True Friends

In this business, to publish and be read guarantees you will attract many insanely jealous enemies within the writing fraternity, as well as being targeted by total dipsticks (I give you the Amazon troll). But at the same time you will also come across some wonderful people. I am proud to number the following three successful writers as true friends of mine. They are:


Bob van Laerhoven (Baudelair’s Revenge and other titles).

559431_10151270730929919_983320028_nRobert Bauval (the Orion Mystery, The Soul of Ancient Egypt, and many more).

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Last but by no means least, Derek Haines who is a long time friend and mentor.


Most of you know Derek through his various blog posts which I reblog here from time to time from. He is also a fulltime English teacher in Switzerland.

When it comes to his writing Derek specialises in comedic scifi. Because of his love for the sub-genre, he has often been accused by his bitterest critics of aping the writings of Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Whether you agree with his highly opinionated critics or not, (I don’t) one of his best books by far is Louis – The Life of a Real Spy…


…written about a man he knew when he was a boy. Believe me when I say that Louis was no ordinary individual.

Click on the book cover above to go to its link to buy and read it for yourselves.


Well now, apart from any posts I come across worth reblogging, this is my last post for 2016. I’ve got two books I really must finish reading – the complete works of Strabo and a history of Alexander the Great. I’ll see all of you in the New Year.

My best wishes to one and all…



15 thoughts on “True Friends

  1. Jack, we Flemings like to raise our glasses (always pluriel :-)) with our friends. So, I raise my first to you. This time, it is virtual, but it would be so nice to do it sometime in real life with the real stuff πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words….

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  2. Jumped over from the Great Kate’s reblog, where I commented:
    “So sad that the trolls are so miserable they only way they know to relate is out of nastiness. As for the jealous writers – like goes down hill quickly when one follows that path. Better to believe that every bit of good news in your world is only a way of saying, β€œIt will be coming soon for YOU!”

    I learned a new word on a recent post from the Picnic with Ants blog β€” β€œMudita – finding joy in the joy of others.” It’s a more satisfying way to live – as you already know, sweet, supportive reblogging Kate.”
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    β€œIt takes a village to transform a world!”

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      • LOL – it is a Master Coach Certification (WELL over 3,000 coaching hours and a **whole bunch** of training to qualify) No cricket in my background, as an American — but no baseball or football either (as a “girl” who came of age before female athletics were encouraged, and certainly not funded).

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      • LIFE, thanks for asking, Jack – see: “Distinctions: Coaching vs.Therapy” (search box and top right of my blog to find it).

        I was a coaching pioneer, then founded the ADD/EFD Coaching field: brain-based techniques designed/developed for the neurodiverse that I firmly believe works better for everyone, since it’s science and brain-based (and everybody’s got one, even if they don’t always use it πŸ™‚ ).

        Years ago now, I developed the world’s first “non-vanilla” training and trained a great many of the most experienced ADD Coaches in practice today.

        I am, bit-by-bit putting as much information as translates on my blog, for people who are ready, willing and able to change their lives (in all ways but financial, which is in short supply). Nothing beats having the personal support of an expert, but many who are challenged can’t afford even group coaching – even in a telephone format that keeps costs as low as possible.

        I do what I can with more time than I can really justify, attempting to balance keeping a roof over my head, etc. as well. It’s a challenge, but I believe it is important work.

        Obviously, I am NOT a fan of corporate capitalism. πŸ™‚ Truthfully, I’m worried sick about the next four years in America now that the 1% will be in charge. ::shudder:: ‘Nuff said!

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