Talk To Type

Pete is not well folks. send him your best wishes for a full recovery…


I know some bloggers who use speech-to-text software. They can talk into a microphone connected to their computer, and it translates their words into text on the screen. It often makes some very amusing assumptions about what they might have said, so probably requires careful proof-reading.

I don’t have anything like that. I am not sure it could cope with my London accent, or the colloquialisms I would use when speaking. I type on a conventional keyboard instead, and I don’t have to think too hard when it comes down to correcting typos, or using words that are not the slang I actually hear in my head as I write.

It is just as well that I don’t rely on those innovative programmes, as this morning I have woken up with little or no voice. My throat has closed up, and I sound as if I am using the voice…

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How Writing is a Journey

How Writing is a Journey

More well chosen thoughts from Justin…

The Champagne Epicurean

Writing is about writers and readers going on a journey together. The journey is beautiful in and of itself. And there might not be an end. But what’s important is the reason why we’re journeying together. We’re on a journey to unravel our own individual purpose in life.

Literature has replaced religion. It is a natural consequence of the Enlightenment. In the past religion dictated to people a uniform purpose. Your purpose is to serve God, to die for Him, to reach the kingdom of heaven, to follow Jesus or spread the word of the Prophet.

Purpose in a religious sense is fascistic. It expects human beings, who are as different as continents, to live their lives in divine uniform. It cannot happen and should not happen.

Literature is a humbler pursuit. Fiction tells readers: we don’t know a god-damn thing, so let’s go out on a journey and see…

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Piercing the Veil of Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy – the stuff of politicians…


Heart of Darkness

If propaganda is a reality devoid of facts, a convincing narration which bewitches our reason, well, the bard of the wonder of colonization was doubtless, Kipling, while it was Conrad who lifted the veil that covered the embarassing truth. He resisted the charm of the sirens’  songs of his age and in a voyage down the river Congo, he saw with his own eyes the darkest side of the empire, its heart, a “Heart of Darkness”.

The assumption that the civilizing mission of western cultures was essentially a moral duty, was based on the rooted idea of the undiscussed superiority of the white man. By the way, as for many grand enterprises, the continuous effort in term of cost and people involved had become a “burden” in time, a noble burden, for sure, so that the Americans, as emerging power, were invited by Kipling to share…

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New Book Feature: Adithi Rao

Good luck with your book Adithi 😉 x


I am pleased to be able to feature a new book of short stories. ‘Left From The Nameless Shop’ is a collection by Indian author, Adithi Rao, a fellow contributor to Longshot Island Magazine.

This is what Adithi tells us about herself.

After a BA in Theater from Smith College, MA, USA, I returned to India to work as an assistant director on the award-winning Hindi cult film Satya. Shakuntala and Other Timeless Tales of Ancient India and Growing Up in Pandupur (co-authored with my sister, Chatura) are my books for children. My stories have been published across anthology collections by various publishing houses, and in English school text books across India.

The rights to my film script Baraf were bought by Aamir Khan Productions Ltd. My short fiction for adults appear in the American literary journal Longshot Island. ‘Left from the Nameless Shop’ (HarperCollins 2018) is my first collection…

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Don’t Have To Believe Everything…

Don’t Have To Believe Everything…

Happy Christmas to one and all…


Getting depressed at Christmas is a real thing for some folks.

Secret Santa’s didn’t visit my house, again–there’s always next year.

This is the time of year when imperfections become endearing qualities.

Grandchildren complain about Grandma’s “iffy” internet service.

My dogs check the mailbox everyday, not for Christmas cards or letters, but rather, for scents from other dogs.  I suppose that’s what the Holidays mean to them–and all other days.

It’s the most wonderful time of year–as you’ve already heard many times.

I’m offering the following free advice to everyone this Christmas.  You don’t have to believe everything you read, see, and hear.

While my thoughts circle further round the drain–who or what the heck is Eddie Redmayne?

Have a Holly Jolly, non-gender specific, carbon-neutral, appropriately proportioned Christmas this year!


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Chasing Leaves In The Wind

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder???


Hard to believe now, but there was a time when I was attractive to women. Especially older women, but younger ones on occasion too. Unlike the good-looking boys, the sporty types, the football players, and the accomplished swimmers, all confident in their desirability, that came as a great surprise to me. A greater surprise was that they not only liked me, but lusted after me too, eager to do much more than chatting, or cuddling. Although their affections and desires confused me, I knew enough not to question their reasons. I accepted their favours, and their affections, with a sense of gratitude combined with wonder.

My mirror now confirms that this is no longer the case. I harbour no illusions these days. I am an old man, and perceived to be one. I live a life of relative contentment, and do not concern myself too much about things like passion…

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Self-Publishing – Your Fellow Authors are not Your Enemies – Let’s Help Each Other

Don is right!!!

Author Don Massenzio

As we enter the holiday seasons, I wanted to bring back this post that is one of the first from my blog. I still truly believe the ideas in this post. Let’s help each other out. We’re all on this journey together.

High stress fightIf you are like me, you are aware of the thousands of other authors that are in the self-publishing universe on social media platforms. We all belong to groups on Facebook and we promote our books, blogs, giveaways, and events. We start to see the same names over and over relentlessly touting our work.

As I first entered the self-publishing world, I viewed all of these authors as people that were competing for my readers. I wanted to out-promote and out-sell all of them. Over the past year or so, however, my view has changed. Instead of viewing my fellow authors as competitors, I have come to think…

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New Version of a Literary Classic

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War of the Worlds [BBC] [DVD] [2019]

I’ve read H.G’s original work. I’ve seen all of the films made, none of which are anything like the book. I’ve listened to Orson Welles’ radio broadcast. Once again nothing like the book! For the very first time, at least the latest version is set in the correct time period, and will be broadcast next year and available as a DVD (see above) which I have already preordered.

For those of you that don’t know – The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, first serialised in 1897 by Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and by Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The novel’s first appearance in hardcover was in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London. Heres hoping that this new version will follow the book…


Money, Money, Money

About filthy lucre…


We all have to have it. Whether we have enough or not–unless we practice the barter system exclusively. Jacksons Browne’s lyrical description, “I’m going to be a happy idiot, struggle for the legal tender…”

What are some slang terms for money? Here are a few–not a comprehensive list by any means.

  • Shekels
  • Cabbage
  • Smackers
  • Moolah
  • Loot
  • Guineas
  • Dough
  • Filthy lucre–Biblical reference, money, as being, “the root of all evil.”
  • Bones
  • Quid
  • Bankrolls
  • Scratch
  • Dinero
  • Geld
  • Benjamins
  • Lincolns
  • Dead Presidents
  • Greenbacks
  • Simoleans
  • Bread
  • Bucks, Sawbucks, Buckaroos, Buckarinos
  • Clams
  • Green, Long Green
  • Loot
  • Bread
  • Wad
  • Notes
  • Cream
  • Eagles–as in “the eagle flies on (payday) Friday night”

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