Friday, 18 March 2016

Writing - How permanent is permanent?

When we write we convey images and ideas that may shift, change and even conflict with reality. But what do we mean by reality? Do we mean those things that are in our world and are permanent? That raises another question. What is permanent?

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Pyramids at Giza

Are the pyramids permanent - well obviously not as they are weathering. In fact there is very little left of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

So what about the natural world? Is that permanent? Surely in mountains and land masses there is a permanence. 

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Ben Nevis

Well apparently not because this mountain has just grown a metre!
It actually hasn't really what in fact has occurred is an improvement in GPS measuring techniques. It hasn't been measured accurately since 1949 and now stands at 1345m tall which is about 1 metre taller than previously recorded.

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Niagara's movement over 350 years

The picture above shows the position of Niagara Falls from 1678 to 2005. 

Permanent - bah humbug!

Even the blessed Earth on which we live won't be here forever so writers have the opportunity to stretch their imaginations even further. Some have already dipped their literary toe into the waters of Earth's demise but to us who write - nothing is sacred.

Read on!

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


God Bless