This Christmas Jupiter and Saturn will become closer to each other than they have been for almost 800 years. It is an event that has set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and world events.
But what happens when an even rarer conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs and what affect does it hold in store for the lives of everyday ‘ordinary folk’?
Well, it’s something that Dave from the post room is about to find out. Pluto is in Uranus and for him this indicates that everything is about to come up smelling of roses or so he thinks!
Dave suffers from OCF, Obsessive Compulsive Fatalism, and his Achilles heel is his daily horoscope, which is about to become dramatically affected by the historic planetary alignment.
The lucky omens predicted will compel him to take uncharacteristic chances, cross paths with a hotchpotch of larger than life characters who get him embroiled in situations with hilarious outcomes that are way beyond his control and out of his comfort zone
Hello, I’m very pleased to be to linking up with you today and to be showcasing Pluto’s in Uranus!
I hope that my responses to your questions will help provide an insight into what you can expect from my debut novel as well as provide definitive proof that A.I.is no match for natural stupidity.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I tend to find its best to write when I’m wide awake but having said that I do get a lot of fresh ideas when I’m in bed, but my wife always tells me to forget them, which is exactly what I would do if I didn’t jot them down.
So, I either scribble the ideas on a bed side notepad or get up and go into my study (second bedroom) and frantically tap away at my keyboard trying not to forget any of the brilliant thoughts that had just struck me.
However, I have learned that the odds of documenting them are greatly improved if you turn the computer on prior to typing.
Do you have a certain ritual?
Apart from always ensuring that the computer is switched on (lesson learned from above) I find that partaking in a spirited Mongolian throat warble followed by a vigorous 10-minute yoyo session sets the day up nicely.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I did read that if you are struggling to learn a new language, then drinking a pint of beer will improve your ability to achieve this objective.
I tried it and I must say that it does work, but realistically I found that it’s only after at least 8 pints that you really begin to fluently speak in a foreign language.
Although alcohol does have the ability to enhance the imagination it also tends to slow production so realistically its usually cold tea that accompanies me during my writing sessions. I am very partial to snack grazing and Cheeselets, (the originals not the Christmas tree shapes), are my favourites. I’m baffled as to why these are so difficult to find in supermarkets. If you know, please share https://twitter.com/Patthequipper.
-What is your favourite book?
My favourites book is a Cheque book and the bigger the written words the better. The author is Immaterial, but they must always be signed. I’m always delighted to have my name associated with any form of this wordsmithery.
Apart from that, I would say (and I wouldn’t I) that it’s got to be Pluto’s in Uranus!
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I consider that Pluto’s in Uranus currently fits into two genres because if you don’t read the last chapter it becomes a mystery novel.
I have also contemplated writing a factual fly on the wall narrative about the British Treasury, but I found it too taxing.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, my characters are often drawn from a diverse amount of fascinating people with whom I’ve worked, socialised with, bumped into, or just spotted whilst out and about.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere to write down ideas that pop up?
In the ‘old days’ I’d write notes onto loo rolls but after throwing at least four great novels onto the pitches at sporting events, I had to improve upon this bog-standard form of documentation.
Today I do still use pen and paper because it seems that my best ideas have a habit of popping up in the wrong place and at the wrong time and it’s a moderately discreet way of documenting these thoughts.
If I don’t jot down my ideas as they occur, I’ve learned that trying to recall them later is on a par with trying to remember your car’s registration plate after trekking 400 meters to find the nearest parking pay point.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Anyone who also believes that the true spelling of Karma is HAHA!
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
I’d love to believe that somewhere in the world there’s a place called Ridiculam.
Why go there? Why not?
My other choice would be Venice because as a writer who spends a lot of indoor time it’s a place that is as gloriously splendid and inspirational inside and out and especially on the island of Burano.
Thank you, Patrick Haylock and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the Author
Patrick Haylock is a globally unrecognised writer who if you discount a school sweet pea growing competition, has won no awards whatsoever!
He was born in Enfield at a very dark time in the world. It was 1:45 am, to be precise, and it wasn’t too long before it dawned on him.
To make something of himself he was going to need two things the ability to tell the difference between a green onion and a scallion, and a good education.
Wormley Primary and Baas Hill Comprehensive schools did their best to fulfil both requirements, and after giving them 12 years of his life, they gave him seven printed sheets of paper, and the knowledge that there was no difference between a green onion and a scallion.
He also learned that the difference between onions and bagpipes was that no one ever
cries when you chop up bagpipes.
The certificated wisdom secured a national newspaper messenger’s job, which led to an editorial trainee position, followed by a production editor’s post, and progression
into freelance journalism.
‘Knowing his onions’ helped him to successfully establish his own publishing company, design studio, online retro webstore and high street art gallery.
Patrick lives with his wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where he claims the 6% ABV air quality inspires him to craft his nutty tales.
Although a ‘new voice’, in the literary world, those ‘in the know’ will willingly testify that his gift for imaginative storytelling is engaging, and, amusingly unique!
Follow Patrick’s alter ego on https://twitter.com/Patthequipper
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