WE HAVE LIFT OFF!
I’m back a lot sooner than usual! Clearly something momentous has occurred.
Lucinda K Cunningham had a cancellation! This meant she was able to format my book earlier than forecast. The formatted document dropped into my inbox almost a week early and I sat down on Saturday afternoon (May 11th) with sweaty palms ready to tackle the Smashwords ‘meat grinder’.
An hour or so later I was home and hosed! Happy days! The document sailed through first time, all 95000 words of it. The only hiccup was the cover photo. In my excitement I uploaded a thumbnail version of the cover photo. Doh! Old age doesn’t come alone. I quickly corrected that issue and I received a ‘successful upload’ message and sat back while the book was ‘pending review’.
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TESTING TIMES AHEAD
A little later than planned, but here we are again!
It’s been a hectic few weeks and last Saturday we arrived home from our ‘chill out’ week in Ibiza. More about that later. The weather at home has been amazing for 72 hours; but after lounging in the garden reading a book in hot sunshine yesterday, I awoke to grey skies this morning, with wind and rain forecast through until the weekend. ‘Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.’
As any further reading sessions appear to have been curtailed this week, I grabbed the opportunity to bring you up to date with everything that’s happened. I told you last month that ‘The Final Straw’ was complete and apart from a few peripheral tasks it should be available by June. Continue reading →
ONE DOOR CLOSES…
I thought I would wait until we got April 1st out of the way, in case you thought my blog contained some foolishness! I can assure you it doesn’t.
What an up and down month this has been! The weather has been cold, colder and coldest and there’s still no sign of a return to normal springtime temperatures anytime soon. The wife has suffered with a heavy cold and coughs for most of March, but somehow has failed to pass anything on to me so far; although it’s generally about now that I pick up a cold as we’re off to Ibiza on holiday in a few weeks time.
I finished the final pages of ‘The Final Straw’ and passed the completed novel onto my brother to get his opinion. My next task is to get a professional ‘blurb’ written and a suitable cover for the e-book publication. Continue reading →
THE END IS NIGH
Sorry it’s been a while since I had time to write something to interest or amuse you. These words must do one or the other though, or you wouldn’t have come back for a look would you?
Over the past month, I have tried to force myself to write at least a thousand words a day so that I get this blessed novel finished! As I sit here today I’ve got 300 pages and 90000 words completed. I’ve just killed off my last character (for this book) and with a following wind I’ll have written the last word by the weekend.
The story is in three parts covering certain stages in the lives of the main characters. I need to revisit the first two parts and see if there’s some padding in them that could be removed, as I feel it’s a little too long. Someone told me 280 pages and around 90000 words was an optimum length for a novel. Continue reading →
IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
Sorry it’s been a bit longer between offerings than usual. I’ve been busy at school invigilating examinations. Some for Year 11 getting some out of the way before the summer; some A level retakes and a couple of Science papers for Year 7 and Year 8. Quite a mixed bag!
Of course we had the snowfall to deal with earlier in January too, which came immediately on the tail of the floods. For the first time in a long time I can see the sun out of the window. Sadly, the wind is blowing at about 70mph so it’s not pleasant.
I’ve still been writing the next book. I’ve got 140 pages and 41000 words behind me now. Still some way to go. Phew! Perhaps I should publish this in three parts? I don’t know how other writers go about it but I made a plan out of who was going to do what to who and when. Then I started fleshing out the individual storylines. I reckon I’ve completed six and I’ve got seven maybe eight to go. Still, it keeps me off the street! Continue reading →
GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES?
Well that’s Christmas over for another year! We’ve just seen our daughter Kim, plus her husband Mal and dog Bailey, off home after their all too brief visit from South Wales.
They arrived on Sunday afternoon in order to come to Melksham House with myself and Lynne that evening, when I did my last ever quiz night. I racked up over five hundred since I started in April 2001.
It all started to take shape in the summer of 2000 after I had been made redundant. Lynne and I would make a point of going to Melksham House, the Sports & Social Club that in those days belonged to the company for which I had worked for 34 years. Continue reading →
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
I have to admit that this week is a bit of an anti-climax. After all the preparations for the reunion gig I was telling you about, it’s come and gone and we’re no further forward in deciding where we go from here.
I left you towards the end of October, just as Lynne and I were about to celebrate forty one years of marriage, by telling you the band members were heading off for a practice session that week, with a mind to finalising our sixteen strong playlist and sorting out a running order.
Well, the Wednesday evening session was cancelled! Roger, the bass player had a surprise family visitor for a couple of days and the others were unavailable either earlier or later in the week so we couldn’t re-schedule. Eventually we got together on the 14th of November, just seventy two hours before the big night and agreed what to play and in what order. Continue reading →
WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES START TO FALL
Well hello again! Another month beckons and then we’re hurtling towards Christmas! I’m sure the days are getting shorter as it does NOT feel like a year since our fortieth wedding anniversary! Yet here I am on the 23rd October with another year under my belt, starting to gather together my thoughts on the events of the past few weeks since we last had time for a chat.
Forty one years ago today my best man, my brother Bob, offered me the bus fare to Trowbridge, to make a break for freedom! We had just stepped out from the bar of the King’s Arms in the Market Place as the 234 bus from Chippenham pulled up at the bus stop, but I declined the offer and crossed the road and walked up Place Road to St Michael’s Church to await my fate and so far I have no regrets! (Anyway, I would have looked out of place in Trowbridge in a new suit and a buttonhole, they’d only just got used to wearing shoes back then!) Continue reading →
SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE
They reckon that time passes more quickly the older you get! Well, it’s early October and yours truly has a birthday coming up on Sunday. We had another band practice session last night and despite our combined ages totalling over two hundred and fifty my colleagues had been reminded of my upcoming birthday via Facebook and they wished me all the best for my sixty-seventh!
Dave, the guitarist reminded me that today (4th October) is his forty-third wedding anniversary so it gives you a hint of how old in the tooth we’re all getting! I remember the church service and reception in the Rose Marie café in town vividly. In just over two weeks it will be my own anniversary, just a mere forty-one years since we tied the knot. Happy days! Continue reading →
RETURN OF THE WARHORSE
The fact that you’re back here reading this means it’s September already and I’ve got a handful of stories concerning the past four weeks.
The first weekend after I posted my last blog would have been my late father in law’s ninetieth birthday, so my brother in law suggested we take a trip to Weymouth, Dorset to have lunch at a little country pub the family had been to previously, then visit the crematorium where Vernon’s ashes were scattered. His father’s idea behind the scattering of course, was to avoid the need for those left behind having to tend to gravestones etcetera, or make infrequent pilgrimages to ‘visit’. Still, it was a lovely day and the meal was excellent, so Vernon would probably have forgiven us just this once! Continue reading →