Mobi-Babble – 15th November 2015.

Mobi-Babble

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Jomtien Beach, Friday, 13th November

Azzy Update

Tomorrow, Monday, 16th November 2015 my novel, “AZZY” will be available on Amazon as an eBook.

It is already available to buy from Amazon in paperback.

As soon as the eBook is available for sale, I will set up a 5-day, free download period, which will start next Tuesday or Wednesday. I will tweet and also post a special edition of my blog to let you all know the precise dates.

Now that I have done all I can do to promote the book, I must sit back and hope that it starts to sell and that good reviews will help it to climb the Amazon rankings.

I confess I am not particularly optimistic. Reality has started to set in and when I realise how many thousands upon thousands of authors’ novels have never seen the light of day, I know what an uphill battle this going to be.

Indeed, one of my earlier novels, “A Lust For Life” is number 456,632 in Amazon UK rankings. In the Amazon.com (USA/Global) rankings, it is  number 1,648,174….

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Mobi’s ‘Pen’ for Sale

Freelance Writing

So it probably comes as no great surprise to learn that after making a start on my second novel in the series, I have put it to one side for a while as I must find a better way to generate some regular income.

My little cache of money is fast receding, and if I don’t take immediate steps to arrest this decline, I will soon be in serious financial straits.

I have my UK state pension, but unfortunately, it is not sufficient to take care of me and my family; even though we have now reduced our monthly expenses by moving to a smaller, cheaper home.

I don’t need to earn a lot of money, just enough to supplement my pension and cover my living costs. I never go out and I spend very little, but I do have  a family to support.

The only way I know how to do this is by trying to find contract work as a freelance writer. I have signed on with a couple of websites who offer work to freelance writers and I will see what gives.

Even this is going to be pretty difficult, as I have no recent track record as a contract writer, although since I have been in Pattaya I have completed two assignments which involved website content writing which I am using in my ‘portfolio’.

I reckon that I can work for £10 ($15) per hour, or for fixed price work I can probably write around 500 – 800 words an hour, (depending on the type of content), for the same ten quid.

These rates are pretty near the bottom of the scale for writers whose first language is English, (Filipinos and Indians are cheaper), but even at this rate, there seems to be plenty of competition and no doubt ‘buyers’ will favour writers with a recent, proven track record.

Clearly I will have to devote a lot of effort to this if I am going to break through.

If there is anyone out there who knows of any writing work that might be on offer or who can refer me to a company or website that may be able to fulfil my needs, I will be eternally grateful.

The range of work I am happy to undertake includes website content writing, (including research), guest blogging, writing articles, editing and proofreading, copywriting, ghost writing, eBook/ novel writing, business letters, proposals etc. etc.

Apart from this blog, I can provide examples of my ‘content work’ that I have written for other websites.

Thanks, guys…(and gals..)

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Mobi’s Reviews

“The Go-Between” (Book and TV Drama)

The Book

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Although I mainly read 19th and 20th Century classic literature, I confess that I had only vaguely heard of LP Hartley and his most famous work – The Go-Between which was published in the early 1950’s and is set in the turn of the century, rural  England.

In fact, it was only when the book was recently made into a TV drama that I decided to read the book, before watching the TV programme.

When I had finished the book, I read a few literary reviews to see what some of the eminent book critics of today thought of it. To be honest, I was quite surprised to learn that  The Go-Between is considered to be a 20th Century ‘masterpiece’. One critic said that the book is up there with the likes of Thomas Hardy and D H Lawrence.

In my opinion, while on the whole the book was well written, it fell well short of leaving me in awe of the prose, which is certainly the case whenever I read a Hardy or a Lawrence.

But my main complaint is that the novel is simply too long to sustain such a simple story.

The story relates the experiences of a 12-year old boy from in somewhat straightened family circumstances who spends his summer holidayswith a very wealthy school chum at his grand home in the Norfolk countryside.

He is ‘used’ as a messenger between a wealthy young lady, (the school chum’s elder sister), and her working-class, tenant farmer lover. This leads to somewhat predictable consequences – given that the sister is betrothed to the local Lord, who bares ugly facial scars from his time in the Boer War.

As long as the narrative concentrated on the central story I remained fully engaged, but there are pages upon pages of boyhood self-examination and ruminations which in my opinion, are far too complex and sophisticated to be experienced by a boy of that age.

While I accept that the book does tell us much about the rigid class system that existed at the turn of the 20th century – in particular, the society rules that had to be followed and that everyone had their ‘place’ – the narrative contains nothing special that hasn’t already been covered by other, better writers of the period.

When the author concentrates on the characters and the interplay between them, it is an enjoyable and absorbing read, but I’m afraid that for this reader, there was far too much of what I can only describe as ‘padding’.

I am sure many literary reviewers would be aghast at my description of Hartley’s hallowed passages in such a manner, but that’s my take on it. It is a good story with believable characters, but there is too much introspection, and not enough absorbing prose to make it a really good read for this 21st Century critic….but what do I know?

Mobi’s Verdict: 3Mobi-Stars.

 

The TV Programme.

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The TV adaption of The Go-Between was excellent. Dare I say it? Yes, why not – it was far more enjoyable than the book.

Yet the drama was faithful to the book in nearly every respect. It didn’t need to change much because as already stated above, at its heart, The Go-Between is a good story with some fascinating characters.

The film spares us the unlikely ruminations of the boy messenger, but allows us to watch him as he slowly rcomes to realise that the business between them is not really business business, but  ‘love affair’ business.

It is particularly poignant because our little hero has developed a boyhood crush on his chum’s sister and on top of this he has become a bit of a snob. He thoroughly disapproves of the clash of classes and he wants her to marry the ugly Lord.

The film is brilliantly acted by one and all. I have not come across any of the actors before, save the wonderful Jim Broadbent who plays a cameo role as the boy some fifty years later.

The camera work of the grand house, the characters in their Victorian finery and especially the Norfolk countryside is mesmerising. Somehow the cinematography brings to life a long-forgotten era of England during the years before the First World War; when walking and  horses and carts were still the main form of transport, and when everyone still kowtowed to the Lord of the Manor.

So much was to change so soon – as the ‘boy’ recalls when he returns to the area for the first time in 50 years.

Mobi’s verdict: 5 Mobi-Stars

Search for  the TV drama, download it and enjoy it. Skip the book.

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