A Boat For My Potplants

My nautical project took me to glorious places, metaphorically speaking. There were parties on board. There was The World's Smallest Pirate Radio Station. Of course there were plants. And one day even a gorilla.
The boat also became my 'Writer's Retreat'. I decided to become an author, writing my debut novel aboard the boat. The book, called MUDDY WATER, was naturally set in Wivenhoe. Amazingly, several local people paid good money to have their names appearing in the book, and a lot of cash was raised for worthy charities - the RNLI, MIND, The Samaritans, and The Royal British Legion.
Now, my next multi-singular selling novel, FLORIDA KEY, is in 'production', due for publication in October 2017.
I'm sure to be visiting writers' block along the way, as well as euphoria, self-doubt and inspiration.
See how my book goes through all the stages - from initial concept to final print. I'll take you with me on my personal journey as I work on the words, on the cover, on the marketing, and on the publishing.
Maybe it will inspire you too to have a go at bringing out THE BOOK IN YOU. Everyone has a story in them, just waiting to be told, and after all, if I can do it, anyone can.
(Click on the tabs below to see more about the Writer's Retreat In France, the old Boat For My Potplants, Tallulah the Motorhome, Alfonso the Car, and Jane the Woman. And to find out more about MUDDY WATER the novel, click the cover to be transported to its Facebook page)

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Who would have believed that I'd end up having my picture on the cover of a magazine? And especially because of a boat, a subject about which I virtually know nothing.

Okay, it's not quite Rolling Stone Magazine, but it's very close in the echelons of my finest achievements. Motor Boats Monthly have done me proud - although I don't think I actually did say "I bagged a free boat" at any time, as quoted on the cover. Editor's license.

The magazine comes out today, but unfortunately I can't get it here in Saarf Fraaance. Also hence I can't put any pics up of my extensive research into the boats of the Canal Du Midi (technology hitch relating to camera cable and Internet deficiencies).

But I can reveal, without any reasonable doubt whilst on my hols, that Leffe Blond is a rather fine beer.

Indeed. Hic.

And so I say cheers to all those who helped me to get where I am today, with a free boat in the bag and my mug-shot on the shelves of WHSmith's.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Now I Know What It Is (I Think)

After all this time of believing that my boat is either a Callumcraft, a Teal, or a Norman, the good folks at Motor Boats Monthly magazine seem to think that in fact it is a NAUTICUS 23.

Well, I'll be blowed, and knock me down with a rope with a feather attached. But what would they know anyway? They only publish the world's best boating magazine, and decided to include a SIX page article about my Boat For My Potplants, the Quay Characters of Wivenhoe, little ol' me, and of course the Lovely 'Erindoors.

The magazine comes out tomorrow, ie Thursday, and should be available from all good newsagents.

What FUN!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Ten Steps To Heaven

Step One: Go down to the boat in the sunshine
Step Two: Tinker around, turn motor over and have a listen

Step Three: Beckon Canoe-Man Jon to come over for a beer
Step Four: Have a nice chat with Captain 'Erindoors
Step Five: Turn on hi-fi
Step Six: Get ready for bed

Step Seven: Play Dark Side Of The Moon very loud
Step Eight: Wake up. First thing's first
Step Nine: Put the kettle on
Step Ten: Rustle up some breakfast
That's it. Simple