Monthly Archives: July 2017


Thought for the Day 31 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 31 July 2017 The recent outbreaks or, at least discoveries, of racialism has once again reminded me just how retarded some people are. Such behavior is obviously unacceptable but it is also incomprehensible for any reasonably open-minded and educated individual. Do these people not know that there is only one species of human being? Do they not know that we all share the same DNA? Do they not know that racial […]


Flash Fiction Post 40 – Illusion

Morning, everybody. This week, I have no news on the authoring front, since I had some consulting work to do last week and didn’t spend any time other than the Flash Fiction and the daily thoughts. So, without any further chit-chat, the Flash Fiction story for this week is called Illusion. Read all the Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog. If you have any questions, or suggestions or ideas for […]


Thought for the Day 28 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 28 July 2017 Better late than never for yesterday. I was busy with other things and, in the background, my mind turned to the topic of why dogs will often take an instant liking or disliking to particular people. “This is a trivial topic,” I hear you say. “Why would anyone think about that?” I can think of several reasons. First I wrote, once before, about curiosity and I must admit […]


Thought for the Day 27 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 27 July 2017 Today, I remembered a little used style of poem that used to be popular. They are called Limericks. Here’s an example. “There was an old lady from Ryde. Who ate some green apples and died. The apples fermented inside the lamented. And made cider inside her inside.” These types of poems can be used in many places like greetings cards, or posts on social media, or Blogs or, […]


Thought for the day 26 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 26 July 2017 I was listening to the radio in my car today. The talk-show host and his listeners were discussing a few issues that have come up in the last few days – one is about black girls and hairdo’s another is about a black headmaster in a colored area another is about whether Cyril Ramaposa is black or non-white. For me all of these topics are symptomatic of the […]


Thought for the Day 25 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 25 July 2017 My thoughts are varied – sometimes beautiful, sometimes very ugly, often serious and occasionally, even humorous. I don’t have much of a sense of humor, or, if I do, it isn’t worked much by the unfunny things that seem to happen most often. Even, supposedly funny programs are, I find, dull, boring, childish, embarrassing and mostly exceedingly unfunny. I sometimes crack a smile during the Big Bang Theory […]


Thought for the Day 24 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 24 July 2017 My wife and I were in Cape Town, on business, from Thursday until Sunday so I missed the thoughts for Thursday and Friday. Not that I wasn’t having any thoughts, but they were about the business activities, so they are probably not appropriate to this forum. Now it’s late on Monday and I have been playing catch-up so this post will only get to you tomorrow. In Cape […]


Flash Fiction Post 39 – The Mountain

Morning, everybody. My wife and I visited Cape Town on a business trip from Thursday until Sunday so Monday was a catch up day when I worked on emails and matters arising. Therefore, I didn’t get to Flash Fiction until today. But, in honor of the heritage site, I decided to do a story about the location and, of course, the mountain. So, here is the Flash Fiction story for this week, called The Mountain. […]


Thought for the Day 19 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 19 July 2017 The Scottish poet, Robert Burns once wrote a poem to a field mouse, which his plough turned out of its nest. A line in the poem says, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” (I have translated the line out of the Scottish vernacular it was written in.) My best laid plans were disrupted yesterday, by a dysfunctional laptop. The problem prevented anything that […]


Thought for the Day 17 July, 2017 2

Thought for the Day 17 July 2017 My gastroscopy on Friday came back clear and the doctor says I don’t need to come back for the next check until 2019. So on to other things. I was thinking about an old smutty Scottish joke I heard once. It goes something like this. A young man was wandering in a red-light district somewhere in Glasgow. A pretty young lady wearing a really short skirt approached him. […]


Flash Fiction Post 38 – Social Media

Morning, all. I am making progress with my marketing and sales activities, but it is painfully slow. I am having to learn a whole bunch of new things that I have never done before. And some of them, I find pretty scary so, at the moment I feel that for every step forward, there will be two steps backwards. But I’m told that meeting challenges grows you as a person, so I am on my […]


Thought for the Day 14 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 14 July 2017 Today I go for the second part of my annual medical check-up. This is the monitoring of the cancer that I had in 2008. It resulted because of an underlying condition in my gullet, which goes all the way from my throat to my stomach. I suffered a lot from reflux of stomach acid up into my gullet, which isn’t designed to cope with acid. As a result […]


Thought for the Day 13 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 13 July 2017 Got tangled up yesterday so here is the thought for yesterday. I must admit that I’ve been getting discouraged at how hard I’m working on this marketing stuff, with very few visible results. I had been warned it would be like this. I follow several writers who started pretty much like I did and who all battled for a couple of years at least, before they started to […]


Thought for the Day 12 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 12 July 2017 Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew in advance what problems we were going to experience? I mean it would make it much easier to plan your day, if someone said to you the night before, ‘You will have all these problems tomorrow.” I’d even subscribe to a Problems Feed on my iPad, if such a thing existed. Just today, I had to handle four things that I […]


Thought for the Day 11 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 10 July 2017 I went for my annual medical this morning. My doctor advised me to start the yearly routine from age forty and I’ve been going pretty much since then. That was in 1988 so it’s a while now. But it paid off big time, when I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2008. Because of my regular checks the cancer was caught and removed before it had spread through […]


Thought for the Day 10 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 10 July 2017 All last week, I was very busy with tasks that had to be done but which didn’t advance my overall purpose much. Most of them were tedious and more time consuming than I’d have liked. Unfortunately, however, I had to persevere because the results of these tasks were necessary to next steps that I must perform. The sad news is that I’m still not finished so I begin […]


Flash Fiction Post 37 – Planet

Morning, all. First a bit of news. I’ve added an Anthology of 24 short stories (Flash Fiction) to my free books that are available for you to choose from when you sign up to my VIP Readers’ List. Also I have been updating my website with all the new details arising from my publications from January to end May this year. I’ve also integrated the site to MailChimp, which I am using to manage my […]


Thought for the Day 7 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 7 July 2017 The thought for today is obvious really: “Thank goodness it’s Friday!” “What does it matter to you?” I hear you whisper under your breath. “After all, you’re pretty much retired so all the days must be much of a muchness!” The truth is I’m still working eight hours a day, or sometimes a bit more, during the week, and often a bit on Saturday and Sunday as well. […]


Thought for the Day 6 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 6 July 2017 After the last two days, when I was completely sidetracked by other priorities and chores that had to be done, I was pretty determined to get back to the thought for the day. I’ve been researching, how to grow my email list of people who like my work and want to stay connected so that they know what I’m up to and what new projects are coming. The […]


Thought for the Day 3 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 3 July 2017 Someone once told me that “Planning is the art of inadequate people making inaccurate decisions based on fallacious information.” At the time I thought he was just revving me because I was a Project Manager, at the time. But, after a few years, and a couple of failed projects, I realized that there was a grain of truth in this cliché. I never had a project, where all […]