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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
Iain

Iain here and thanks for having me.

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Hi All…, and thanks for having me.

 

‘Writer’s block’ is the main reason for my presence while living in the hope that someone may be able to provide a few pointers.  In the meantime, I’ve noticed that the Forum is dedicated to readers and not writers, so I suppose I’ll have to wait until my ten posts are published before joining the Writer’s Corner.

 

I’m in my early 70’s and left school at the age of 15, so I’m certainly not an intellectual.  However, I do have dozens of unpublished manuscripts gathering dust in the attic, where they’ll probably remain until my family decide to bin them.  But that’s not my problem !

About six years ago I decided to get down to some serious writing and being a serial entrepreneur, I took it in my stride to take on something which I’m sure many Authors would reject.

I’m a former Lance Sergeant in the Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and I live not far from Waterloo in Belgium.   My battalion was on Wellington’s right flank along with the Coldstream and Grenadier Guards…, and I want to ‘rewrite’ the Waterloo history books. (lol)

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/o7dyzzs5ih8niq4/AAC6g4k932bIoFowIJ1RLTwFa

 

I am not an Historian…, I prefer the term battlefield detective and because of it, I have discovered things that turn many of the traditional stories on their head.

 

I’ll post this first as a ‘trial’ before going any further.   

Have a nice weekend.

Kind ReGuards…, Iain.

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Hi Iain,

 

Yes this is indeed a book readers forum, however there are a few of us with more than a passing interest in writing. Alternatively you may find a site like https://absolutewrite.com/forums more helpful. (I used to frequent it many moons ago.) But since many writers are often avid readers as well, perhaps you will like it here regardless.

 

Welcome to the forum in any case :)

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Welcome to the forum Iain and all the best with your writing. Sounds a fascinating subject to research :)

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Andrea and Poppy…, thank you, and thank you for your honesty. 

 

I feel slightly embarrassed in accepting your advice, nonetheless, I will certainly check it out.

For years I’ve been trying to find a forum not just to learn from but also to share ideas.  My first was American…, although I love them, I don’t particularly like their ‘isms.’  Another last month was finally British and despite it being a site for good English, half of them were texting conversations using ‘SMS.’ 

 

Also, to tell you the truth, (on this site I’ll probably have a thunder bolt fall on my head for saying it) but I don’t particularly like reading.  I usually fall asleep after 10 minutes ! (lol)

On the other hand, I’m up every day at 04h00 and write constantly until late in the afternoon.   

 

I wish you all the best.

Kind Regards…, Iain. 

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Oh I wasn't trying to shoo you away by sending you to another forum! I hope it didn't come across that way! You are most certainly very welcome here!! But that forum I linked to I found quite useful when I was writing, though I haven't been there for some years. There are some writers on this site though the writers' corner here is a little on the quiet side these days, although it may pick up with the new 'writing opportunities' thread. You are obviously welcome to join in there :)

 

Even if you're not much of a reader there is plenty of general chat that goes on here too!

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The subject matter looks fascinating Iain. The Battle of Waterloo is one of 'those' battles that we think we know about, but there is always more to learn about it. :)

 

Welcome to the forum. 

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Good morning Chrissy…

Sorry not to have thanked you for your welcome…, but I was absent exploring Andrea’s site proposition.  Not very successful I’m afraid…, in addition, that site frightens me !

 

In the meantime, I would like to post an historical-fiction question for the book specialists.  I believe I would get a better answer here.  I’ll try and send it this afternoon.

 

Have a nice day.

Kind Regards…, Iain.   

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HI Iain and welcome, good luck with your writing.  In answer to your question - I don't really mind 1st or 3rd person!

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