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Kanye West on Vanity.

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Kanye West keeps us entertained.


It takes time to build things up

So I want instant hits but it does take some time to build up an audience. I guess it's just to keep on going and going and going. That's all I have to say today.

What to do with this blog

I'm not really sure the purpose of this blog . I just want to write but apparently I need one. What the heck am I suppose to fill it with. Boring is the name of the game.

I'm thinking very hard. Probably too much. Maybe I'll just fill it with pictures. That might be cool. Yes write about pictures and things that are happening. OK


Read my work on Smashword.com and I write as Bigga Day. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bigga

Eights Months on Ghazzan Street by Hilary Mantel.

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I've got mixed feelings about this book. At first I thought it was just about whinging, moan and complaining. The main character Frances Shore is a bit of a pain in the neck but then I realised it was just how real person could be. It's funny in a peculiar way and written with some very dry humour.

 Hilary Mantel is a good writer and I loved the prose but the book seemed about exposing hypocrite in everyone including the main character.

It's basically about a woman who moves with her husband to the Middle East and has a hard time adjusting to the culture and restrictions. She becomes slightly obsessed with an 'empty' flat above her and suspects it's not empty but being used for something.

As the story goes on it gets more interesting and though not a 'page turner' Hilary Mantel keeps you hooked and turning pages.  It ends quite messily and not as neatly packaged as the normal trashy novel where all loose ends are tied nicely in a bow but Hilary Man…

A penname matters - Changing my name back to Bigga Day

So I started with Bigga Day as a pen name then I changed back to DA Brown but I'm going back again to my orginal pen name. Why - well D.A. Brown is boring. It looks boring on the cover and sounds boring and I used to get more downloads.

This means I'm changing my site yet again.

Oh well...

Today was hard and sad.

My aunt passed away today - this morning. My cousin rang to tell me and then in turn I rang to tell my sister. I came home on time despite a lot of things to do at work. Yes I work and writing is a hobby.

My thoughts are with my cousins as she lived with them until quite recently. :( Sad. Very sad. I'm sadden.

Now I must ring another cousin to pass on my condolances - these things are hard. Difficult to deal with because there is nothing one can really say.

So now I while the time away surfing on my computer. I'll have to ring my cousin soon. I must ring now.

A Pen name - D.A Brown

Choosing a pen name is really hard. I was under Bigga Day which forms part of my real name but the family thought it was a joke. So I changed it sometime else. D.A Brown.  It doesn't really affect anything becuase I haven't much downloads any way.

My lastest book is doing quite slow well 30 at the current time but we'll see.

Fran's Makeover by Bigga Day

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Now available on Smash hits. It's about an older woman who becomes trendy.

My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike

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Great stories and some really touching. Most were very real so it more a study of human nature and how people grew older. He probably wrote these towards the latter part of his life because the average age of the characters mostly male were about 60 odd years old.

What is the use of a writing blog?

I'm not a creative writing teacher nor do I spend analysis prose for the benefit of others. I do the rare critque on a website called Scribophille but apart from that I don't really know what to say.

So I'm not sure for this blog's prupose. I'm not profilific as I'd like to be mainly because I have to earn a living and have other things I need to do.  I have no real interest in reading and reviewing books for others.

I guess I may be plain boring. Or just very busy. Okay I'm just going to write about stuff I'm reading till I publish.

Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South by Tim Gautreaux

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This is a great book and one of the best reads I've read all year. It's a collection of stories by a writer called Tim Gautreaux and contains some beautiful stories.

Somewhere sad and others funny but all maintained an honesty and openess.


The courtship of Merlin LeBlanc and Welding with children are two about grandfathers having a second chance in bringing up children after messing up first time.

License to Steal is about a no good useless man who's long suffering wife runs out on him and he's left to fend for himself.  And there are a few others that are good as well.

Take your time to read and enjoy it however beware it's not about excapism or fixing things because Tim Gautreaux maintains a realistic truthness throughout.

Great story!