Sunday, 20 February 2011

Boy Stuff--Kurt Chambers

This week, I'm not going to talk to you about my passion for writing, or tell you one of the crazy stories about my life. I'm going to share with you some of the other things that I have a passion for. I have had many hobbies over the years, and here are a few of my favourites.

For about fifteen years, I used to be a cool dude in a rock band on and, several bands actually. How things have changed! Back then I was convinced I was going to be a rock star. Me and my friend, Pat Slaney, got a band together when we were at school, The Crew, and did our first gig in front of the whole school. I joined several other bands after I left school, one of which is pictured above. I'm on the left side playing bass guitar. The last time I played in public was Battle of the Bands 98 at a venue in Hitchin. I have some recordings on Youtube I made many years ago if anyone's interested. The recording quality is terrible! Disclaimer: Some songs (one in particular, Like it Dirty) will contain some bad language.

The band 'Listen' featured in picture. Live at Fairlans Valley.

Let me in

Maybe Today

The band 'Bones on the Ivory's' Studio recordings.

Not the Indian Song

Accident & Emergency

Like it Dirty

The band 'Nebula' Studio recordings.

Drag you to Dispair


Setting Lies

Being a builder, I like building things. One of my greatest accomplishments is the telescope I built. I never imagined I could ever build a telescope knowing nothing about how they worked, until a friend of mine, Jerry, showed me one he had built himself. Very impressive! Not being able to afford a big telescope, I set about building my own one. As it turns out, it really wasn't that hard. I made a quarter scale drawing of how it would work, and off I went. It took me about two years to construct, but came out really well. For you technical folk, it's a six and a quarter inch Newtonian Reflector on a Dobsonian mount with a f8 (48 inch) focal length. How clever does that make me sound? haha!! I called my masterpiece, Exit. Way out man! The picture shows the main telescope without the stand.

Here is a picture of the moon I took with Exit. It's not great quality, but taking a photo through a telescope is no easy task.

Sticking to the boy theme, I have to mention one of my most fun hobbies, making rockets! There's nothing more satisfying than taking a pop bottle and turning it into an impressive looking three-foot projectile and launching it 600 feet in the air at 130mph! That is FUN! This all started when I bought a two stage water rocket from the internet, and it was rubbish. Bitterly disappointed, I thought I could make a better one myself. So that's what I did. I searched the internet for ideas, and after several failed attempts, I designed my own rockets with a launch system I also designed myself using interlocking hose connections. It worked a treat! Pictured above are some of the rockets I made, the largest of which (The Mothership) exploded at 80lb per square inch pressure before I had chance to launch it LOL It nearly burst my eardrum. So I made an even bigger one, as you do, which was the most impressive launch I've ever seen. Unfortunately, it only flew once, and went home in a black plastic rubbish bag haha!! I still haven't finished with this hobby yet. I'm planning to move on to solid fuel at some time in the future. I want to make an exploding rocket. I'll let you know how it goes if I survive the experience. :)

I like hobbies, and these are just a few of them. I may have a pink laptop, and be considered as one-of-the-girls by lots of my friends, but I'm a boy at heart.

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Friday, 4 February 2011

Time to Blog--Kurt Chambers

Yes, this really is me writing a have to apologise to my readers for not posting anything for like forever! Life went insane for a while again, you know how it goes. So, here I am just to ramble on for a bit about, well, nothing've had some ups and downs. As many of you know, I'm back in the submission game again. With the start of a new year, I was very excited to be back in the game again after spending all of last year writing my new novel, Unknown Reality. It won't be ready for submission for a while, but I'm submitting Truth Teller while I'm bringing it up to scratch. As the month of January has drawn to a close, I have three rejection letters under my belt. The things us poor writers have to endure. Not to worry, though, Rome wasn't built in a day, right?

These last couple of weeks haven't been that great for me. As well as being rejected, family members have been ill, and my car died last week and cost me a small fortune to get back on the road amongst other things. On the plus side, I'm healthy, I have a job, and some of the best friends in the whole wide world :) That's a big plus! Talking of friends, my dear friend, Tamara, sent me a signed copy of her novel this week, Perilous. That was awesome! I remember when Tamara joined our critic forum at the Young Adult Novel Workshop, and now I have her book sitting on my bedside cabinet. That made my week. It's also massively encouraging and an inspiration for all the other members of the forum to show that what seems to be an impossible task sometimes, is in fact within reach for all of us. Well done, Tamara! I'm so proud of you, girl. :)

The roller coaster of life continues as we enter February. For me, being a builder, February is not a month I normally look forward to as it's the coldest month of the year. But I'm expecting great things from this year. Spring is just around he corner, and things are about to bloom. I'm still excited to find out what surprises this year has in store for me. Let's hope it's good things! :D