…my Author pal, Dave Robertson gives yeez a wee snippet of wisdom here…

…Dave Robertson, the bloke behind the http://www.mistybooks.net/blog website is first up to the oche with the opening Guest Blog Post of the season… enjoy:



Once upon a time – back in the days before the world wide whatnot – when I had a proper job, I was an engineer.
‘Oh really,’ I hear you cry, ‘what did you engineer?’
Well that’s not going to be the point of today’s lesson, so let’s for the sake of simplicity just reply to that question – ‘widgets.’
Yes, widgets.
 Of all shapes and sizes.
 And as a widget engineer I was privileged to receive, once a month, a copy of Widget Engineering News. In fact anybody who was anybody, and even me, in the field of widget engineering was on the mailing list of this  erstwhile publication. Which was great. It told us all there was to know about engineering widgets.
 Except, we already knew about such things because we engineered widgets every sodding day! Day in, day out!
 Let me tell you that widget engineering was not the glamorous occupation it was cracked up to be!
Meanwhile the people who really needed to know about widgets and where to put them – in the politest possible sense – were not within this elite publishers circle and therefore remained blissfully ignorant of the benefits that a widget might bring to their product.
As a result the widget manufacturing industry in this country contracted, amalgamated and was eventually sold off lock, stock and barrels full of widgets to the Chinese who made them much cheaper; although of dubious quality.
Widget Engineering News could not handle a change of this magnitude – it did not have the financial clout to invest in a Mandarin font – and so de-commissioned its presses soon after.
And so to my point – you just knew that we’d get there eventually, didn’t you – I’m now trying to write. Keep your eyes on www.mistybooks.net there’ll be a kids book along shortly. Actually, I’ve just finished the second – I sort of got the writing bug. Isn’t it always the way – you wait forever for one and then two come along together!
As a prelude to this event (I was going to say notable event, but you might not agree!) I’ve joined a couple of writers groups. We read bits of our work to each other and congratulate each other on our wit and originality.
I also signed up to ‘wanna be a writer‘ on Facetubebook, as well as some similar sites. So I’m now posting my work to other writers!
  Now I’m not doubting that writers do read, but, am I in danger of following the Widget Engineering News‘s business model?
Or, is there somewhere that I can showcase my undoubted literary talent to people that actually read rather than to writers who are doing exactly the same thing that I am?
Just wondering!
Sorry? – Oh, the name of the kids book. It’s working title is:-


Or however they pronounce it in Beijing!​

…cheeers, for that, Dave… see yeez later …LUV YEEZ!



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10 responses to “…my Author pal, Dave Robertson gives yeez a wee snippet of wisdom here…

  1. So many of us have been wondering that…

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  2. Congratulations, Dave, on your new book. I wish I could write in any Chinese language. Basically, I wish I “knew” any Chinese language. I write for a flash fiction group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com It’s a large group and we have some published authors in it, including Rochelle herself. The stories are to be 100 words or less and follow a picture prompt supplied each week by the various members. Anyone is welcome. We read each others stories. At least, we read as many as we can. I’ll check your website. All the best in your writing, especially your present book. Thanks, Seumas, for having Dave as a guest. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. …cheeers, m’Lady, Suzanne 🙂

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  4. A good blogpost Seumas, thanks. Because of ‘something technical’ I can’t tweet it, sorry.

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  5. Reblogged this on meatdoesntgrowinmygarden and commented:
    don’t think I’m allowed to write like this, being a non-native speaker

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  6. Wait a minute… Widget engineering isn’t glamorous? Really? REALLY? I never knew. MOUSES!


    PS. By the way, what’s a widget? Just kidding! But perhaps a topic for a kiddies’ book, for sure. purrs

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