Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ultra tidy..or a compulsive, obsessive behaviour disorder..

Just a funny one...may appeal to those with borderline COBD..
Some years ago we lived in a very fashionable district of London, in a beautiful two bedroom apartment on Brompton Road.
At the time we ran two vehicles..a rather smart Range Rover and a slightly careworn Izuzu Trooper.I loved driving the Trooper, still have it here in Italy.
Whilst we both love cars neither one of us is too keen about cleaning them or keeping them tidy.The Range Rover was the one I used for work and kept reasonably tidy, the Troop was a runaround..and completely scruffy.music cassettes littered every l
flat surface, the floor, back and front, discarded food packages, old plastic bottles, newspapers..you name it and it was abandoned to its fate in that vehicle. It was a total tip.
We parked on the street as most Londoners do and usually in front of the apartment block on that very busy road. Imagine our surprise and a a level of consternation when one Saturday morning we went out to the car to find it had been broken into..nothing smashed, just a side window had been pushed forward and allowed access...but the most astonishing thing was...all of the cassettes were in a neat pile on the dashboard, the newspapers were all folded and stacked neatly on the back seat, the other discarded rubbish had been collected and placed in plastic bags, the dash had been wiped of all its historic dust collections...and the car looked almost new.
Never found out who did the clean up job but we reckon it was some one with the above COBD.
It would be great if they lived nearby.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

English Tuition by skype

For those of you who wish to learn English by skype please go to...www.ielts-caetuition.com

It is an excellent organisation run by My wife and co writer..Mary Lou Clarke

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Been trying to raise some interest amongst Literary agents over on Twitter...I tweeted a very brief cv, not much detail but it vaguely plots my movements after leaving school at fifteen..Steelworker..apprentice..Coal miner..deep seam colliery 1200 feet, seams at below 3feet.
Labourer, Building site checker, camera shop assistant.,Newspaper darkroom technician, assistant cameraman in a news agency, BBC sound man ,and finally a Director of Photography with a great company which allowed me to travel the world and hone my skills in the Drama field...then I turned to writing...having read and filmed  literally hundreds of drama scripts I finally turned my hand to writing novels..using my memories from travelling to exotic locations I try to inject some of those picturesque moments into the  and keep the pace of films.
Response so far...Zilch.
But I will keep on trying because I know that if these books hit bookstore shelves then they will fly.
Wish me luck.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ther Fiddler ..available at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Dont forget this weekend.."The Fiddler" by RJ Dodd...now available in 600  Barnes and Noble bookstores on request,
Follow the amazing adventures of a young violinist in 18th century Italy.
A fantastic story that would make a fantastic movie..telling it like it was...the start of Rock and Roll..including the wild parties..sex and drugs....great music and the constant threat of death.

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Fiddler

The Fiddler  by RJ Dodd   (me)  set in 18th century Italy..follows the wild adventures of a young musician in exciting and dangerous times.
Now available on request at Barnes and Noble.

get in there early to avoid the queue  .

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Unknowns..

Just finished the first full draft of the Unknowns...58,000 words. A tale of retribution against an IRA killing that moves from Ireland, UK. Oregon and California..finishing up on the Great Barrier Reef...lotsa weird characters and much political skulduggery...lotsa  fun...but gruesome.
Now it goes out to some readers...who will probably shred it...such is life.

Saturday, 20 January 2018


Has any of you ever had Cancer...its a shit word  for a shit disease that scares the hell out of most people.
I am on my third tumour.
The first one was found in 2005 during a routine medical exam...no symptoms whatsoever...Biopsy showed a full tumour in my Prostate ..It was taken out using the DaVinci method..a robot..less co lateral damage and a quicker recovery..thats true..I was back at work within two weeks but I remember vividly that first short walk to the newsagents from my apartment..all of fifty yards but the round trip took almost two hours.

All seemed fine for twelve years..then my routine blood tests showed my PSA had risen..PSA is given off by Prostate cancer cells...the boy had returned...and the PSA was rising rapidly..Scans followed..no sign of the Prostate tumour but a scan showed up something abnormal in my chest...Turns out I had a full blown breast cancer...I am a man so I never ever checked that area...This tumour was rapidly removed by surgery...and I had another scan as my PSA was rising rapidly..The scan showed up a tumour on the site of my old and removed Prostate...I immediately went into hormone therapy treatment and the PSA numbers have dropped rapidly...another 8 months of  this  then Radiology...then that's it...on my own...but then I am 77 so I have not got a million miles to go...another ten life miles would be nice.
During all of this, apart from recovery from surgery..I have always felt fine and still go about my business as normal..writing and filming....and trying to put to one side that agents within my own body are trying to kill me...If any of you have a friend or family member who wants to have a chat about their cancer then please ask them to contact me on my e mail  r.jdodd@outlook,com .
It sometimes helps to shed the load