I now write.
Just finished my fourth book which is also my first novella “THE ESCAPE“, now to be published on Amazon and draft2digital sites.
In this, the first book of a multi-part series, Peter Carter, an art collector with a questionable career choice, is jailed for a crime he did not commit, which then turns into a protracted nightmare.
His unexpected rescue by an unknown benefactor is pre-planned but does not unfold as it should. Carter finds himself with his son in a place of no escape and with the odds stacked even higher than they were in jail.
Carter is about to find out whom he can trust and who is hell-bent on letting him pay for a past sin he is not guilty of…
Sound like fun? Yes it is. In fact, writing is more than fun.
Before this I wasted 41 years of my life warming all sorts of chairs in the IT industry.
Thank God sanity prevailed somewhere during that period and I took 3 years off at age 34 for an extended back-packing trip which I had hoped would end up with me owning a small steakhouse on the beach of a little-known island where a future Hemingway, King, Rowling and perhaps a few movie and rock stars could hang out with their toes in the sand.
It didn’t happen and I returned to IT. Till 2012.
When sanity revisited.
Writing provides a lot more freedom in contrast to getting ready for project meetings, explaining project schedule overruns – due to buggy and oversold software – to unhappy clients, and budget overruns to “what-the- #@%*&-happened-here!” MD’s and CEO’s. Sales always got the big bonuses. Short-staffed and often inexperienced implementation teams had to mop up afterwards. And top management predictably kicked the wrong butts.
I was in the butt-sore implementation team. Life was not meant to be fair. One day I might just write a “How Not To….” expose on my near 42 years in the IT industry, but will probably get sued for telling the truth.
I now have the freedom to sleep in on cold mornings, get up for a break after a few hours’ writing, mow the back lawn and return to my desk with the smell of freshly cut grass enticing a potpourri of birds to drop in for lunch.
In late afternoons I go swing a golf club in the park across from our house. On sunshine days. And my daily walk in the veggie patch – which we share with bees and butterflies – is a veritable joy! Nothing beats Mother Nature!
Life takes strange byways. I was standing in a taxi-queue one lunchtime on the way to a client and saw a bloke with loads of movie-making stuff slung about him.
“Are you in the movie business?”, I asked talkatively.
“No, I’m a camera-man for the BBC, but if you are interested in the movie business, look up Mandy.”, he said as I got into the cab.
Hmm, I though. Look up Mandy? Hmm. Mandy who? So, late one night I looked up Mandy. Mandy.com that is. Some arts student wanted an elderly person as a “baker” in a music TV film. I went for the audition, got the role, had it changed into Indiana Jones (“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory”) and so started my foray into the acting business – which lead to a full feature move (see at the bottom of this intro).
I am married to my beautiful wife Ervina “Bokkie” Moller with whom I now enjoy a more pedestrian life. I love reading, writing, music, watching and acting in movies, other art forms, travelling, animals, adventure in general and talk (too much) about any subject.
So, here’s to a fulfilling life that gets busier as I age. Yes, I am thinking of a few other surprises to commit (if that is the correct word).
And for those who worry about life after age 30yes there is an “Action Replay” button .
It is called “Retirement”.
Something that I do not tire of.
My 2nd book “50 PERSPECTIVES – The Value of Things Unseen” has been out since 24
My first book “Over 65 And Still In Demand” did not make me rich, as most new writers soon find out about first books.
In 2012, whilst still project-directing some IT implementations, I finally achieved one of my life’s ambitions by playing a role in Faeryville – a feature film by Tzang Mervyn Tong, award-winning underground filmmaker and screenwriter from Singapore. The film had its red carpet world premiere to great reception in Los Angeles, followed by red-carpet appearances in several other locations including Singapore and Australia.