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About afewwordsinpencil

An English writer of novels and theatrical pieces. My first novel, "And I Shall Be Healed" (Quickbeam Press) follows the experiences of a young army chaplain on the Western Front 1916-7. This and some theatre writings are available on the usual websites.

Revisiting novel #1 while writing the sequel

At the moment I’m working on a novel proposal for an Italian publisher who is looking for First World War themed books for its new series.  I was put onto it by a friend of a friend who also happens … Continue reading

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Creativity: needle & pen

So, yesterday was my mum’s birthday.  Finally I was able to give her the present I’d meant to give her for her 60th birthday.  It took me a little longer than planned so she had it for her 65th instead.  … Continue reading

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Up on the roof & shouting: ba-siiil!

I suppose that’s the mark of a high-brow; someone who can see a charming Italian herb without thinking of Fawlty Towers.  Well, while my German is at a similar level to Manuel’s English (it takes more than one book, let me … Continue reading

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Why We Won’t Shut Up

Originally posted on Paul Burgess:
I feel as though I should write something personal to explain why I’m so hurt and bewildered by what has just happened. Especially since plenty of people seem to think folks like me should shut up.…

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It’s getting hot!

Not in the flat, of course, it’s freezing in here but out on the roof it’s sizzling hot.  In fact, a few little seedlings I separated and put outside yesterday got totally fried.  Poor things.  However, the “main players” are … Continue reading

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London and back

So I made it to London and back and… I’m very glad I went.  At first I had had reservations: being single at a wedding is not much fun and that’s before I factor in the potential risks of airports, … Continue reading

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They’re alive!

It has been, what, eight days since I planted these seeds?  Look at them now!  The peas came first.  There was no sign of the tomatoes so I turned them around in the bag so they were at the closed … Continue reading

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