Why ‘Memoirs of a Husk’?
I’ll start with a definition:
Husk: an outer shell or covering which has a protective function and tends to be discarded in favour of the more valued interior. The husk can, however, be useful in its own right, coir from coconuts, for example.
Why memoirs of one?
The short answer: On a particularly bad day, when I felt boring, useless, worthless, a sad, empty shell of a human whose past was infinitely more interesting than her present or her doom laden future, the title came to me. It sounded both intriguing and accurate. Next day, when the sun shone and the world seemed full of possibilities, it still sounded intriguing, if a tad less accurate – so I went with it.
The long version: You’ll have to read my posts and deduce what you will from them over time. Sorry.
Oh – and it’s not all memoir.
What do I care about?
I care about people, landscapes, fairness.
Why the blog? I’m shy and retiring by nature but I write and I publish. Blogging is thus more or less expected of me. Life is full of obligations we impose upon ourselves. It’s a cathartic process – I’ve always written about my experiences in my head and this lets them out, gives my brain room to breathe. It interests me that those who know me best seem to find what I reveal the most surprising.
Come and buy (please)
I have two publications available for purchase online from Cosi & Veyn and a small number of selected outlets in the UK.
It was typeset on a Linotype machine that sets type in hot metal and was in use at the Guardian newspaper until 1987. (A similar machine was used in the making of the 2018 film ‘The Post’ by Stephen Spielberg.) The booklet was also hand-printed on a Vandercook press, in rural Lancashire.
I’m also the author of A Wake of Vultures, a murder mystery set in Zambia.
Anywhere the post goes my books can be sent!
I also have another blog site, on which I occasionally post about my more nerdy adventures:
Rules of this site and copyright
I take offence easily so if you are a Troll GO AWAY I am not going to play. If you want to pick a fight go to a boxing gym or take up martial arts.
I will remove anything that I find offensive (my tolerance limits are low) and you have no come back whatsoever as it is MY SITE.
If I ever offend anyone it is almost certainly going to be unintentional and I will apologise. Most – but not all – names will be changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike.
I will write when I want and remove anything I decide was a mistake. There we have it.
All my writing on here is subject to my copyright. Feel free to quote bits with an acknowledgement but DO NOT pass it off as your own.
All pictures are my copyright unless otherwise stated. Please ask permission before re-using.
Finally – please – if you enjoy reading something, or have a different point of view, respond using the comments boxes. It’s good to know I’m not talking to an empty room.