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5 am. Dog wakes me –
need to go out. Oooooh groan. Dressing gown, slippers stumble down stairs –
fresh air on my face.
Damned funny time to get
up. Start to think… Could I be more productive? Apportion my time…
Bed beckons. But… and there’s
always a ‘but’. Can I?
prolific medico-legal expert, published author, house person to my daughter or
was that slave? More productive?
But work never seemed to
be ‘work’. I always enjoyed it. Never felt that even at 3 am. opening someone’s
head that it was hard work.
I was recently invited to do a guest blog post. I felt it was worth placing here too:
Cyclist and an Inspiration
The early morning sunlight flickered
from behind the high clouds and reflected golden and crisp from the monument in
Bergerac’s market square. Around me, shoppers bustled and in the roadway a car
beeped its horn. The grey stone pillar rose fifteen feet above me, its shadow
pointing away towards the elm trees that line the roadway. A smell of garlic
wafted as I read those brave words that showed the strength of the French and
France’s indomitable leaders.
strike went well, I’m told. Rumour has it that there were no junior doctors and
the consultants had to do the routine and emergency work without the help of
Think again. A number of juniors are not in the BMA. They can’t
strike partly because they are afraid of losing their visas or their jobs. This
meant that there were juniors working on both strike days. Elective work was
cancelled – consultants can’t be in two places at once and there is no one
available to look after the operated patients during the night.
told that the three most stressful things you can do in life are: moving house,
losing someone close to you (grief) and getting divorced. The one I’d place
last is maybe moving house. Grief is grief – hard work that never ends but just
becomes less frequent.
is it Leonard Cohen says in that song? ‘Everybody’s broken, like their father
or the dog just died’. I’ve been an orphan for many years now, but I still miss
my folks. They are part of me and remain integral in my personality and my
If you’ve been following the thread so far, you should now
have the following assets:
1. PDF of your book
2. .mobi file of your book
3. .epub version
4. PDF of the cover
5. .jpeg of the cover.
You are now able to create an
Click ‘add new title’
Name your book and select
‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.
If you’ve read and done the previous two posts you will now
be in possession of three files: .pdf; .mobi; .epub. Next you design your
cover. What sort of cover you make depends on your individual preference. I
like dark/light relatively non-busy covers. On Kindle all you get is a small
avatar view of the cover, so why waste time putting a lot of writing in small
print that no one can read? That’s up to you though. The final print-ready
cover is a bit different though I think the less you put on the cover, the more
the picture stands out.
This post is intended to allow you to produce nice, clean
files, ready for uploading to your publishing source.
Firstly, write a book. Really, write your novel. Put it away
for a few weeks. Then edit it on-screen. Then print it out and go through it
with a red felt-tip and correct and re-write. It’s because you can’t afford to
have any typos or clumsy sentences. When you’re certain you’ve licked it – ask a
friend to read it. No friends? Pay someone to read it. The publishing arm I use
comes up with ‘We have found x typographical errors as follows:’ then they
shred your editing for you.
When my publisher told me in December he wasn't going to publish any
more books for the time being, it hit me hard. We'd published the first
book of a quadrilogy calledAMULET. I had four more books written and ready to
go - all dressed up and nowhere to go! To cap it all he was poised to publishGaldir IVthe next instalment of theGaldir series. I had one more French resistance
novel written as well.
poking a few agents and publishers but despite my having sold 30,000 copies of
the Cyclist and plenty more of the Roman books, no one showed interest.
So, haven’t written much for a long time. Been busy – still
busy but felt I should comment on the coming junior doctor’s strike. Also want
to plug my book THE PROMISE.
Why would any junior doctor want to take industrial action?
It’s simple. All of them have spent five years qualifying as doctors – they had
to get straight ‘A’s’ at A-level to get into medical school. In the last two
years all their friends are earning because most other degrees require only
three years of study. Then they have to do a compulsory year working in
hospital for a pittance to get GMC registered.
How can a government get facts
and figures so wrong?
Fact: the NHS has functioned
all the way through because of good will. Even stuffy consultants give
everything they can to the NHS. The patient alwys comes first and many
hard-pressed consultants work long hours and come in to the hospital when they
are not on call – they are available 24/7.
I’m on call this weekend. At a
moment’s notice from Friday morning to Monday at 9 a.m. I can be called in for
an emergency operation or even to assess a patient.