A VISUAL WRITER!

Black and white television

Television Science Fiction such as Doctor Who first appeared in black an white

I am very much a visual writer. Check out  http://bloodredshadow.com/about/night-to-dawn-magazine-and-books/rod-marsden-supernatural-thriller-vampire-lore/desk-job/

I grew up on Marvel Comics during the Silver Age of American Comic Books. This was the swinging sixties. It was the time when Britain rocked to the sounds of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It was the time when most guys under thirty had long hair or wanted to have long hair.

In the early sixties the main stream American comic books showed their loyalty to the USA by their support of the Vietnam War. It was a case of the democratic people of the world versus those dastardly commies. By the late sixties going into the ’70s, however, there had been a change. The USA was desperate for peace and the commies might not be so bad after all. The mainstream comic book companies had be led down a more moderate path by the fringe comics, the comic books not considered mainstream. They marked their difference from the mainstream by referring to themselves as comix rather than comic books.

Meanwhile there was the mini car together with the mini-skirt coming out of Britain. Women were definitely wearing the mini-skirts to  shopping and to the cinema in summer in Australia. They were also, more and more, wearing bikinis along Australian beaches. The German beetle was actually more popular in Australia then the mini because of its sturdiness and reliability.

Surfing took off big in the sixties. With it came an interest in places such as Bali and Hawaii that had beaches at least as good as the ones in Australia. Surf movies also took off.

My first car was a Morris 1500. It was old but faithful. It took me places. In thinking about what to call one of my cats in my novel Desk Job, the thought of this car came back to me and so the cat became Sir Morris.

One of the Australian programs of the time that used to make me smile was Skippy. It was about a bush kangaroo that could do amazing things. Of  course I knew straight off about the fantasy elements of the show (a kangaroo just doesn’t have paws suitable for untying rope) but that was half the fun. Another thing was that you got to see the Australian bush on your tele in color wrapped around a good adventure. Skippy also did well overseas.

Of the overseas television programs around I was most fond of Doctor Who (Britain) and Star Trek (USA). Strangely enough, I am still a big Doctor Who and Star Trek fan. Doctor Who started out in black and white and moved to color sometime in the ’70s with the third Doctor. Star Trek was always in color but I hadn’t noticed this at first since I was watching it on a black and white tele. My family only got a color tele in the mid ’70s.

Of the novels I have read over the last four or so decades the ones that impress me most have had either an historical, science fiction, or fantasy. Presently my all time favorite writer is Terry Pratchett who is very much a visual novelist.

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