Danny Breslin

How it is…

About

Hi, my name is Danny Breslin and I am a writer.

Admitting to being a writer is no easy thing; people look at you in a funny way, as if they are thinking, “Oh really? How come you haven’t got a proper job?” This is my proper job, I write. I have been ghostwriting blogs for the last couple of years and I’ve just finished writing my first book: Me & Gus on the Roof of the World (you can get in on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com or your local Amazon site by typing in Danny Breslin). It is the true story of a journey I took from Nepal to China across the Himalayan mountain range and how it all went totally wrong. It tells of my severe altitude sickness, paranoia, organ harvesting Tibetan gangsters, evil mind control experiments and facing a Chinese firing squad. But apart from that it was great!

This blog is the story of the journey from start to finish of the writing process. I hope that what I write here might inspire other new writers and first time novellists and maybe, just maybe, save me from having to get a proper job.

I’m Danny Breslin, I write, that’s how it is…

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102 Comments »

  1. …you’ve caught my attention o’right!
    I love the”But apart from that it was great!”
    😆

    Comment by marina kanavaki | September 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Marina, it was a rough time but I enjoyed it; maybe I’m not wired up right but I treat everything as an adventure. I sometimes think there are no good experiences or bad experiences – there are just experiences (I might have read that somewhere or maybe I made it up, can’t remember). You do your best with what life throws at you and carry on.
      Thanks for visiting and I promise to be more tolerant of that crazy dog.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 25, 2012 | Reply

      • Good!!!
        I agree on experiences and doing your best with them…

        Comment by marina kanavaki | September 25, 2012

  2. Hi Danny, thanks for following my blog! It sounds like you have quite the task on your hands. I’m interested to hear your stories, having spent some time in Nepal myself. Wish I had the courage to make it my job to write a book. Best of luck!

    Comment by Julie | September 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Writing the book is only part of what I do. My main earnings are from ghostwriting for several commercial blogs; the book is something I am doing in my spare time although if it is successful I hope to spend more time writing my second book than blogging. Fingers crossed, eh?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hey Danny,
    Thanks for following my blog!
    Wow, what a story of yours. I’ll stop by again to read it. Good luck and I totally understand the feeling, I’m an art historian and many people thinks it’s not a job either!

    Comment by Eve Meighen | September 27, 2012 | Reply

    • When will people learn to judge others by who they are not their job title?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. Tibetan gangster! I can’t wait to read your posts and your book. Very intriguing!

    Comment by Jofelyn M. Khapra | October 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I had better make it good then eh? Thanks so much for following. Can you do me a favour and let all your friends know about my work? Cheers!

      Comment by Danny Breslin | October 10, 2012 | Reply

      • Let’s see, I have to like it first.

        Comment by Jofelyn M. Khapra | October 10, 2012

  5. Now that’s an ‘About’ page!! I don’t like this ‘MAN’ everybody seems to be talking about. I feel I might like to stick something to this man although I’m all out off sellotape.

    Comment by feckthisshit | November 20, 2012 | Reply

    • I’m a huge fan of blu-tac. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!

      Comment by Danny Breslin | November 20, 2012 | Reply

  6. Down with jobs, ties, and all that sort of thing. Great blog!!

    Comment by feckthisshit | November 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Cheers mate, love reading yours too.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | November 20, 2012 | Reply

  7. DB: Heads up! RT has nominated you for a “A Very Inspiring Blogger” award. Instruction are included in RT’s most recent post. Congratulations! RT

    Comment by Music&Meaning | November 23, 2012 | Reply

  8. Hey I just nominated you for two awards. In order to qualify you have to answer the questions that are in my post and nominate 10 others that you think deserve the awards. Congratulations!! Manboy.

    Comment by feckthisshit | December 5, 2012 | Reply

    • Goddammit Manboy, why are you trying to make me work for a living? Appreciate the nominations my friend, makes me all warm and…erm…warm.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | December 6, 2012 | Reply

      • It’s all Patrick’s fault. He’s completely lost control. YOU HAVE TO TELL SOMEBO……………………

        Comment by feckthisshit | December 6, 2012

  9. What an adventurous idea! Really glad to meet you….

    Comment by neelthemuse | December 8, 2012 | Reply

  10. Sounds like it’s going to be a great book. Paulette

    Comment by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | December 18, 2012 | Reply

    • No pressure then? Haha, I’ll try not to disappoint you.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | December 19, 2012 | Reply

  11. Danny, What an adventure! I can’t wait to read more. I must admit you had me at organ harvesting. All the Best, Terri

    Comment by gallivance.net | January 16, 2013 | Reply

    • I doubt they’d have got much for my shrivelled innards anyway.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 17, 2013 | Reply

  12. Glad to find your blog! Thanks for following mine, too. It should be a nice journey together. We traveled through Nepal and India last year after building two Habitat for Humanity houses near Kathmandu. What an interesting journey to immerse ourselves in that culture. Best wishes on your book! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

    Comment by Rusha Sams | February 1, 2013 | Reply

    • I’m glad you found my blog my new friend, enjoyed reading yours. I’d never heard of Habitat for Humanity before, what a worthy cause. I loved visiting Kathmandu, that was before the trouble started! You might want to take a look at some of my earlier blogs in the travel category about visiting Goa – what a place!

      Comment by Danny Breslin | February 1, 2013 | Reply

      • Will do. The whole country is quite a place. Unparalleled beauty. But a blend of many cultures and socio-economic levels.

        Comment by Rusha Sams | February 1, 2013

  13. Hello Danny! Thank you for dropping by my blog and also for following it!
    I also loved how you listed ALL the “bad” (scary) stuff and then ended it by saying “but apart from that it was great!”..it’s something I’m trying to learn to do too! 😀
    I’ll drop by your blog and have a poke around soon 🙂
    Thanks again and all the very best on your book project! 😀

    Comment by shreejacob | February 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Poke around in there all you want my friend; but be warned, it might take you to some dark places that you might find slightly disturbing, so take a torch and let your loved ones know where you are going! Just kidding, I’m glad you like my blog, I’ll let everyone know when the book finally surfaces.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | February 8, 2013 | Reply

  14. Hi Danny,
    Thanks for visiting and following our blog! I’m hoping we get to have some amazing adventures on our trip, but I think I might have to draw the line somewhere before organ harvesting gangsters… all the best with your book though – it sounds fascinating!!

    Comment by Jo - Over the Edge of the Wild | February 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Keeping your organs is a very sensible tip for any journey, I wish Tibetans would appreciate that and take steps to eradicate this problem come harvest time.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | February 18, 2013 | Reply

  15. Hello Danny – thanks for the “Follow”. I quite like what I see here and am also following you 🙂
    Until we meet again,
    Cheers, Eric

    Comment by Eric Alagan | February 15, 2013 | Reply

  16. Now that is a book I’d love to read! Can’t wait!

    Comment by Shannon&Jared | April 9, 2013 | Reply

    • I’ll let you know when it’s finished.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | April 17, 2013 | Reply

  17. Hi Danny! I think you are doing a great job! Being a writer is a challenge, but first of all I admire you for following your dream and transforming that in a proper job!
    Good luck wit your book!

    Comment by Anna María | May 7, 2013 | Reply

    • I’m trying to do a great job but wait until you’ve read it before you judge, it might be rubbish!
      I must admit I find your blog absolutely fascinating, I will continue visiting if you don’t mind, I’ve so much to learn and you have so much to share.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | May 8, 2013 | Reply

  18. Danny! Thanks bunches for the follow. I like your style, my friend, and am looking forward to exploring your blog further. Can’t wait to hear more about your book!

    Comment by amb | June 17, 2013 | Reply

    • Explore away but I warn you, don’t forget your way back – it can get quite dark in there. Book should be finished soon, I’ll let you know and make sure you get a free copy. Have a superb rest of the day!

      Comment by Danny Breslin | June 17, 2013 | Reply

      • Hooray! I swear I wasn’t angling for free swag, but it is much appreciated. Thank you very much! As a girl who can’t seem to stop writing herself, I’m curious: are you publishing via ebook or going the traditional paperback route?

        Comment by amb | June 17, 2013

  19. I plan on doing both. I’ll do the Amazon ebook thing first, giving it away for free to my blog readers, in return for a blog post, review, tweet etc. Then I’m going to get it done in paperback.
    What have you published so far so I can have a read?

    Comment by Danny Breslin | June 19, 2013 | Reply

  20. Hello, how lovely to meet you. Love your journey~

    Comment by Gator Woman | June 19, 2013 | Reply

  21. 🙂 looking forward to your book 🙂

    Comment by Soma Mukherjee | July 2, 2013 | Reply

    • I’ll try not to disappoint you then. : )

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 2, 2013 | Reply

  22. Tibetan gangsters and Chinese firing squads? I’m in! Sounds fascinating. I like what I see here so far and look forward to checking out more. Thanks also for stopping by my blog!

    Comment by Jessica | July 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Jessica, I love your blog, I’ll come visit again soon. The book is just waiting for the cover design then I’ll be uploading it to Kindle in the next few days. Watch this space.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 5, 2013 | Reply

  23. Me and Gus…. I am interested to read it when you’re done with writing it! Please don’t forget to get me to buy a copy! 🙂 Put me on your list somehow. It’s just the kind of true story I would like to read, and learn how to write. I like your writing style, from what I’ve seen on this brief first visit to your blog. Sports games are mini-wars with enemy soldiers are they not???? Sounds like something out of the Bible, or deep dark history books. Hope all is well (as can be) with your kidney. There are some alternative therapies available for kidney stones, I am not sure about big stones though. Apparently they start from tiny bacteria… I’ve heard of someone eating raw garlic cloves and passing a very painful kidney stone… Doesn’t seem like there is any ‘easy’ way through it! All the best to you – may you have strength to get through it.

    Comment by WilderSoul | July 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi, thanks for dropping by. I’ve finished writing it and I’m just waiting for the cover design before uploading to kindle. Keep visiting my blog and you’ll soon see a link so you can get it for free.
      I’ve been having reiki to help with the pain and carrying crystals around. I don’t fancy eating cloves of raw garlic to be honest, it would definitely empty my stomach if not my kidney, but thanks all the same. It’ll be over soon enough.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 9, 2013 | Reply

      • hehe Yeah, raw garlic can have that effect on the stomach! I will stick around and wait for your book. Do you have an email address?

        Comment by WilderSoul | July 12, 2013

      • dannybreslin@mail.com

        Comment by Danny Breslin | July 14, 2013

  24. This is awesome, Danny! I’m so curious to read more of your stuff, you’ve had quite the interesting adventure thus far; I’m really looking forward to see where it will go from here!
    It’s wonderful to hear your passion for writing and it’s fantastic that you’re putting that passion into action! What an inspiration!
    ~Andrea<3

    Comment by When in New Places | July 15, 2013 | Reply

    • That’s very kind of you Andrea. I hope you enjoy the book, I’ll be starting another very soon so watch this space for details.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 15, 2013 | Reply

  25. Hey my friend,

    I tried to find your book on Goodreads but failed miserably. I did find you and connected on twitter as well as here. Could I trouble you for the link to your book on Goodreads? I’d love to post my review of yours there and help get you some attention. Feel free to e-mail it to me. I tried to find your e-mail addy but for some stupid reason forgot to save it.

    Hugs!

    Comment by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | August 2, 2013 | Reply

  26. Hi there Danny, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for the follow! I think I’ll take a look around now here at your place too! 😀

    Comment by Jewels | August 2, 2013 | Reply

    • You’re very welcome to visit anytime Jewels

      Comment by Danny Breslin | August 3, 2013 | Reply

  27. Interesting trip. Have walked Nepal a couple of times and been intrigued by the route through to Tibet and thought about it many times. Met a Buddhist monk in November who had just traversed that route with little more than the clothes he stood in and sandals on his feet. So will dig out your book and have a read. Best wishes, Gerry

    Comment by murphyji | August 4, 2013 | Reply

    • Nepal is beautiful isn’t it? And the people are wonderful too, I loved it there. I don’t envy that monk though, it gets a bit cold up on the plateau. I hope you enjoy my book. All the best.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | August 5, 2013 | Reply

      • Thanks for your reply and views.Yep Nepal has an edge. I suppose its strategic location stuck between the big guys gives it that.Spent an evening in a lodge en route to Annapurna run by a retired Gurka. Build like a bull dog and probably barked like one but he enjoyed a drunken rendition of Percy French’s ‘Eileen Oge’. Best wishes, Gerry

        Comment by murphyji | August 5, 2013

  28. it is a pleasure to be a writer.. i quit a main time job to be a writer 😉

    Comment by ashadeofpen | August 10, 2013 | Reply

  29. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

    Comment by digitalhegemon | August 24, 2013 | Reply

  30. I like this “I’m Danny Breslin, I write, that’s how it is…” , this is one of my favorite quotes by Anna Quindlen “If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” I like your story and I hope you do what you love till the end 😉

    Comment by chourouk | August 28, 2013 | Reply

    • I’d never heard that one before, I like it. Have you read the book yet?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | August 28, 2013 | Reply

      • No, I haven’t yet but I’ll try to, I was talking about the one you wrote on “About” it’s good to know that there is still people who believe in what they’re doing more than what others think … it’s inspiring you know 🙂 and I hope I’ll live like this 😉

        Comment by chourouk | August 28, 2013

      • If you are happy doing what you love then life suddenly makes sense. It’s a difficult concept to explain to most but I know that you know etc. Too many waste their talents because they are scared of doing what they really want for whatever reason: financial, peer pressure, unsupportive family/partner or whatever. Surely it’s better to take a step and risk a fall knowing you’ve got the courage to get back up and try again than to do nothing, stay safe and always wonder what if?

        Comment by Danny Breslin | August 28, 2013

      • That’s the spirit, it’s exactly what I meant, it’s truly hard to make others understand, so hoping to show a good example and that the safe isn’t always the best solution and that you can live happy for real, is something worth to do in your life and I wish you all the success 🙂

        Comment by chourouk | August 28, 2013

      • Thanks, you too. Big hugs!

        Comment by Danny Breslin | August 28, 2013

  31. Thank you for stopping in to visit my site, it is a pleasure to meet you and I’m certain to gain an education from your posts.

    Comment by gpcox | September 10, 2013 | Reply

    • It’s a pleasure to meet you too my new friend. I don’t know how educational my blog will prove but hopefully you will have a laugh reading it, that’s all I ask.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 10, 2013 | Reply

  32. They all sound like worthy goals to me!
    Thanks for checking out Swashbuckler’s tales 🙂

    Comment by sonya solomonovich | September 10, 2013 | Reply

    • It’s a good site, pirates and all that stuff. Brilliant! I’ll look out for Dryad

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 13, 2013 | Reply

  33. You have an interesting blog running here. Loved some of your writings. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂

    Comment by Prasad | September 29, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks Prasad, you’re always welcome here.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | October 2, 2013 | Reply

  34. Thanks for the follow. Your last post made me laugh. I’ve been gone a while, wondering how to come back whilst managing the volume of reading!

    Comment by pfstare | October 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Try reading faster, or thinner books? Perhaps stick to pamphlets until you catch up 🙂 I’m glad it made you laugh, it makes it all worthwhile if I can brighten someone’s day. Take care.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | October 11, 2013 | Reply

  35. Hey, I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Check out my blog to learn more about it. I look forward to your response 🙂

    Comment by mirrorsndreams | October 13, 2013 | Reply

  36. Hey, I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Check out my blog to learn more about it. I look forward to your response 🙂

    Comment by tanvimahajan362 | October 13, 2013 | Reply

  37. HI 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the WordPress family Award 🙂 You an inspiration, that’s why I nominated you! Check it out here: http://marrysantos92.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/wordpress-family-award/ Much love

    Comment by marrysantos | October 15, 2013 | Reply

  38. love to read ur blog here

    Comment by wayansuliarsa | January 27, 2014 | Reply

  39. “I’m Danny Breslin, I write, that’s how it is…”
    You tell ‘em Danny!
    And thanks for the follow

    Comment by Desiree B | March 10, 2014 | Reply

  40. Good to know you Danny. Your spirit of adventure inspires me.
    Regards.

    Comment by Dilip | August 19, 2014 | Reply

    • Pleased to meet you. Thanks for your kind words.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | August 19, 2014 | Reply

  41. Hey Danny, just wanted to let you know I mentioned in a post of mine about bloggers & books. Cheers from Belgium, Tine http://fractionsoftheworld.com/2015/01/11/travel-bloggers-that-wrote-a-book/

    Comment by Fractions of the world | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi, thanks for the mention. Have you read it? If so please let me know if you enjoyed it.
      I was in Belgium for a few days last year, and two years ago and a few times before that. One of my favourite places to visit: waffles, chocolate and the world’s best beer – what’s not to like?

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  42. Thanks for following my blog, Danny. Best of luck with your book. It sounds fascinating.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks. Have a look and let me know if you enjoyed it.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  43. Your book sounds incredible. Will check it out 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. Look forward to reading your stories. You have a nice, easy way of narrating things.

    Comment by MiaMusings | February 14, 2015 | Reply

    • Please let me know what you think of my book. I’m very pleased to meet you.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | February 14, 2015 | Reply

  44. Hey Danny,

    Not sure if you remember me. It’s manboy from (Feck This Sh1t). I’ve started blogging again with a new site and just thought I’d stop by to see how all is going at your end? Congrats on all the success over the last few years – your site has really come on in leaps and bounds! Anyways, talk to you soon.

    Keef (AKA Manboy).

    Comment by accordingtokeef | September 13, 2016 | Reply

    • Of course I remember you! My favourite ever blogger and second favourite ever Irishman outside of my own family – second only to Paul McGrath (god) of course.
      I will be following your new blog slavishly mate.
      All the best with it
      Danny

      Comment by Danny Breslin | September 13, 2016 | Reply

      • Awesome!!! The old 9 to 5 took over and before I knew it, 5 years had passed. Going back to the madness! My goal is to self publish the insanity that was ‘Feck This Shit’.

        Comment by accordingtokeef | September 13, 2016

      • Yes absolutely, I’ll buy it. It used to have me laughing. Stay in touch saysbreslin@gmail.com and if you need any advice on self publishing then I’m here. Or even if not, it’s fairly straightforward, keep in touch anyway eh?
        I’ve never got round to following up my first book, like you I get lost in work and time slips away. Did you read my book by the way?

        Comment by Danny Breslin | September 13, 2016

      • I’ll definitely hit you up for advice, cheers! Never got a chance to read your book but I’ll definitely get it over the next few weeks!

        Comment by accordingtokeef | September 13, 2016

      • Yeah have a look in sure you’ll love it.

        Comment by Danny Breslin | September 13, 2016

      • Will do indeed!!!

        Comment by accordingtokeef | September 13, 2016


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