About JWren

Biography

Just an average guy who has always been in love with words, life and people. Now retired and taking time to smell the roses as I go along.
I am, of course, open to making friends but not just to have a list of avatars on this page. If we can share thoughts, ideas, entertain and enlighten with a lot of smiles thrown in, then I will welcome you with pleasure and, metaphorically, open arms and warm heart. In a short time here, I have been made welcome and met some good, interesting friends.
As for writing, I did it all my working life in sports journalism. I published one (failed) novel and have also written on other sites. My forte is the longer story where I can develop characters, lifestyles and situations. But I dabble in poetry and immensely enjoy the challenge and requirements of writing concise lines to convey a story/situation or describe a person. Similarly with micro and flash fiction on here.
So, thanks for reading this bio, hope to see you around, and I wish you happiness and good health.

Name:
Alan
Sex:
Male 
Sign:
Scorpio
Relationship Status:
Married
Location:
Local Time:
26 Mar 2017 06:25
Interests:
Reading and writing (hands up those folk that guessed those two), red wine, good dining, playing golf (no longer young enough for my past exploits of soccer, cricket and boxing), whiskey and whisky, travel, holidays in the sun, exotic islands, family, theatre and friendship. I am not a bike or car nut: it's only transport, hopefully in as much comfort as my meagre funds will allow.
Favorite Books:
I do not have a favourite book. There are too many good ones to list (see author sample below). But I like detective (even old pulp, gumshoe fiction), thrillers, mystery, romance (oh yes I do), humour, autobiographies (sport, media, film, NOT politicians - ugh!)
Favorite Authors:
I admire many writers. Here's a sample: Ian Rankin, Richard Stark, Peter Robinson, John Harvey, PG Wodehouse, Roald Dahl, Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid, Agatha Christie, Robert B Parker, Jeffrey Deaver, Dan Brown, Lawrence Block, John Connolly, Michael Connelly, Simon Kernick, Stephen White, Stephen Booth, Ernest Hemingway, Lee Child, Peter James, Harlan Coben. From the old school: Dickens, Poe, Wilde, Aesop and some Shakespeare (what a plethora of phrases he supplied to the English language that still survive to this day!).
Favorite Movies:
This is wide-ranging from musicals (eg Chicago, Chorus Line, Cabaret) through classics (eg Brief Encounter, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, High Noon, Rebecca, Gone with the Wind, On the waterfront) gangster (eg Goodfellas, The Godfather 1 and 2) and so many more like Dr Zhivago, Dr No, Moulin Rouge, Funny Girl, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Love Story, 10, Arthur, The Odd Couple, Days of wine and roses, The Deer Hunter, Taxi, etc etc
Favourite TV Shows:
Not really a TV watcher but have followed some series (MadMen, CSI, Law and Order etc). Dip into The Simpsons and British quiz shows. And, inevitably, too much sport (if that's possible).
Favorite Music:
Love music, love singers, love live performances, recordings, YouTube, iTunes. Taste goes from classic (eg Pavarotti, the showman Andre Rieu), country (oh so many including Tom T Hall, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gale, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, John Denver et al), old pop (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Neil Diamond, Connie Francis, 50s and early 60s, Status Quo, Queen), crooners (Sinatra, Bennett, Nat King Cole, Mathis), stuff from 30s and 40s (big bands, swing, Jolson etc), to some “modern” performers but NOT rap or Punk.

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Stories Published By JWren All Stories »

Why?

  Do you, like me, sometimes ponder why things happen to be? Do you ever pause to consider what really is the cause? Do you ever wonder or marvel at what really is amazingly clever: why two separate people become entwined to love and mate? In this mystery play with its cast of millions how come my needle was plucked out of the hay? I ask, what did I do to be...

Added 23 Feb 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 4.92 | Views 322 | 12 Comments

Making Decisions

Like most ideas, it seemed a good one at the time. And when my bubbling daughter Claire enthused, “Great! Go for it, mum,” the decision was made. But now I was having second thoughts. Nothing unusual about that, really. In the twenty-five years since I made that unforgettable decision, I have been in the habit of dithering. Indecisive should be my middle name. As I placed my...

Added 14 Jan 2016 | Category Romance | Votes 10 | Avg Score 4.8 | Views 259 | 8 Comments

The birthday gift

Dawn placed the last dinner plate in the dish washer and looked up at the clock. She then glanced over her shoulder at her husband. Brian sat at the table, scouring the classified advertisements in the local newspaper, trailing a finger down the small type, his spectacles balanced on the tip of his broad nose. “Keep an eye on the time,” said Dawn, “or you’ll miss the kick off.” ...

Added 09 Jul 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.82 | Views 590 | 9 Comments

Why would I?

Betsy stood, hands linked at her waist. Agitated, her right thumb rubbed back and forth over her left thumb. “Hi sweetheart,” I said, advancing for my welcome home kiss. “Please, don’t shout at me.” Pale blue eyes were pleading, almost fearful. I halted in my tracks. “Why would I do that?” Betsy sighed and spread her arms wide before letting them fall, hands slapping against...

Added 03 Jun 2015 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 556 | 8 Comments

Last word

Her face was like thunder. Her familiar open smile was replaced by a thin, grim line of compressed lips and eyes which usually sparkled now flashed like lightning.  Fittingly, rain and unseasonal hail bounced off the restaurant windows as she stared intently into my face. No, she stared at me with piercing blue eyes. I offered a tentative smile and shrug of shoulders. “I mean it,”...

Added 20 May 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 4.67 | Views 826 | 10 Comments

Poised

So we are poised: You over there and me here, waiting to step through the void. We’ve approached with caution, no headlong rush: Treading carefully building trust. Now we’ve finished plotting the way: To end this ride we have to bridge the divide. It’s finally agreed there is no other way: this is the route we need to go. And so, not in haste, with...

Added 11 May 2015 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 4.83 | Views 418 | 10 Comments

Lucky me

I still find it incredible, magical. All these nights I have dreamed of you, of us. And it’s impossible to count the days when my mind has wandered, drifting from the task in hand to conjure up images of you, of shared moments and even daring to think what might await us. It happened again this morning. I awoke from yet another dream in which you lay in my arms, your head resting on...

Added 05 May 2015 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 4.64 | Views 695 | 10 Comments

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Gerry stared at the computer screen, disbelieving, his eyes wide open. “Oh no,” he screamed, throwing his arms in the air and falling back in his leather office chair. “It can’t be. I can’t have done that.” Furiously, he pecked at the keyboard but knew it was futile. All his work of the last three days, writing and revising, rewriting and polishing, all to no avail. He would have to...

Added 24 Apr 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 751 | 12 Comments

Sand between our toes

You surely feel it, too just as I do All this sudden heat from head to feet. Now I’m ready to bet we’ll start to sweat As down here we lay and prepare to play. Sand between our toes and where else, who knows? Above us clear azure sky a breeze, just a mere sigh. I reach for your hand feeling the wedding band. And now I linger caressing this familiar finger. ...

Added 21 Apr 2015 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.64 | Views 475 | 10 Comments

Will it work out?

I’ll never forget that Wednesday: made redundant at my age. What now? Daphne was working, my redundancy package was okay, but I’d planned on another five years topping up my pension pot. That night, I sat at the table, papers strewn about, jotting down numbers, hoping I could afford early retirement. It was possible - but tight. I sighed, leaned back in my chair and rubbed my temples. ...

Added 15 Apr 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 9 | Avg Score 4.78 | Views 630 | 7 Comments

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