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Monday Morning Blues


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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?

Full-time neurosurgeon, 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.

The Cyclist and an Inspiration


I was recently invited to do a guest blog post. I felt it was worth placing here too:

The Cyclist and an Inspiration

Fredrik Nath

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.

The Junior Doctor's Strike

So, the 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 the juniors.
 
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.

Moving house? Some thoughts.


I’m 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.

What 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 thoughts.

Self-publish Your Book Now! (Episode 4)


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.

Go to:


You are now able to create an account.

Click ‘add new title’

Name your book and select ‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.

Making a cover for your book.(Episode 3)


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.

Easy self-publishing (Episode 2)


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.

How to self-publish your book (Episode 1) - a Quick, Easy Solution!


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.

I tried 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.

Junior Doctor's Strike




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.

Rant on Hunt and the NHS!

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.