Saturday, 21 May 2016

Writing - Should you try to measure success?

The above title is about the third I've thought of since the subject of the blog came to mind. Hopefully, I will go some way to answering it whatever it is.

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Sadly, I've nothing new to add to the plethora of information that is out there about selling your work. In many ways you have to write to tell, not sell! (Jonas Eriksson). However, it is good to share one's success no matter how small and I've had some small pluses. 

Cessation is the latest novel to sell so I enclose the synopsis.

The story is a speculative journey into a possible future that may lie ahead of us all. There is evidence that such a future may not be impossible. We have been warned that unless we increase the ability to produce electricity there could be power cuts in the next ten years. Our modern day lives are permeated through with the need for electricity and its production. 
Although Cessation could be categorised as a dystopian story I find that rather a negative word and the purpose of writing the tale is to allow elements of hope in a seemingly desperate situation. 
The story begins in 2023 a couple of years after the lights go out for the last time. Our group of survivors are thrown together on a farm in the low Pennines north of the M62 motorway and within striking distance of a number of northern towns which could prove useful for supplies. Initially the group is small and live on a farm called Serendipity but as time passes the size of the group waxes and wanes for a variety of reasons.

In fact when I wrote this which was the fifth novel I felt at the time, and still do, that this was my finest effort. I believe that my technique has improved further since but it remains one of my better stories. It is available on Kindle and in paperback at,

So that was the beginning of a good couple of days then there was Forward Poetry.

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As many of you will be aware by now - I write poetry. There are two books being published by the above on August 1st and two of my poems are being published in them.

One of the books is entitled Poetic Forms and the poem is below.


Scattered on a black velvet cushion
Points of brilliance demanding your gaze
Too distant to discern total function
Visible  through an emotional haze

Shining in the eyes of friend or lover
Romanticising a chill winter's night
Hand in hand discovering each other
Heart deep warmed by sparkling pinpricks of light

Stellar noises tease tender emotions
Waken the yearning in young persons' minds
Roars through psyche demanding devotion
Carves into the heart of men of all kinds

Romantic allegiance comes from afar
Is it simply light issuing from stars?

This poem qualifies for Poetic Forms in that it is an example of a sonnet.
Then there is the second - a love poem. Valentine's Day is being published in Love is in the Air

Valentine's Day

It shouldn't be about how much you pay
for the cellophane-wrapped flower bouquet.
It shouldn't be about the cards you send
for the postman to deliver to your friend.
It shouldn't be about the size or quality of gift
that you've bought perchance to heal a rift.

Valentine's Day is a chance to express
the love you feel within your chest.
An opportunity to please the one
your whole being is dependent upon.
Take the chance to show your emotion
to the significant subject of your devotion.

So this weekend I feel successful. I won't make a shed load of money but I have been noticed and if you're noticed by one person then you have achieved success.

God Bless