530 – Walking D-Day & writing

You see something, you look at it, you take a picture and then you look at it on the iPad and you hold your breath. The major flaw with this picture are the various components the lamp pole; I did want the light behind the lamp, but didn’t expect the lamp post to be quite so prominent. I’m not sure about the housing upper left below the lamp’s bracket, is that a webcam? The street sign intruding in to the bottom of the frame, composition is dreadful, considering that I wanted to get the lamp as a guard dog looking down on everybody that passes underneath. But then I look at it, and I see the sharpness, where this is a night picture, and you can see the mottling in the glass in the lamp, and I am just so pleased with the camera in the iPhone 12, and feel so guilty that the phone camera has put my DSLR in to hibernation.

If I haven’t in the past said that I’d like to write a book, I am going to now, I’m sure I have, and I’m sure your are getting fed up with me going on about it. I must admit (and I’m fairly confident I’ve written this before) I do question why on earth would you want to read it? I guess that if you are going to write a book, the question is how do I do that, and where do I start? well, I had a look on Amazon, and keyed in something like “how to write a non-fiction book” and up popped a book “How to write Non-Fiction” by Joanna Penn.

Part of my thinking goes along the lines of “If I really did have a book inside me, then I would know intuitively how to write it”. Since I don’t know how to write it, do I really have a book inside me? Well, it may be that I do have a book inside me, but at the risk of creating my own “Ratner” moment (if you don’t know, google Gerald Ratner – famous gaffe), better still, here’s a link; https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=gerald+ratner+%22crap+moment&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari I’m going to write the book, I don’t care if you don’t read it (well, clearly I do, so if I do write it, please read it). Anyhow, back to Ms Penn’s book. I have to confess that I bought it with some scepticism, I’ve read a few self help books, and the main self help appears to be to get money for the author (others have been really good). So I thought, I’ve bought it, I started reading it thinking “I wonder if I will get beyond the introduction?” Well, within the first 20 pages it has very (and I mean VERY) cogently laid out exactly why I can and should write my book. So it looks like this one is a real goer. I am quite fired with enthusiasm.

And the reference to D-Day and walking in the title? Well, that’s thanks to another book; D-Day Our Great enterprise by Lesley Burton. I am up to page 19 in this book. It’s about how the people who lived along the south coast were affected by, and played a part in the build up to that momentous day, and the subsequent events that followed. My thought was, that if it mentions a place, then I would like to visit and write about the visit here, in this blog such as The Rising Sun in Warsash, which is where service people used to meet during the preparations. The same pub is still open and I think we will pay a visit.

And I may write about it here.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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