Many thanks to Chris Graham (The Story Reading Ape) for the below post regarding my collection of short stories, An Act Of Mercy, which is free in the Kindle Store until Monday 1 December.
The free promotion of my collection of short stories, Street Walker And Other Stories ends on Thursday 26 November. If you would like to download Street Walker please visit http://www.amazon.com/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4 (for the US) or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4 (for the UK).
Today I was subjected to the worst thing in the world. I attended a meeting, at my place of work in room 101. In point of fact the meeting was an uneventful one. There was no O’brien threatening me with a ravenous rat in a cage which, if released would tear me apart. Nor where there any posters with the slogan
“Big Brother is watching you”.
Yet, for all that it was still room 101. My uneventful meeting got me thinking, not for the first time how words and phrases find their way into common usage, often with those employing them never having read the publications from which they eminate. How many viewers of the television programme, “Big Brother” have actually read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? I suspect the answer is that a majority of viewers have not read Orwell’s novel, although most would, I think entertain a vague notion that “Big Brother” and room 101 originated in Orwell’s dystopian novel. It is rather sad that Orwell’s critique of totalitarianism has been reduced to the level of popular entertainment by the TV show, “Big Brother”.
Thank you to K J Rollinson for the below guest post. You can find out more about Kathy and her books by visiting the following links: http://www.amazon.com/K-J-Rollinson/e/B009ATNOQO and http://wordplay-publishing.com/wordplays-authors/rollinson-kj/.
NAME Mrs Kathy June Rollinson (I write under the name of K J Rollinson)
I live in the Costa Blanca, Spain.
- Did you pick your genre or did it pick you?
- The ‘Fallyn’ trilogy picked me. I used to go to an art class, and a friend had drawn a picture of a very proud dragon. I wrote a 500-word story for her, and the trilogy grew from there.
- Do you write in multiple genres or just one.
- Multiple genres.
- Q. How much time do you devote to writing per day?
- Usually between 4/5 hours per day. I get up at about 4/5am each morning. By the time I have read/answered my emails, sometimes do a blog, written at least 1,000 words per day on any book I am writing, 4/5 hours has gone by.
- What have you published so far?
- ‘Fallyn and the Dragons’, ‘Fallyn in the Forbidden Land’, ‘Fallyn and the Sea Dragons’ , (Fantasy Books) ‘The Rode to Justice, (John Rode, 1st grade detective, murder stories)’.’A Twist of Fairy Tales’, modern fairy tales for ages 5 – 10 years. Some based on classics.
- Has your method of writing changed over the course of publishing your books.
- No the method is the same. I still publish through Wordplay Publishing. I think my writing has improved book by book.
- Where do you see yourself a year from now?
- Still writing, I hope. If I am not a success (which we all want to be) I will still carry on writing because I love it.
- Did you self-publish, go the traditional way, or do both?
- Only self-published with the help of Wordplay Publishing. I had heard so many people say they had been rejected by publishers – and usually you still have to do your own promotion – that I decided to go down the route of self-publishing.
- Which method did you prefer.
- I haven’t used any method other than self-publishing so I cannot comment from personal experience.
- Of the books that you have written, do you have a favourite. Why?
- Each one is my favourite when I am writing it. It is my baby at the time. I treat my books like children, and like having children you should not have a favourite. If you had asked the question Do you have a favourite character(s) I would have answered yes, and gone onto explain why.
- Why did you become a writer?
- I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child – short stories, poems. As I got older I dreamt of being published, and when self-publishing came along the dream became a reality.
- Who is your target audience.
- For the ‘Fallyn’ trilogy anyone who enjoys fantasy books. But I have just asked the publisher to add the ‘Young Adult’ category on Amazon because I read in the Writing Magazine that ‘Young Adult’ books were increasing. For the murder book – anyone who enjoys crime. It is suitably categorized on Amazon. I stress in the book the protagonist, John Rode, seeks justice. In one story he says, ‘This is a court of law, not a court of justice.’
- What are you working on now?
- I am really excited about my latest project. The Wordplay Writers’ Forum, of which I am a member here in Spain, has devised a 5-year competition, now in its second year, open to anyone, details found at www.WordplayPublishing.com
A founder member of Wordplay died a few years ago called Ian. He always said that he had never read book where the main character was called Ian. So the main character has to be called Ian, and into social issues. Apart from these criteria the book can be on any subject. My character goes to a little country in East Africa that has been torn by wars and famine to help. My book is called, ‘Where Lies My Heart’.
- What makes you different from other writers in your genre?
- With regard to my Fallyn books, I have always felt St George and the Dragon, gave dragons a bad press, seen as an enemy to be slaughtered. My dragons have individual characters and can talk between themselves and understand what humans say to them. They can be funny, intelligent – all are very loyal to the main protagonists, except for the occasional ‘baddy’ dragon (you have to have one or two of those, don’t you?).
I am giving away free copies of my collection of short stories, The First Time to anyone who can answer the below question. (In order to participate you will need to download my collection of short stories, The Suspect And Other Tales, which is free in the Kindle Store until Saturday 29 November). Everyone who guesses correctly will receive a free electronic copy of The First Time. Entries must be received on or before 12 PM (UK time) on Saturday 29 November. To obtain a free copy of The First Time please answer the following question,
Which story in The Suspect And Other Tales derives it’s title from a Shakespeare quote and what is the name of the play from which the quote derives?
Please e-mail your answers to newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com (the address is given in this manner to defeat spammers).
In The First Time I explore why young women enter the world of prostitution while other stories look at what happens when the
worlds of sex and technology collide.
In “The First Time”, the first story in this collection, we meet Becky a young graduate who enters the world of prostitution in order to clear her debts.
The story looks at the effects of prostitution on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. In “The Pain Behind the Smile” Issie presents her friend,
Peter with a birthday cake, however things are not what they seem.
In “Lucy” the acquaintances of a crusty old bachelor speculate how he could attract and retain the affections of a beautiful young woman. As with “The
Pain Behind the Smile” things are far from what they seem.
“Hemlock” explores what happens when machines attain the capacity to appreciate high culture. The story is both humorous and deeply serious.
To download The Suspect And Other Tales free please go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Suspect-other-tales-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U (for the UK) or http://www.amazon.com/The-Suspect-other-tales-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=cm_cr_pr_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8 (for the US).
Thank you to Emma Tomlinson for the below guest post. For Emma’s blog please visit https://creative5word.wordpress.com/ and for Emma’s previous guest post on newauthoronline.com please click here, http://newauthoronline.com/2014/11/24/primal-a-guest-post-by-emma-tomlinson/.
Emotional Investment or Negative Transaction?
A bit of deepness for the day…
How much do we invest in things and people and how much do we see in our returns?
When we pay for goods with our money, we expect to see material evidence of this transaction or indeed a memorable experience to file away. But what if
we made a transaction and checked our account to see a big fat zero?
I’m sure many of us would be seeking clarification and feeling rather cheated.
Yet, we invest in everything in life to varied degrees and we don’t always receive the booty.
How many times have you emotionally invested and been left with a big bag of nothing and perceived injustice?
But we continue to do this.
Emotional investment is indeed a gamble. We automatically invest in our families and reap the benefits from support mechanisms and security but what about
when we invest in friendship and relationships?
What do we do if the cheque continues to bounce??
Do we feel justified in seeking clarification and interest on our emotional transaction? Is it a weakness or a strength to expect a credit statement? To
expect to see our emotional interest rates increasing?
Personally I seek this from my significant other. I expect my balance to remain in credit and I believe that this theory works both ways. I do expect a
return in friendships and to see a mutual healthy transaction taking place. We attend our jobs and expect a salary in return. We invest our time in our
passions and reap the positive emotions. We gain knowledge and gain personal achievement and development. So are we allowing ourselves to be ‘ripped off’?
Self-awareness and integrity is an important part of sustaining a good ‘credit’ history. To enable a healthy profit, we also need to remain vigilant and
consider the ratio of risk to healthy investment. Financially… we do. Emotionally and psychologically we often don’t.
How many times do we support friends and give to others only to feel unappreciated and disappointed?
A satisfactory transaction is a two way process and we need to keep our expectations high. Who wants faulty and non – returnable goods? If we expect less,
surely we will receive less.
The link to our psyche is surprising yet logical. Our psychological interpretation impacts on our emotional stance and how we perceive our external world.
This affects the value we put onto ourselves.
Make every transaction worthwhile… or simply ask for a refund.
The mind of a deep thinker…or complete rubbish…it is all down to interpretation and perception…
Many thanks to Jane, of Fluency for the below guest post, which first appeared on her blog and can be found by following the below link, (https://fluencyofwords.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/death-march/). The below poem is reproduced by kind permission of Jane and remains her property.
Onward, men, don’t linger for longer,
feel that pride rushing through you,
the unworn wind filling your lungs.
Don’t look over your shoulder no more,
I vouch no guns pointed at your head.
Don’t worry about the world,
about your dead friends and lives,
of your soul in the barracks.
Ain’t nothing you can do,
if you wake up in a nightmare.
Lads, don’t make trouble,
to hear a bomb explode is mad,
Don’t go telling others what’s not,
or you’ll live in a damn facility.
Go on, soldier,
live the rest of your life