Putting words together is more complicated than I thought – at least, to a professional standard

Like everyone else, my efforts at the Three R’s (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic) began at primary school. I didn’t do too badly at the first two, and once I’d graduated to adolescent level, I found that, if the words were put together with a little more thought, I could make my classmates laugh.

That’s my education, then. Not that it did much good. I left puberty school with O levels in English Language and English Literature (plus a sprinkling of others, including Latin), but it was never going to put enough zeros on my payslip.

I lacked direction. But I knew what I liked: drama and photography. Let’s skip the embarrassing incident with the actor’s union Equity, and focus on what I did next: two years assisting a professional photographer. That was in the glory days of pre-digital, so I find it strangely satisfying that (forty or so years later) my passion for (digital) photography has resulted in my own page on Flickr!

Flickr Montage

Over the course of thirty years, I established myself as “a Civil Servant”. But throughout that same period I found my side-line with the theatrical community much more satisfying, if not particularly lucrative. My efforts with words resulted in awards, both as an actor and as a writer. And once I “retired early” from my desk job (euphemism for redundancy) in 2009, I found I could really get going, by writing a novel.

The results can be found on this website.

If you’ve read this far, then I applaud you. Perhaps you found this page because you wanted to know more about the man behind the books. I trust you are satisfied? Likewise, if you stumbled on my name through listening to a recording from The JAPE Collective, did this help? [Comments and constructive feedback are always welcome.]

If, on the other hand, you are looking for someone to help you with your own words – possibly to publish something yourself, or to help with writing web content, then bear in mind I’m a freelance with over 50 years’ experience. I also don’t like milk in my tea or coffee, but if you can run to a slab of fruitcake as well, then maybe we should talk?

Jesting aside, if you feel my skills might be worth employing to your own ends, then I suggest you take a look at my page on Fiverr, where the opportunities to engage my services are tied up in three very attractive packages.

Or there’s always the direct approach? [alan@alanveale.com]

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