Interview with Richard Lung

Published 2018-01-21.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Having just been published by Smashwords today, | can tell you it was quite a sense of achievement to get this far.
While "Dates and Dorothy" did not require a highly technical format, it consists of about 169 poems. So, it's not like having to format a dozen or twenty chapters to a novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The web gave me a new start to writing, making me try hard to understand challenging ideas. That's it: ideas.
They can be poetic appeals to the imagination, as well as scientific insights into the mystery of life.
What are you working on next?
I am in the middle of publishing my five books of collected verse.
It is demanding work because I have to hold myself, and no-one else, responsible for the quality of the finished product.
With a perfectionist art like poetry, you are never finished. Poets are always revising their poems.
You do get to feel when many a poem has reached its full potential. But with hundreds of poems drafted over the years, there are always going to be possible improvements. Art is long. Life is short.
Who are your favorite authors?
Just off the top of my head, I have to reserve a special place for my late friend Dorothy as a poet.
I was born on a farm with no playmates in my earliest years. And Dorothys poems of the Keltic wilds have a loneliness and isolation that I can relate to, without ever being there. She was a traveler. I'm a stick-in-the-mud, one of the main reasons why she was so good for me.
I cannot do justice to this question after a lifetime of books.
But certainly HG Wells has been a lifetime blessing not only for imaginative appeal but for a purpose in life.
A few of my favorite writers and artists will be featured in my projected fifth book, "Radical!"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Tho officially retired, I have plenty of resposibilities and duties to get up daily. My writing makes the chores bearable.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working mainly at the moment.
For two years before duty called more, I set about insulating a draught sub-standard pre-war house.
I dont get out as I did when my friend Dorothy was there to help me get away for a day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Project Gutenberg and the internet archive introduced me to many classics, some largely forgotten.
Henry de vere Stacpoole has been an especial comfort to me in his various writings of an adventurous world traveler, i never was nor shall be.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I re-read HG Wells War In The Air four or five times.
It is his most typical work, combining comedy, adventure, science fiction, acute sociological understanding and prophetic awareness. Tho not his best work.
For sheer quantity and variety of intelligent offerings, Wells is Britains most under-rated genius.
I was amazed by Richard Feynman, QED, explaining quantum physics with simple arithmetic, after I had read so much about its mystical difficulties.
I could say much more about this but dont want to go on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a Kiddy Fun album of cartoons with two lines of hyphenated words. This is my first memory of being able to read, which was before I went to village school at five.

I loved the chortling goats and other animals. And I first fell in love with a drawing of a mermaid on a rock. But I never found her.
What do you read for pleasure?
Ive been reading Henry de vere Stacpoole for pleasure. I like his free-sailing adventures on the seven seas. They are often variations on the same story of treasure seeking. But theres also much original variety in his many genres of works. He is good company and has my thanks if he is anywhere to hear it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle e-ink because it has no glare to strain my eyesight, especially as the right eye was neurally damaged by a ball when i was young.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Having just been published by Smashwords today, | can tell you it was quite a
sense of achievement to get this far.
While "Dates and Dorothy" did not require a highly technical format, it consists
of about 169 poems. So, it's not like having to format a dozen or twenty chapters
to a novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The web gave me a new start to writing, making me try hard to understand
challenging ideas. That's it: ideas.
They can be poetic appeals to the imagination, as well as scientific insights into
the mystery of life.
What are you working on next?
I am in the middle of publishing my five books of collected verse.
It is demanding work because I have to hold myself, and no-one else,
responsible for the quality of the finished product.
With a perfectionist art like poetry, you are never finished. Poets are always
revising their poems.
You do get to feel when many a poem has reached its full potential. But with
hundreds of poems drafted over the years, there are always going to be
possible improvements. Art is long. Life is short.
Who are your favorite authors?
Just off the top of my head, I have to reserve a special place for my late friend
Dorothy as a poet.
I was born on a farm with no playmates in my earliest years. And Dorothys
poems of the Keltic wilds have a loneliness and isolation that I can relate to,
without ever being there. She was a traveler. I'm a stick-in-the-mud, one of the
main reasons why she was so good for me.
I cannot do justice to this question after a lifetime of books.
But certainly HG Wells has been a lifetime blessing not only for imaginative
appeal but for a purpose in life.
A few of my favorite writers and artists will be featured in my projected fifth
book, "Radical!"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Tho officially retired, I have plenty of resposibilities and duties to get up daily.
My writing makes the chores bearable.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working mainly at the moment.
For two years before duty called more, I set about insulating a draught sub-
standard pre-war house.
I dont get out as I did when my friend Dorothy was there to help me get away for
a day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Project Gutenberg and the internet archive introduced me to many classics,
some largely forgotten.
Henry de vere Stacpoole has been an especial comfort to me in his various
writings of an adventurous world traveler, I never was nor shall be.
[2018 postscript: And Smashwords!]
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a Kiddy Fun album of cartoons with two lines of hyphenated words.
This is my first memory of being able to read, which was before I went, to village
school, at five.
I loved the chortling goats and other animals. And I first fell in love with a
drawing of a mermaid on a rock. But I never found her.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover of my first published book, The Valesman was drawn when I was five
at village school, and the teacher gave us a morning free from having to write a
caption to the drawing.
I immediately felt as if I had been released into the open air of yesterday, when
Daddy took me to meet my farming Grandad out in the far fields.
My adult self has otherwise relied on happy snapshots.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I re-read HG Wells War In The Air four or five times.
It is his most typical work, combining comedy, adventure, science fiction, acute
sociological understanding and prophetic awareness. Tho not his best work.
For sheer quantity and variety of intelligent offerings, Wells is Britains most
under-rated genius.
I was amazed by Richard Feynman, QED, explaining quantum physics with
simple arithmetic, after I had read so much about its mystical difficulties.
I could say much more about this [question] but don't want to go on.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been reading Henry de vere Stacpoole for pleasure. I like his free-sailing
adventures on the seven seas. They are often variations on the same story of
treasure seeking. But there's also much original variety in his many genres of
works. He is good company and has my thanks if he is anywhere to hear it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle e-ink because it has no glare to strain my eyesight, especially as the
right eye was neurally damaged by a ball when i was young.

Published 2014-09-10.
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