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It recently dawned on me (at 43) that one way or another, I’ve been writing most of my life and may as well become better at it.

I've been getting to grips with short storytelling over the past year. Most of my tales have benefited from the critiques of 'Writers Forum' competition judges whose sound advice, I've even implemented here and there. Eventually, I hope to adopt a more literary style of storytelling which would allow for all sorts of clever-clever themes, imagery, similes and suchlike ...

Meanwhile, I'm more interested in the shape of story itself. Or rather its strength: as received through just about any form of entertainment (apart from rugby commentary of course - the dark side of life in Wales!).

My favourite authors are George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Noel Coward. I particularly like their letters and generally admire their work for its lucidity: a quality which I’m striving towards in my short stories. I’m also keen on the style of newspaper columnists who usually seek to be understood and keep me from retreating too far away from the 21st century!

As should Wattpad – although it's easy to spend too much time around here rather than focus on ways of improving one's craft and appreciating the work of ... well, proper authors (9 times out of 10) let's face it!

And yet how enjoyable, it surely is, to overlook the shameless typos of a texted tale which seizes the storytelling moment; than to indulge so many a published author peddling the same sorry dross, year after year.

And so with that plainly jaundiced and none-too-novel rant, I now present to you my own selection of disparate tales (of woe, mainly) laced with humour (here and there) which may prove enriching in some worthy way ... my lovely trickle of readers!

Till next time or other,

Dd

Artistic Dabblings: www.jmartdab.blogspot.com

(Profile pic: www.deardenstudio.co.uk)
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18 Published Works

Featured work.

The Ascendant

Social data: 87.8K reads. 1.3K votes. 120 comments.

Description: How one man schemed his way through corporate culture of the '00s. It's not what you know, it's what they think you know ...

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Other Works by dandydilettante.
The Final Edit

The Final Edit

85 4 2

Strange happenings have been unfolding amidst the silent shelves of the British Newspaper Library. Enter...

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The Clairvoyant Atheist

The Clairvoyant Atheist

535 12 29

Is Mike in the grips of hallucination, or haunted by 'Gerald' ~ an 18th century fop? It's not an easy o...

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'Shove-it!'

'Shove-it!'

774 10 14

Sofa delivery guys Ant and Lenny may have little to look forward to upon loading their truck in the morn...

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NOT A STONE LEFT UNTURNED

NOT A STONE LEFT UNTURNED

114 2 2

Amidst the embers of an ancient conflict where sides survive only in the shadow of strategic motives...

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“I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don’t want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.”
      
      George Orwell
Think of your favourite band and imagine looking forward to their latest album release ... in 2049! 
      
      That's what it's like being a Duran Duran fan since 1981. I've heard their latest album is an innovative 'comeback classic' but somehow impossible to look forward to ... I mean really; trying to be trendy when you reach a certain age is so ... erm, nvrmnd : / 
      
      http://content.festivalsforall.com/uploads/4/6/6/4/6/4664657d3fdb015faf1ac3de0ddca4e66f71b953.png
      
      (actually, I think the guys look pretty good these days. 1D take notes ; )
dandydilettante commented on Tag! Tag! I'm on It! - Humility


dandydilettante
Some seem to ... and yet there is a certain cult among Wattpaders who revere commercial publication as some sort of salvation.
      
      Any published author with actual reading awareness will have a sense of humility or simply lose their edge. 
      
      To strive or become smug ... it's really one or the other wherever our writing takes us : )