Tonight’s guest blog post is brought to you by novelist Seumas Gallacher.
This daft old Scottish Jurassic’s take on Awards to pals on the Sosyal Netwurkin circuit…
like most things in this world, it started out as a modest little exercise… a kinda by-product of Building The Platform… that constant activity that web-bound quill-scrapers are exhorted to be involved in… reaching out on the Sosyal Netwurkin channels… the idea is to know and to be known by others ‘out there’… so far, it’s Wurkin very well for me… thankfully, Twitter can be made a tad less daunting to manage by the introduction of (Free!) Apps such as Tweetdeck… that marvellous App enables the countless Twitter relationships to be segregated under various headings… ‘Personal’, ‘Writers’, ‘Publishers’, ‘Pals’, and so on, splitting them into convenient columns… Tweetdeck Taxonomy Triumphs!… even if ye have thousands of followers, yer ability to focus is easily achieved… what I began to do was to write down longhand… (emb’dy remember how to do that stuff?… with a pen and paper?)…
All the nice folks who mentioned me or Tweeted me with an (at) message… they were the initial bedrock data base for my weekly Awards… that longhand list grew into several hundreds and continues to grow daily… at first I could give out my Awards in one shot on Twitter, batching up the addresses in slugs of, say half a dozen tweets… that covers about up to 50 names in one tweeting broadcast session… then repeating that every hour until I exhausted all the names… when it grew too voluminous, I split the exercise over four days, so I can still manage a coupla hundred names each day… yes, it’s a lot of work, but I Luv It, coz it keeps me Connected... as to the Awards themselves, some of you who have been regular recipients of these will see the Awards label changes every week… whatever jumps out of my little grey cells .., this week it’s the ‘Feelgood Awards’… but we’ve been going for almost a year on it now, and we’ve had all sorts of nomenclature… ‘Prime Awards’, ‘Sunshine Awards’, ‘Top Dog Awards’, ‘Apex Awards’, ‘Tw-Oscar Awards’, … ye get the idea, right?… some folks (such as Matron around here), tell me I’m mad… well, that may be the case… however, others in their droves have told me how much they appreciate the acknowledgements … if we’re honest about it, most of we Lads and Lassies of Blog Land welcome affirmation… that we’re part of the great big Luvvin family of Writers on the Web... loads of others have told me they use my weekly Awards list in lieu of Friday Follow (FF) messages, and click to follow the names… great! …that benefits everybody involved… so, if ye wanna be part of my immersion in this gig, let me know and I’ll add yer name to the Awards list! …meantime, true to her calling, here comes Matron with that bluudy syringe.. see yeez later …
I loved it. Thank you, Seumas!
Seumas Gallacher was born in the cradle of the Govan shipyards in Glasgow in the so-called ‘bad old days’ which were really the greatest of days, where everybody was a real character of note.
An early career as a trainee banker led to a spell in London, where his pretence to be a missionary converting the English fell on deaf ears.
Escape to the Far East in 1980 opened up access to cultures and societies on a global scale, eventually bringing the realisation that the world is simply one large extended village.
The lifelong desire to write resulted in The Violin Man’s Legacy, the first in a planned series.
Seumas’ sequel novel, Vengeance Wears Black was launched on Kindle in early July 2012.
The third, Savage Payback, is work-in-progress with at least two other books to follow in the same vein. Kindle downloads on his novels exceed 60,000 to date.
The Violin Man’s Legacy – Short Synopsis
Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.
Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Utrecht but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP’s local bureau, May-Ling.
The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled.
Vengeance Wears Black – Short Synopsis
Jack Calder and his former SAS colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm, are saved from certain death when an ex-Gurkha is killed smothering a deadly grenade thrown into a lunchtime Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. They learn that murderous turf wars are raging between Asian Triads and Eastern European mobsters vying for control of international fiefdoms of drug smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.
An unexpected visit from the highest levels of international law enforcement offers Jack and the ISP team a means to use their black operations skills to wreak a ruthless retaliation against the drug lords.
Unlikely partners emerge in their onslaught against the gangs as the warring criminal factions threaten an unholy alliance to repel them. The pursuit spins across Europe, Turkey and North Africa before a final reckoning.
Seumas and his books can be found via:
- Blog: http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com
- Twitter: @seumasgallacher
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links for The Violin Man’s Legacy
- US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Violin-Mans-Legacy-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ
- UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Violin-Mans-Legacy-ebook/dp/B005D7JNCQ
Links for Vengeance Wears Black
- US: http://www.amazon.com/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC
- UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC
- Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/VENGEANCE-WEARS-BLACK-ebook/dp/B008H45KJC
This post was originally shown on Seumas’ blog: http://seumasgallacher.com/2013/05/03/this-daft-old-scottish-jurassics-take-on-awards-to-pals-on-the-sosyal-netwurkin-circuit-tbsu
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