Rev. Mac. BSc.

Biography

I grew up in a relaxed and comfortable suburb of a small city. There were plenty of beautiful beaches close by and Saturday and Sunday trading was forbidden. The suburb was also 'dry', so you couldn't buy alcohol there either. You had to visit the much poorer neighboring suburb, if you wanted to purchase alcohol for home use.

When it came to shopping there were no malls, but the main street of the city opened until nine on a Friday night, and the next biggest street opened late on a Thursday night. You waited until the Monday if you had forgotten something including petrol. I was ten years old before I saw a television set. It was at a friend's house, and broadcasts were limited to the late afternoons and evenings. However the new medium was so exiting that sometimes after school, we would spend a few minutes watching the 'test' pattern. It was broadcast before actual programs began so television installers could tune new televisions.

The elementary school I went to was close, relaxed, and took everyone including girls. There was no hurry to achieve anything. So all things considered life was OK. I spent time swimming, boating, sailing and fishing, as did everyone around me. Our parents grew their own vegetables and citrus trees. Milk and wonderfully smelling fresh bread were delivered to compartments attached to the mail box. The Police had very little to do other than enjoy the weather. There was a well stocked free library, inside which I spent considerable time reading.

However, my parent's marriage started to crumble so they did their own thing. I was sent to one of the best schools academically, but it was brutal, boys only, a long bus ride, and during my first term there, I was caned for failing tests. My resentment was not about the actual caning, but why someone hadn't prepared me.

By the time I left this idyllic suburb to travel overseas, everything had changed. I took my expected degree, went to the United Kingdom, married a highly intelligent woman, and learned about other cultures. For a short time I came back to my country, where commercialism now ruled completely, but left four years later to return to the United Kingdom.

It was there that I co-invented a board game and got better and better jobs, but home is home so I returned, ended up divorced, and after awhile was ordained at the local church. However the church's reluctance to provide a toilet and running water, meant that I could not continue there.

Finally, I approached retirement. I decided to publish paperless stories of my life so I could have a hobby for when I retired. Fortunately, my son had the necessary skills, and as over the years, I had written about most of my life, I had the material. Now I have reached the point where I also want to publish my experience and knowledge to see if I can promote worthwhile discussion.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
A short story depicting the challenges of being a teenager in a difficult environment.
Who are your favorite authors?
Flora Thompson because she took a life that many had experienced but wrote it into a beautiful story in Lark Rise to Candleford. Laurie Lee for very similar reasons in Cider with Rosie. I actually went and visited both villages.

On a more advanced level Thomas Hardy captured my imagination, particularly in Jude the Obscure as I worked in Oxford for awhile.

I hated reading after doing a hard Physics degree at University, but as my new wife refused to have television she reintroduced me to books by reading to me in bed. We started with L.M.Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables which I still love.
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Where to find Rev. Mac. BSc. online


Books

My Glimpse of the BBC
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A word game I co-invented was once nominated for a BBC Radio award. The BBC has always been an influence on my life and this award gave me as an outsider, a little insight into 'The beeb." It was also an interesting time in my life. This short story is written in two parts. The first part of the story was written immediately after the event and the Epilogue recently. So who else was nominated?
Really Really Random Stuff
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
This is just a collection of short writings that didn't fit anywhere else. There are five little sections that cover a Saturday afternoon Math lesson, why God created numbers, an imagined fantasy lesson in one of my friends classes, an attempt to write 'Attenborough' style for a friend, and a fantasy environmental story set in the United Kingdom as I was annoyed with someone.
Brief Comments on Brief Answers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Physics / Nuclear
I was given Steven Hawking's book Brief Answers to the Big Questions as a gift. I delayed reading it for a bit but once I started I had to finish it. I had some spare time so I wrote about the book as it is a true Physics classic.
The Story of Quickword
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
My wife and I decided to produce a board game based on words, that we had designed. It really was the road less traveled by and this story tries to summarize the journey. There were wonderful moments and sad moments and in the end we had to accept defeat. We learned lots of things along the way, and even today it still stands as a good word game.
My Runaway Angel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Teachers & educators
This is the dramatized but true story of an old teacher who bumps into two runaway students in the weekend. In trying to find a solution and not lose track of the students, the teacher gets some time with the students, and with one in particular, begins to understand more of the circumstances that lead to the current situation. The teacher is left with considerable empathy for the student.
Last Call. "Last Memories."
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this short story, an old teacher has a head on collision that is not his fault. Fortunately, a much loved previous student arrives just after he has crashed. She accompanies him on his last journey.
Time To Eat
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & Healing / General
This book challenges the idea of fast food. Fast food is only fast if it is quicker from starting the purchase to the end of consumption. It is also a simple overview of food allowing you to look at your diet constructively.
Au Revoir Gaia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Environment
This book is about my search for objective and accurate information concerning greenhouse gas emissions and their effect on the Earth, personified as Gaia. It is a book that I am hoping will inspire you to actually do your own research, and come up with your own conclusions. It lays out what to look for, and what I would really like this book to do is generate discussion.
Father's Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy
This book is the unembellished story of some of my life with my father. Don't read it, if, firstly, you don't want to understand both the good and the bad in someone, and secondly, if you don't want to know in detail how some people die badly. It is a story without the gloss. It is written using text from a book I wrote about my life, but have never published.
To Son, Love Father
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general
This was written for my son, over twelve years ago, but not finished. I am not sure there will ever be an end, and my son has grown up, so I might as well publish it, and maybe some of it will be amusing to you. However, water has well and truly flowed under the bridge since then, so I have updated it a little, but less than I thought I would have to, random though it is.
No Green Car Nation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Automotive / Buyer’s Guides
No Green Car Nation is a book that sorts fact from fiction in many areas concerning cars. It covers electric and hybrid cars, and takes a global view on the damage cars do to the environment. It explains much of the misleading advertising surrounding cars and the attempt to hide their true environmental impact. Progress is not always progress when it comes to the environment.
Should I Still Dance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Should I Still Dance, is about the period of my life immediately after having an accident that gave me brain damage. I spent time in a trauma unit in France and then time in a secure dementia ward in England. Once home, I had to set what would have seemed trivial goals, before I left to go on holiday. There is however a funny side.
The Bright Gold Tornado
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
The Bright Gold Tornado, is about my fathers not always well thought through inventiveness. It also touches on my difficult relationship with him. The Tornado was supposed to be the solution for this particular eleven year old, but as I was sinking, I wasn't so sure.
The Penultimate Mourning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
The Penultimate Mourning is a difficult father and son story. It is my story and was written after my father had passed away. The beginning of the story is long after the dominoes began to fall, and not long before they finish, and at the point when both could see the last one.
Cry After Sunset
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Cry After Sunset explores the damaged relationship between a clever daughter and her father. It is also perhaps a bit cynical about the honesty of politics but in a light hearted manner. It is a play easily performed by a small drama group in a school, or a dramatic society, as it only has two characters, and the female role is of equal standing. It is based on crossword clues and is fictitious,
Salute Before Dinner
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration
Salute Before Dinner is the true, final encounter, between two old ex-servicemen who have run out of time; my uncle and my father. It is truly amazing how this meeting came to be, and if nothing else, it needed to be recorded.
Knowledge Tinted Glasses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science
Knowledge Tinted Glasses is really about faith; how it comes about and on what it is based. Nearly everyone has faith, be it faith in Science, faith in religion or just faith in people, and this book explores the origins of faith and belief. Much of the content of this book explores hard concepts and hard questions, like how does randomness affect you and why God?

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