being published also. I am planning to interview somebody about street photography and include that in the book. On account of the fact that much of the book content has already been published as blog posts I’m tempted to put that book out as the free book to draw in people to my Good and Geeky series of books. I already have a few thousand words written for another book and it wouldn’t take too long to have ready for publishing. Due to the fact that I get a lot of interest in my email privacy tutorials and how to use GPG, I think I will have to make that into a book for the series. My plan is to have at least five books of the Good and Geeky series available for sale by the time I have to go back to work at the campsite.

Writing novels is a different kettle of fish

Every time I start thinking about my Radical Karma book idea my head goes completely blank. Even though I have written a couple of scenes and had loads of ideas of what could be included in the story I can’t seem to firm up in my mind how I’d like to finish the story. One of these days soon I am going to have get serious and put something down in words, in a mind map or even a piece of paper and then to start making an outline. I think there is a good chance after creating the first one that I might find it much easier to get the job done.

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Bob Middleton Podcast 119 Part Two

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Mac20Q Podcast 119 Talking to Bob Middleton Part One

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I didn’t burst into flames

It is the weekend of my twelfth anniversary with my lovely wife and we are in Barcelona having a stay vacation. Just 20 Euros each return on the train from home and we can be tourists in the Catalan capital. I went inside La Sagrada Familia for the first time. The previous time I came to Barcelona I only saw it from the outside. I was surprised to see that there was some difference to the building from the outside, they had actually been working on it. I am sure that I wasn't the only atheist inside the building because I didn't burst into flames! I can't help but be impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of the people responsible for making this amazing building. It is a shame that the whole thing is based upon a fantasy and delusion, but that can't be helped. I am not used to walking around in a big city and so by the time we got to the hotel which is near to Diagonal Mar I was completely cream crackered. There were one or two Christmas markets dotted around the city that we passed through. Selling loads of xmas rubbish.

Taking photos and visiting places

I took photos inside the Apple Store. It isn't often that I get the chance to go inside Apple Store. Today was the first chance that I got to actually hold in my hand an iPhone 6 Plus. What a bloody big phone! My missus was incredibly impressed by that large, massive, huge phone. If I didn't have my iPad Air 2 then I would have been interested.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

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What an amazing place inside. There were horses, nay,wild horses leaping from the walls. The musicians had muses to accompany them on the stage, they were also coming out of the walls. The muses, not the musicians that is. There was a choir that was practising for a show to be put on later and they were rather good. The whole of the building was completely amazing including all of the stained glass windows and the whole place was designed by a modernist architect who was a a rival of Antoni Gaudi. If you are visiting Barcelona then I can highly recommend it.

Getting fruity in the market off Ramblas

Another fantastic place to go and visit because the displays of a fruit and veg are superb for photographing. Not so nice were the animal heads and brains on display in the meat section of the market. I shot quite a lot of video and still photos while in the market.

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I want to be a writer

This morning I was listening to podcasts about being a writer while walking the dog. There was a podcast on self publishing, writing and marketing books by Simon Whistler called The Rocking Self Publishing Podcast. He was interviewing an author called Mark Wayne McGinnis who wrote books called Scrapyard Ship (Scrapyard Ship Series Book 1)
. Yesterday I had a look to see if I would buy one of the books to have a listen or read and it didn’t get many good reviews. Most of the reviews of the books were saying that the stories were not very good. Yet it seems that this guy is selling books and making some money. He writes for three or four hours per day and the aim is to have 1500 or 2000 words every day. I feel sure that if I set my mind to it I could write decent books, if not great books and hopefully make some money doing it.

Scrapyard Ship Scrapyard Ship Series Book 1 eBook Mark Wayne McGinnis Kindle Store

Going undercover with Kindle Spy

In the podcast he mentioned some software called Kindle Spy and I had a look at it and decided to buy it myself. I have just been using it for a little while and it seems to be quite interesting and useful. There is not much point in having books on the Kindle where there is no money because nobody is buying books in a category or type. It is quite easy to drill down into the data and find topics to write about and hopefully some of that will match up with topics that I know something about so that I could create a good book. I started by looking at books about graphic design for the Mac and in particular books about using Pixelmator and I was bit disappointed to see that there’s probably not much money in that. That is a shame because I would like to write a book about Pixelmator for iPad. If you go a little bit more general into graphic design then there is more money in that so maybe I could get the book into a more general topic but do it using Mac and iPad software.

Show me the money!

I’m not sure that my book about writing and using technology to get ideas generated and out of the head and onto the page would be a good moneyspinner. But who cares, I have the book written already and it is close to being put out there into the wide world of publishing. It seems to me that there is very little money in blogging and so I should minimise the number of words I write for blogs and start writing for books instead. I still need to have the blogs, but I should keep the articles to between 300 and 400 words rather than my articles of over 1000 words that I tend to do. As for the videos that I make I think those are a useful added value to my books and are worth having as part of my portfolio. Maybe I will make more money from those when I have some books also selling.

Make a plan David and do it today

It wouldn’t be difficult for me to have a plan to write 3000 to 4000 words per day and have set dates for when books had to be let loose into the world. I already have a little bit of a organisation set up in OmniFocus for my blogging and I think I should change that. Maybe if I have one day per week when I am blogging and one day per week when I am making a video and the rest of the time to be writing for books. I have got to go where the money is! I need an income and need to be able to get out of the summer job and I need to do it soon. I am pretty sure that I spent too much time farting about and being unproductive.

At the moment I don’t really count how many words I write each day because some days I don’t write any words and other days I write more than 2000 or 3000. So perhaps what I should do is to have a daily document in which I paste all of the words that I write for that day. I would have to be quite disciplined about this, but I think I could do it. The question is where I put these words for keeping a count? I could use Scrivener as it is the application that I should have open every day anyway, for doing my writing or I could use a plain text file that I keep in Dropbox or iCloud that I access through Byword. Or I could do both with a bit of automation.

A set time per day for reading

Every author that talks about writing says that it is absolutely vital to be a reader. I do read a lot, but it tends not to be books. I did buy a book yesterday to put on my Kindle application on the iPad. I also have a paperback book that I have started but I’m struggling to get back into reading. I particularly enjoyed the first two books in the series of this paperback book, it is just that I prefer to read on my electronic device. I am thinking that a particular good time for reading would be late at night. I should have an hour after Victoria has gone to bed, maybe two hours. It would be a good way to finish the day.

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