The Writing Journey

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My book The Writing Journey has just been published at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010KB4LUS (e-book)

and http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Journey-story-journey-travelled/dp/1514749416

(paperback)

The story of my journey down “the road less travelled”

“I don’t know how the story will end, but I know how it all began

The Long and Winding Road

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”When you come to the edge of all of the light you’ve known, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown; faith is knowing one of two things will happen. You’ll have something solid to stand on, or you’ll be taught how to fly.”
― Patrick Overton, The leaning tree: [poems]

from   https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/if-your-passion-is-greater-than-your-fear-you-can-overcome-almost-anything/

and   https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/when-you-come-to-the-edge-of-all-of-the-light-youve-known-and-are-about-to-step-off-into-the-darkness-of-the-unknown-faith-is-knowing-one-of-two-things-will-happen-youll-have-so/

“I write because I love it. Words are free, and they soar with wings unbound from my mind to my fingers. And then they travel great miles to reach your eyes. They are for you.”

Fine and “beaut” writing by Christine Fichtner

Web site: http://motsdecris.wordpress.com/about/

from “Writing in the Zone”

www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com

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The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://goo.gl/vTpjk (and/or http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock)

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE (paperbacks)

and http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they (may) lead.” from   https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/far-away-th

PPS

Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Stirling: A Story of a Boy’s Hope and Dream

http://www.amazon.com/Stirling-Story-Boys-Hope-Dream-ebook/dp/B00H1N6X1Y

The paperback is at

Other versions of Stirling are at   .wlEmoticon { behavior:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=stirling+%2B+craig+lock

 

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

PPS

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

 

A “Traitor’s” Heart

A “Traitor’s” Heart

“It might be hard for you to understand this being an outsider; but South Africa holds the souls of its sons and daughters in an almost inescapable gasp. History cast all of us in a strange and gripping drama, but I had deserted the stage. I had no idea what my role was, and felt I would never be whole until I found out!”
– fine writing by Rian Malan in his “compelling” book

My Traitor’s Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

and thanks Rian for providing the inspiration to me to recount my memoirs.

How a “South African “Moegoe”* became “politically aware”…

* I don’t really know how to explain that word

Thanks, once again, Madiba for all you have done for the “always beloved country”

This little e-book of memories is for you and all South Africans

(written in the very dark days of June 1992)

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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About craiglock

About the Author on the ‘Writing Journey’: Craig Lock is an author of numerous books and the creator of the ORIGINAL online creative writing course. He has been writing full-time for the past “lucky” seven years. Craig has had five books published on various subjects with another 12 manuscripts being published and marketed on the Internet. The year 2000 * Updated in August 2011 About the Author on the ‘Writing Journey’: “I ‘work’ with ideas…and words are my tools.” “I write because I simply HAVE to” “Writers help readers to see the world differently.” “I write because something inside myself, inner and unconscious forces me to. That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty.” “I write about and believe in the resilience of humanity- I truly believe in the triumph of the human spirit.” “I really value words and the power of them to communicate effectively; so in my various stories try to illustrate and then let readers draw their own conclusions about a certain scenario, as well as the characters searching for their own values in an increasingly complex social and political landscape. However, I do feel an obligation to give a complete picture of the situation, which is often not a clear-cut ‘black or white’ issue (as in South Africa). I never want to proscribe how people should think and feel my only duty as a writer is to be totally honest.”- craig “I love to write about, share stories of the resilience and courage of ordinary (what’s that?) people.” In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down and economic, social, cultural and religious barriers. Craig believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share in the form of our common humanity is way more important than what divides us. Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make some difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey to live their dreams and be all they can be… and that brings him the greatest joy. He truly believes in the great potential of people to be all they can be an become. Craig is currently “working” on ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ – true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds. In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being. The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid http://goo.gl/vTpjk and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management “Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift and encourage to reach their fullest potentials.

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An Open Book: My Story, My “little” Life

Book One

An Open Book: My Story, My “little” Life

AN OPen book (paperback)Also now available in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/Open-Book-little-Normal-Anyway/dp/1494903938

Many people over the years have said I should write a book about my journey, my ‘little’ life

… so here’s one (of three)!

“Be bold and unseen forces come to one’s aid.”

“If you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.”

– Erica Jong in her book ‘Fear of Flying’

from Here, There and Everywhere Product Details

http://www.amazon.com/Here-There-Everywhere-Craig-Lock-ebook/dp/B005GVDCLM

“I’m gonna write till I drop!”

For a bit of “wacky” humour click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM
Monty Python on novel writing

“Watching children grow
is like threatening the ivy
to climb the garden wall.
You wait for it to happen
you hurry it along with love.
But still you’re disappointed
at giving someone life enough
to walk off on your own
and not be carried in your arms.
You never turn your back – not once,
and yet one day they’ve grown apart
or taller.
It’s all the same.

Polly put the kettle on, we’ll all have tea.
Giving love to children
has made us older overnight.

– Rod McKune

Dedicated to my dear family. “I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”

DIARY OF A ROLLING STONE

and HOW I HAVE JUST THROWN A DOUBLE SIX TO START A NEW STABLE LIFE.

I don’t know why “the hell” I am writing this story of my life; because probably nobody will believe it, but my friends (who are a motley collection of out of the ordinary crazy individuals, as opposed to my dear wife’s rather “straight-laced” friends) have suggested that this account of my life could be a hilarious best seller. We shall see (“dream on, sonny boy”!

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I am writing these first words on a Jumbo jet bound for New Zealand… and who knows what!  I am a 39 year old male, who has been working in Cape Town as the Life Manager of a dynamic insurance brokerage, marking time to join my wife, Marie and twin sons, Gareth and Sean in New Zealand. They have gone there 6 weeks ago on our second immigration to NZ (4th actually in 4 years…so we have had plenty of practice runs). We are going there for a dull stable life of bottling jams, pickling bums, er sorry buns and especially picking noses and endless cups of tea (as my dear mother says, all Kiwis do that – pick their noses, except for “straight” Round Tablers and Rotarians, who  don’t  do it at functions!).  So I guess I’ll have to learn how to pick my nose to be accepted In “Godzone”*. Please excuse my dear “crazy” wife (must have got the “bug” from your author, but indeed she has a heart of gold.

RIP our chaotic crazy existence so far.

* little joke interlude

Question: “Do you pick your nose?”

Answer: “If I were you, I would have picked a better one!”

*

I think that I have always been a bit different to the “normal run of the mill sort of person”; so let’s start at the beginning and maybe we can understand why my life has been waylaid (and I have been laid) by many tributaries off the beaten track.

I am now starting this account of my life on an aeroplane heading for the other side of the planet: the idyllic South Pacific islands of New Zealand to rejoin my family there and a new future. What will happen to me and my family there? We shall see…

October 1989…high up in the sky

                         *

As my dear mother once said, “I’ve been riding the rapids of life in all my years”; so now its rather nice to be becalmed here in these calm waters. Yes, here in the haven and at the same time, the harbour of “Sleepy Hollow”, we are sheltered from the storms of life. And this is the reason why I have been able to write so prolifically. Something that I like very much and a craft that gives me great satisfaction.

*

Though I don’t know why the story of my “insignificant little life” should be so interesting as to have written a book about it. However, my dear wife, Marie said that it may be fascinating and inspirational to others! She also said it might HELP other people having a battle in the “game of life”.

I really don’t know about all that. I think I’m really quite an “ordinary bloke”. Anyway, whatever the “boss” says, gets done. So here is my “little” story, true “ekse”…

Table of Contents

DIARY OF A ROLLING STONE

DEDICATION:

INTRODUCTION:

SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS:

NEXT THING and THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT TO DO WITH

MY LIFE?

THE MIDDLE YEARS EARNING A LIVING AND THE FIRST

STIRRINGS OF MY POLITICAL CONSCIENCE

THE GREATEST EVENT OF MY LIFE and

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

Also  THE BIRTH OF MY

POLITICISATION

“MY POLITICAL AWAKENING”

CHAPTER: THE WRITER IS BORN.

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE.

SCAM – “A PACK FULL OF LIES”

THE FINAL WORD:

APPENDICES (is that the right word?)

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The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including An Open Book and Here, There and Everywhere in e-book format as well as paperback are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4  and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in “little scenic and tranquil” New Zealand

Golden Dawn