Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time for me is a 'feeling.'

Life and time have shifted their focus. When I look back over the last eighteen months, I am struck by this strange feeling re time.
I am no longer influenced by ringing bells, timetables or the ramifications of meetings. Deadlines and budgets, other than those I impose on myself, do not figure in my day.
Time is still part of my life, in a format that flows, gently measuring out doses of surety, nature, conversations and interactions with people met on a stony beach or seat at a cafe facing the street.
Time is not measured in seconds, minutes or hours that relate to real maths. For me, mornings seem to flow like a bubbly stream, disappearing over a waterfall at midday, almost before I have had my share, then settling in afternoon pools that take their time and rest before rejoining the main flow.
Time speeds up mid-afternoon, queuing up to fit the needs of the evening.
Now that we have entered the phase whereby time stretches into later evening, there are more spaces to explore, to take in gentle sunlight, on beaches, bush clad valleys and tranquil backyards, where hens and fruit trees decorate a lawn that may or may not need tending.
Time has become kind, not rushed, just accepted for what it is.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I WANT to write more books. I NEED to write more books---BUT.....

Hi, friends. Thank you for reading the stories from Coastal Yarns. I posted the entire book of short stories because the book is out of print (although it would not be difficult to reissue it)

I would like to publish more books, but now that I do not work full-time, it has become very difficult for me to self-publish. I figure that, depending on the length of a book, the costs of a good 'production,' involving, 'high quality' proofreading-reading, editing, digital design, publicity ect, the cost can be north of NZ$15,000. Anything less, would not do the book justice, I have learned the hard way, that having a skilled team behind me is the only way to go.

I know that people think that it would be easier to have a publisher taking all the risks, but getting a publishing house on board is a quest that rarely results in success---that is finding one. I remember writing a huge historical novel about five years ago, getting it edited, but that was just the start of the process, but I gave up. Sons of Orpheus was a naive first attempt and I sent the script to many publishing houses, resulting in one offer that was 'spurious' to say the least. The book would probably be best if I separated it into three books. I now see the experience as one that helped me to 'learn the ropes,;' so I guess it has not been 'all for nothing!'

So---where to from here? Firstly, I still have two books out there, one as hard copy and download on Amazon ROSKILL) and TALK TO ME. It is easy to find hard copy in my town, Thames (Carsons, Paper Plus and The Kitchen (There are even a few copies of Coastal Yarns and Talk to me at The Kitchen---rare 'experimental' editions!)) I can also sell directly via my email, where the very best prices can be achieved. (

I have many ideas about new books and I want to write. I NEED to write because although blogging keeps my hand in, it is  NOT enough. I have mentioned crowd-funding in past posts and even indicated a few scenarios about the plots, but that damned 'wall' keeps sticking itself in the way. I can dig deeper and just get on with it. It's not as if I DON"T have the time, now that I have mostly retired.

I am thinking that I should start on several different books---stick up a few chapters and seek feedback as to which one is more likely to succeed. My feeling is that I should 'stay local,' reaching out into the wider area. That means, basing my books in Thames. Small pond, I know, but fish can swim! Given that my last book, TALK TO ME, was nominated for the Ngaio Marsh Crime Writer's Awards, I may well stay within the same genre, albeit a fairly 'creative' link to the field.

In the meantime, I need some sales and downloads for the two books that are still readily available online. Please go to my website ( and click on Neil's Books and follow the links. Contact me via my email for even better hard copy deals.

Feel free to share my post.
Neil Coleman

Monday, September 4, 2017

The final chapter in Coastal Yarns..Wild West.

Thanks for reading stories from Coastal Yarns. I have enjoyed sharing the entire book with you. I would love some feedback, but better still, please go to my website ( and click on Neil Books and download ROSKIL and TALK TO ME. You can also buy hard copies at a reduced price by contacting me directly at
Here is the last chapter form Coastal yarns. It is based on fact and it DID HAPPEN, but I have disguised names and 'slightly' ramped it up a bit. Jack Russell owners will really appreciate this one! I dedicate this story to a friend who recently lost her loved JR. This one is for her. She knows who I mean!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Coastal Yarns is on my blog---go and read it---FREE!

Yes, I have posted most of Coastal Yarns on my blog (and FB). I shall continue until the entire book is online---for free.
I hope that you search out my other two books,  ROSKILL  and TALK TO ME. 
Please go to my website and click on Neil's Books.  Follow the links to the Kindle AP and download. If you want hard copies, the cheapest way is to contact me at
ROSKILL---the story of a family in crisis when the world of 'P' enters their lives; a story of despair and hope.
TALK TO ME----Nominated for the Ngaio Marsh Crime Writer's Award. TTM is a light hearted 'swipe' at the talkback radio industry. The book will have you wondering, laughing and maybe getting a little angry. Spotl a brave Jack Russell, plays a pivotal role, as only a Jack Russell lover can understand!

If you want more books in the future, please share my post, download or buy my books. Don't forget to leave reviews if you download them from Amazon.
With thanks
Neil Coleman

Coastal Yarns (Girls' Weekend, Part 2) Read Part 1, first.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Coastal Yarns (Chapter 6: Girls' Weekend --Part 1 of 3)

This story is the first of three linked chapters. My inspiration was a group of wonderful women I worked with. They have a zest for life that I have taken great liberties with, to the point that they would refute most of my imaginary 'journey on their behalf!'
Please go to my website ( and click on Neil's Books to download my books ROSKILL and Talk To Me. If enough of you do that (and share my link) then more books will eventuate.)