DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Spid, Bid and Herman are about to blast off for an adventure on the moon. But what will they find when they get there? Is the moon really made of cheese? And does a moonster called Mr. Cheezy Feet really live there?
Spid the spider here. I live in a village called Spider Webdon, which has its own steam train station. I can go almost anywhere when it’s open. It’s spidtastic.
The bus service is rubbish though and there are no buses at all on Spundays.
My house is at the top of a hill. I live there on my own and I work very hard for very little pay. Which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to improve your prospects.
I like listening to music called SpidRap and I’ve got a girlfriend called Bid. One day, I’d like to marry Bid – if I ever earn enough money to get married.
I do try hard to be good. I want to be a better spidling. But sometimes … well … let’s just say I get a bit carried away. That’s when Bid has to put me straight. She’s clever at that.
And did I mention I write songs? I’ve written some about the adventures I have in my books. I sing them too. If you have a listen, you can join in and sing along …
John Eaton lives and works in Taunton, Somerset. UK. He is a care home manager, nurse, poet, and songwriter. Thus far John wrote some 70 songs, mostly with Pete Dymond (who has also written for Sir Paul McCartney, David Essex, and Mickie Most). John started writing in the middle of the lock-down as a means of staying sane and keeping in touch, and building relationships with his granddaughter, Evaleigh. He has always had an affinity with the English language, and space and time provided the opportunity to create. He is passionate about encouraging literacy, and a love of the English language.
Some of the themes in Spid’s books mirror John’s own life. When he left school, he did not know, what if anything, he should be good at. Being one of eight children and growing up on a council estate he did not aspire to a higher purpose. Through working in a psychiatric hospital, and then qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and then as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) led him overseas. Then to establish a successful healthcare training business and subsequently a growing care home in Somerset. He hopes Spid the Spider’s adventures will engage and empower parents to instill a love of reading. His first book is a collection of poems, or what he calls ‘proetry’, Thoughts from a Faraway Place, Austin Macauley (2021). It was inspired by the people, punishment, pathos, and humorous proclamations he encountered in his day job.