Morewood’s Blog

July 30th 2022

Hi, welcome to my site. By now you should know a bit about who I am. I will try to put blogs on this site regularly. The schedule will not be as straightforward as you might like because things in life do not happen in a nicely outlined pattern now do they. If you should have any questions you can always contact me through my social media, links on the contact page, or through reactions on my homepage. Now haven’t I nicely redirected you back to my books page(LOL).

In this blog I thought I might tell you a bit more about myself and my books once in a while. Let’s start by telling you that in this stage of my life I’m actually not a full time writer as my sales are still really poor. I have a day job to feed my family though and I might start this thing by telling you about it.

For over 21 years I’ve driven a garbage truck through the streets of my region here in Belgium and for the past 5 years I’ve been collecting garbage on what we call container parks. They are places where you can bring your recyclable garbage separated so it can be reused instead of just thrown away.

For that my company works together with a ‘made to measure’ firm. Basically they take people who have difficulty to get a job for various reasons and give them a chance at a decent life. Some of them need to be brought back up from a bad situation, sometimes by their own erroneous life decisions, sometimes because life gave them a bad start or hard blows. Most of them just want to give themselves a better life or at least a chance to one.

This job takes a lot of time away from what I really want to do which is writing. It is a double edged sword as helping these people on their way out of a bad situation is very gratifying and is in itself a good deed (for which I then get paid LOL), so it will be bittersweet to leave the job should it come to that.

The main reason why I’m not able to live of writing is because of the… well frankly disastrous sales! (Oh no! Now he’s going to nag about buying his books LOL.) This is not the worst though because to me it is still a hobby and I get my gratification from writing the stories themselves. Still wouldn’t it be good to live of a hobby, right.

I guess this is about enough for the time being. I’m pondering about my next blog which I present to write in the coming days. I might write about the topics that always return and the pitfalls that could entail. But then this afternoon there is a gathering I’m invited to go to with my wife so I could write about that first.

I hope you enjoyed my little blog and hope to see you back soon.

Thanks for your attention, till next time.

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July 31 2022

   Hi, how are you people doing? I’m back fast aren’t I. As I’m a writer and my life is generally a bit boring I have to take advantage of the interesting things happening in my life. Well I say interesting…

   About two years ago I was 30 kilos heavier and as I was already riding my bike to work, a 16 kilometer commute, I took up running. On the days I’m home from work I run in the early morning, around 6 am, and when the weather allows I run outside in between the woods and the farmlands.

   Today was different as early in the jog I heard music coming from one of the terrains in the area where a few people have some summerhouses. I ignored it until I saw a guy on a bike approaching. He made an awkward fall and wanted to get up but didn’t so he just gave up. By the way he’d ridden his bike I knew exactly what was going on.

   I was running his way anyway so when I got to him he was making another attempt to stand up. He only managed it with my help. As he looked at me a little dazed I saw the intoxicating effects of that so coveted liquid running through his veins in his eyes. He was drunk. Now we can’t judge him can we because most of us have been there.

   It reminded me of my own youth when me and my friends partied through the night. I asked him if he would be okay and he assured me he would be. I saw him ride away to sleep of his daze. He would probably wake up in the afternoon with a whopper of a hangover and promise himself he wouldn’t do that again, then later on go back on that decision, probably next week like I did in my youth.

   These days I don’t drink that regularly anymore but then yesterday we had that Caribbean foods festival. When we arrived we were surprised by how few stands they had and there were even less people. The exuberant prices, most notably of the watered down cocktail I drank, didn’t help either. My wife didn’t want to stay and me neither.

   We past by the supermarket, bought some food and drinks, and went home to fire up the barbecue. I drank about half a bottle of spiced Bacardi on ice. I can assure you it is not an ideal fuel for a morning jog. Luckily I went to sleep early, about half past 9 pm, but still.

   I do not promise myself I will never drink again though. It’s not going to happen anyway as I’m not going to listen to a drunk guy whose talking to himself now am I (LOL).

   Here you learned something more about me. I’m a casual drinker, and not funny at all (LOL). Let me tell you something else, I do not go behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle when I’m drunk, and I never have. Well once but that’s a story for another time. Just listen to me when I say, at the risk of sounding like you mom: ‘don’t drink and drive’!

   I hope you liked this blog. Thanks for your interest and till next time. 

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August 05th 2022

Hi, how are my Morewoodians doing. Hey if Lady Gaga can call her fans ‘Little Monsters’ I can name you people too right. It’s the end of a difficult week.

    I had a brutal one at work. Last week was the last week of the Construction Leave. Here in Belgium the Construction Sector has a collective leave, usually the last three weeks of July. And at the end of it they apparently rummage around the house, garage and garden and then bring their rubbish to the container park.

   Apart from that a lot of people have taken their leave this week knowing it would be a tough one so the ‘Made To Measure’ company didn’t have enough people to help us and we were forced to go about our business with only one helper instead of two. At least the last two days.

   Now what I haven’t told you yet is that a year or two ago I had a shoulder replacement. Due to extensive arthrosis I was in constant pain and after having tried a number of different, failed treatments like gel injections and cortisone injections we decided to go ahead with an operation. A prosthesis was placed. The operation went well, with relatively little pain.

   After a period of rehabilitation I started working again, first half time later four fifths until I was ready to go at it full time again. The problem is that I can’t do everything anymore and after a while it begins to hurt anyway. This usually happens around Thursday, this week it started on Monday already. 

   All this has messed a bit with my ability to write, and writing relaxes me so I was a bit on edge this week. All this just to tell you I’m looking forward to the weekend. We have a festival about four kilometers from our house this weekend called Reggae Geel. Do I really have to tell you what style of music it is? My wife and me have bought tickets for Saturday and I feel I can use the enjoyment.

   I hope you enjoyed my little blog and hope to see my Morewoodians back soon.

   Thanks for your attention and till next time.

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August 7th 2022

   Hello my Morewoodians, how are you doing today? Thanks for joining me again. 

   Now I know I promised you I would talk about my books but suddenly life seems to intervene. Well I haven’t ended this blog yet so bare with me for a moment.

   Yesterday was the Reggae Geel Festival to which my wife and I went. I’m going to add a few images so you can get at least a gist of what it is all about. It was a great fest by the way. I like the music and the atmosphere around the grounds but it is a very tiring affair and a thirsty one as well (LOL).

   The crowd was a diverse one of course with people from various countries all over the world and many Jamaicans amongst them. And at various moments in the performances of the various bands an aspect of life many find difficult to talk about came forward.

   I’m talking about racism. I’ll hit you with an apt adage in this case: If you are tired of hearing about racism just imagine what it is like for the people experiencing it. I wanted to use this to flawlessly morph into a talk about what my books are all about. Don’t be fooled with the genres of my books, they are an indictment against all kinds of discrimination and racism in particular.

   Let me be completely honest with you. I was raised in a predominately white society in which I was taught that the ‘white race’ is superior and our history was for a lack of a better word ‘whitewashed’. I am not racist free and probably never will be because of that. I have however set myself the goal to speak up against racism wherever I find it even if it is within myself.

   I’ve actually listened to the great Afro-American activist Angela Yvonne Davis who said that in a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we need to be antiracist.

   Well now you now what themes are incorporated in my books, and I intent to talk more about this in subsequent blogs.

   I hope you enjoyed my blog, thank you for your attention and hope to see you back next time. 

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August 13th 2022

   Hello my Morewoodians, how are you today. Thanks for joining me again.

   I was hoping to talk to you about my debut book. On the ‘about’ page of this website I already told you that for ten to fifteen years I had two stories running around my brain. One was about an American invasion of Brazil, the other of a colonies in the far future under attack by an old enemy.

   I started writing the second story first. In my head it involved Star Trek and for obvious reasons I had to take that part out. It then became a tale about an Alliance of human colonies. I soon discovered that I could incorporate the first story into my book as flashbacks. The flashbacks became so elaborate they evolved into chapters of their own. This created a problem however.

   A gap existed between both adventures and I had to create a link between a war on Earth morphing into an exodus and the Alliance existing in a spacefaring society in the colonies. I decided to tell the story of the colonist arriving and setting up that society I’d created earlier.

   Now I want to tell you one more thing about that book. The people living in the colonies had lived in peace and cooperation for hundreds of years. They’d been taught by live that trust was the greatest asset. Because of this they did not know, nor understand the concept of racism. And then a white supremacists faction long thought to be long lost attacked. 

   A few surprises are in the story and things or characters are not at all what they seem.

   I hope you learned a bit more about my books and writing, and that you’ve enjoyed yourself. Thanks for your attention and I hope to see you back next time.  

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