Ex many occupations,from the respectable 'career-ladder' to disreputable "somebody's- got- to- do- it". All a good way of seeing someone else's point-of-view. Best job,apart from writing, was dispatch-riding on a motorcycle in the 70's,though I've also enjoyed teaching,librarianship,counselling and helping to run a community-centre. Worst job - you really don't want to know,but it was in a processed food manufacturer's factory - put me off bacon,sausages and quiches for a long time,and made me look at pet-food in a new way.
I've been writing since I was eight,when I penned a story about a desert island and attempted to compile a dictionary - as Clarissa does in ' The Moon Is Out Tonight'. I've written for magazines under a variety of pen-names,ghost-written a couple of biographies and had a column in a local newspaper..
I used to concentrate on non-fiction of an informative,how-to instructional nature,as I'm a firm believer in the dissemination of knowledge to enable people to do things for themselves. Knowledge is power,and in these troubled times of economic down-turn and increased intrusion into our lives by government agencies its vital to know how to get through. My fictional stories also show people coping and finding ways to survive.
I began writing ebooks under the pen-name of Augustus Devilheart. Both names have strong ancestral connections,but it was pointed out to me by several female friends that this moniker may be frightening some readers away. Hence,I've reverted to my own name of Paul Whybrow.
I'm based in a Celtic nation,the county of Cornwall or Kernow. I've been here for twenty years,and have lived all over the country,as well as abroad - in France,Germany,Switzerland,Spain and the U.S.A.
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Building Story House
Creating stories takes it out of the writer. From planning to making,followed by modification of what you've made,writing has much in common with building a house. The characters that you invented are doing their own thing,as the plot goes in directions that you didn't anticipate. Inspiration,talent and being prolific are all very well,but who will buy your masterpiece ?
Lost Among The Words
Where do the words come from ? How are you going to arrange them to say what you mean ? Where does your inspiration come from to do it at all ? You've been filing ideas away for years - all you've got to do is access them. Perhaps some good will come of your efforts,and you'll inspire a reader.
Friends And Other Confusions
Letting people into your life can be risky,and misunderstandings abound. Friends can be closer allies than family though,helping you to get through tough times. Don't forget to be a friend to yourself - it's all down to you in the end.
What Do You Like ?
Becoming intimate with someone involves sharing a lot. Will you be able to say what you like to do in bed ? Are you compatible anyway ? You might be out of practice,and what if things turn experimental ? Things could get kinky.
When things aren't going right,as the unravelling begins - what to do next ? How to find a way out - or should you ?
We're surrounded by it,but forget how to see the creatures that we share the world with - from tiny insects to birds and flowers.
Hold Onto Yourself
What with the wind trying to blow me away,and the ghosts telling fibs,is it a surprise that I've been making up stories. I'd quite like to be an animal or a bird,but could I have some whiskers in the meantime ?
Life is a bit mad sometimes,what with weird witches,bonkers characters visiting their friends and the animals leaving me Christmas lists. But I've got my secret powers to help me - and do you like my new beard ?
Thinking about love,spending some time alone and eyeing up potential partners. How to go about things differently this time - will you ever learn ?
What if the person that you fancy is feeling the same way about you ? How to put past disappointment behind you,and move on.
Observe how we get through life in the new millennium,which is starting to feel old already. Who is watching you,and how will you die - and how will that be reported on the news ? You're sure to find comfort somewhere - but for how long ?
Poems To Ponder
Growing up means learning lots of things - how to tell jokes,how to tie shoe-laces,the importance of telling the truth - but what is that,exactly ? Why can't I be a pirate instead ? And look at what my cat's licking now !
If loneliness is the poverty of the soul,and solitariness the richness of the soul,then you are blessed in your isolation. You're finding ways through,that other people fear to consider.
Being alone,you may learn more about yourself than those who mingle in the throng. Nobody said it would be easy - and you know how tough it all is,and how much of a loner you are.
The shades in your soul may be resilient companions in your dark journey through life. There are uses for pain,pleasure in being tougher than the rest.
Sometimes darkness is your only friend. Safe in its shadows,contemplate the world and make peace with your demons.
Old Age Navigation
Finding a way to cope with getting older,while still feeling the same way inside as you ever did. Getting old is a pain,but it beats the alternative...
The first thrill of new love - the doubts,the hopes and all of the tentative manoeuvring.
What Would I Do Without You ?
A frustrated housewife,married to her boring husband dreams of what life would be like if she were widowed. She's fantasized a new world based around the trendy and arty quayside in town,which has been redeveloped. Then everything changes,and she's presented with an unexpected opportunity.
Love beginnings and love endings. Love that's meant to be and love that's run out of steam. Poems for new lovers,those trapped and the abandoned who have begun again.
Hearts On Tour
Five long-time friends from a village go into the local market-town for their monthly pub-crawl. It's day-time and things are quiet,but it's important to keep up with the local gossip. Their brotherhood supports much more than the pubs that they visit. How would they cope without one another ?
A librarian finds himself in a state of limbo - is he dead or one of the undead ? He can see dates of death floating on people,their cause of death too,as well as their final words. He is disconnected from life,yet haunted by knowledge of the doom that awaits us all. Does he have a purpose anymore ?
A Blue Tomorrow
The courtship and happiness of a farmer brings home to a frustrated police sergeant how far his life has drifted off track. Temptation rears its attractive but deadly head,and things go from bad to worse.
A Man Out Walking His Dog
A newly separated and recently retired man takes his dog for a regular walk along the river bank. They find a woman's body floating in the water,and he retrieves it. Who is she,and how is it that he is accused of involvement in her death ?
A holidaying Italian-American mobster is snatched by a gang of heavily-armed 'preppers' - survivalists who are ready for the end of the world. They equip him with weapons and proceed to hunt him down,filming the action. What has he done to deserve this ?
Over and Out
Three daughters organize their parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The union has been a tempestuous one,but change is about to happen at the most unexpected of occasions.
Jacqui In Space
A famed motorcycle traveller is sent to Mars to explore the red planet for colonization. Earth is doomed by pollution and over-exploitation of its resources. Can she find a new place for the human-race to live - and should she ?
Following the life of an eccentric nature-lover from young naturalist to animal researcher,and how she comes to terms with life and death. Through her experiences in observing wildlife and with the spirits of the departed she finds her own identity among the living.
In The Graveyard At Dawn
A young boy enters a graveyard at dawn with his dog. Both love the countryside and the wild-life they observe. Death is a part of the process of Life,but a surprise awaits them in the burial-ground.
An army veteran,a survivor of the conflict in the American Civil War is haunted by stress from his experiences in battles. He hears of a fellow warrior who is being persecuted for his color and beliefs. Is the war about to begin again ? It has never really ended for him...
Is It Her ?
A bereaved man in his sixties faces up to life alone,after losing his beloved wife via assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. Navigating through life in a fog,he experiences a delightful collision. Does life offer second chances ?
The Moon Is Out Tonight
A successful but lonely business-woman and author sits alone contemplating the full moon with her ragamuffin of a cat. Out in the darkness,mere yards away, a bachelor down on his luck,does what he can to survive.
A hapless demon,dead and in Hell for 150 years finds himself transported to modern-day London to serve a dominant hell-hag. She uses her minion to swap souls between humans,for bets and to serve her master's evil intent.
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- The Viatic of Thaddeus Moon
on Nov. 25, 2013
Good fun - an incorrigible anti-hero,an alluring and loyal heroine and a doggedly persistent policeman. I look forward to reading more of their adventures.
- E. U. C. Bureau
on Nov. 25, 2013
Sadly believable as a vision of the future. Blade Runner meets Doctor Harold Shipman ( Wikipedia him ) and a good reason for hair-dye !
- The Widow's Wail
on Nov. 25, 2013
Deeply moving. An inspirational tale of how to cope when change is forced into one's life.
- Beyond The Gate
on Nov. 25, 2013
A strong and imaginative collection of stories with some nice twists. A talent to watch,the author has the right attitude to his craft and I look forward to his new work.