Thursday, January 15, 2015
It seems that the three ships fishing and plundering the Toothfish' stocks near Antarctica are the spawn of criminal elements, possibly connected to Spanish interests. The NZ navy has 'backed off,' preferring to leave the issue to be sorted in the 'courts.' The fact is that our navy does not have the 'oomph' to take these low lifes on! It seems that the Sea Sheppard is going to take them on, putting itself in danger. This is a terrible state of affairs. We must have a navy that is capable of taking on these crooks, because one thing is for sure-----we are going to see more of this sort of activity. NZ is in the spotlight--the message will get out there that it is 'free for all'---'come and get it folks,' because no one (except Sae Sheppard!) Our navy ran out of fuel! What the F was it doing there without support? All power to Sea Sheppard! OK, maybe the law courts may have an effect but a bit of 'direct' action is also needed. If not---a flood gate will have been left open for the pillage of Antarctica!
So I have written 2225 blogs over the last 4 years! Using a very crude guess, that is more then 500 pages---a book indeed; one in which so many topics are covered, from those that a silly, angry, political, sad or WTF! I love writing blogs. Yes, I know many of them contain typos, errors, terrors and outright stupid mistakes, but I make no apologies for that. It is all part of a process whereby I use the theory that 'practice makes'--approaching --oh I cant say perfect, because that would be the lie of the century. Above all I do it--because I can and yes, to push whatever book I am have written. Has it helped? Yes, a bit, but nothing beats the 'professional,' paid for services of using a publicist. However, in a sense, I am my own publicist. I try to make my won opportunities and if there is anything 'trending in the news,' I jump on it, if it has anything that connects to my books, primarily ROSKILL. Some of you may have noticed that if there is an item in the news about Methamphetamine (P) I usually follow it up with a commentary and then link it to my book. That was the advice form one of the publicist. I had sort of figured that out myself. I have also noticed and appreciated the backing , support and comments, links and discussion some of you have entered into. I accept the criticisms and sometimes rebuke for my statements. I don't apologize for them, because I have deliberately 'provoked at times, in order to start a discussion. If that causes 'issues,' then I ask those who have been offended to---look within!. I have changed my mind on issues, simply by reading some of your responses and I think you for that. When I can NOT change my view when presented with the opinion of others, it is time to biff out the keyboard! I have had about 133,000 hits on my blogs and they are all linked to FB and Twitter, so God knows how many people are actually reading on a regular basis. look forward to continuing my 'epic-bog-novel' and invite you to comment and hey---join me. Have fun! www.authorneilcoleman.com
Without a doubt Boko Haram is running amuck in Northern Nigeria. It seems that the government is either incapable or unwilling to take on this dangerous and barbaric group or both. WHY? Now that the situation is back in the headlines, we are seeing images of total destruction in the north, combined with massive losses of civilian lives. What possible 'electoral' gain does the government see by its lack of effective action? Reports that the BK armed groups are better armed and trained than the forces the government puts up against the terrorist group are very worrying. Does the government have a plan to simply 'cut the north adrift,' and go it alone? That would not of course stop the BK as they have an avowed ain of establishing Sharia Law on all of Nigeria. In the meantime, we see and hear that the Government forces are putting up little effective resistance to BK, leaving civilians in the north feeling unprotected against the kidnappings, murder and destruction of property by BK. The Nigerian Government is reluctant to accept offers of military assistance. Are we missing something here? Perhaps it is a reaction to past 'colonial' experiences. What is certain is that the people are losing confidence in the central government; a situation that does not bode well for the future of the nation state of Nigeria.
I am not sure what is going on re my unpublished book, Sons of Orpheus. I have been putting up some chapters to see what would happen. I must say that it is in a format that is not pleasing. I was intending to 'fix' that but didn't get around to it. Those of you who have been reading it probably get a little exasperated by the lack of formatting. Most of the hits have come form the USA, so am wondering if it has garnered some support form there. I would dearly like to have it severely edited but I can not afford that or to put t through the self-publishing process. It is a huge book of somewhere around 700 pages. I try to reconcile the situation by claiming that it was part of my 'learning process,' a naïve attempt to enter the world of 'writing,' or as I feel now---story telling.' Of course, if Roskill sold thousands of books, both as a hard-copy version or as an EBook format, the situation could change. I will put up a few more chapters and please---feedback needed. IN the meantime, you know what to do---help me to get the word out there, re Roskill. Yes, they are very different books but here's hoping. It was great to get an order from a NZ distributor the other day for Roskill. Sure --only ten books, but hey---who's complaining? not me! www.authorneilcoleman.com