Here is a pic of me making friends with a kookaburra, who was an extremely trusting person. His attention was more at the grubs exposed by the splitting of wood, but he didn’t mind a bit of a chat either.
I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that’s now threatening us with extinction, and replacing a culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
Ella lived next door to me for over a year, and as you can see, adopted me as a grandfather.
So far, I have retired 5 times as:
- Research scientist
- Builder’s labourer
- Director of my professional association
I am still going strong as a storyteller, writer and editor. To date, I have 16.5 published books you can inspect at http://bobswriting.com (read the first chapter of each). Five of them won awards. The half-published book, Hit and Run, has been accepted for publication soon by Writers Exchange. In the meantime, you can request a free advance review copy, in exchange for an advance review of course.
Also, I do professional editing, for a number of small, independent publishers and a steady stream of writers pre-submission.
What genre do I write in? Rather than a square peg in a round hole, I am a fractal-shaped peg that makes its own hole, so my writing doesn’t fit in genres. My main aim is to entertain, but as with every other writer, my belief system underlies everything I write.
What is that?
Have a read of my essay, How to change the world.
I have been publishing my newsletter Bobbing Around since mid-2000, and now I am continuing it here. The archivers of the many past issues are listed at the original Bobbing Around.
Other things worth reading here
I’ve started a new project. Over the years, I’ve answered many cries for help. Some are recurring issues, and I intend to collect related ones with an explanation, so they are readily available for people suffering from that issue.
The first one is Answers to self-assessed sexual abusers.
Even more frequent is the terrible problem of being tortured by obsessive thoughts of committing murder. As we know, all too many people give in to such urges, but those who contact me have resisted, and want the obsession to go away. Here are links to 20 such q&a exchanges.
There is a reason that murder urges are so common. Read an extract from my coming book, Depression: A user’s guide about the work of John B. Calhoun, which provides a perfect explanation.
There are pages about several of my books, with links to my web site where you can read the first chapter of each. Anyone who provides me with proof of purchase of any of my books, anywhere, in any format, has earned a second title, free. Sending me a review qualifies as proof.
The essay, But there is no need for despair.
A person made a comment on this essay, and I responded in some detail. You will find my answer thought-provoking and powerful.
A lady sent me a letter of despair at the way global society is committing suicide. Here is my answer to her.
On the same topic, it’s worth reading my correspondence with a young woman who was in despair about the end of humanity.
Cliches define a culture, a project on designing the culture we need to establish for survival. You’re encouraged to have an input, and you’ll get a free short story as a reward.
An explanation about predicting disasters.
My assessment of a Vipassana retreat that has been of major benefit to me.
Several entertaining and instructive interviews, some by me, others of me.
You can listen to a radio interview in which Diane Wing asks me about “Challenges for Humanity.”
My interview for Queendom blog was quite long, and so has appeared in two parts. I think both are entertaining and informative.
In July, 2017, Margaret Carter asked me some interesting questions. Check out my answers.
27th June, Cheryl Holloway had me on her blog. I am very impressed with this lady: despite having brown skin and being female, she has wonderful professional achievements as a journalist.
On 15th June, Joanne Tropello of Pandora’s Box Gazette released a second interview with me. This time it is about writing nonfiction.
More interviews are coming. Please have some fun reading my answers, and leave a comment for a chance to win a book. Also, please support me by spreading the word.
I am interviewing admirable people too
This is not your usual writer interview, but covers deep issues like how young people become terrorists.
And I’ve enjoyed interviewing Cheryl Holloway, who can be an inspiration to anyone on how to overcome prejudice.
In the nature of a blog, when I have sent a guest post to someone, or been interviewed, the item soon gets buried. I have obtained permission to reproduce such appearances at Bobbing Around.
On 27th October, 2017, I featured on the EPIC blog. I have reproduced this interview.
You will find my interview at EPIC’s blog entertaining and perhaps challenging. You need to scroll down a little to find the start.
I am doing something new for me: have published a novel via KDP.
Please check out the book page at my website where I have the synopsis, two extensive samples and a few early reviews.
Hit and Run
My 17th book is about to be published. Writers Exchange E-Publishing is working to release Hit and Run, which some of my beta readers have judged to be my best book yet.
Please check out the prepublication page. Until the book is listed for sale at Amazon, you can request a free advance review copy.