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Thewobblydickle
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Joined: 17 Dec 2004
Posts: 3242
Location: Derby

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker

Thewobblydickle

Real name

Rob (Bobby to my mum, Bob to my siblings, their spouses and offspring)

Age

48

Occupation

Full time gardener, part time football manager, spare time writer, lifetime husband and father.

Location

Derby

What do you write?

Children's novels, short stories (most of which are most definitely not suitable for children!). Poetry as a displacement activity for when I can't be arsed to edit my novels. I write loads of poetry.

What are your current writing goals?

Publication

When and why did you start writing?

At primary school. I loved creative writing. Now I just can't help it which is a bloody bane at times.

What's your best piece of writing advice?

Do your own thang and enjoy doing it but take note of any advice offered, even if you decide not to act on it.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?

A solar powered fridge, a weekly delivery of beer and a monthly visit from the travelling library.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:

Films
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; From Dusk till Dawn; life of Brian; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; one yet to be released.

Books
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis; Elidor by Alan Garner; Shadow of the Wind by that Spanish bloke; Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell; Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre.

Foods
Roasts (especially beef or lamb), curries, lemon meringue pie, cheesecake (especially blackcurrant or lemon), plain choc digestives.

Places?
The first one's rude and is to do with Mrs Me, home, Switzerland, Florida, Dorset.

At first I misread the following as 'Your favourite animal,' and of course the reply would have been, anything that tastes nice roasted. However...

Which

a) animal Monkey. Should see me up a tree.

b) plant Japanes knotweed. Difficult to control.

c) piece of furniture A lounger. Nuff sed.

d) piece of clothing Anything scruffy and informal.

is most like you?

Alcoholic Beverages
Beers, wines, spirits, ciders, liqueuers. I think that covers my expansive appreciation of this delicate art form.
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jak



Joined: 10 Jul 2007
Posts: 17
Location: Dorset

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Real name Jean

Age Well over 50

Occupation now – writer – since I retired from being a marketing consultant

Location North Dorset

What do you write? Mainly articles, just getting into poetry, occasional stories, one novel started, another in my head

What are your current writing goals?
Write more, get more stuff published and paid for, get on with the novels, win a competition – not necessarily in that order.

When and why did you start writing? Enjoyed it at school and got some recognition so thought I’d like more of that. Started writing seriously after my BA in Media Studies as a mature student but couldn’t make enough money to keep my kids so just did the business writing and the occasional magazine piece till I could afford to stop (recently) and get properly creative again.

What's your best piece of writing advice? If you want to sell it, get in the head of your reader

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island? tons of moisturising shower gel, shampoo & conditioner

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films Pretty Woman, ET, Black Beauty, Ladies in Lavendar, Ice Age (I haven’t seen many of the latest ones)
Books Really hard to choose just 5. Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, Emma – Jane Austin, Middlemarch – George Eliot, Strange Places, Questionable People – John Simpson, The Willow Cabin – Pamela Frankau
Foods crispy duck and pancakes, thai takeaways, chicken, roast shoulder of lamb, blackberry and apple crumble.
Places? Torquay – born there, calls me back; the Rodin Museum in Paris; Sydney Harbour; Bantry Bay; Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

Which

a) animal spaniel
b) plant hebe – I sang that part in Pirates of Penzance once long ago but I can’t keep one in my garden
c) piece of furniture doormat – I’m a walkover
and d) piece of clothing old hat
is most like you?
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Carol



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 917
Location: Burton on Trent

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Carol

Real name
Carol

Age
Same as Suzy

Occupation
Probate secretary

Location
Burton upon Trent

What do you write?
fantasy novels mainly but some short stories and a bit of non fiction

What are your current writing goals?
to get my writing up to a decent standard. The ideas are there but the descriptive bits are under par.

When and why did you start writing?
I had to write a story for my English GCSE and I wrote the ending to a fantasy story. When I left school I carried it on but when I started work and discovered alcohol I dropped it. A conversation with Helen at a new years eve party spurred me to write properly again

What's your best piece of writing advice?
Don’t say you can’t write unless you are in a certain room, write anywhere and everywhere. And don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?
radio, notebooks and pens, a lifetime supply of teabags

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films
Lord of the Rings (can I count the trilogy as one?) Shawshank Redemption, Shrek, 28 Days Later and Lethal Weapon

Books
Lord of the Rings, Duncton Wood, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Round Ireland with a Fridge

Foods
Sausage and mash. stir fry, brie, dark chocolate, ice cream

Places?
my house, Isle of Wight, Pride Park, London, Whitby

Which
a) animal owl
b) plant daisy
c) piece of furniture bookcase
and d) piece of clothing jeans
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Sarah Bridge



Joined: 29 Mar 2005
Posts: 38
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sarah Bridge (I definately need to think of something a bit more imaginative me thinks).

Real name

Erm...Sarah Bridge.

Age

19

Occupation

Full time bum at the moment unfortunately. I finished my first year of University last May and decided that I wanted to take some time out to decide what I really want to do with my life and also to travel a little bit. Since then I've had a few jobs, both in Manchester and Milton Keynes. I moved back to good old Barnsley about 4 weeks ago and am still looking for something to crop up!

Location

Barnsley, South Yorkshire

What do you write?

Mostly poetry and songs, but I do like to write short stories occasionally. I also want to start a novel by the end of the Summer as I have a few ideas that I'd like to play around with.

What are your current writing goals?

I'd like to have more of my poems published and perhaps win a few writing competitions. But like most writers, my ultimate ambition is to write a novel that I'm completely happy with and also that other people enjoy reading.

When and why did you start writing?

I started writing in primary school and just loved it. One of my favourite memories from school is when we were in the process of learning about the second world war and were told to write a story about being sent to a concentration camp from a Jewish childs perspective. I let myself become so involved in the story and I can remember being so restless when I got home from school, because all I wanted to do was go back and write some more.


What's your best piece of writing advice?

Write for yourself; write about things that you'd like to read about yourself; write so passionately that people can imagine themselves being part of the story; when you're writing don't think about anything else. Set the mood, focus, let your imagination run wild and get completely lost in the story!


What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?

Ooooo that's a tough one! Right, I'd compile all of my favourite poems and stories into one LARGE book, a gorgeous man hahaha and lastly a case of decent white wine!


What are your Top 5 Favourite:

Films
Oh I love films so this is quite a tough one too. Erm...my top 5 films would be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; The Pianist; Heavenly Creatures; Fight Club and The Last King of Scotland. Oh and anything with Leonardo Dicaprio in it because I think he's a really good actor!

Books
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis; Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor; P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman and Anthea Bell.
Foods
Cheesecake; chocolate; cashew nuts; Salmon Fillet/steak; Scones with jam and cream!

Places? I loved Marmaris in Turkey and France; I have lots of good memories from Manchester so thats definately a favourite place; I enjoyed Cologne...it looked really magical with all the Christmas lights and the markets; and lastly, I haven't been yet, but hopefullyI'll be Thailand and Vietnam will live up to my expectations when I go there in January!

Which

a) animal

I like seal pups just because they're really cute! Oh and monkeys.

b) plant

Lillies and Pink Roses.

c) piece of furniture

Bed!

d) piece of clothing

Anything new!
[b]
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Alan Sturgess
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Joined: 21 Jun 2005
Posts: 601
Location: Cheshire, UK

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Member Profiles Reply with quote

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Alan Sturgess

Real name
I forget so easily.

Age
Rising towards 62

Occupation
None now except for a life of undiluted leisure. Sorry love, didn't I do the ironing? I'll do it now.

Location
100 yards from the edge of the Yorkshire Dales Park

What do you write?
Used to write reams of poetry for children but have now almost entirely stopped writing. Didn't appreciate how central it was for me to have a live target audience.

What are your current writing goals?
I've a personal project in mind and I MAY get round to compiling a collection of the poetry for publication via Lulu, but motivation is weak at the moment and to be honest, I now doubt that value of most of the stuff. I binned several folders a few months ago.

When and why did you start writing?
Was lucky in that I always had a facility with words, so I started in primary school. Wrote more seriously in the mid 70's when I completed two animal 'novellas' for some friends to use in school. Started specialising in writing (and teaching) poetry for children in about 1979 and continued until I retired in 2002.

What's your best piece of writing advice?
1) Write, even if you don't feel like it.
2) If you're stuck for ideas, go for a walk and let the rhythm of your paces stimulate your thinking processes.
3) If you're still stuck for ideas, just watch and listen to people or scan newspapers for strange-but-true reports.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?
A nylon-strung guitar
A BIG supply of spare strings
A teddy bear

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films ----- The usual suspects - House of flying daggers - Amelie - O brother where art thou? - Shakespeare in love
Books ---- Too many to list
Foods ---- Egg and chips from 'The Dalesman' in Gargrave - Bananas and custard - Sloppy rice pudding (not gloopy_glop) - Bacon and eggs - Ham salad with lots of interesting things in the salad
Places? ---- Any Hobgoblin music shop - Any beach - Sawley Abbey - Ripon cathedral (not bad for an atheist!!!) - Moorland

Which is most like you?
a) animal (a retired sheepdog)
b) plant (Poppy)
c) piece of furniture (cupbard with jammed drawers)
d) piece of clothing (My Knackered but comfy Homer Simpson slippers)

Added section (because it's central to me)
What 5 musicians or types of music do you like?

Tangerine dream - Traditional folk music (UK and America) - Peter Gabriel - Jan Garbarek - I'm always hearing music I love, so I'll stop there.
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leatherdykeuk
TWI Forum Member of the Year 2010


Joined: 26 Jul 2005
Posts: 11050
Location: Derbyshire UK

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker leatherdykeuk

Real name Rachel Green

Age 43

Occupation Chesterfield Housewife (according to the Derbyshire Times)

Location Chesterfield, Derbyshire

What do you write? Satirical Urban Fantasy

What are your current writing goals? To get an agent for books 2-6

When and why did you start writing? About 5 years ago when I began to write about an immortal witch. I still haven't finished that one.

What's your best piece of writing advice? Write. At least 400 words every day.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island? A generator, a computer, and a dog.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films The 300, Blade Runner, Aliens, Hero, House of Flying Daggers
Books The Crow Road (Iain Banks), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), The Broken Sword (Poul Anderson) and Inferno (Dante)
Foods Rice, Fajitas, Enchiladas, Tikka Masala, Apples
Places? The Gower, Aberystwyth, Strawberry Waters, St. Ives and my own garden.

Which is most like you?
a) animal: Dog (Loyal and fierce)
b) plant Lupin (Wild and charming)
c) piece of furniture Bookcase (Full of eclectic knowledge)
and d) piece of clothing A battered Fedora (comfortable but needs replacing)
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jak



Joined: 10 Jul 2007
Posts: 17
Location: Dorset

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where and what is Strawberry Waters? I'm intrigued.
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leatherdykeuk
TWI Forum Member of the Year 2010


Joined: 26 Jul 2005
Posts: 11050
Location: Derbyshire UK

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jak wrote:
Where and what is Strawberry Waters? I'm intrigued.


It's a small holiday cottage in South Devon
http://www.msdemmie.com/pages/MsDemmieCottage/
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graeme



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 287

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker graeme

Real name graeme

Age still in 30s. just

Occupation civil servant

Location livingston

What do you write? books n stuff

What are your current writing goals? publish a book or stuff

When and why did you start writing? ages ago. just because

What's your best piece of writing advice? don't waste time fannying about websites. write instead

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island? wife wane and factor 15

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films aliens; the usual suspects; moulin rouge; the life of brian; something else suitably arty and alternative
Books cloud atlas; no 9 dream; ghostwritten; catch 22; bleak house
Foods anything so long as it doesn't live in a shell
Places? tynecastle; scotland; some bits of england; have never been to wales but i understand it's nice

Which
a) animal grumpy auld dug
b) plant thistle
c) piece of furniture none - i'm animate (mostly)
and d) piece of clothing as above
is most like you?
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santhere
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Posts: 389
Location: Danmark den skønne

PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker: Santhere

Real name: My full name is Simon Holm Pedersen. My surname is not pronounced "petersen". Instead it is very flat and the 'd' is nearly silent. If you mumble it, you've probably got it right.

Age: 20

Occupation: I am in between educations and unemployed.

Location: Denmark

What do you write? Texts. Music reviews. A short story per year(approximately)

What are your current writing goals? If I have ever had goals, they are dormant now.

When and why did you start writing? In school assignments. They bored me and thus I came up with ludicrous tales of a russian detective called Kaffi Kalashnikovfi. He was a drunkard and never really solved anything. But he did meet a talking penguin. I also did amateuristic comics detailed the Gaul Wars in a particularly gory fashion and a fairy tale about two friends who stole big gold coins from a troll. An epic really.

What's your best piece of writing advice? Don't.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?

I will probably figure that out when I arrive and then it will be too late. Tough luck.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:

Music(albums):

1. Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye
2. Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
3. Mastodon - Remission
4. The Upsetters - Super Ape
5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#(Infinity Sign)

Films:
1. Princess Mononoke
2. The Usual Suspects
3. Dogma
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
5. City of God

Books:
1.Frank Herbert – Dune
2.C.S. Lewis – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
3.John Fowles - The Collector
4.Dennis Jürgensen – Ikke En Fjer Bedre
5.Tom Robbins – Jitterbug Perfume

Foods:
1. Lasagna
2. Durum
3. Wok
4. Spaghetti with clams
5. pistachio nuts

Places?
1. Home
2. The library
3. a record store
4. Grindsted Kino(a cinema)
5. Endelave(an island off the east coast of Jutland)

Which
a) Sloth
b) the Japanese cherry tree in our garden that bears no fruit. Or a very bulky bush.
c) a waterbed
and d) a poncho
is most like you?
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GESSEJ



Joined: 09 Aug 2007
Posts: 3148
Location: Chilliwack, B.C. Canada

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker: Gessej

Real Name: Jesse Gadsby (or Jesseg, clever!)

Age: 25

Occupation: Restaurant Manager

Location: Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada. (Verrrrry small town)

What do you write? Poetry, songs, and I recently began my first novel. Sci-Fi, but not too heavy on the special effects.

What are your current writing goals? Write some good short stories to help prepare me for finishing my novel. Also, learning to spell would be great!

When and why did you start writing? Had my first success with poetry in grade 4. Started writing more seriously at age 12. Thought I could impress a girl I really liked. Didn’t win the girl, but discovered a new passion!

What's your best piece of writing advice? I really feel like I’m too new at this to be dispensing advice, but I guess I would have to say hold on to your ideas as long as you can. YTou never know when new inspiration will hit!

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island? Pillow, toilet paper, and a fridge full of condiments. With enough coriander chutney, I bet those rats would taste pretty good!

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the rings trilogy, Capote, Bourne movies, anything Bond
Books The Great Gatsby, The old man and the sea, wheel of time series, Sherlock Holmes and the 7 percent solution, The complete works of Edward Lear
Foods Butter chicken, strawberry rhubarb pie, corn on the cob, steak, cheesecake
Places? My house, the coffee shop in town, Victoria, Granville Island, anywhere that isn’t work!

Which
a) animal lion
b) plant sweet pea
c) piece entertainment centre
and d) that shirt you keep even though its full of holes
is most like you?


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Grum



Joined: 21 Sep 2007
Posts: 27
Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker: Grum

Real name: Graeme K Talboys

Age: 53 (not something I admit to agents or publishers)

Occupation: Writer

Location: Scotland

What do you write?: er… Books (there’s a list on my blog)

What are your current writing goals?: I have two. The first is to reach ten books in print. The second is to get a novel published by a major publisher.

When and why did you start writing?: About 45 years ago when I realized you could make up your own stories.

What's your best piece of writing advice?: Write.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?: Paper, ink, pen.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films: The General (Buster Keaton); 2001: A Space Odyssey; Dark City; The Constant Gardener; Lord of the Rings
Books: The Once and Future King (T. H. White); The Cornelius Quartet (Mike Moorcock); Shadow Dance (Angela Carter); Orlando (Virginia Woolf); Viriconium (M John Harrison)
Foods: Toasted cheese and marmite sandwich; soup; lasagne; Border’s Chocolate Ginger biscuits; Nut roast with all the trimmings.
Places: The Lake District (especially around Coniston); the North Laine area of Brighton (especially in the late 60s and early 70s); my study; my garden; inside a book.

Which
a) animal: Cat
b) plant: Poppy
c) piece of furniture: Cabinet of Wonders (stuffed full of useless junk and completely out of date).
and d) piece of clothing: A greatcoat (baggy, saggy, useful once upon a time and… completely out of date)
is most like you?
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Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 23
Location: Timaru, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Real name:Heather Talbott

Age: 46

Occupation: P/T caregiver,P/T student

Location: NZ

What do you write? Poetry, short stories, reviews for the local paper

What are your current writing goals? An assignment involving a re-envisioned short story and an essay on Why fiction matters.

When and why did you start writing? As a child, but tore them up. As a creative writing student I learned to let others do that.

What's your best piece of writing advice? A blinking cursor is your friend.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?
A crate of wine. A box of fruit and nut chocolate bars. A yacht.

Which
a) animal - a cat
b) plant - rubber plant
c) piece of furniture - bar stool
and d) piece of clothing - threadbare jeans
is most like you?
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Joined: 23 Jun 2005
Posts: 94
Location: Oop north

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heather wrote:
I'm a pom, living in NZ, married with 4 kids.


Can you or Helen please enlighten me? is "Pom" either of:

1. Sort-of acronym of "Prisoner of Mother England". (Source, an Aussie).
2. Short for "pomegranate", a reference to red-cheeked 50s immigrants (Source, a pom who returned).
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Location: North London, UK

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe it has something to do with spuds...
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