My First Band

21 Oct

My First Band

It was probably late 1980, I was in junior school. We’d just become fourth years. And Two Tone was the big thing. I lived in Coventry, so our city was suddenly the centre of the musical world. We liked what we heard, and some of us wanted to do more than just listen to music.

We wanted to be in a band.

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, someone maybe told a teacher that we had a band that did a few songs, suddenly we were asked to perform at an assembly one day. So we had to practise. There were about twelve of us in the band at one point, people sang, some of us danced. I wrote words and stole other people’s tunes.

We were called “The Boys In Blue“. No reference to The Police, though they were just breaking through at the time.

We had three songs.

The Boys In Blue Theme. Basically we sang, “The boys in blue are after you,” repeated it about 50 times then stopped. It was hardly Ivor Novello winning stuff.

Scooter. One of the lads looked a bit like Scooter from The Muppets so I wrote some words. “There’s a man over there with glasses in his hair, Scooter. He’s got cuts on his face and he looks a disgrace, Scooter.” Sung to the tune of “I can’t get no satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. Again, hardly genius but it was creative.

Runaround. I can’t remember the words of this one really. Something along the lines of “All we do all day is run around, run around…” and the lads who normally danced ran around behind us as we sang.

We somehow managed to persuade a teacher to let us practise in a classroom at lunch and breaktimes which was normally as massive no-no.

So we’d gather together, close the door and practise our three songs and dancing which lasted for about six minutes and change. Everyone came to practise, everyone worked really hard, everyone had a bloody good time and enjoyed themselves.

All twelve of us.

Then, come the day of the assembly at least three people were mysteriously off sick. Several other people suddenly lost their bottle and dropped us like a hot potato.

In the end I think five of the original twelve went on and actually performed in front of the assembly. We’d promised six minutes. If we did a minute, I’m a Dutchman.

We did about thirty seconds of The Boys In Blue Theme. We quickly fell apart from a mixture of fear and embarrassment and looked like complete tossers.

Suffice to say, no-one was ever asked to do anything like that again at an assembly.

But that was my first band. And we were SHIT.

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What’s currently in submission #8

9 Oct

As the last one was in mid September I thought I’d update you.

What’s currently out in submission?

The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
Rumpelstiltskin; The Early Years (subbed to Timeless Tales)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
A Trip To The Mall (subbed to Flame Tree; Endless Apocalypse)
Where’s The Dog (subbed to Fireside Magazine)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]
Even Stevens [subbed to Bracken]
Salvation (subbed to Fireside Magazine)
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weirdbook) [at their request]
Call Girl [subbed to Astounding Outpost]
REDACTED subbed to ANON.
Muse [subbed to WolfSinger Cat Tails anthology]
Assessment [subbed to Wolf Pack Publications]
Illegal Operator [subbed to Uncanny]
REDACTED subbed to ANON.

Please note, the redacted ones are for anonymous submission.

18 stories now out there, most at one time ever.

Summing up Story A Day September

26 Sep

Just wanted to say I am now done with Story A Day September. It’s making me hate wanting to write, the complete reverse of what I wanted. I don’t think of it as a pleasurable thing now, just a chore I must get done before the end of the day.

Mentally, I’m not suited to writing like this.

I’ve struggled for ideas, I’ve struggled to start and struggled to finish.

I wrote 23 stories. Lots of them are very shit.

I wrote a total of 32018 words, an average of 1392 words per day.. Considering I won’t be doing the full month, that’s pretty decent.

My best was day 11 where I wrote 3190 words.
My worst was day 1 where I wrote 500 words.
Obviously this doesn’t include all the days where I wrote nothing.

What have I learned from trying this?
I’m not suited to writing every day. It’s embittered me and made me less creative. My ideal writing wheelhouse is once every 2 or 3 days.

What am I going to do with those 23 stories?
Yesterday’s is being deleted straight away. It wasn’t written for release or even to be read. It was written as a catharsis which didn’t work. But it’s still getting deleted. It simply didn’t do what I wanted from it.

As for the rest, I’ll keep them and see if they look better in a few months.

I won’t be attempting this exercise again.

How To Write A Book (poem)

20 Sep

How To Write A Book (poem) by Ray Daley
20/9/17

Spew some letters on a page, Spend some time to rearrange,
Worry lots, fret like heck, Learn how to use spellcheck.
Make it dark; make it lighter, maybe make it as a writer?

THE END.

Heathen, a poem

15 Sep

Heathen, a poem (by Ray Daley)
14/9/17

I am heathen, hear me roar,
Please don’t knock upon my door?
I’m not strange, nor am I odd,
Don’t want to talk about your God.
I won’t hear anything you say,
Too busy wishing you’d go away.
I’m not bad, my heart is pure,
A heathen lives behind this door.

THE END.

What’s currently in submission #7

15 Sep
As the last one was at the end of August, I thought I’d update you.
What’s currently out in submission?
The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
An Improper State Of Mind [subbed to Mind Candy]
Rumpelstiltskin; The Early Years (subbed to Timeless Tales)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Edge Onlines Fantastic Trains)
The Girl On Platform Two (Subbed to Gallery of Curiosities)
Summerland (subbed to Occult Detective Quarterly)
I Want Candy [subbed to Gathering Storm]

What’s currently in submission #6

31 Aug

As the last of these was in July, I thought it was time for an update.

What’s currently out in submission?

The Concentration Camp (subbed to Persistant Visions)
The Dionesian Wave (subbed to When You’re Strange (CASFWG))
Even Stevens (subbed to AE)
Junkie (subbed to Blind Spot)
An Improper State Of Mind [subbed to Mind Candy]
Lost Children (subbed to With Painted Words)
Rumpelstiltskin; The Early Years (subbed to Timeless Tales)
A Head Of Steam (subbed to Fantastic Trains)
Witch Hunt (subbed to Weird Book)