Hello boys. Looking forward to coming to Scotch. Firstly, what is happening in my life?
1. My book, “Well Done, Those Men” is being made into a film. Yes, looking at roughly 12 months. Big names, great film team and a lot of support. For details check out the video on this page.
I am going to approach the headmaster about the possibility of having some student participation in the film, or maybe - a visit to the filming site. Will keep you informed.
I have asked the library to print out the film brochure as well. Hugo Weaving playing me - yep - sadly, my Vietnam Veteran mates believe he is too handsome to play me!
I am going to include part of a short story on my next post. It’s about a beautiful dog, a sheepdog I was given on a farm when I was 17 years old. The story won two short story awards. When I come to Scotch, I will bring some slides showing him riding on a rocker and on my push bike. I will present the story over the separate posts.
If there is any interest, I will post several others over the weeks - all award winning stories. Hopefully it will give you some motivation, ideas, incentive, whatever - just write - it’ a great hobby, past time and for me - my best private loving friend.
Let me explain - briefly.
You should write every day. Sure Barry but what?
A brief diary of your day. Anything funny or serious. A highlight.
Then, start a journal. Write about yourself, get personal. Have you experienced something you only want to share with yourself? Like bullying, a family issue, a girlfriend, a career choice, an incident you witnessed or were a part of or saw that you want to express an opinion about, but not sure how to do this? It may have been in the classroom or playground. Remember, you are human, you form opinions, you take sides.
However, here is the big bonus if you write.
You can read what you have written several times. Mull over what you have written and then decide the next step. The end result is you will mature, wise up or simply let it be. Initially, you will struggle to write. But give it a go for say a week and then reflect…remember to create a password and secure the document.