My Wonderful Wobbly Life
by Charles Irwin
GENRE: Memoir (Autobiography)
Having survived quite a few birthdays and had some interesting experiences, I wrote them down. That’s how “My Wonderful Wobbly Life” was conceived. It was nearly born in 2004, but decided to hang on until 2018 to become ‘Born again’ Alleluia!!!!
Chapter 1 – SURVIVAL
“I’ve changed my mind! I’ve changed my mind! I don’twant to go.”
I have a vague memory of making this cry from a railway carriage as I was stolen from my parents by authoritarians.
I was five years old when the authorities decreed I had to be placed in a home for children. Their decision was final and all avenues of appeal against it were exhausted when my father, to soften the blow of parting, talked me into what he described as an adventure.
It was not until the train began to move and the realisation came I was leaving my parents forever, that I made my plaintive cry:
“I’ve changed my mind!”
When I arrived at the home my world changed, never to be the same again. My loving mother and my fun-filled father were gone and in their place were grown-ups I did not know. I did not understand what was going on. There were lots of crippled children, but why was I there with them? Okay, I couldn’t walk very far without falling over. I shook uncontrollably most of the time for no apparent reason. I couldn’t speak very clearly. But, I’d been like this all my life, for me it was normal. So, what was I doing here? “
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I didn’t attend high school.
What are you passionate about these days?
The deterioration of values and lack of ethics in today’s society. The widespread greed of officials AKA Politicians, whose only qualification to hold office is ‘How much gravy can I suck from this train before I’m thrown off’. Promoting facts, not interpretation and spin, as news. Hoping to enlighten some of the ‘Dumbed down’ populace, in the hope they will form an opinion and make decisions based on fact.
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
Exactly what I did, use an online self-publishing site. This option was not available when I self-published, my autobiography as a paper-back in 2004. Guided by Eaun Mitchell’s book on self-publishing,
Ebook or print? And why?
Both! Move with the times. Technology in book presentation is changing the way words are delivered to readers. Therefore, make the most of what selling opportunities present themselves.
What is your favorite scene in this book?
Apart from ‘The End’, it is where my ego is dented. I am all spruced up to meet friends in a posh hotel bar. I fling open the door, step through to make a grand entrance. And. I do! But not in the way I intended. On the other side of the door were a short flight of stairs, which I slid down, gracefully. My ego was dented, my bum was bruised, but a pint or two and laughs a’ plenty made for an enjoyable evening among good friends.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Charles was born in London U.K. in 1932. During his birth the forceps slipped, resulting in brain damage to the motor control nerves of his right side and causing total body spasticity. However, his intellect was not damaged. Throughout his life the two adversaries, controllable brain and semi-controllable body, always needed to be balanced. After several years of work and study he became a Chartered Production Engineer. In 1971 he emigrated to Australia and became a senior examiner in the Australian Patent office. This autobiography illustrates the rhyme: “He started to sing as he tackled the thing, That couldn’t be done – but he DID IT!” Charles chronicles his journey from useless to useful, with humour and joie de vie. He pays tribute to friends who only gave him help when it was asked for. At a young age he recognized his psychic abilities and, by using lessons at the end of each chapter, shares some insights with readers
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