In the hot seat today I would like to welcome:
Q. Taureans are well known for being persistent and determined once they are motivated. Is this a trait you access while writing? Do these energies see you through to the end of a writing project when others may give up?
My first two projects are classicexamples of a writer not giving up. Back in 2002 when I first started writing I didn’t even own acomputer. I did a large chunk of mywriting by hand and the rest on a borrowed laptop. At the time I was working for a utility company in Swindon and Iwould take all my hand written work into the office with me and type it up whenno one was looking and save it to a floppy disc. One day I went to print a couple of pages and the whole documentprinted out. I didn’t know how to stopthe printer; it was just total madness. Miraculously, at some stage after the document had finished printing, itwas just gathered up and put on my desk and nothing was said. My second project was just as bizarre.
It started off as a series ofarticles in a monthly newsletter, which for various reasons, gotabandoned. I saved each monthly articleon a floppy disc that somehow became corrupted. But I’d sent hard copies to the editor so I rang him and askedfor them back. It turned out he nolonger required my “services” so he gladly posted them back to me and I rewrotethem. It seemed a shame to waste thewriting so I modified it to make it flow and turned it into an interim bookletbetween Angelic Wisdom Volumes One and Two. Even though it was only a short booklet it took me nine months to get itinto print.
In contrast, my latest andlargest project to date, Astral Travelling, The Avatar and Me was in print injust under five months.
Q. The negative side of being persistent and determined is being inflexible. Have there been times when you should really have given up on something that isn’t working but have persisted and then been frustrated?
Q. Stability and predictability make a Taurean very happy. A writing career doesn’t hold any of those things. Do you ever worry about the practical side of your chosen career? What strategies do you use to overcome any fears you may have?
Q. Taureans like comfort but not clutter around them. Where do you do your writing? Do you surround yourself with things that make you feel comfortable and bring you pleasure? What does your workspace look like?
Q. Venus is the planetary ruler of Taurus. Venus represents love and relationships (amongst other things). Is love an important theme in your writing?
Q. We all need something in our lives that is our outlet from the stresses and strains of daily living. Taureans are very practical people with a love of the earth. How do you relax away from your writing? Do you enjoy gardening/spending time with nature as a form of stress therapy?
Q. Charlotte Bronte and supposedly William Shakespeare were also born under a Taurean sun. Which authors have inspired you on your path?
Thank you for sharing with us Richard.
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- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: UKUnpublished (3 Oct 2010)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 9781849440738
- ISBN-13: 978-1849440738
- ASIN: 1849440735
In 2000 my life hit rock bottom. I was totally spent and didn’t see any way out of the mire that I found myself in. This book tells the story how (with a little help) I managed to turn my life around. Miraculously at the onset of the new millenium I started to embark on a series of truly amazing out of body adventures, and as the years have gone by, I have learned to pass through solid objects, propel myself in whatever direction I wish to travel, and unbelievably, “will” myself back into my body when I became bored with the journey. As if that wasn’t incredible enough, I have also been blessed by the Avatar of the age himself, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who first entered my life in 2001. Since then I have had a series of truely wonderous experiences with Baba, the highlights of which were being held in his arms during an out of body experience in 2006 and seeing him in physical form at his ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam (abode of the highest peace) in Puttaparthi, Southern India in October 2009.