Today: Martin Allen. Author.
5 Strange Things About Martin Allen
1) Despite making a number of public appearances (Stage Magic, a Musical, Mooting[which is presenting a legal argument in a competition]) and training in the law, which all require public speaking etc. I have quite crippling stage fright, which of course results in a rush of adrenaline while on stage and then a crash afterwards as the adrenaline wears off.
2) In my last stint of boredom I learned how to make chainmail. I have a tendency to invent projects for myself in fits of boredom that involve learning a new skill. They rarely get finished because the point is to learn the skill not complete the project. I have an inverse version of this if I hear new knowledge or something I don't think is right, I'll absolutely have to look it up or it will bug me for ages. I'm dreading the prospect of a language becoming one of these projects as that would just consume so much of my time. I did attempt to learn Arabic once but it didn't stick.
3) I am absolutely and completely uncomfortable with any kind of compliment or praise. I have been known to try and get out of things that involve celebrating any kind of success that is attributable to me (up to and including my own graduation). While I can be cut up by a negative review or a criticism I generally learn from them and move on, praise makes me cringe. This also extends to having my photograph taken. If there is a camera at a party or social gathering or even someone using a smartphone to take photographs I can easily loose track of conversations as I track where these infernal devices are being pointed so that I can duck behind a pillar or turn my back at the last moment, I will circulate the gathering with the sole intention of avoiding the line of sight of the camera.
4) I am utterly incapable of reading body language as it pertains to me. However thanks to learning body language reading skills I can quite accurately predict events and read other people as long as what I'm reading in relation to are absolutely nothing to do with me. As a Magician I used to occasionally pull off fake psychic readings to illustrate the techniques fake psychics and charlatans would use to convince people that they are genuine (as an explanation I am only referring to people who are not psychic saying that they are psychic; I do not seek to say that all psychics are fraudulent because at least some are - that would be a logical fallacy).
5) I ended up editing a charity anthology (which I had contributed a short story to - "6 Points of Contact")for wounded veterans despite being dyslexic (according to an educational psychologist I should never have learned how to read unless I had an extreme amount of extra help). I only told the other authors part of the way through the process.
Martin Allen- author, can be found online at the following spots:
Amazon Author Page
6 Points of Contact (Anthology)
Phoenix Penitence (Phoenix Series)
Phoenix Rising (Phoenix Series)
Phoenix Ashes (Phoenix Series)
Phoenix Ashes (Audiobook)
Residents of Caer Bannog Need Not Apply
The Trial of Dr. Fautus
The Prosecutors Fallacy: The Reliability of DNA and Fingerprint Evidence
Abstract Digital Art: