My blog focuses on writing, but includes ideas, mostly re. philosophy, religion, today’s society/culture, and stuff from where all the Junk DNA resides.

“Junk DNA,” a term that was introduced in 1972 by Susumu Ohno, is a provisional label for the portions of a genome sequence for which no discernible function has been identified.

According to a 1980 review in Nature by Leslie Orgel and Francis Crick, junk DNA has “little specificity and conveys little or no selective advantage to the organism.”

Don’t believe it. Junk DNA is merely disguised as Junk so no scientist can get in. No matter what they say or ‘discover’ the Junk will always elude them. It makes dreams, poetry, inner senses, love, the language of sex, aesthetics of living, and even the bond between a human and a Silverback gorilla. It can’t be measured, and insists that it is junk. It does this so it can supply us with all the junk that has nothing in common with household appliances, rulers, and call-centres. Junk DNA loves you.

“We work for the Divine One”
“How many of you are there?”
“Two? Is that enough?”
“Of course. You see, the Divine world is absolutely still. We just open the door, here, and check that nothing has moved.”

Yes, that’s me. That’s the kind of thing my mind spins around while people bomb each other, corporations dictate the  New World Order with their Axes of Evil, fascism marries democracy on t.v., and lovers make themselves the centre of impossibly beautiful worlds – their Axis of Eros.

I am first and foremost – to keep me sane – a writer.


I have, but don’t really nurture, two graduate degrees: one in English Language and Literature, and another in Library Science. (I never became a librarian because life got in the way…)

I wrote a thesis on Henry Miller – and my love for Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, and the molecular change Miller made in my life upon first reading, meant that I just had to write a book on his work.

My new book of short stories is now out and available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kindle stores, iBooks, and tons more e-book retailers.!! Will keep everyone posted on new publications as they arise/arrive.

Grace and kindness to all

A.H. Richards

You can say hi on Linked In any time. Or you can write to me on this blog; which I would really enjoy.


11 responses to “About

  1. For some unknown reason, my blog code insists that this story’s id name is 88. I have failed over and over to change this. No point getting enraged at a computer, is there? (He said facetiously). – I once jumped up and down on my laptop on my balcony, which was an ecstatic pleasure; you should try it some time. But I digress. Banana Sandwich = 88.

  2. AnElephantCant help thinking
    This is some crazy stuff you have created
    You may be slightly mad
    But please don’t be sad
    AnElephant thinks sanity is vastly overrated

    • Hi elephant.
      Am I following your site? If I’m not, can you tell me how? I don’t see a follow option on your blog…


      • Hi A.H.
        There is no separate Follow button as you may find on some blogs but at the top of the page, beside AnElephantCant, there is a +Follow button.
        Please feel free to press, being careful to hide under the table or behind the settee first in case of unforeseen reaction.
        Thank you for your support.
        I will always wear it.

      • I hear echoes of Spike Milligan. 🙂 I did press the follow button and got one heck of a trumpet blast. I thought it was the millenium but it was probably a heffalump.

        Best Aldous

  3. Hi Richards, Thanks for stopping by my blog, I would be shortly visit your blog posts in depth and share my opinions where i would feel like. Its because of my engineering profession i wasn’t getting enough time for all these activities. Thanks again.

  4. Junk DNA…I must have gotten some of the writers’ gunk from my dad. He was a great story teller. But I digress, I am first a poet, dabbling in other arts such as writing and flash fiction which is just shorter storytelling.
    I only follow a few, but I bookmark many. Less in the in-box that way. 🙂

  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your writing projects sound interesting and I wish you the best of luck with them, both fiction and nonfiction. I work on Science Fiction, Transmedia, Gender Studies and Fan communities and practice for the most part. I currently am finishing to write a book about female characters in Science Fiction TV shows.

    • I will have to do some research on Transmedia. I know nothing about it. If you want to, please tell me when the book you are writing is published. I am hooked on strong female characters – from the books of Aphra Behn, Thomas Hardy, to science fiction stories, so would love to read it. Good luck with your work.

  6. driftersonline

    I knew about the DNA thing. But thanks for reminding me. I’ll have to keep a watch on you. You’re scary smart. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance sir.

  7. I’m commenting in response to a comment made in Jodie Llewelyn’s blog about self-publishing. I’ve contemplated it, but only because of the rejection that comes from traditional publishing. I’m a good writer, and I always have been. I don’t want to give up just because I don’t have a platform (I put off blogging, not because I did not want people to read my writings, but because it’s not my personal style). But I also don’t want to sell myself short and start self-publishing. If the quality in that route is as poor as many claim, I don’t want to put myself in that boat. Does that make sense? Anyway, I am interested in hearing your opinion on self-publishing.

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