Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Tribute To Murray Walker

Some memorable quotes from a formula 1 legend.

"Seb, where would you rank Murray Walker
among formula 1 commentators?"
Today sees the title deciding final Grand Prix of the 2014 formula 1 season, so on the theme of F1 here's a collection of memorable quotes from one of my favourite sports commentators of all time ... the legend, Murray Walker.

1) "There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire."

2) "I can't image what kind of problem Senna has.  I imagine it must be some sort of grip problem."

3) "He's only 19.  That's the same age Eddie Irvine was when he was 19."
...Coincidentally, it's also the same age I was when I was 19.

4) "And Michael Schumacher is actually in a very good position.  He is in last place..."

5) "The lead car is unique, except for the one behind it, which is identical."

Sunday, 16 November 2014

How Not To Write A Helpful Book Review

Three unhelpful but amusing book reviews

A few months ago I offered my opinion on how to write a helpful book review, and as a follow-up I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the flipside of the coin, namely how not to write a helpful book review.  So to illustrate some of the pitfalls to avoid, here are a selection of poorly written book reviews found on Amazon...

1) The Works Of Edgar Allen Poe (Volume 4) by Edgar Allen Poe

"Many tourists visit Egypt every year but I couldn't
tell you what it's like because I've never been. 3/5."
...Travel News Magazine (#NotReally)
First up is a book 'review' which highlights perhaps the most important thing of all to consider when writing a book review.  It's a review of The Works Of Edgar Allen Poe (Volume 4), and the review reads:

"I got this because it was free but I have not got around to read it yet.  3/5"

I had to chuckle at the reply that someone has left:

"Thanks - really informative.  It is always useful to read a book review from someone who has not read it."

So my first tip for anyone writing a book review would perhaps be an obvious one.  When writing a book review, always ensure that you have actually read the book first before you review it!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Broof Pirate: A Childish Facebook Prank

The Broof Pirate, happy to help with all your facebook questions...

Most pirates carry a pirate sword like this one pictured,
but the Broof Pirate instead carries a bottle of Broof.
In the past on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I've featured a few daft childish pranks to play on facebook, and once again I thought I would mention an amusingly childish facebook prank.  Most people will probably find this extremely childish, and also a bit surreal, so it'll only appeal to people who are extremely immature and easily amused, like myself for example.

The prank involves a disguised link which I've created, and the link is  The 'InfoPage468' reference makes it appear as if it links to some useful information, but in actual fact the link sneakily redirects to the 'Broof Pirate' website which is a ridiculous website featuring a pirate who makes funny 'broof' noises.

To play the prank, just wait until one of your facebook friends posts a question asking for advice, and then post a reply providing an allegedly 'helpful' link.  However, instead of posting a helpful link, you instead post the disguised link to the Broof Pirate.

Here are a few examples based on questions posed on my own facebook feed...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Free Ebook ... In Return For A Tweet Or Facebook Like!

You can now get a 100% discount on the opening 'How To Save The World' book, thanks to a Payhip promotion.

The 'How To Save The World' books.
 Available in epub format from Payhip.
A few weeks ago I made my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books available in epub format from my Payhip sales page, and I also featured a blog post covering the benefits of Payhip as a sales website for indie authors.

One of those benefits is the option to offer a discount in return for sharing your sales link on facebook or twitter, and as a promotional introductory offer, for a limited time I've decided to offer a very generous 100% off the first book in the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' series!

For the benefit of anyone whose maths isn't that great, that equates to a price of £0.00!  Or if you're reading this in the US and your math isn't that great, that equates to a price of $0.00!

Just to reiterate, you have to click the 'Share and get 100% off' button in order to get the 100% discount, but for anyone who tweets or likes the link, you can now download 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' for free from the following page:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy on Payhip

To further promote this introductory offer, I thought I would feature a few selected quotes from reviews of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which brought a smile to my face...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

True Or False: A New Book From Charles Fudgemuffin?


True Or False:
A Collection Of 100 Light-Hearted Facts And Bluffs
It's been around a year now since I published the last of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books, and after writing a story which spanned six books and approximately two thousand pages, I initially felt like I needed to recharge my batteries before writing my next novel. 

I have since started writing my next novel, but it may be quite a few months before it's ready for publication, so as a diversion until then, I've also written a non-fiction book.

Well ... it's sort of non-fiction.  I suppose you could more accurately describe it as half non-fiction and half fiction, as my new book is entitled 'True Or False: A Collection Of 100 Light-Hearted Facts And Bluffs'.  As the name suggests, it's a collection of 'facts' some of which are true, and others of which are nothing more than devious bluffery.

The book is a change of direction from the 'How To Save The World' books, and features a writing style closer to what you would find on this blog.  To give you a flavour of what to expect, this is the first true or false 'fact' featured in the book...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Weird English Expressions (Part 2)

Five more English expressions which may seem a little weird to foreign speakers...

A few months ago I highlighted a few weird English sayings which seem perfectly normal to me as an English person, but when you analyse them they perhaps might seem strange to speakers of other languages.  Here's another collection of unusual words and expressions found in the English language...

1) "Egg and soldiers."

Soldiers and soldiers.  Can you spot the difference?
On my latest travels I met an English girl and a French girl, and one day the English girl ordered 'egg and soldiers' for breakfast.  The French girl responded with a blank look and questioned what 'soldiers' were, so the English girl then explained that the toast was cut into 'soldiers'.  The French girl quite sensibly asked why we called them soldiers and the English girl replied, "Because they look like soldiers."  However, when you think about it they look nothing like soldiers.  They look like rectangular pieces of toast.

If you look at the side by side comparison pictured in the photo, I'm sure you'll agree that there's very little resembance at all.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Payhip: A Handy Sales Website For Indie Authors

A review of the benefits of Payhip.

The 'How To Save The World' books,
now available in epub format from Payhip.
For the first couple of years on sale, my alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books were available exclusively from Amazon.  I had always planned to make them available from other ebook stores, but somehow I never got around to it.

However, earlier this year were four months late in paying me my royalties, and their disinterested and tardy attitude to resolving this late payment finally prompted me into action.  As a result, all six books in the 'How To Save The World' series are now available in epub format from my Payhip sales page.

My experience with Payhip so far has been very positive, so I thought I would write a blog post on the benefits of self-publishing with Payhip for any indie authors currently considering expanding the number of sales channels where readers can buy their books.

Here are some of the advantages of Payhip:

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.