Born in 1960, it can be said that I was born into one of the more interesting periods in our history. Forty-nine years on, I can certainly say that I have led an interesting life. Factory hand, soldier, technician, labourer, manager, ambulance officer, corrections officer- just to name the main jobs - I think I can truly call myself a jack-of-all-trades
It’s been up and down all the way- see-sawing between dirt poor and well-off- in the peak of fitness to near dead a couple of times. I have worked with many fine individuals and many of New Zealand’s worst. I have seen very ordinary people succeed beyond all expectations and watched those destined to do great things fall and loose everything. Working in areas like defense, corrections and ambulance you get a real insight into how people act and react under the most extreme of circumstances. Along the way I got to use a lot of really interesting bits and pieces- the Army was good for that- if a new piece of kit came through the workshops- it wasn’t hard to convince somebody that you needed to try it out!
This was a useful background for somebody who wishes to write tales of adventure…
Now, like most, I have settled into a quieter life of family and work, with adventure left in the past- although it comes to visit from time to time. I wish it wouldn’t!
As life slowed down a little, from the needs of raising a family and an accumulation of old injuries, I started to amuse myself in a fantasy universe distilled from the many tales I had absorbed over the years- this beats the hell out of morning radio while stuck in traffic! This stepped up a gear after a bad car smash left me recovering from multiple injuries over two years. From this period came ‘Meddlers in Time’- my escape from the realities of my life. Writing this story down probably saved my sanity!
Nowadays, I’m back at work- spending more time than I would like keeping the local water supplies working. Once a week I get my six-guns out and shoot up a bit of paper and steel plate. Twice a year I fire up my still and run a few gallons of moonshine, although I drink more coffee than whiskey these days. The rest of the time I spend as an indentured servant to my wife and two boys.
I’m occasionally described as a grumpy old sod and a know-it-all, with an opinion on EVERYTHING! I try to live up to that.
I like the simple pleasures of red meat, black powder smoke, Islay whiskey and the occasional good Dominican cigar- all to be savored in the outdoors. My beliefs are staunchly libertarian- each to their own if they harm no other. I believe that politicians, lawyers, busy-bodies and do-gooders are like salamis- greatly improved by hanging for a time.
My writings continue as time permits.
Ask me a question or find out more about Meddlers in Time, search 'Meddlers in Time Blogger'
I used to have a link here,but for technical reasons, can't put it in my Bio without upsetting some of Smashwords partner sites!
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- Smashwords Style Guide
on Nov. 22, 2009
Thank you for this guide- it has really helped me raise my game!
Most of us use Word like we use our brains- at about 5% of their potential!
I have learned more since downloading this guide about formatting than in all the years I have been using this software.
Also, having been properly motivated, I managed to make a presentable cover for my book!
Again- THANK YOU!
And to all other writers- download it and READ IT!
Here is the portal to the future :-)
Meddlers In Time.
- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on Nov. 24, 2009
Excellent!- lots of new ideas- some of which I have already followed up with and more that I will use soon.
I'm also pleased to see that some of my own ideas are confirmed- especially those around using blogging as a promotional tool!
I started my main blog http://oswaldbastable.blogspot.com/
with a view to promoting my book when I finished it. The blog now has taken on a life of it's own and is in the top 50 New Zealand blogs (yes, I know- big frog- small pond!)
- Which Art In Hope
on March 30, 2010
This work stands out as a gem on Smashwords.
Heinlien's anarchist/libertarian societies with Julian May's mental adepts!
Once I got started, I was stuck to the screen and damned if there wasn't a tear in my eye at the end of the story.Npt many manage that!
Francis Porretto is an author destined to go far!
Nowhere else as Smashwords are such quality tales available so cheaply, so spend up!
And write reviews.
- Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter
on April 12, 2010
Dreck, but FUNNY dreck!
- The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
on March 26, 2012
Another great 'How To' by Mark, but perhaps more importantly, to the new author, this work contains HOPE!
Ebooks- The brave new world.