My wife found me stripping woodchip wallpaper in our spare bedroom. “Why are you doing this, you hate decorating and you are doing it all wrong?”
“Because I want a summer house to write and read in down in the shady part of the garden. Before I can put up a summer house I have to get rid of both the dilapidated shed. Before I can dispose of the sheds I need to make room in the garage to house the lawnmower, spare bikes and essential (maybe) bric-a-brac. To make room in the garage I have to dispose of its largest incumbent – dissembled bunk beds. To put those bunk beds in the spare room, it needs to be decorated first.
I was doing it wrong. I should have paid a professional.
Great news for the publishing company, Adventure Books of Seattle, for whom I do editing. The true-life account of DB Cooper who skyjacked an airplane in 1972, jumped out with the money over the Rockies and never caught is called Into The Blast see here. A TV programme company is working with Robert Blevins and PI Skipp Porteous to make a programme about the book and the research that went into it. I only edited the book so I don’t expect to be involved but I’m chuffed to bits for Robert, who did and still does an enormous amount of research (including travelling up and down the Rockies in winter snows).
Intrigued and British? Then you can buy Into the Blast on the UK Amazon site here.
It’s about time I did an update here. I’ll save the best till last.
The main reason for writing this blog is to promote my writing and inform readers of Escape Velocity magazine and other projects of news. In spite of these writerly intentions I once wrote a piece about how a friend led me up to the summit of Tryfan mountain up the north face. Marvelous day, and since then the majority of hits in this writer’s blog has been by folk looking for news of Tryfan! Well, the news is that the mountain is nearly two metres taller than previously measured. Either a quiet earthquake has pushed it up or a surveying team had a bent theodolite. See the news item here.
Into the Blast is the title of a true life book I edited for Adventure Books of Seattle this Spring. The book, written by Robert Blevins and Skipp Porteous, gives an account of the search for the correct identity of the sky-jacker in the USA who called himself DB Cooper. The revelations in the book has caused a stir in the US and it has led to radio, newspaper and upcoming TV interviews mainly for Robert Blevins. It is becoming one of our best sellers. Look here for it on Amazon.com and here for the UK version of Amazon
The most recent fiction from Adventure Books of Seattle is the unique humorous science fiction / fantasy Big Bang by Welsh writer and film maker, AJ Desmond. UK readers can buy it here It is selling well on the Kindle as well as paperback.
The big news is more personal. Our son, Robert, is getting married this weekend! So by the time next week comes around we’ll have farmed out and married off both our wonderful children. I wish them the same happiness and contentment my wife and I have had and continue.