Departure Anniversary

It has been a year, and you are still travelling. We are hoping that you are enjoying your travels. Are the sights you are seeing interesting? Do you look in on us from time to time?

Are you still on the Interdimensional Steam Train? Have you changed your method of transport? These things and many more we would like to ask.

Have you found vegetarian food that isn’t vegetables that you like?

A year has gone by, fast, or slow, but it has been the first year you haven’t seen with us. I can certainly thank you for the talks we’ve had, the advice given, and the certainty provided.

You may be gone, you are not forgotten, your fans, friends and family will always remember you.



Irregular, but still quietly chuntering

Hello all.

A while ago, I asked for volunteers who wanted to talk about their self published books, and promote themselves. I had a good turn out, and promised to get back to people once I had a date ready, and to see who could appear.

Well… Silly silly gmail has lost the emails I had received, and answered.

So, if you are interested in appearing in Ipswich, please can you let me know again, and we can arrange the details.

The date for this are Sunday December 7th.  Time to be confirmed and somewhat flexible around your needs, however daytime is preferable.

We are having our library fayre that day, so children welcome, and there will be activities and a father christmas around too.

Please, do get in touch 🙂

Still here, just procrastinating…

Firstly, a hello, and apology to all Dad’s loyal followers.

I have been procrastinating for a while now, as I have one finished project, that just needs compiling, and another that is still very much in the typing up phase.

I have been bitten by the Warhammer 40,000 (by Games Workshop) bug, and have been painting some newly acquired models, and deciding what to do with some I previously had.  This, in the main, is what has caused me to dither on Dad’s projects, and has caused my absence, as well as volunteering at a school full time.

Hopefully, things will even out soon, and I will be able to take the time needed to actually finish these two projects, and then decide on the best way to proceed from there.

I haven’t forgotten anybody, just been working through things in my own way…  It’s Dad’s Birthday at the end of the month…  He will be scattered, possibly in Dunwich, which was one of his favourite holiday spots.

Authors and supporters

Hello friends.

I am looking for self published authors who would like the chance to give a reading, talk to library users,  and help promote their works.

I cannot give dates or times yet, however, my local library was extremely supportive when I pitched the idea of helping to advertise and support self published authors.

As I am based in Ipswich, UK, I am hoping that there is at least a little interest in this activity.  We were thinking about running it alongside a wine and cheese evening.  If you are a children’s author, then please get in touch as well, as we can arrange something for children to attend.

If you are interested, then please email me detailing your name, and pen name if appropriate, genre, book title(s) buy from page, for those who use print as well as eBooks, and a small bit about yourself.

I really hope I can generate interest, help some of Dad’s followers/friends/fans, and help boost your sales too, as we are interested in actually buying your books, for our users to enjoy, and hopefully introduce into the mainstream Suffolk County Council Library systems.


It Has Arrived!

Patterns of the Mind.

This piece was one of Steve’s longest running pieces of work, that may still not be totally complete.  However, since he moved on, we have been steadily collating, typing, polishing, scanning, and fixing text and images, poems and illustrations.

If you ever wanted an insight into an author, and maybe a better understanding of a friend, then I would definitely suggest purchasing this book.  It is available as both a shortened eBook version (which is cheaper) and a decent paperback.

So, here it is, and in all its glory Patterns of the Mind.

Pen strokes

Lines of Thought

Words of Wonder

Patterns of the mind!

Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (15 Powerful Protagonists)

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Powerful Protagonists

The protagonist is the chief actor, or main character, in your book. It might be a man or a woman, or even a fictional character with no gender (such as a tree). For today’s post, we’re going to refer to the protagonist as “him” for continuity’s sake.

Why is it important for your protagonist to be powerful? I don’t mean physically strong. I don’t even mean personally effective or likeable. Your protagonist may be on your readers’ hate list, but perhaps they have a grudging respect for him. I’m talking about powerful in terms of making an impact with your readers. A main character who doesn’t make an impact with your readers is going to lead you down the path to the dark side of being unpublishable.

In order to understand what makes him powerful, let’s look first at what makes him weak. A protagonist who is perpetually…

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Roll Call for Ideas

Well.  I am a member of my local library’s “friends of…” group.

One idea that I want to put forward is to help with the promotion of the self-published author.  Now, the part I need help with, is the how…

Offering a “meet and greet” is one way, however for foreign authors, or those that are definitely NOT local, this may be impractical.  Another method could be to have a small section dedicated to self published authors… but who decides what goes in there?  

So, what would you, the possible beneficiaries of this idea suggest?  

Are any of you within a reasonable distance of Ipswich (UK) just in case there is an opportunity?

Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (13 Self-Editing Part 1)

Some more well thought out tips for self-editing here. 🙂

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Some of the things we’ve discussed previously are good to be on the watch for and remove, but there are other, specific tasks that can be done when a manuscript’s completed to help polish it. Since there are many of these odd jobs, this specific post will continue over time.

Editing your own work involves hard labor. Other authors have mentioned they make as many as ten to fifteen passes in editing, revising, and reworking, focusing on one or two aspects of self-editing each time. Those authors are to be commended, since writing a book is only one third of the work. Editing is the second third, and publishing and marketing take up the final third. You’re never exactly finished, are you?

  1. To review earlier posts, we’ve chatted about removing unnecessary “ly” adverbs, superfluous dialogue tags, inappropriate dialogue tags, redundancies, undue “thats”, and needless directions and impossibilities. It’s hard to…

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