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Paul Chapman
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This is my final article of the calendar year.  Usually I review the year and share what I’ve learnt.  I often consult similar articles I’ve written in previous years, just to see if my thinking has changed.  I’m happy to say it hasn’t changed, but it has…
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During the summer, I reread a book I had published in 2014, ‘The Inn of Souls’, about a professor who rented an old Inn by the sea for a summer of solitude and writing.  He discovered that he was not alone, but shared the Inn with a number of spirits,…
An Author's Celebration
An Author's Celebration
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All Hallows Eve has usually been a time of great fun and fancy dress among children and adults alike.  Historically, it provides an opportunity to flout evil, to be a little strange, and have a party.  Over time, though, the evil once flouted and mocked…
A Celebration of Spirits
A Celebration of Spirits
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The question authors are most often asked is:  Where do you get your plots?  It’s also one we don’t particularly care for. Many of us have no idea how we get our ideas.  I wrote a novella, The Inn of Souls, based on the spark of an idea I had while…
The Author's Way
The Author's Way
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I’ve received a few ‘hints’ lately that it’s been a while since I posted an article.  Part of the delay has been due to a couple of commercial writing jobs that took my attention, but a large part of my silence can be put down to not knowing what to write…
What's An Author To Do?
What's An Author To Do?
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It’s been about six weeks since my first cataract surgery, and almost two weeks since my second.  I had no idea that some of you look the way you do—all I ever saw were pink blobs.  Unless, of course, you were standing on my shoes, in which case I knew…
The Eye of Calm
The Eye of Calm
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On Monday, I’m going to have the first of two surgeries to remove cataracts from my eyes. I am told that following surgery and recovery, my vision will be (almost) perfect—I may not require spectacles anymore. That will be novel. I’ve been wearing…
The Eye of the Storm
The Eye of the Storm
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At church this morning, the Vicar preached a sermon aimed at children, but in which adults were included, and talked about ‘abiding’. ‘Abiding in God’s love’, for example. One of the questions she asked hit very close to the mark for me: what is home? The…
Home
Home
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Every morning, like many other people, my first activity on rising is to go to my computer. I have almost 9000 photo images that display as a slideshow on my desktop, and it’s often fun to start the day with something amusing, attractive, or down-right…
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Message from a Cave I’ve been deeply depressed during the last couple of weeks. I’ve been struggling with the inadequacies and immutability of Social Security, the legalistic loop-hole thinking of County Assistance, and the insensitivity of the local…
Message from a Cave
Message from a Cave
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