Mar 09

Challenge – A Paper

One part of my 2015 New Years Resolutions/Challenges was to write a Paper. The actual overall theme of this years challenges is “Creativity” and one of the sections was to write a none-fiction, sensible paper.

That was the basic original idea, but in the manner of “no plan survives contact with the enemy“, this basic idea soon changed. There were two of us planning on writing Papers, but as we could not think of a genre or topic, Pete (The other one) decided to ask Twitter, and someone in particular. Now that person suggested that since he was writing a paper/essay for a newsletter, we could all write one on the same subject, and then compare papers and discuss. Which was a great idea.

The only downside was this suggestion came from a Person who writes several papers a year, gives lectures all the time, and even publishes academic books. So this kind of put the pressure on a bit, and as the only one who had never written a paper since I was Electrical/Electronic Engineering in Uni and we never did papers, I really felt the pressure.

The completion deadline was the beginning of March, and as that date got closer the worry increased, “Would it make sense“, “Would it be any good“, “Would it just be gibberish“, “Had I just written ‘I am a Fish’ 100 times“?

Well, The deadline came, My Paper was emailed out, and no one laughed, no one pointed out any mistakes, no one suggested psychiatric help. And I am happy with the way it turned out. I would like to add a bit more to it, since there was some areas I forgot to cover that I wanted to. But for my first ever attempt I am happy with it.

And better still, One part of the 2015 challenges is now complete!

Mar 05

World Book Day 2015

Today is “World Book Day” What is “World Book Day?” I hear you ask.

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

And to help Celebrate and Promote this Idea to get more people into that greatest of hobbies “Reading” I have decided to make some of my work FREE.  That’s right, 100% FREE for the next few days. So shoot over to Smashwords, Use the code RW100 at checkout to get the following books for free (Offer good through March 07, 2015)

Just click on picture to go to the offer.

Book-Night-WatchBook-Burglar-The-BeastBook-Pendragons-Poetry-Prose

Jul 17

Freebies

Dear Constant Reader.

I have not given away any free stuff for a while, so I think it is about time I rectified that mistake :-

 

Book - Night WatchSo go HERE and grab a copy and do not forget to Use the code

NA39N

at checkout to get this book for FREE

(Offer good until August 16th, 2014)

 

 

 

Book - Burglar & The BeastSo go HERE and grab a copy and do not forget to Use the code

RG78G

at checkout to get this book for FREE

(Offer good until August 16th, 2014)

 

 

 

Book - Pendragons Poetry & ProseSo go HERE and grab a copy and do not forget to Use the code

AK26V

at checkout to get this book for FREE

(Offer good until August 16th, 2014)

Jun 07

I’m an Poet Dottie… A Rebel.

Dear Constant Reader.

Over the years several pieces of my poetry have been reprinted across the Internet on a multitude of sites. In the majority of these cases the poster has credited me in some way, and in a couple of instances credited Edgar Allan Poe which I took as a massive compliment. Unfortunately not everyone on the Internet follows a decent moral code, and I have found pieces of my work posted with different people credited as the author. There was even an online book containing several pieces of my work (Since taken down and apologies received)

I have therefore decided that since my humble works seem to be slightly popular, and so I can occasionally put my occupation down as ?Freelance Poet? I would gather a selection of my work and publish it in a small book, this very book in fact.

The following poems cover a small selection of my work from the age of 12 to the current time. I hope you find at least some enjoyable, since this book was compiled for YOU and I want YOU to be happy.

info

Kindle: ([UK] [US] )
Smashwords (eBook)

info here

Kindle: ([UK][US])
Barnes and Noble (eBook)
iTunes (UK,US)
Kobo (eBook)
Smashwords (eBook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 11

The “23 in ’13” Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 23 in 13

At the start of the year I received an email from John Anealio, with the subject of “Will You Take The “23 in ’13” Challenge?“. Now this email came at a very opportune time, since I was trying to work out what to pick for my New Years Resolutions. And since I tend to suck at keeping resolutions, but do better when doing a challenge I was planning on setting myself some challenge like last years “12 in 12” challenge.

So I quickly read the email, which I shall reprint in part here.

Will you join me for the “23 in ’13” Challenge?

Some great things happened in 2012.  I opened for Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis and The Doubleclicks.  I traveled to Salt Lake City, Dallas & Baltimore to perform at events like Nerdtacular.  By the end of the year though, I felt really unhappy.

In my ideal life, I’d compose music all day and share it with you.  While I haven’t figured out how to make a living doing that yet, I realized that I’d be a lot happier if I composed every day.  This is how I arrived at the “23 in ’13” challenge.

I’m going to release at least 23 new pieces of music in 2013.  

Much of it will be instrumental, as I’m interested in composing music for webshows, video games and independent films, but there will be vocal songs too.

I was going to announce this just to make myself accountable, then I realized…

You should do this with me.

You can create 23 short stories, songs, blog posts, podcasts or pieces of visual art.  You can submit a story to 23 different markets.  You can read 23 new books.  Adapt the challenge any way you’d like.

As the weeks go on, I’ll e-mail you about the piece that I’m working on and you can tell me about your progress.  In addition to my music, I’m going to feature other creators’ work here too.  If you’re taking on a new creative challenge this year and making cool stuff, let me know.

So, who’s with me?

Are you going to take the “23 in ’13” challenge?

Just reply to this e-mail (this is my real address and I respond to everything), or comment on the blog post.

Let’s do this,

John Anealio

After reading that there was only one thing I could do. So I hit reply and responded in words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted!!”

challenge-accepted

So Dear Constant Reader, This year (2013) I will be creating 23 pieces of new creativity. So watch this space. And go check out John’s music while you sit and watch!!

 

Nov 28

I’m an Author Dottie… A Rebel.

After years of saying I was going to write a book or two, but never actually finishing anything. I finally got around to finishing a short story and getting it published on Amazon (eBook version only ATM)

And to thank You Constant Reader for all your support over the years, I have made it Free to download for a limited time (Amazon said I could only do it free for so long every 90 days)

So Here are the main links to the UK and American Amazons. For those of you in other countries, Just log onto your native Amazon and search for “Night Watch” by “Wayne Owens”

 
Enjoy

And Merry early Christmas Present.

LINKS:

http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ADMWT9U  [UK]
http://amzn.com/B00ADMWT9U  [US] Via

 

Jul 26

Dear Reader

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge 2012

Well the 100 Day Challenge is 1/4 of the way through and for my 25th bit of creativity I wrote a letter to you my dear constant reader.

Original post can be found here -=> 2012: Day: 25 – Dear Reader

Greetings and Salutations

I decided to write you a letter, and this is it. Yes this —-=> here <=—-

So… The letter… How shall I begin?…

Let me count the ways I could begin.

  1. Dear You
  2. Oi Mush
  3. Ewwo
  4. Greetings and salutations
  5. Time for tubby bye bye??

But all these ways are just academic since I started with Greetings and Salutations at the top of the sheet of paper… So. Big Fuck Off Opening… Dum-De-Dum… Right, The letter…

Nope. It’s Gone, I can’t think of anything to write. My mind is blank, its as empty as a big empty container that’s totally empty. In the words of the poet, “I’m hanging from a cobweb in my mind, and I’m staring at a long way down.” I know, I’ll sing to myself and see if that help.

(Short Break While We Sing The Halloween Song)

OK. Back. Did you miss me? I missed me, but I’ve reloaded now and I don’t plan to miss me with my next shot. Want to come to my funeral? You welcome to come, but you have to dress as a small furry rodent.

Woo. Page two. I really should start the letter now, there is only so much gibbering that I can put down before you’ll decide to kill me… and I know you. You will kill me, cos. you hate me, really hate me, killed my babies and everything. So, without further ado I’ll start the letter…

But before I do. I just got to share the lyrics that were just sung “One minute you’re a looker who looked, and the next you’re a hooker who’s hooked” they don’t make songs like that any more… Probably for a reason!!!

I was going to do this letter carrying on from the last set of comments, but how do you reply to an insane person… you are mad… your comments prove it… just total inane ramblings, hum? I can just do total insane ramblings.Yes! That’s it, this letter will contain not one piece of sense. So, all I need now is a topic matter, and I know just the way to get it.

(Pause In Letter As The Good Catholic Boy Author Goes To SMS Someone for a Topic)

Back again and I now have a topic to talk about, yes we will discus the merits of “Glow In The Dark Sunglasses” Now personally I think that’s a brilliant idea. We all know how great sunglasses are from protecting the eyes from the harmful effects of sunlight. But a pair of sunglasses that protected the eyes from the harmful affects of glow in the dark stuff (Glow Sticks for example) well that would be a very handy thing for people to have, would make the world a much better place.  Forget Work! I’m going to make my fortune with “glow in the dark sunglasses”!!!

Bored Now!

Well it was a good idea, but I really was hoping you’d give me a topic that I could ramble on about for ages, but NO! You had to give me glow in the dark sunglasses! What am I supposed to do with an idea like that? I have no idea…

I really hope you can actually read this writing (please pretend I’m writing this to you with a real pen and everything. I feel it makes it more personal) cos. I’m not sure I can. Its like all scribbled up. Its spider scrawl, like a spider stepped into a tiny puddle of ink and walked all over a piece of paper leaving spider scribbles behind…

So. Big fuck off ending… how do we end, how do we start? That’s a bit deep and meaningful for this letter and especially this time of night so I’ll answer those and other questions like :-

  1. Who was that masked man?
  2. Is the Demonpengu an alien lifeform?
  3. Is the YoYoMan a lifeform?
  4. What is that strange growth there?
  5. Will I ever make sense?

Yes all these and other questions will be answered on the next instalment of “There’s nothing in wayne’s head”. Take care. You all drive safe, good night, and remember, if you’re in a different zip code it didn’t happen…

Yours in need of a new mind
ME!!

Jan 04

Recap of PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH)

Well December is now over, well the year 2010 is over, well technically the decade is over and this all means one thing. Yes the end of PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH), this is a good thing since its not as easy to say as NaNoWriMo, and does not so much roll off the tongue as give you mouth strain. Anyway, Its time I posted an update of how I did in this challenge. So here it is.

I did quiet well, At the start of the challenge I failed only one day, and that was due to a 48 hour flu like bug that really wiped me out one day. And I refuse to accept gibbering insanely to myself as “creative”. After that one glitch I was doing well until Christmas time when I was hit with “Vampire eye” again, and a bad case which temporary blinded me in one eye for several days, and caused such unbelievable pain, that my only creative thoughts were based on ways to remove my eye and put an end to the pain :(. So all in all I failed five days out of a total thirty one. Which I am claiming as a triumph.

No I know that some of you will be thinking “Yes, of course you stuck to it!” in a tone of thought that implies you doubt me. To you I say “How can you doubt this face?”. I will also say I had help, help in the guise of a book. My sister got me a book for my birthday one creative writing, and training your mind to write and help get past blocks. It does this with instructions and a series of five minute creative challenges, which you are supposed to do one a day.

And that’s what I did, a challenge a day. And to prove to the unbelievers, I shall post some of the results on here.

Dec 15

Midway Review PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH)

Ha! I bet you thought I had forgotten all about PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH) didn’t you? Well sorry to disappoint you all, especially the person who keeps poking me to ask have I given up on it yet. I know I originally mentioned spamming you with 31 posts giving a day by day review of my attempts. When I though about it afterwards I realised that would be unnecessary, and probably very boring to both write & read.

The new plan is to do a run-down post at the end of the challenge, and maybe the odd relevant post along the way. I think that’s a better way to organise it,  I just need this post to let those who are interested know what’s going on, and to announce that I have not forgotten or given up on PDSCEDFTROTY (YTIH).

Dec15Update

Challenge Chart up to Dec 15th