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 on: August 16, 2016, 06:22:36 PM 
Started by Geoff_N - Last post by Geoff_N
Thanks for that update, Danka. Apologies for the post not being easily found from my blog. My website had been revamped recently so most older pages have become discombobulated.
BTW there is a Neil Marr tribute page on facebook at

If you are on fb and not yet in that group I'm sure you'd be welcome.

 on: August 11, 2016, 05:45:00 AM 
Started by Geoff_N - Last post by LashSlash
there was one inaccuracy in bikoman's write-up:--

it's a bit embarrassing for me but anton shmuk[intentional misspelling] is not transylvanian  --- he is an israeli that passed himself off as a rumanian.  less gifted israelis who want to study medicine and are not accepted to medical school  [due to low grades] apply for medical school in rumania. [he may have rumanian parents who come from satamara / transylvania] . i dont knpow if he ever finished medical school.......last heard he was in canada but israel is a small place and sooner or later i will run into him....

i know all of this from neil of blessed memory and from talking to  tony shmuk himself, who of course spoke to me in a perfect hebrew.


 on: August 11, 2016, 12:31:07 AM 
Started by Geoff_N - Last post by LashSlash
thanks, ed

 on: August 10, 2016, 06:25:08 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
That sucks, Geoff. A year waiting for acknowledgement is plain rude. But I guess it's a buyer's market, and then some. There are probably millions of sellers, too!

Enjoy Greece. I'm enjoying a week off - just mowed the lawn and cleaned the kitchen floor, now having a coffee before going down the tip with some rubbish from the garage. Greece sounds lovely!

 on: August 08, 2016, 05:03:10 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
I've had a frustrating year waiting for publishers to acknowledge receipt let alone respond to my agent, and my submission of my historical fantasy novel, Xaghra's Revenge. I know the publishing industry is built on patience but that''s fine if you know you have decades in front of you. Not that I intend to push up daisies any time soon in spite of my angioplasty and my wobbly bike riding.
Anyway, I'm glad to be off soon to the Greek writers' retreat I visited in 2012. I'm mainly going to relax, scribble a short or two, even sketch the landscape, but mainly ride a hire bike up volcanoes and swim in a warm sea. I might outline a sequel to XR but not start writing it - advice to me from Charlie Stross: "Don't write a series until you sell the first book."

 on: July 24, 2016, 06:25:17 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Work has now moved from Coventry to Birmingham, result is 70 mile commute each way instead of a 66 mile one - but the concentration required is much more, it being all motorway. Especially so with all the rain we've been having. The other day I actually came home via Coventry on account of there was so much traffic (because of floods) you couldn't get near the M42. All that said, I've made a unilateral decision to only go up there when I have meetings so it's not as bad as it sounds. It is tiring, though. I think the weariness is accumulative, not just in a given week, but in all the months and years that precede a given week. Evenings and weekends I can just sleep forever.

Oh, tell me about it. I feel very weary with the cumulative effect of the past four or five years. It's been a real roller coaster ride. Went from being a two man band working locally to a twelve man outfit working nationally, with turnover growing to over £3m, then back down the slippery slope to just three of us turning over a fraction of that, but still carrying all those big overheads and commitments that come with a bigger business. Early in the process I was working all hours buoyed by the promise of things to come, and happy to do it, and now I'm on the flipside where I'm no longer happy to do it, but feel I have to keep limping on in the hope it will pick up again.

The upshot is that I'm still knackered with no spare time that I could devote to writing. The thought of returning to a keyboard in the evening after having been on one most of the day just leaves me cold. I tried to write a flash earlier, but stared at the blank page for a while with no spark of inspiration and then gave up. Hopefully my muse will return one day afro

 on: July 24, 2016, 06:06:59 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Congrats Del -- I remember you were worried that your new one might not make it through to publication because of staff or ownership changes at the publishers. I'm glad it worked out for you.

You owe it to your readers to keep writing. It's nice to have other books by the same author when you finish reading one you enjoyed. There's nothing worse than finishing one that you really enjoyed, only to find they haven't written another. It's cool to have a whole batch to look forward to. It's kinda unfair that it takes so long and so much effort to write something a reader can polish off in a day or two, though, isn't it?

 on: July 23, 2016, 12:22:16 PM 
Started by Geoff_N - Last post by Ed
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i'd be interested in reading this -- can you repost it?

Looks like it's moved to here --

Doesn't seem possible he died so long ago now, or that BeWrite forums happened fourteen years ago. My writing was absolutely terrible back then. Even though some will say nothing's changed, I can see the massive difference between then and now, and it's because of places like BeWrite that I got a chance to improve.

 on: July 15, 2016, 02:13:18 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
Just had my contributor copies of my latest western. Always a nice moment. I'm also pleased to see the "Also by this author" page growing nicely. I recall when I were a lad and reading books by Alistair Maclean it seemed inconceivable that they wrote so many books, so it's nice to see my own list ticking along, albeit slowly. Still need to find a way of rearranging life to allow me to accelerate the process!

Pretty cool, Del. Congrats on adding another to your list.  afro

 on: July 15, 2016, 03:00:32 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Paul

Yes, I do have the Deadwood DVDs - great stuff! I'm still haunted by the street fight in one of the later episodes. It was a great series that, unfortunately, just seemed to stop mid idea. Maybe the money ran out?


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