Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Josh Ferguson - a typical bully or a hidden enemy?

He is a bully. The sort of guy who likes taking it out on the weaker kids. He may wear a hoodie and a zero-hair policy on his head. He may be a nasty piece of work. But there is one thing you must give to Josh Ferguson: he is not as stupid as he looks. Contrary to his gang members, this one has a brain, and from time to time uses it, too. But why does he hate the new student at Corfe Hills, Qwerty Seymore, so much? He has no reason for it. No reason whatsoever... Does he need one? Probably not... Or does he?

Josh Ferguson ("Qwerty: The History"). Picture by Greg Like

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Meet John White - he's sort of James Bond

Working for a secret organisation, dealing with highly skilled criminals and hiding the truth from the world may take its toll on a man. Not everyone can be James Bond... But John White sort of is. He's tall and fit, staring danger in the face with that special gleam in his eye. Enemies? They'll be caught. Elements? They'll be beaten. His only weakness these days, however, is one teenage boy with a funny name, who John protects like his own life. There are important things on his plate. But Qwerty Seymore is priority. Period. 

John White. Picture by: Greg Like

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Meet Asqualor by Hubert Ronek

Qwerty and his gang were last year portrayed by Gino Nita, a comic book writer and illustrator. Now, however, I am pleased to introduce to you both another character from my book "Qwerty: The History" and its author, who has recently joined Qwerty's friends. Meet Asqualor by Hubert Ronek. 

Asqualor (one of the baddies from "Qwerty: The History") Picture: Hubert Ronek

Monday, 11 January 2016

Meet the Gibbles - the slightly dysfunctional family

If you've been following this blog, you may by now know about Qwerty and his friends. You may even know the characters I am about to introduce to you... But I shall spill a few words on the table anyway, to give you a better idea of who the Gibbles are. 

The Gibble Family

Friday, 1 January 2016

2 film reviewers you should follow

Who doesn't like a good movie? Of course, books are preferred (it's mandatory for me to say it, because I write them...), but an entertaining film can, from time to time, substitute a quality entertainment. But which ones are good? How not to waste time? "Horrible Bosses" may have been funny, whilst the second part made me want to walk straight into the kitchen and commit seppuku using a bread knife. Fear not, however, as I have found two sources of knowledge and advice when it comes to cinema - they have repeatedly proven to be consistent with my own opinion. Hence I feel I should recommend blogging boy and girl who can set you on the right cinematic track. 

The Whacko Blogs - super-project in the blogging world

It wasn't long ago when I encountered the blogging world of Jeremy Crow aka Jeremy Fink. As he says himself - he's been there and he's done that. But he's still doing it, too, which is great, because it brings us all a massive amount of entertainment. I decided to dedicate the entire post of recommendations to The Whacko Blogs, because there is just so much to say about them. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Meet Qwerty and the gang

Qwerty Seymore is an ordinary teenager, raised by his uncle Matthew. His life is not a standard one, perhaps, but the boy is happy... Until his uncle dies of cancer - following that sad event, he must move to his aunt's house, to Poole, England. Only then he finds out he's not so ordinary, after all. Meet the main hero of the book:"Qwerty: The History", and his friends. All pictures are drawn by Gino. 

Qwerty Seymore 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

4 reasons why Santa (potentially) breaks the law

Ever since we were little, we have been fed a myth - or if you prefer: a legend - about Santa Claus. It is an elderly, plump man, dressed in chilli-red, who only works one night a year, distributing presents among millions of children around the globe. Here are a few aspects of his actions that may just make you look at this eternal altruist from a slightly different perspective: 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Qwerty: Adela's Story (extract)

I had a night in last night and whipped up this little chapter, after drinking almost entire bottle of my favourite wine (J.P. Chenet, Merlot, if you are looking for inspiration). It's fresh and unedited (story, not wine), but I thought you may like it (also, it's more adult content...). This is a part of Adela's tale (Qwerty's aunt). Just to give you some context: Qwerty Seymore has just been kicked out on the street by uncle Gibble, Adela's husband, for arguing with a teacher. This is the night the boy meets John White and finds out he is a telekinetic... (see the book: "Qwerty: The History")

Donald & Adela Gibble, Picture by GINO

Thursday, 17 December 2015

First review of "Qwerty: The History" - an adrenaline shot

I have received the first opinion from a person who downloaded my book, "Qwerty: The History", on Kindle. This is what they wrote: "Great gripping read drew me into the world of Qwerty. I think you ARE A WRITER of yet more unexplored talent, best wishes for your success". This is the nicest thing anyone could say to me right now. 

Characters from the book, "Qwerty: The History" Picture by GINO

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

"Qwerty: The History" - a lucky escape?

Busy, busy, busy. Deadlines to meet and so on. However, I shall attempt to keep you entertained and for that reason, I am posting another short fragment of "Qwerty: The History". Enjoy (I hope you will): 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Travel and writing - there is a catch

You are bombarded by stunning pictures of beaches, architecture, natural wonders and amazing sights that can be found around our globe. All the time. You dream of travelling. You'd love to quit your boring office job and go on that one perfect journey around the world. Preferably with a one-way ticket. You've watched and/or read "Eat, Pray, Love". You know what happens: you learn new languages and find love... Right? 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

"Qwerty: The History" - VIDEO

Have you got nine minutes? Probably not... But if, by any chance, you are willing to spare a moment, have a look at this post. I have prepared a video for you - it's me reading the beginning of my book entitled "Qwerty: The History". The sound is pretty bad and the quality is low, and there is no music, but hey, it's my first time... Having no idea about editing and filming, I downloaded basic Movie Maker yesterday and did it! I hope you get through the first two minutes... 

Also, below I am placing the fragments I read, in case the video was unclear (as it probably is in places - again, my first time ever recording anything other than short holiday videos...)

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Language changes you...

All this writing business is a slippery subject as it is. But try doing it in two languages... That is what I have been practising for months and my brain is going into overload. After a while, you discover you don't distinguish what is supposed to be your native tongue from the one you acquired as your second. Frankly, I do not know what language I am reading. Or writing. The man came to install my Internet and I didn't recognise the fact that my system is not set to default English. He had to point it out.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Wicked Wit of Insults

My eyes wandered today to the bookshelves with neatly arranged volumes; this has a soothing effect on my ever-restless soul. And they met no other but a rather inconspicuous, green-ish book entitled "The Wicked Wit of Insults" completed by Maria Leach. I bought it after splitting up with one bastard. They say you must make one final mistake before you get married. He was mine. 

Monday, 30 November 2015

The smell of taste of roses locked in the scream of softly whispering sunset - or how to write descriptions

Descriptions are the most omitted parts of any writing. No one cares how the fields look like on that one morning in July, when the sun's coming up. Or how the grass is green. If we want to see colours, we tend to look at the photographs or paintings. From the written word we require action, except perhaps poetry... But with poetry I have always had a love-hate relationship, to which I do not admit much. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Why every book is really a love story

Every book, to some extent, is a love story. It really is. Even the gruesome novels of Graham Masterton are. I couldn't get through any of his works, except "The Ritual", where a man cuts off his finger and eats it. They repelled me; "50 shades of Gray" is nothing comparing to Masterton's awful kinkiness. But even the perverted horror writer couldn't escape it. Why? Because the affection we have for other human beings is the ever-present theme in our lives, whether we like it or not. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Sylvester Stallone selling bread or why it is so hard to promote a book

Promoting anything is hard work. To market food is excruciatingly painful, and that is something we all need; we'd die without it. And yet, to advertise bread, Warburtons at one point employed Sylvester Stallone. If you need Rocky to sell people one of the staple foods, what on earth do you need to do to promote something as useless as a book?! 
Sylvester Stallone advertising bread

Monday, 23 November 2015

How a writer can get you to bed

What makes writing good? Well... I tend to say that I am a terrible writer with a good story, so it writes itself and I then have to go back, and correct my own mistakes. So what do I know? But I am certain that it's not enough to have a story and patience to write it all down, even though these are hard. You must keep your readers alert. Interested. Biting their nails. Laughing. Crying. And so on. 
A woman reading in bed; painting by Fabian Perez

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Improving Hell - a short story

The period between October 2006 and October 2010 was very busy for me. I was studying journalism and then linguistics in Southampton, UK (the starting point of Titanic's only journey), and working at a busy Estates & Facilities Office at uni, doing all sorts of arduous admin tasks. Between my assignments, articles on hybrid cars and work, I barely had time for anything else. I had no support from family, no one familiar around and plenty of bills to pay. Any fun writing had to go and hide deep under the carpet.