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Location:Texas, USA Naturalized US Citizen of Irish extract -   Fixed Wing and Helo trucker.Interests: "The Absurdity of Man". I am a proud supporter of Blarney, Nonsense, and Hooey. I enjoy being a chopper jockey, and trying to figure the world, people and belief systems out. I'm just not very good at it, so it keeps me real busy. I scribble, blog, run this website, mess with rental houses, ride motorbikes, and read as much as I can. I went solo 44 years ago, and I like to say I'm gonna get me a real job one day. When I grow up. ("but not just yet, Lord, not just yet") For my aviation scribbles see enjoy! I wish you Peace in your Life. May you always walk with the sun on your face, and a breeze ruffling your hair. And may you cherish a quiet wonder for our awesome Universe. Life isn't always good. But it is always fascinating. Never quit.
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So far, we have SIX E-books published on 'Smashwords', and below follow clickable hyperlinks direct to the publisher's site, as with some explanatory comments as to what sort of literary abuses and stylistic unmentionables you are likely to find there.  Note: "ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS 4.5 is what you need to download for the best read.  Fly   (Windows wants you to download "Free Editor" software, but I could not get that to work at all. It just showed one sentence at the top of each page, and the rest of the page blank) If you care to kindly leave a review afterwards on 'Smashwords' that helps. People have said all kinds of super nice things, so you should be able to balance that up a bit. I'm secretly a Nigerian cross-dressing scam artist, with pronounced anarchistic and anti-authoritarian leanings, but we try and hide the fun naughty bits. Just buy the book and send me your g*d d*mn money, eh?   Usehead

"MOGGY'S TUNA MANUAL"    (Moggy's Tunaboat Helicopter Manual)

This was intended as a training aid and guide for newbie Tuna Helicopter Pilots. It was meant to help address the sky high accident rate world-wide. It is therefore in places somewhat 'technical'.  What has surprised us, over the fifteen odd years that MTM has been out, is how many 'armchair' pilots emailed to say how much they enjoyed it. Non-pilots, who had never touched a cyclic stick. In this book, we have therefore added a very basic section on how the helicopter controls work, and also a glossary, where you will find some of the terms explained, that people wrote in to ask about. It seems to appeal to people with a technical mindset, who have 'always wanted to fly' a whirlybird.    


This is written for everybody. Pilots, wives, mothers, sons, siblings. Psycho analysts, social workers, mental health experts, you name it. A collection of short stories, which deal with all sorts of adventures. Basically, based on Tuna Helicopter Flying, but also foreign cultures, people, moods, Mother Nature ("All Our Mother"), the Universe, and a few 'Darwin Award' nominations.
The Editor did add the same basic section on how the helicopter controls work, and also the same glossary. But this is overwhelmingly non-technical. An easy read, so I'm told.  Enjoy...!


This is my first novel, and features a young man fighting in an open cockpit biplane during World War One. It also explores the life transitions that I know many of us go through. In terms of frustrated pacifism, idealism, romance and spiritual yearnings. I owned and flew several biplanes, and I also flew aerobatics at competition level. I even have a full-blooded crash in the novel, that was based on a personal unscheduled arrival on planet earth.


Finally...! My second novel, "THE TUNA HUNTER" is now published. That's way too much work. I'm never, ever doing that again. Until the next time. It's 109,000 words, so a big read. Lots of insane Hughes 500 helicopter flying scenes, based on 5 years flying off tuna boats. A mix between auto-bio and fiction. Mother Nature in all her fragile beauty, evil and violent forces at work, a gentle woman the hero falls in love with, and the Darkness of the Soul. I poured my little heart into this, so I sincerely hope you enjoy it.


"Helicopters and Humans"      

a collection of Helicopter related short stories, from all over the world, and not just flying the Tuna Fields. An emphasis on the human, spiritual (?) and meditative. Seems to appeal to all sorts of folk. Not just deluded cyclic stick pusher-pullers.

"Moggy's Musings"

a collection of Helicopter related short stories, and a few poems, with a musing streak. Unashamedly questioning, wondering about the Universe, and puzzling about the Human Family.  Lots of puzzling. I never did figure humans out. I thought it might be smart to figure myself out first. That was a total flop. So I moved on to what is known as 'Homo Sapiens'. (Sapiens being Latin for knowing, wise). Another complete puzzle to my admittedly tiny mind. So this book is best described as a dreamy sort of wandering through the myriad bewilderings and puzzlements of Man. An oddball creature, capable of soaring dreams, and persistent, clinging, Darkness. Sometimes I wonder if the daft creature will even survive. On balance, I think he will.


Last edited by Francis Meyrick on July 26, 2017, 9:52 am
We little humans, hurtling through the Universe on our tiny, pale blue dot, will find few answers to Life's great mysteries. But we should at least find many of the questions. To write is to ask. To seek. To grope. With humility, and humor. Peace.
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