Graham Writer

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Very Inspiring Blog Award

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I’ve just been nominated by my good friend Carly Compass for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. Carly works hard, promoting her books, on nearly all the key social media platforms and I’m a great fan of hers. At first I was flattered, then excited and curious to discover if there was some sort of prize, recognition of my talent and of course some well deserved adulation. I made enquiries – well actually I clicked on the link and discovered the truth; it was an invitation to nominate seven more authors for the same award. Now I’m no expert but, if you want to win an award, would you increase the amount of competition? Worse still there are no prizes, no recognition and it’s doubtful if any adulation will follow so, what’s going on?

We’ve all had the chain emails, send this to seven mates and you will win a million pounds and send this to seven mates or something nasty will happen to you. I always delete them and, true to form, I deleted my nomination for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. As I did so, I started to think about my social media coverage which is beginning to look like this image, I borrowed from Facebook (That says it all really);-

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I have a list of interesting tweeters which includes Rayne Hall, one of the doyennes of twitter. She’s a master of the twittersphere so I tweeted her, asking what other social media she uses. Her answer triggered a conversation which was revealing. Here is just one tweet from it;-

Rayne hall tweet

So that’s it then. It’s time to ditch most of the other social media, for now at least. Of course, if twitter croaks (pardon the pun) or changes significantly, I may have to think again and look for alternatives, without destroying my valuable writing time or, equally importantly, my life. Speaking of writing, I really should be writing the next chapter of A White Man’s War but it’s snowing outside and the sledge awaits. Who says, living on a mountain isn’t fun or grandpa can’t enjoy himself? Not me. See you later.

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Author: grahamwriter

Hi. I’m Graham Watkins and I have spent several years researching Welsh legends and myths. It has been a wonderful project and great fun as I explored rugged mountains, mysterious castles, enchanting waterfalls and golden beaches to discover the tales that have been handed down from generation to generation. Wales is a land of mystery and being a Celtic race the Welsh are fantastic story tellers. I've collected eighty of my favourite legends together in my book 'Welsh Legends and Myths.' That’s how I started writing. My first novel 'The Iron Masters' was an historical novel set in Merthyr during the Napoleonic Wars when Merthyr Tydfil was rearming the British Empire, fortunes were being made through other's sweat and anything was possible. Today, I am a multi genre novelist, hobby farmer and explorer. It’s all been great fun and the story isn’t over yet. I've recently published 'A White Man's War,' the story of a terrible siege during which the Scouting movement was born and 'The Sicilian Defence' a novel about a young American Woman lured to Sicily to a terrible fate. All my books are listed on the books page of my website. Right now I'm working on a modern day political thriller in which terrorists, computer programmers and a big brother state fight for their very survival. Oh! And don't forget to click here to join my mailing list for the latest news and stories and receive three free eBooks delivered straight to your inbox.

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