Lesson One: Look after family and family will look after you.
Lesson Two: Look after friends and they will look after you.
Lesson Three: Be true to yourself. Find out what you are good at and stick to it.
Lesson Four: The kind of sport I like isn't contact sport and never will be. I like tennis, bush walking, squash and fishing and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If someone doesn't like what I do for sport or think I should be into footy then to hell with them. I might get interested in lawn bowls and maybe golf later in life. I had some fun with lawn bowls a while back.
Lesson Five: Some women will judge a bloke on what sport he is or isn't into. Such women generally are not for me and are likely to misjudge yours truly if I stick around them too long. Hence best to be around women who don't make such judgments. If nothing else it is better for the ego.
Lesson Six: As a writer I am an individual. I won't like every writer that crosses my path and not every writer will like me. But if I more than break even most of the time I'm doing okay.
Lesson Seven: If you want to be a writer you should write. I have a New Zealand novelist friend I have been writing to for twenty years now. I have collected all her correspondence. Maybe some future historian will have fun going over it to piece both of us together. She could become famous. I could become famous. A couple of books could be made out of what we have written to each other and then some. But whether letter, short story or novel it is all writing. In fact what I am doing right now is writing. Have any ideas for short stories or novels ever come out of correspondence with my New Zealand friend? Actually yes. A fun remark of mine developed into a short story recently. So writers write.
Lesson Eight: There are setbacks and there is giving up. While there is life there is hope and while there is hope there is a way. I never thought I'd write for the theatre but I am doing it right now. There was probably a time when I didn't think I'd get a short story published but I have been over the years published in Australia, the USA, the UK and Russia. There was no doubt a time when I didn't think I'd get a novel published but I have had three published so far. I hesitate to say nowadays that I will never write an historical account because I do have one in mind.
Lesson Nine: Don't make enemies if you can avoid it.
Lesson Ten: Keep fighting for what you believe in.