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How I fell in love with writing as the bombs were falling

Writing has been my passion ever since,  as a kid of 7, I found joy and comfort writing my first story in an old scrapbook as bombs were falling all around the apartment block in London where my mom and I lived in the early days of World War II.

It was 1940, and my Dad, a reporter, was sent to India and Burma as a war correspondent. He used to joke that he went with the troops on their landings against the Japanese but while they had guns he only had a typewriter.

A bit later on I was evacuated to live with an aunt in Devon. But before I was evacuated, in the midst of the smoke and fire and air raid sirens I fell totally in love with this magical world of writing as I started to write an enthralling tale of three youngsters on a journey of exploration up an unknown river.

No one told me I might enjoy writing a story. It simply happened.

I'm now a writing consultant

As I say, this love of writing has persisted throughout my life. I'm 79 now, and I've been a reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, editor of an international newsletter, published author of six books (my last book, a fable of a brave young raven of remarkable integrity, was translated into 11 foreign languages) and now for two years a blogger.

But the other day my writing career took a new twist. It was pure magic. Pure synchronicity.

I had written a guest post on writing for my friend, Mary Jaksch, cofounder of the A-list Blogger Club, who has a blog named Write to Done.  (The post is entitled "Is it too late to start blogging?" and you can have a look at it right now if you want to by clicking on the above link).

Anyway, Mary suddenly suggested to me in an email, "Why don't you offer your services as a writing consultant?" Gosh, I thought to myself. That's a terrific idea. So I immediately wrote a page giving some details about my new consulting business -- available to view by clicking the new  "consulting" button on the navigation bar of my blog.

Please note I offer a free one-hour consultation to anyone who would like to explore my new consulting service.

Terrific opportunity for Boomers starts July 16

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With Boomers turning 65 at the rate of some 10,000 every day, there's a great need for new, creative, fulfilling opportunities through which they can express their ideas, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the greater good (and for their own good).

I truly believe that blogging is a perfect, inexpensive way for Boomers and people of any age to enrich their lives, find new friends and potentially create some nice additional income.

 With this in mind I truly recommend a new A-list Blogger Club Bootcamp starting July 16. It’s named “A-List Blogging Bootcamp: Skyrocket Your Subscriber Count"

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting a blog or who has already started a blog and wants to get off on the right foot. The boot camp runs July 16--August 6. Please click the above link for more details about this exceptional boot camp.

Goodbye, good luck -- and most of all, good writing. As always, I'd love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on any of the above.

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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being July 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hi Christopher,

Congratulations, that is so cool! I love how you are so open to new ideas. Such an inspiration.

It was also good for me to read about all your experience writing (and liked your post on Write to Done, too.) I forget all the time that so many of you write so beautifully because you’ve been “practicing” for a long time! These reminders help me enjoy being a novice at the art of writing rather than wondering why I’m not “there” already.

Thanks, Christopher.


Christopher Foster July 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Thanks so much for your kind words Patti. I was just reading your latest post and really enjoyed what you had to say. I think as long as we enjoy what we are doing we are halfway home already. It’s good to be about this blogging journey with you. Blessings.


The Vizier July 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hi Christopher,

Congratulations! It is just great that you can do something that you love doing and still get to help others in the process. Given the experience that you’ve accumulated over the years through writing, I am sure you will have lots of insights to offer to aspiring writers. And your example, at the age of 79, is just inspiring because you are able to reinvent yourself and reshape your life skills.

Thank you for sharing this lovely article! 🙂

Irving the Vizier


Christopher Foster July 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thank you and bless you Irving. Gotta tell you, I find your example and consistent, clear expression through the written word VERY inspiring. I’m on my way to your blog right now. Keep it up.


The Vizier July 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Thanks for the compliment Christopher. It means a lot coming from you. 🙂

I did not always write like that. It has taken consistent effort on my part to bring my points across clearly and consistently. 🙂

Uzma July 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

Very cool Christopher. . Love how you find new ways of creative enrichment , for yourself and others. Very inspiring.


Christopher Foster July 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Uzma. I appreciate your support and encouragement very much. And it’s my wish to offer the same right back to you. Stay strong.


Sibyl July 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

Christopher: There really is nothing better than synchronicity and seeing it play out in your life 🙂 Congrats on your latest discovery and I can see how you will be an excellent writing consultant. I think Mary hit the nail on the head with this recommendation 🙂


Christopher Foster July 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thank you Sibyl. And thank you for your blog. I think the name of your blog is first class. Surely each day does bring many rare opportunities and possibilities if we are open to the synchronicity of which you speak.


Betsy at Zen Mama July 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Congratulations on your guest post! I read it and the post is great! I’m signing up now!


Christopher Foster July 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Betsy, thank you so much. Really appreciate your kind words. Take care now.


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