I'm David Bath,

a writer of novels, the occasional poem, and screenplays I want to dazzle the world with. Not to mention amateur blogger, and a Seignuer Terraces: that's French for a cafe corner-dweller who sits at tables for hours with a double-espresso.

I live in Osaka, Japan.

I'm also the father of a four-year-old boy, and a husband.

I like traveling and experiencing new places, new sights, and meeting interesting people ...

Not the author.

I’m not sure how to categorize the stories I write. Maybe they don’t fit into neat categorical boxes (contemporary fiction, what is that?), but that doesn’t mean I can’t put them out there via the wonderful world of self-publishing. And that is my goal - to get my writing out there for people to read.

Now it's time for a BOLD statement:

“There is an oddness at the heart of things I want to try to capture in words.”

Nuh, too vague.




“His discontent went before him like elaborately dressed ushers dispensing diarrhea over the floor from deep gold-embossed pails with ornate silver dippers.”

I must be channeling the guy that lives across the street.

(No, I’m not a medium.)

Not the guy across the street

I think it’s time to quote a smart person:

“Passing by a cornfield the other day, close by a hat and coat on a stake, I recognized the owner of the farm. He was only a little more weather-beaten than when I saw him last. I have heard of a dog that barked at every stranger who approached his master’s premises with clothes on, but was easily quieted by a naked thief.”

H.D. Thoreau – Walden

Hmmmm …

This quote gets closer to the mark:

Not my dog.

“Honest writing always makes people nervous, and they’ll think of all kinds of ways to make your life hell. One day a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.”


J.D. Salinger in Lerner, Betsy (2010-10-05). The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor’s Advice to Writers (Kindle Locations 949-953). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.

An Insight

It’s a kind of given that books espousing advice on writing and the creative life favor surrounding oneself with positive people and gently nudging negative people aside. But when you’re jettisoning everyone and not replacing them with people you actually want in your life, the atmosphere around you grows rapidly toxic. Just try it and see what happens.

Definitely, not the author.

About this site ...

As I said earlier, I don't know code from morse, so thank God for Adobe Muse.

To check out Adobe's range of products,

click on the link provided.

In fact, thank God for Adobe products in general. For this site I also used Adobe Photoshop* and Adobe Illustrator*.

You may have noticed a photographic theme I use in this website has a vintage quality. That's because I discovered a wonderful public domain archive of 1920's mugshots (and more besides) taken by the New South Wales Police Department in Australia.

In no way do I intend offence for the surviving families of the criminals. I do however concede that offence may be taken in the way I have used the photos. In saying that I still used the photos. Put simply, I couldn't resist. I love them. Here's the link ...


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