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« Reply #4545 on: April 28, 2014, 06:34:47 PM »

Maybe we should do a recruitment drive again. I closed registration a long time ago, probably a couple of years, because I got to the stage where every day I got about eight or ten spambots signing up, which got really tedious.

It may be time to ditch the Tinyportal and swap over to ordinary SMF forum, which I assume has better registration tools to filter out the spambots by now. Maybe run a small version of the comp. I've still got the same problem, though -- no time to devote to anything other than work. It would have to run itself.
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« Reply #4546 on: May 19, 2014, 02:37:45 AM »

Thread killer, huh? grin

What a gorgeous weekend that was. We just sat around soaking up the sun like lizards. Had the ubiquitous barbecue yesterday, plenty of red wine, steaks, burgers. Spent the rest of the time lolling around, catching up on sleep -- could get used to living like that.
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« Reply #4547 on: May 19, 2014, 02:56:57 AM »

Yes, a lovely weekend indeed  Wink  I took the opportunity of doing some writing research and spent a few hours at Gloucester Crown Court watching mock trials, talking to the judge and custody officers, being "taken down" - going from the beautiful wood and leather surroundings of court # 1 into the cold and narrow concrete staircase that led to the tiny cells below. I took some photos of interview rooms and sat in the cells within the prison van...and just generally soaked up the details. No idea when or if I'll ever use this stuff but it was great!

Also put new strings on my guitar: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12794224

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« Reply #4548 on: May 20, 2014, 07:52:08 PM »

I did similar research as Del but in Chester Crown Court. There used to be a police HQ across the road and a tunnel led there from the court house, which used to be part of Chester Castle dating back to Roman times. Some say the tunnel dates back to medieval days. They still exist as dark, damp and chilly in more ways than one. I used some of the essence of that research in Escaping Reality. It's not so easy researching crashlanding on a moon of Jupiter!
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« Reply #4549 on: May 24, 2014, 07:30:28 PM »

Popping in to say "hi" after...quite a while. LOL I've got a different job now and struggling to find writing time and social time and sleep time. Grateful summer is almost here.  smiley
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« Reply #4550 on: May 25, 2014, 06:11:09 AM »

Hi Notso -- good to see you stopping by. I know exactly what you mean about the job change affecting your time allowances. I think I was only ever creative before because I was so bored in my everyday life with nothing to tax my mind except trying to make my prose better.

Are you still writing at all?
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« Reply #4551 on: May 25, 2014, 12:22:11 PM »

I thought yipee when I officially retired from teaching. All that time to do writing. Then my kids had kids and our parents suddenly gained age, illnesses including death. So half my week is maintaining 3 lots of gardens, shopping, grandparenting, father-in-lawing. I thought I'd have loads of time to write novels, and I have except when I've taken on editing clients. Then writing ceases for weeks at a time but at least money comes this way to justify my spending on writer's retreats and computers. It is a rare day when I have no deadlines re: editing, writing for an anthology editor, proofing a novel, rushing to Manchester, fixing up a boxroom for a child to stay in, etc. How did I ever have time to go to work?
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« Reply #4552 on: June 05, 2014, 08:11:02 PM »

Still writing--trying to finish a novel and submit shorts. I'm writing press releases every day now and it seems like the creative well isn't as deep as before.  huh
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« Reply #4553 on: June 06, 2014, 04:12:55 PM »

Just wait until you have to write press releases about your own novels. Fun to start with but frustrating when most of the media don't use them. Ho hum.

For instance the final book in my ARIA Trilogy is released July 1st. I'm to give the publisher ideas for wow press releases. Help!
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« Reply #4554 on: June 08, 2014, 04:04:40 PM »

It's all good, though -- at least you're still writing afro
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« Reply #4555 on: June 11, 2014, 03:20:34 PM »

Off to Lanzarote tomorrow without wife. I suggested she should come too for the week but she says she hates writers and yet she likes all the writers she's met personally when helping me at FantasyCon and book signings. I have 3 goals 1) finish The Chaos of Moki - a short SF in which a city exists only in the imaginations of its inhabitants.
2) Draft a piece commissioned by Cycling World about cycling along Offa's Dyke
3) Sketch some ideas for children's books. These to be aimed at 2-7 years, illustrated along the lines of those by Tony Ross. My grandkids have been told (not by me) that I am an orfer, even Oliver's reception teacher collared me when I collected him from school and wanted confirmation. So now I worry they'll want to read or have read to them samples. Aarggh. All my novels and many shorts have naughty bits or horror. But hey, only about 200 words per book and no page numbers - how hard can it be???
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« Reply #4556 on: June 27, 2014, 06:06:38 AM »

Bugger, wife has hidden the garage key so I can't access my bike. Just because I had to have an emergency angioplasty on Wednesday and supposed to rest for 72 hours. I told her cycling uses less energy per distance travelled than walking (on the level) but hey ho.
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« Reply #4557 on: June 29, 2014, 04:17:08 PM »

Sounds a bit iffy, Geoff. I hope you're feeling all right huh
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« Reply #4558 on: July 01, 2014, 02:46:33 AM »

Emergency angioplasty sounds a bit serious, Geoff. Hope all is good!
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« Reply #4559 on: July 01, 2014, 05:01:48 PM »

Thanks, Del. I was told only 1 in 500 die during the procedure, better yet, none at the Liverpool lab I was being done to in - so to speak. With stable angina where the chest pain only came when I struggled up hills, I could have lasted decades, but when it became unstable it could have upgraded itself to full blown heart attack at any time, so it was necessary. Now each day I'm better than before and will soon be up those hills again.
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