Falklands 1991

Falklands 1991

With the poppy appeal in full flow and armistice day fast approaching. It always reminds me of one night in the Falkland Islands in 1991.

I was a young man of 22 serving in the RAF, and was currently posted 8’000 miles from home in the Falkland Islands. I was living in a four man room, with 2 other RAF and a Paratrooper.

This one night, there was about 10 odd of us in the room drinking and watching Black adder goes forth on video. Although we were not suppose to have alcohol in the room , being caterers we had managed to get a few cans of beer in, and had a huge tea urn full of Vodka and Orange.

I should point out at this stage that we had just finished a five day exercise; we had been practising our roles in the event of the Falklands were invaded whist we were there.

So, if you can image it 10 odd men, 8000 miles from home, aged between 18 and 24 from the RAF, Army, Navy and the Para’s, in a 4 man room drinking, laughing, just of a 5 day exercise and watching Blackadder goes forth.

Then the laughter stopped and the mood changed as the final scene from Blackadder was played out.

For we all realised that we were far away from home, and what if what we had just been practicing became reality, then…

Please buy a Poppy this week.

Thank you

Alan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3-Gt7mgyM

An update on the Manuscript request

I sent off the Manuscript for Echoes of a Storm to the publishing house yesterday and received the following email back.

(again for fairness reason’s I have blanked the name of the publishing house)

From: Editors xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 11:20 AM
To: Echoes198
Subject: RE: Full-Manuscript Request

Dear Mr Scott,

Thank you for sending the full manuscript of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ to xxxxxx editorial department.

This will now be evaluated by our senior editorial staff who will report back to our Chief Editor. We will then correspond with you regarding any publishing opportunities that may appertain. This could take between four to five weeks.

We will write to you again in due course.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards,

Editorial

xxxxxx Publishers

As always, I will keep you all up to date with developments

Alan

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

A Full Manuscript request for’ Echoes of a Storm’

As you know I have been sending ‘Echoes’ out to various publishing houses and guess what? I’ve had a full manuscript request from the second company I sent it to : )

Obviously, I am grinning from ear to ear : ) but under all that excitement I am telling myself to calm down as there is a long, long way to go and the chance of rejection is still very high.

However, for tonight only I am just going to enjoy the fact that I got a Full Manuscript request. Below is the email and for fairness sake I have blanked the company name.

From: Editors xxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:41 PM
Subject: Full-Manuscript Request

Thank you for sending us samples of your work.

I am pleased to inform you that after careful consideration XXXXXX editorial section would now like to view the full manuscript of your work.

Please send the full manuscript to us as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format to our email address: editors@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.com please send your full manuscript as a complete file as opposed to sending chapters individually.

Alternatively, you can send your manuscript to us in hardcopy, and preferably also on disk in Microsoft Word format. However, should you wish, you are welcome to send your work as a CD or USB without a hardcopy or as hardcopy without a CD or USB.

If you are going to submit by post please include an SAE should you wish your work to be returned to you at any stage.

Thank you for your patience during this process. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Editorial.

As always I will keep you informed

Alan

PS still smiling.

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You can get my self published copy on Amazon just search “The Storm Series Alan Scott”

Have found this rather intresting WordPress site

I was having a look through the various sites on WordPress and I came across this rather interesting site

Its about the emerging methodologies that apply Enneagram Personality Theory to the task of facilitating healthy emotional development. Nechama especially enjoys supporting mental health professionals in their work with clients and patients who exhibit active resistance to change. Her blog https://nottheofficialenneagram.wordpress.com/ offers readers an opportunity to explore aspects of the Enneagram they find most relevant.

I must admit to always being fascinated  by this sort of thing. Anyway, if you fancy reading something that will engage your mind and brain. I strongly recommend having a look.

Alan

My first official rejection letter

Dear Alan,

Thank you so much for sending through the first chapters and synopsis of Echoes of a Storm.

I enjoyed what I read and thought it had some obvious strengths. Unfortunately, however, we have decided that it’s not quite what we’re looking for at the moment.

Given the large number of submissions we have received, we are unable to give feedback, but I‘d like to thank you again for thinking of us.

I wish you all the very best in your search for representation. I’m sorry not to be of more help in this instance.

Kind regards,

On the negative side – its a rejection letter. On the positive side – I got a reply : ).

I would have been super super lucky to get a “Yes” letter at the very start, so the letter has not disappointed me, in fact quite the opposite it has encouraged me to keep trying.

I believe in my stories and characters, and I know there is a market for them. I just need to find the man or woman in publishing who thinks the same.

Alan