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Hello from England!

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:30 pm
by coolmagic
Hello everyone. I joined last month, but have been too busy to join in until now. My name is Chris, I'm 41 and I live in Plymouth, UK. I'm a part time close up magician (hence the 'Coolmagic' name), I work full time as a manager, and I've decided to write the book I've been talking about since I was 14!!!!!!!!!
I love horror stories, and my favourite authors are James Herbert and Shaun Hutson. I used to only read horror, but have started to branch out in my old age and enjoy all sorts of reading. I recently discovered Bill Bryson and I love his books.
I've had a real taste of life, and have had a very colourful career. I've been a chef in the Royal Navy, a police dog handler, a security guard, council dog warden (civic animal control officer for our pals across the pond :D ), dog trainer and pet behaviourist. I've also been a local government enforcement officer, manager of 2 tool hire shops, manager of a portable accommodation business and am now a manager for a portable toilet company! You could say I'm flushed with success, but my career is going down the pan :D.
I love performing close up magic, and have worked for a few famous people. I work mainly in the corporate market, and also perform at trade shows.
I had a few items published, mainly adult short fiction stories. I'm happy to continue with these and hone my writing skills, but I want to complete my book.
Looking forward to learning from the experienced members, and hopefully contributing aswell. Thanks for taking the time to read about me.

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:37 pm
by Anblick
Welcome! I was fortunate enough to live in Thetford for about 18 months a few years back!

Look around, dig in, join in, have fun! Lots to inspire and distract here!

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:43 pm
by Mlou
Hi, Chris...nice to have you aboard. My husband could have used you on his ship when he was in the navy. They had mostly southern cooks and he got a lot more grits, etc. than he was happy with. :-D Enjoy WT and start posting.

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:13 pm
by wtrbby
Welcome, Chris! You will love it here - everyone is just fantastic. Your background is certainly diverse - lots of material to pull from for your writing. Can't wait to see some of it soon!

Theresa

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:45 pm
by JillStar
Welcome to WT... it's a fun place to be. :D

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:08 pm
by coolmagic
Thanks for the welcome. I've got a few ideas running through my head. I just need to settle on one and start scribbling!! Don't know when I'm gonna get round to it as this site is HUGE. Loads to look at and lots of good advice. I'm just gonna dive in and have a trawl around ;-)

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:15 am
by Macbren
Welcome, Chris, it's nice to have you here. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your writing. This is a great place! :)

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:30 am
by pengwenn
Welcome coolmagic!!!!!!

It sounds like you've got a lot of life experiences to pull from in your writing. Plenty of furtile ground for stories ideas....I might actually be getting a few myself.....

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:20 pm
by tigerlily
Welcome, welcome! Magic fascinates me, but I'm afraid I'll never get the hang of it. It's hopeless if I can't even shuffle cards, isn't it?

But I love to write, and it feels so homey here. People are so friendly and appreciative (I write mildly horrible poetry and fiction with elements of the paranormal and a little humor thrown in), it's the place to be for encouragement and constructive criticism. I hope you find it to be so.

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Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:45 pm
by coolmagic
Well, this is certainly a friendly place! Thanks for the positive thoughts and encouragement. Any advice on the best place to start on WT? I've been delving around, in between researching some items for my book, so haven't spent a lot of time here yet. It's very encouraging to find such a nice bunch of like minded souls. Thanks in advance, Chris

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:48 pm
by tigerlily
Generally, I just click on View Posts Since Last Visit and start reading till I hit something interesting. It never takes long to find something to write about, or a comment to respond to. :)

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 1:35 pm
by tigerlily
Where'd he go?! :dunno:

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 1:37 pm
by TheMudge
Happens a lot--people come on, post a few times, then disappear.

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 9:42 pm
by Power of Cheese
What do you mean Mudge? Nobody ever disappears, they fade away...

Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 7:24 am
by TheMudge
Well, and then there's Cheese, who disappears . . . then, just when you think it's safe to back on Wordtrip . . . da dum . . . da dum . . . dumdumdumdum dumdumdumdum . . . :-D

Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 6:51 pm
by Power of Cheese
:-D Can't stay way from WT for too long, you can try, but it pulls you right back in!

Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 7:32 pm
by Mlou
Well, thank goodness for that!

Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 10:34 pm
by Hissmonster
ok guys did you scare him off? Look we horror nuts need our cohorts...the dark and twisted is a lonely road... 8)

Posted: Sat May 13, 2006 9:27 am
by Power of Cheese
Hiss? Is that you? My favorite horror writer! Good to hear from you again! I hope your basement repairs are coming around ok...
When you travel down that dark and twisted road, remember to stick to the road and stay off the moors...

Posted: Sun May 14, 2006 11:11 pm
by Hissmonster
"Yes, David"

(for those of you who do not know this...David was from American Werewolf in London and he was warned to stick to the road and stay off the moores)

Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 1:07 pm
by bard_of_life
Well it just so happens that I am 14 and probably am talking about writing the same book. Lol. I have no idea what it's about, but I know that it's somewhere up in my head. Well anyway, now that I've done my bragging... can I see a magic trick?

Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:58 am
by Writingmom
Just when I was going to welcome him...(I know, a bit behind on things here...) Oh well...hopefully he'll come back. 8)

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:51 pm
by coolmagic
Sorry folks!! I've had a manic few weeks and didn't have time to log in. My wife had corrective laser surgery on her eyes, My stepdaughter had her appendix out and I've been busy at work. Also had a few magic shows to do and generally didn't know my backside from my elbow!!!!!! Just popped back in, thought I'd better let you know that I'm ok and gonna have a quick browse around the site. Hope you're all well and that the Brits are enjoying the sun. Been trying to make the most of it myself as we don't get a lot of it here.
As far as writing is concerned, i've just written my first script for a friend of mine who has a digital media business. He's making his own promo dvd, and I said I'd do it as a favour as (a) I wanted to try it and (b) he's been good to me. Did 2 drafts and he's very impressed!! He said he'd credit me on the dvd, so it may bring more work my way. I enjoyed it, but really want to get my teeth into my novel.
I've also set up my writing den, and I can't wait to start using it.

Cheers

Chris :D

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:40 pm
by Mlou
Sorry for the wild time you've been having. It goes like that, doesn't it? Everything happens at once. Hope you can dig in now and get some real writing done.

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:17 pm
by coolmagic
Thanks Mlou. I'm gonna make Saturdays my writing day. This is week one, day one take 2 !!!!!!!!