Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday Night Reader

Click here for Saturday Night Reader magazine

They also have a facebook page 


 https://www.facebook.com/SaturdayNightReader

They have also accepted a short story of mine. It will be published in December.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Everyday Fiction - The Best of Pies

Click here
Everyday Fiction have published a story I wrote. They are a site which can let you have a carefully chosen free story every day. However they pay their writers. Woohoo!


It was the best of pies. It was the worst of pies. I have to admit the pastry could not be faulted. I actually enjoyed it. Then as soon as I bit into the pie I found that it was all gristle and bits of animal I prefer not to speculate about. The Commanding Officer stood over me and made sure I ate every scrap of it too. All of the troops who were going out to the forward base ate these pies. It was as if it were some kind of toughening-up exercise.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Schools for scandal?

According to The Independent and the Organised Crime and Corruption
Reporting Project,

"Britain's top private schools are coming under scrutiny from
anti-corruption groups for unwittingly accepting laundered money from
wealthy foreign criminals and corrupt officials."

I can imagine St Trinians being involved in money laundering but I
thought it was a work of fiction.

If the allegations are true it puts paid to the idea of sending Tristram
to a posh school to meet "the right kind of people" wouldn't you say?

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http://derekmcmillan.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

#teacheroath - any more bright ideas little Tristram?





and a cast of thousands!
According to little Tristan's website he thinks he is a "nationbuilder". Delusions of grandeur or what?.

#teacheroath
#classroomteachermanual

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Planet of the Dogs - Free to friends and family for one week


You can own The Planet of the Dogs for free between 13th and 17th October.





Click here to try before you buy

 

This is a book for children making the transition from picture books to books which are predominantly print.

 

Are you ready for a book without pictures? You will have the words and your imagination to work out what Alfred, Uncle Finn, Seren, Tom, Abby and the Prof look like and what it must be like to step out on a strange planet for the first time. If you are not ready for this, go back to your picture books for now. We will be here when you are ready.
We want to set your imagination on fire. 


www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00O7POVCW

Monday, October 06, 2014

Cassetteboy on Cameron






Couldn't have put it better myself
#socialistreviews

Religion and Politics

Millionaire Sir Peter Bottomley, writing in the Worthing Herald. seems
to assume that the Church is the Conservative Party at prayer. Given
that this government's beatitudes seem to include "Blessed are the Rich"
and "Blessed are the warmakers" people might like to think twice about that.


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http://derekmcmillan.com

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Miranda Revolution


I have been mostly working on children's stories during the last month but The Miranda Revolution will be coming out later this year.
The Miranda Revolution is the third book in the Mirror of Eternity series. It is a work of imagination. However there are some serious matters at the back of it.

In many parts of the world, the failure of the workers' parties to live up to their promise and fight on behalf of the poor has led other forces to occupy the position those parties have relinquished.

A classic example of this is in El Salvador where a Catholic Priest, Saint Oscar Romero, stood out against the military dictatorship. Oscar Romero was a wholly remarkable man. He became Archbishop because he was seen as a "safe pair of hands" who would not cause the American-backed dictatorship any trouble. In the end, however, he was a champion of the poor who became a martyr to the cause after one particular radio broadcast in which he told the soldiers they should not obey an order to fire on the poor.
The Church recognises him as a martyr and in America he is regarded as a Saint. So much so that the Republicans in Texas tried to have any history books which referred to him burnt!

For the reference see http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/24/headlines

The character of the Saint Miranda of the title is ambiguous. Is she a saint or is she manipulating the situation to her own advantage? Well only you can decided that and only when the book is published :)