Archive for April, 2008

Of Love and Marriage

April 17, 2008

Of Love and Marriage.

 Sometimes we come across a serious piece of reading, well written and with a twinkle of humour, that is irresistible. It is like finding gold in the mud, only in this case, finding gold amid a myriad of jewel-like jelly beans.

 I am a fairly frequent visitor to ‘Fools Paradise, Infinity on a Shoestring’ and this amazing dissertation may have been there for a while, demurely set out in tiny print and almost hidden beneath a smorgasbord of unusual delights, which might distract all but the most steadfast of good literature seekers. My advice is — find it, copy the article, paste it on a document and adjust the print to readable size. Of course, if you happen to be an ant, this process is not necessary.

 So why bother?

Several reasons:

If you are in a partnership or thinking of getting married, your path to happiness with be illuminated for you both, It most certainly will be enhanced.

 If you are married, read this and you just might stay that way — happily.

If you have problems with relationships of any kind, you might find useful words of wisdom to help you in your situation.

 If you are part of that group of people who believe in marriage, whether as a political party flag-flyer or out of conviction for the good of mankind, you may find the thrust of a point of view — the words — to aid you in your task explaining why.

 If you like simplicity of ‘argument’,  that is, reading that is not too esoteric to take in with your morning coffee or lunchtime sandwich, this could be for you.

Finally, apart from enhancing your own life, spreading ‘the word’ around the office, the home and the ‘local pub’ mind well bring a little light and happiness into a world torn by failing relationships.

Where to find these jewels of wisdom?

Click on  Marriage X-Files (persevere to find it!)

And finally, a quote from the end piece about the meaning of Love:

“… intelligent love is the only value worth living for, and such love is never wrong.”

 If you want to argue that statement — take it up with Inkletter.

 I have been married 55 years and I KNOW what he is talking about.



April 3, 2008

I had a pingback drop into my Inbox this morning: It was posted there by : 

I’m not into all this pinging and ponging. I find it rather confusing. BUT, reading again what Michael Allen put in (what I think might have been his last) posting, put a somewhat ironic smile on my face.

Now I consider Allen to be a jolly good writer who ran an excellent literary blog, which was of great benefit to writers, especially unrecognised ones like yours truly. He is sadly missed.

It seems every time I appear to be making a tiny progress my props fall away and I’m back in the mud of obscurity. Indeed my latest book, Awakening Love was to be the book that would mark me out as a writer of Women’s Fiction, even if in moderate terms. But how to interest a publisher?

Howbeit, I do have a contract with a USA E-Book publisher for that book and for its sequel (Seduction By Design), which I hope will reach fruition later this year. That could be a start, for it is certain the few books I published myself will not spark off a glimmer of recognition. I have neither the time nor the energy, to say nothing of the money involved, to promote and market my books.

So back to pings. What put that smile (however ironic it may have been) on my face? Well, it was what Michael Allen wrote about me: “Gladys, if you haven’t discovered her, is one hell of a writer.” Followed by a reference to my Blazing Embers (Angela Ashley) and how I had written ‘beautifully’ about a ‘gran in search of an orgasm.’  He also considered Awakening Love to be of a “high standard.”

So here I am a “hell of a writer” according to Allen (and also prize-winner Andrew F O’Hara plus others who think highly of my scribblings) but still unrecognised.

But maybe the sun will yet shine! AG Press (USA), is publishing two of my books (in my own name this time) When Angels Lie and Blazing Embers. Oh yes, small publisher maybe, BUT great oaks from tiny acorns grow. The books are been revised and will have new covers. They are being given a second chance in the USA.

I have, at last, finished writing and editing (for the umpteenth time) Checkmate. What to do with it? Well, it is a sequel to Seduction. And just maybe… 

Writing seems to be a game of ping-pong. Back and forth, appraise and revise, edit and proofread. Submit and reject! But not any more. No more new submissions to agents and publishers. Enough is enough.  “One hell of a writer?” I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry!