Pet Peeves

Everyone has some things that really bugs them; mine are mostly to do with writing. Publishers – yes, now there you have the ultimate in brainless dogmatic, stuck in groove simpletons. Many of them couldn’t even see any value in Harry Potter, of course not, the dark glasses makes any decent work impossible to read. So what do they print? Well please excuse the expression, but ‘CRAP’ comes to mind. For example have you ever read ‘The Elephant and Castle,’ by R.C. Hutchinson? It’s a rambling nonsensical foray into the realms of despair. It took twenty years to write.

I read a great deal, as a writer you have to. One book I read was ‘When Worlds Collide,’ by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Surely he’s a respectable writer. I reached a point in the story that made it silly. A sealed ancient city gushed air when the explorers opened it, BUT, next page describes how the “sealed” city has a smashed dome. Oops. I put it down can’t read a book that makes no sense. ‘The Trouble with Tyco’ an interesting tale of moon exploration. Would you believe the author used tubes in the radio? Would you believe vacuum tubes? Rockets that can carry men to the moon and they use Marconi’s leftovers. Strangely I found publishing houses where the editors are female seem to be the best. They are polite and mostly they actually read what you submit. As a final note for today, have you read ‘Go the F—k to Sleep’ by Adam Mansbach? Absolutely amazing !!!. What can I say? I suppose the idea is original, but so is blowing up a toilet on a train, neither are very practical or satisfying, but – that’s life, or should I say publishing? In my own defense I would like to show you a copy of a rave review I got in the USA. Author Wentworth M. Johnson has written and published more than twenty books in his prolific career, a remarkable feat that he accomplished after spending 12 years in the RAF, five years in a munitions factory and laboratory, and 28 years in television. His most popular books, the Bill Reyner Mystery Adventure Series, chronicle the adventures of amateur sleuthing trio: Bill Reyner, Newf, and Gran. Readers were first introduced to Reyner in Fiend’s Gold. Since then, he has appeared in seven more novels: Mania, Edinburgh Cuckoos, Damp Graves, Lions and Christians, The Canadian, The Dutchman, and The Mermaid. The fast-paced series takes readers around the world, where stories of dangerous criminals, exotic treasure, and beautiful women unfold on the page. Johnson draws on his unique life experiences in writing his heart-racing tales. In the RAF, Johnson worked with the Gurkha regiment reclaiming Borneo after it had been invaded by Indonesia and, later, chasing pirates in the South China Sea as a navigator with the 1125th Marine Craft Unit. He has been shot at, shipwrecked, in a plane crash, been in a room with a wild leopard that tore the other person apart, and has been involved in many other dangerous scrapes and accidents throughout his life. In writing the Bill Reyner series, Johnson physically went to the locales to which Bill and company travel, lending to the detail and realism with which his stories are depicted.

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Wentworth M Johnson

Canadian Author

I have one muddlesome room set aside for me only. That’s not quite true, my cat thinks it can write better than me.

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