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On 2010/08/30 at 11:44 pm, Rebel wrote:
Very happy you are alive and well. It would be great if you posted a sentence or two every few days so we know that another post is coming.
Nothing like changing the oil by taking short jaunts to make you appreciate where you live.
You may want to think of hiring a ghost writer for a novel ?
Why the sudden interest in earning money out of curiosity?
I accept that it is somewhat irresponsible of me to disappear from my blog for more than a couple of days, bearing in mind the fact that my life style will always lead to concerns about my well being.
So for the future I will do my best to just post a few lines as you have suggested, or give due notice of my intention to take a break.
To answer your question about earning money, I will say it is something that has occupied my thinking for quite a while, and the worry of it has also contributed in no small part to my depression.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a long way from being broke, but where a few years back I was definitely set up for life and the rate of my spending barley made a dent in my overall wealth, these days my financial situation is nowhere near as secure.
A combination of an extremely avaricious wife, the building of a house that got way out of control, along with its very high maintenance expenses and last but by no means least the worldwide stock market crash have all conspired to give me some concerns as to whether I will have sufficient income to provide for my advanced old age, always assuming I manage to reach that exalted point.
I am still comfortably off by any standards, and when my enhanced UK State pension kicks in next June, things will be even better.
But the fact is that I lost an enormous amount of my assets in the crash, and to this day, some of my major investments are still only worth a fraction of their former value and are effectively ‘ring fenced’, rendering them virtually ‘untouchable’ for the foreseeable future.
I have a lot of cash invested in funds such as the UK property market, and second hand endowment pensions, which were all doing great until the crash.
None of my investment funds have gone bust, and in time they will almost certainly recover, but that could be years away, and I’m not getting any younger.
It’s really difficult to assess how much I am worth and how long my money will last. Not least of this multi-faceted conundrum is how long will I live? At my present rate of progress, I doubt I will make 75, but who really knows. I’d hate to be 80, sick and broke. It’s a prospect that haunts me somewhat.
Hence my desire to try to earn some money – not a lot, but sufficient to supplement my current investment income for a few years until I get too old and weak to continue my current lifestyle.
As you are well aware, it is very difficult to get any work or become involved in any business in Thailand due to the work permit situation, and in any event who in their right mind would hire an old drunken sot like Mobi?
I have always enjoyed my creative writing, and for the most part have revelled in the fact that I do not need to write for a living so I can write whatever I choose to write, without having a publisher or an agent leaning over my shoulder and criticising and steering my efforts in a particular direction..
The only critiques that I choose to accept are those from my readers, and for the most part, they never or rarely criticize my writing style, but confine their comments to the content of my blog, all of which, of course, is true – not a work of fiction.
However, it would be nice to earn some money from my writing; firstly for the ‘peace of mind’ it would give me for my old age, and secondly I feel it would give me a discipline in my daily life which has been sadly lacking since I retired from work 10 years ago, and is undoubtedly a further factor that has contributed to my alcoholism and depression.
I am sure most of you would agree that there is more than enough material already published in my blog to make at least one full length novel – or maybe even two, if I include as yet unpublished material that still lurks in my brain.
I have previously blogged that I did have a volume of short stories, or more like ‘novelettes, published ten years ago, and have written a complete, but unpublished novel.
I’m sorry, Rebel, but the very idea of “ghost” writer fills me with horror (no pun intended)
If I cannot succeed in getting my writing published by the sweat of my own brow, then I am simply not interested.
Whether my writings could form the basis of a novel or a volume of short stories I have no idea. I do know that most publishers are simply not interested in publishing short stories, and many say so in their ‘blurbs’ to would-be authors who wish to submit manuscripts for consideration.
It seems that the only short stories that are published these days have been written by already established authors,(Jeffrey Archer & Ruth Rendell for example), who are indulged in their whims to write a collection of short stories, and, of course, because of their ‘name’, they will sell quite well.
Some time back I did make contact with an agent who liked my novel but told me it needed some major re-writing. He wrote a very long detailed list of the issues he felt I should address, and offered to help me further for a “fee”.
This was all happening at the same time that I was divorcing my fourth wife – Noi – and moving to Thailand, so I let the whole project lapse. Since then I have concluded that the novel isn’t really worth resurrecting and my time would be better spent in new creative writing – hence my blog and my autobiographical stories.
I certainly wouldn’t be averse to working with someone who could nudge me in the right direction, offer professional criticism of my writing and suggest possible ways to seek out a suitable publisher.
But where to find such a person, and where to find a publisher?
Who in their right mind would be interested in a ‘nobody’ like Mobi?