Birthday Book Bonanza

To celebrate my birthday on the 16th December, which I am proud to share with Ludwig van Beethoven and Arthur C Clarke, all three of my books will be FREE on Kindle on that day!


Lance – 1956

As a bonus, here’s a photo of me when I was a baby model for Patons Knitting Patterns in 1956.

Here are the links to the books:

Eleven Miles
Knitting Can Walk!
When Pleasure Blooms

Remember that they will only show up on Amazon at the amazing price of £0.00 on 16th December 2017 from 08:00 PST for 24 hours.


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Kenning Poems

I had never heard of Kennings before I joined Mello-Elo and her group for Monday Coffee this morning, so please excuse my amateurish first attempt. It is a riddle. When you’ve guessed what it is, please hop across time and space to her sitting room, enjoy the coffee and see my answer in the comments. Just follow the link.

Tall cylinder
Wax wanes
Light night
Flickering flame
Melting marks
Short chronology
Dwindling string
Final interval

As I said, just follow the link for a coffee and the answer.

That was fun!


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Book Review: In The Dark by Mark Billingham

In The DarkIn The Dark by Mark Billingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Violent criminals, big and small; some of them teenagers believing that they are much bigger than they actually are. London police, some straight and some crooked. This book contains non-stop action from the beginning, and the reader is continually trying to separate the good guys from the bad.

It is easy to imagine that these are the sorts of events that are happening across London today. It certainly seems so from the news bulletins that I listen to, anyway.

The reality will grip your attention, but you’ll need to accept the bad language as part of that reality.

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Do You Believe In Synchronicity?

Do you believe in the interconnectedness of everything across time AND space? Please read this and leave comments on my re-blog or on the original. I will enjoy the discussion that ensues and will read your views with great interest. Perhaps you could relate experiences which lead to your belief?


Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work and a busy week from writing. I’m at 38,871 total words on my latest MS. Even though I’m not participating in Nano this year, my plan is to finish this rough draft by the end of the month. It’s going to be tight with the holidays but I think I can do it.

Today I’d like to talk about Synchronicity. It’s an interesting concept that was coined by the psychologist Carl Jung. He coined it as a “meaningful coincidence.”

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Synchronicity occurs when a coincidence shifts the direction of your life.

Do you believe in this? I do. I’ve had my own personal experiences with it. According to some mediums, there are always signs letting us know something big is about to happen. That’s…

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Free Novels for Black Friday!

Although I believe that “Black Friday” is just a marketing invention to dupe the masses into accepting an extra sale period, I am entering into the spirit.

For just one day only, on 24th November *, you will be able to download copies of Eleven Miles and Knitting Can Walk! and pay absolutely NOTHING AT ALL for the privilege!

* Note: The promotion starts and ends at midnight Pacific Time (8 am GMT)

Just click on the links

All I ask in return, is that you would kindly post a review on Amazon when you have finished reading my books.

Enjoy both stories and stand by to be inspired.

Click on these links to download your free copies:

Eleven Miles
Knitting Can Walk!

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Why is the Word Pants Plural?

English-Language Thoughts

Or trousers for that matter, if you’re from the UK. I went with pants for the title simply because most of you, dear readers are American. Anyway, the burning question: why are these words so brazenly plural when they clearly refer to a single garment?

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Book Review: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are over four thousand reviews of this book on Goodreads, so it is unlikely that I can say anything fresh about the content and style of this superb book, so I am not about to try. I’ll just tell you a little story of how it helped me at a most opportune time.

I have been presenting and instructing for well over three decades, and I am still learning something new every day. We should all be open to that and never believe that we hae actually arrived at the perfect state. Strive for perfection.

I got a lot out of this book. I read it on a plane from England to my company HQ in Florida. I was due to co-deliver a two-week induction class for new joiner technical staff from all over the world. As you can imagine, we had put a lot of effort into the planning and preparation for the ten days of intense instruction.

Despite the experience of the new people, I have always felt that everyone could do with a few tips and hints on good communication, public speaking and, in particular, delivering powerful presentations and demonstrations to our customers. So I had two hours dedicated to these topics.

I mostly knew what I was going to do with the two hours, but reading

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery inspired me to change my content and delivery.

I was able to use the three main guiding principles of the book:
restraint, simplicity and naturalness
, to construct a session to illustrate the power of those three guiding principles to the participants on my course.

I went analogue! I minimalised! I told my story!

This book really helped me to do that.

Was I rewarded?

Yes, I was.

At the end of the course, all of the participants were assessed on a presentation and demo which they had to prepare during the two weeks. My presentation on good communication came on day one, shortly followed by the assigning of course assignments.

All of my students used the guiding principles of Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery to great effect. It was a joy to watch!

Thank you very much Garr Reynolds.

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