Last evening I had to give a short piece on 'Crap' Art at the Liverpool Academy of Art in Seel St. - I had prepared a piece on that ancient and beautiful word - first heard during the Crusades and I had a short history of its progress via Germany and France to its arrival on our own fair shores. The Tudor thunder box featured large in my intended performance. There was only one problem - I wrote it on a loo roll and when I unwound the said roll, the felt tipped writing had some how got damp and had smudged. So my history of Thomas Crapper got flushed away. Sorry everyone to spoil your evening! but do go and see the weird and extraordinary exibits at the Academy.
yes, I was on medically prescribed Morphine when I wrote the first DCI Teasdale book. Happily from Book 2 onwards milder medication was prescribed. I am now working towards completely the next three stories. Some of you have been very kind and helped this elderly lady to carry on writing her stories of quaint Cheshire folk who get in the way of the DCI as he tries to investigate crime. but I am not a criminal myself so can any of you tell me why Facebook has blocked my attempts to answer so many of you who have asked me to like your pages. They say 7 days and yet it has been much much longer. Please tell me what to do.
But my questioning mind asks, why do we all flood into see stories we already know, when hundreds of new writers are begging to see their work published or on stage. It is as if they are invisible. Well, dear invisible writers everywhere, whether of plays or books, don't you know that your lot is akin to all great artists, you will make it one day because your work is a legacy to what you have lived through; to be archived, to remind a world of your time.
History needs to grow by being drip fed its stories from now, to feed the future. Writing is a seed we plant to grow and feed our descendants, who viewing our history, will hopefully see the circles of life; see the development of good things and the destruction caused by evil. But we need our invisible writers to be brave enough to write hidden from sight, but selflessly devoted to laying down their knowledge for the rest of time.
So write about what you know, what is fun about your life, what is daft and laughable, what is the evil around you and the good you see daily in your neighbours. Fact or fiction, your voice will speak to the future and maybe make it a better world. If you have a writing friend who is feeling down speak of their value to society, tell them to believe in themselves, encourage them to see their place in history is not necessarily in today's accolade but in tomorrow's as yet unseen appreciation. Did Dostoyevsky know that his work would still be influencing us in 2013, at the Playhouse in Liverpool?
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My stories are of murder in amongst gentle elderly people in Cheshire. See pelhammcmahon.co.uk for more dtails. They are available as e.books on Amazon
It has taken me quite some time to get back to work - I was alone in the house my brother was away and then it happened - things go wrong with the Facebook, then with my web site and eventually with emails. Well, I panic naturally, as I watch the slow disintegration of my working life.
Finally I realise Google has been messing up my Computor.
By using a magnifying glass and examining some ridiculous symbols the size of a pinhead, I find my way back to my different sites.
Google - When your customers have visual problems leave their machines alone. We don't want any changes to the simplicity of our working life.
Anyone else have similar problems with Google?
I need all my retwhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Detective-Inspector-Teasdale-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00CPDVEXM
The Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale Trilogy is still on sale as a trilogy but soon will be split up and will probably be dearer as single books - so Just in case you missed this link I am repeating it
Kindle Edition available to buy for £3.99 for all 3 stories in one e book.
So far emails have shown that this old lady is not completely mad - I like Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale. He is kind and always gets his man because he likes his neighbours! Old crazy people who want adventure in their lives. Like myself!
Please retweet this for me as I only seem to have young people on my list of customers and would like to reach my own generation.
Left to Write is a u.tube presentation i can recommend to you.
I ahve always known my problem and becuse I had a wondorful techer from the age of 12 I hav ovrcome most of it. [I wil not change this sentence this is how I used to write as a child] but will check th ereat so you my understnd what I wnt to saoy abot your children!
Today I am trying to speak to any who have to teach the likes of myself.
I was born LEFT handed but Hitler was bombing us out of our homes and we were evacuated to the country side. I was called Hitler's child because I used my left hand. They tied it behind my back at primary school I was constantly slapped on the hand with rulers, or woodden pencil cases. All I remember is being hit. When Dad come home from war he too was disappointed in his daughter and constantly said so. He said I would never write a book. This year VDU publishing helped me by publishing my first imaginative stories as a Trilogy about a DCI Teasdale. and that was in spite of the poor writing - I had a wonderful editor. I could understand what she was saying.
I failed the 11 plus and had to sit OL english five times.
At domestic science college I had to have four interviews with the examiner to check i really knew my stuff.
But now I look back and realise it was the kindness of a teacher, who daily spent at least half an hour with me - taught me to spell by sound rather than the look of a word. In my writing I have always had kind editors. When I wrote An Actor's Place, it took five years and Pam Brooks edited every word. My plays were often badly spelt but so many of the actors were also dyslexic it didn't matter. Anyway until I got my own computer and spell check in 1983 I often felt humiliated and often was by officious people. In the class room the kids were great, they loved telling me when I spelt a word wrong i loved teaching them. Today I am at last happy, retired and writing everyday. I can't work out how to use the computer easily but my niece and friends are wonderful to me.
If your child is unhappy at school, gets easily lost or doesn't seem to hear you -
look up LEFT TO WRITE if you see or hear something that you recognise in your child - have the poor soul checked out for dyslexia. every tenth child is a possible candidiate. Help them rather than punish them, please! And don't force a child to be right handed.
It has taken me half an hour to correct this piece.
In the DCI Teasdale Trilogy, I deliberatedly set the story in amongst the Peover villages because I love that part of Cheshire. Thank you to friend Sam for reminding me that General Patton was resident at Peover Hall before D.Day and Sam believes Patton's flag is still there. I must look into having a visit to check out this information. Will let you know!
Thanks all of you for your kind messages and have a lovely weekend. Keep writing - spell check does get there in the end. I find that if I also use it with the the one that gives us other meanings to words - I get there in the end. Ignore those who put you down or make you feel small. You have the courage to be yourself and over the years things do get better. I still try and learn new words everyday. This piece has been checked 3 times and now I hope it is good to go!
My dear brother, who looks after me, decided I needed warming up. Is this really winter on our doorstep? More importantly this will be our first winter in our new home and we have no idea what the heating bill will be. Then i think of all those who are going to spend winter in tents with nothing to to warm them. Makes my life wonderful in comparison.
Pelham McMahon lives in Liverpool and is a published author and playwright.