Thursday, 18 October 2012


At 31,000 words I've hit the wall in the second Jack Harrigan so I,m just concentrating on tidyup work.
The metal sign business is a little quiet at the moment but still time consuming. Our strategic mrketing plan becomes redundent on a daily bassis but one of the avantages of being reasonably small is that you can alter your direction quickly.
In a distribution agency type operation you find that your distributors commitment will varry and some time you have to make hard decisions.

On the right is my good friend Dr Peter Johnson from America, my mentor in staregic planning.

Having no difficulty with sobriety as a matter of fact I can't remember when I have felt this good. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Healthy Life

With presures of business and lifes little hicups it's easy to neglect your health and fitness. What's the harm in having a few beers when your friends come round every afternoon, a then a couple of wines with dinner. Well there's only 3 stubies left in the bar fridge may as well polish those off too. Next morning "I'll go to the gym this afternoon". I could go out and see some clients, bugger it I'll send them an email". Lunch time my mate from over the road calls in "What about lounch at Tomatoes?" they have a deal down there pay for 5 Crownies get one free and the pizza's are great. "Well I can't go to the gym now" and so the cycle goes on. Gee figures are down this year it must be the ecconamy, or those bloody politicians. I can give up the grog any time I like.

Does this sound familiar when your in your thirties or even forties you can get away with this for a while but definately not at 63.
Two weeks ago I had to draw a line in the sand, even went to a meeting. For the first week I felt lethagic and craved for sweets.
But I hit the gym every second day , drank tea in the afternoon with my mates and took the dog for a walk at night. In just this short time the business has picked up, my book is comming along and  BP is 110/70 with a pulse of 53/minute.
Don't think for one moment that I've gone all prude, anything but.
Enjoy life to the max grog can be a wonderful slave or a terrible master.

Friday, 5 October 2012

When the Tiger Hunts

That's the working tittle for my next book in the Jack Harrigan series. I've found one of the secrets to writing, do the first draft in almost Diary for and keep another word doc with characters, places and info on weapons cars and other things pertaining to the story.
As you go back to edit keep in mind that every character believes that they are the protagonist in the story. It gives you something to work on. We are up to 30,000 words now and the first real draft is less than a month away.

Keep on typing fellow authors.

my place of insiration the bar, pity I don't drink.