Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication


Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

New nonsense poem


The Fatal Funeral of Uncle Ray

Here is my latest nonsense poem, The Fatal Funeral of Uncle Ray, which I hope you enjoy. I had the following lines going round and round in my head insisting on being written:

'Many folk perished, so it's said, the day
of the fatal funeral of Uncle Ray.'
I finished it (if a poem can ever be finished) last week and recorded it on Sunday, which was one of the RSPB birdwatch days. The birds seemed to know this and were out in force, singing merrily and loudly all the time. They weren't even distracted when we gave up and fed them, in the hope they would stuff their beaks and shut up. At the time of recording the noise from birds and cars didn't seem too bad but, on playback, they came over very loud. The robin was especially magnificent (I'd heard it practicing the previous week when it had been singing very quietly but it chose to really go for it as soon as we started recording). Luckily on the final recording, (the 7th - it was far too cold to do any more withouth bits dropping off) the birds weren't so close to the microphone and only one car passed. I think this final recording is ok but I can see why professionals use directional mics.

The poem had its first outing at Writers in the Brewery on Thursday 26 Jan 2012, when I also used my kindle for the first time, having just loaded The Fatal Funeral of Uncle Ray onto it. I must remember to choose a larger font next time since reading from it at home is far easier than reading with slightly odd lighting.

The same night at the Brewery, as well as some other readings of poetry and prose there was some excellent music from Keith Thompson, sometimes with Nick John (of Lyadrive) on vocals.

Let me know what you think.

My Related Postings

Showing videos on new youtube channel page
Short funny rhyming poems on youtube
Susan Gibbs at Writers in the Brewery, 31 March 2011
World Book Night at New Brewery Arts - Saturday 5 March 2011

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Showing vidoes on new youtube channel page




I hadn't realized it had been so long since my last post - I thought maybe a couple of months but it's been nearly 8 months!

I have been busy editing my novel Inspector Hobbes, which is now ready to go out to agents. Wish me luck.

I've also been making changes on my author platform. The latest changes have been on youtube, prompted by the change to the channel page.



When the channel page first changed, it appeared my poetry videos were no longer available from it, so I selected the option to go back to the previous format. Anyway this is how we resolved it.


  • Logon to youtube


  • Use the dropdown list for your account on the top right and select 'My Channel'


  • At the top of the channel page, again in the top right (just under your account name), select 'Edit Channel'


  • (if you want, you can use this to reselect the old channel layout)


  • At the top of the channel settings, select 'Info and Settings'


  • Enter the title you want to appear at the top of your channel page


  • Enter the description, although this is only shown (currently) if the channel view asks for more information. Fill it in anyway as it will help with channel searches


  • If you don't have any already, add some tags


  • Tick if you want the channel visible or not


  • Select the 'Default Tab' - this is what I had to change to make the channel open with my videos as the default. By default it opens on your feed, showing what you've liked or favourited (depending on whether these have been marked to be shared - more on this below). To change this select the 'Videos Tab' and also untick the 'Always take subscribed users to the feed tab'


  • At the top of the channel settings, select 'Featured Tab'


  • Tick the 'Enable featured tab' and if you want to show your playlists, then select the first option for 'creator' (selecting it just highlights the layout)


  • At the top right of the channel settings select 'Finished editing'


What is shown on your 'feeds' tab also appears differently, but you can select the options you want:



  • Logon to youtube


  • Use the dropdown list for your account on the top right


  • Select 'Settings'


  • On the left hand side of the settings, choose 'Share'


  • Tick the options 'On youtube' that you want to appear on your 'feeds' tab. I've now selected all the 'On youtube' options, but I may change it again later.

If you like my poetry vidoes then you should visit my channel again soon as I'm putting the finishing touches to a new poem which I intend to record.


I'm also on the lookout for some writing competitions and plan to try my luck in some of these.