Showing posts with label Something Short. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Something Short. Show all posts

Monday, 11 May 2015

Re-launch Something Short

Something Short came out in 2014 and was used to raise funds to send a volunteer from the Stafford centre in Edinburgh to Belarus. (See previous blogs for the whole story.) Since then this book has been sitting on the virtual shelf, not doing much. I’m currently involved in another book of short stories for MacMillan nurses. This has been expertly organised by the writer Ian Moore (writer of Salby damned-see earlier blog for a review) So I decided to give Something Short a re-launch, but this time involve the charity and do things hopefully a little more professional. I’ve added a new cover:

And a page explaining who the proceeds go to:
All profits from the sale of this book are being donated to the Support in Mind Scotland charity. Support in Mind Scotland, seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters. Details can be found on their website:
Charity N° SC 013649

 Support in Mind is the charity that runs the Stafford centre so we continue with supporting them. If you already bought the book, we would like to thank you and ask if you want to write a review on Amazon. If you haven’t, please do so now as Support in Mind Scotland does some excellent work. Here is the link to Amazon:

Monday, 9 March 2015

Belarus update

When Elspeth Morrison and I decided to publish the bundle Something Short, she decided that she wanted to use the proceeds to help out a friend who was raising money to send a group of volunteers to Belarus. I whole heartedly agreed. We would have liked to have sold more books but I like think the little we contributed is making someones live better. Below is the link with the story of STAND international and how their volunteers fared in September.

Blago, September 2014

Of course you can still buy our book on Amazon. Even though the trip has been, the support for this project in Belarus is ongoing so any future royalties will go to this project.


I'm busy reading Penny Lucker's The Truthfinder just now, I'm totally engrossed in the story so a review should follow shortly.

Friday, 25 July 2014


Learning a new language is never easy and French certainly has its challenges. After living here for 3 years I now understand most of what is being said, but some people talk faster than others and especially little jokes and asides are cracked at speed. I mostly nod or smile politely, not wanting people to repeat themselves, but totally clueless as to what was just said.

Then there are the faux amis or false friends; you think you know a word as it is similar to the English, but it means something else in French. Like the word déception, it means disappointment in french. Also some English has taken on a new meaning, par example K.O. We know it to mean a knock-out, but here it is used to say that something is not OK. The one that had me really confused is the expression 'pas terrible' which translates as not bad/terrible but actually means it is terrible???

I've not been blogging as regularly as previous and I apologise for that. Work has been busy and when I'm off I just want to lie on the beach and enjoy the fine summer weather. In a few months when it cools I hope to pick up the pace again.

Elspeth and I received the first royalty cheque for Something Short and the money has been donated. We could always do with more sales as support in mind Scotland is still short of its target. You can of course also donate directly:

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


It has been a while since my last post, but some times you just need to prioritise and I'm afraid the blog fell by the way side. I have been busy editing and getting a bundle of short stories ready for publication. I'm so pleased that Something short is now available from Amazon:

So why Belarus I hear you ask? Elspeth my friend and co-author has a friend that is trying to raise £500 to go out to Belarus and help build a play park at an orphanage. We hope to help this wonderful charity; stand international with the proceeds of this book. This charity works with children that have been affected by the Chernobyl fall-out.

We are selling the book at $1.30 which means after tax and Amazon deduct we have royalties of $0.30 so we need to sell a lot of books to make any impact. I would like to call on my followers to share this post, buy the book (its only $1.30!!) or do a review.

Many thanks for helping out!