He’s going to p… on my grave!

It’s about time I got back to this. I have either been sidetracked into something else or I have stared at the screen with no motivation. I have been rather depressed lately waiting for Amazon to actually stock my second novel “Plague”. However, they are, at last, beginning to despatch them.

I have to relate an incident that occurred just over a week ago. An engineer who calls at my place of work. Yes, I still have a day job, Warner Bros can’t have seen my novels yet. Well, this guy tells me that he downloaded both my books onto his kindle a fortnight previously. And he enthused! He told me quite bluntly that if I die before I’ve published the third of my trilogy he will “piss on my grave”. Sorry for the language. After the initial shock at visualizing this, I determined that I would be cremated and my ashes spread in a forest (I love trees). My second reaction was to beam my pleasure at his compliment. I’ve been told since by others that he is going around telling everyone.

It’s nice to have at least one fan, hey!

I’ve begun the third novel with the working title of “Endings”, original wouldn’t you say! Anyway, I’ve drafted the first 15,000 words and am getting back into the swing of things. I’m finding again that I am racing through the plot, wanting to write the ending before the beginning. Does anyone else have this problem? I’d appreciate you letting me know.

But enough of the mundane. Trivia now c/o http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_June

1214 The University of Oxford receives its charter – the working class had no chance of entry then and the situation hasn’t changed since.

1631 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.

1840 Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. I learned the morse code fifty years ago when I was a radio operator in the Royal Navy – and do you know I still can’t get the damned thing out of my head.

Born on this day in:

1723 – Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian (d. 1808) – what a lovely name.

1916 – Johnny Morris, British children’s presenter (d. 1999) He had a very distinctive voice. I can still hear it to this day.

1924 – Audie Murphy, American Medal of Honor recipient and actor (d. 1971). A very brave man but a terrible actor.

Died on this day in:

1947Bugsy Siegel, American crime figure (b. 1906)

1963Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician (b. 1898) I think the Greeks need him again.

2003Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927) You americans have some wonderful names.

And now the best part – the lighter bit this time c/o http://www.welshjokes.com/jokes/aboutwales/5.shtml

Stuck in a ravine

An Englishman travelling on a very dark night in the Welsh mountains heard a cry for help from someone who had fallen into a ravine near the road.

“Who is it?” he replied cautiously, fearing a trap.

“Dafydd ap Gwilym ap Rhys AP Gruffydd ap Ifan ap Jenkyn” came the response.

“Well”, rejoined the Englishman, “if there’s half a dozen of you down there you can jolly well pull one another out.”

Once again no offence intended!


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