About

The walker in the banner picture isn’t me, but it’s appropriate for me to use it, because I feel I’ve provided more than enough good intentions to pave the long road he’s treading.  

I first thought I could be a writer when I was ten years old and started to draft a spoof spy novel, which I read to my classmates in instalments. To my shame I put the manuscript to one side when I moved to another school, and forgot about writing fiction for more decades than I care to admit.

In 2015 I published a novel on Amazon in e-book format.  Obviously I wasn’t sufficiently confident in the book’s merit to try to persuade anyone else to publish it.  I still believe it was a good story, but I didn’t execute it nearly as well as I should have.   I’m no longer mentioning it on these pages.  

After publishing the book, I became mildly hooked on writing flash fiction, as well as producing outlines for numerous short stories and at least three novels.  Having finally settled on a novel that I planned to finish, I got bogged down in research.  In January 2016 I decided to forget about writing for the time being and focus on more down-to-earth things that I might actually finish (with mostly positive results).  In April 2017 I picked up writing Flash Fiction again.

With autumn approaching and the days getting shorter, I’m planning to tie myself to the desk and produce something more substantial that I hope other people will enjoy reading.

The walker in the photos is a good friend, so I suppose I owe it to him not to produce sufficient good intentions to take the road to its proverbial end.

Thank you for looking.

JS Brand

September 2017

 

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14 Responses to About

  1. ceayr says:

    I now cannot get an ancient song out of my mind. Keep Right on to the End of the Road was written by Sir Harry Lauder after the death of his son in World War 1, and if I have to endure it then why shouldn’t you? Cheers!

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    • JS Brand says:

      Sorry about that.
      As it happens I’ve been on a longish walk with the same friend today (I have more than one, honest).
      This was only the second occasion when we haven’t got lost on a walk. Normally we do and we end up roamin’ in the gloamin’. If you find that going round your head now, please ignore any lyrics of a romantic nature. On oor walks there’s strictly nae winchin’!

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  2. prior.. says:

    really enjoyed reading about your progress as a writer.
    and that is kind of a big deal to start your first book at ten. Even if it was snuffed out- it was foreshadowing and all that. and have you ever heard the saying that everyone has at least “one good book” – – well I believe that – but then there are others – like you – who know they have MANY books – and it is just a matter of time and finding the various directionals that are needed for their journey

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    • JS Brand says:

      Thank you so much. I never seem to be short of ideas; I just need to give myself a kick up the backside, but that seems to be as hard to achieve metaphorically as it is literally. With the shorter, colder days approaching I’m determined to turn one of those ideas into a book by spring.

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      • prior.. says:

        Well right on – and um, right on! I kind of need to do the same thing – I do not even want to say how many book ideas I have had – but I did realize that not all needed to be a book. But one idea I am thinking of right now might need to be mulled over this winter too – hm

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      • JS Brand says:

        We’re not alone with this kind of inertia, I’m sure. The current reason/excuse for me not to flesh out one of my outlines is that I self-published a novel a couple of years ago, although I wasn’t really happy with it. I wrote it in my head while commuting and I still remember where I was when I “finished” it. It sounded like a good story that I’d love to read, if only someone would write it. With no one else coming forward, I tried to put the story on paper myself. If didn’t work out – something took over and the final product wasn’t what I’d intended it to be. The finale, in particular, was much tamer than I’d expected it to be, with no helicopter! Anyway, my head tells me I should leave that book alone and get on with another, for which I did lots of research. My heart says otherwise – it wants me to turn the book that wrote itself into a book that I wrote. To avoid a wasted winter, I have to choose.
        Good luck with your own winter project.

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      • prior.. says:

        I love hearing your churning! And part of getting to great stuff really might mean we have average outcomes or different outcomes! I read part of this in the info you noted in above section for about page – but enjoyed hearing even more – and how the novel wrote itself –
        Also keep in mind that we grow and need to mature – like I read one author’s bio and she has 30+books and said looking back on her first books she can see her growth (something like that) and said she would never change them cos it was her at the time !
        So maybe your 2015 novel will get a revamp and maybe not – just keep grinding out the process .
        And for me – last October I started a book that I’ve been wanting to write for years – but of a memoir called “December 1992”. Finally closed all files on it because it was not the right time for that book – it turned out to be way more detailed and more work than I expected and it is not what I was feeling to grind out.
        Anyhow – fiction is a new genre for me and I am enjoying the flash fiction – even if it is all I ever write I am happy for that

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      • JS Brand says:

        I can go on a bit. What you said about detail chimes with me too. I’m not a perfectionist, by any means, but I like to get things as near right as possible. That means I can spend far too much time researching/planning, which encourages inertia. I’m determined, though, to be productive this winter.
        Flash fiction helps to satisfy the need to write, with the double reward of actually finishing something and that little red dot appearing in the right hand corner every now and then.

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      • prior.. says:

        What is the little red dot? Comments ?

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      • JS Brand says:

        Sorry, yes, the dog that appears on the bell to show you have a notification. I find it’s a bit like the peanut that a parrot receives for working its way through a maze. Zero dots is depressing, a series of dots that takes ages to work through is like a birthday! Yes – I’m needy.

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      • prior.. says:

        Hahha – that is funny – and here are some extra to come back to if there is a quiet day and u need a few – 🔴🔴🔴🔴 (kidding)

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      • JS Brand says:

        Thank you. Four dots is like finding a bottle of beer I’d forgotten about in the fridge (that’s a guess – it never happens)

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  3. JS Brand says:

    Oops – my last comment should have referred to a dot, not a dog. That said, a little dog would be cute.

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