Finished

I have finished my novel. Hooray! Stats: 121,304 words. 44,107 of them since the 1st of November. There is, of course, a great deal still to do before it will be ready for anyone else to see, but I'm going to put it away for a couple of months before starting rewrites. There is one…

To Nano or Not?

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and I still haven't quite decided whether to throw myself into it this year or not. I've taken part several times in previous years, but never completed the 50,000 words. And this year I still have the novel that I've been working on intermittently for about four years, that…

Trekking

Past I can remember when I first saw Star Trek. That's not so unusual, but if my memory is right -- and I've just more or less confirmed that it is -- then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone could see it, in this country, at least. Here's the memory…

Setting Myself Free of the Bear (and Others)

If you work with plain text, as I prefer to, then you probably try out different text editors from time to time (or, you know, constantly). I recently tried out a nice one called Bear. It’s an attractive environment to write in, syncs well between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, has good previewing and exporting features,…

New Job

As you may know, I've been between contracts lately. Had quite a lot of interest from my CV, but not been so lucky with the tests and interviews. Yesterday at about 10am a recruiter called me. Today at just after 5pm I was offered the job. A new contract, six months initially, with the likelihood…

Spout Rolla

Back in Balloch in 1981, 82 or so we use to play a Pac-Man clone called Spout Rolla. But there are no references to it on the internet, as far as I can tell. So this is my story about it. Once upon a time a gang of kids -- thinking they were adults, but…

Looking Back and Forward

My recent and forthcoming live music experiences all involve bands of my youth that have reformed and are touring their old material. ((Or a mixture of old and new, as with The Rezillos.)) Wallowing in nostalgia, some might call it. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with bands getting back together. It can be problematic if…

Saved Life

In International Clash Day I mentioned a life-changing song: "Wasted Life," by Stiff Little Fingers. SLF’s anti-military song literally changed my life; or its potential direction, at least. I was probably moving in an anti-war kind of direction anyway, to be fair., but it was definitely a trigger point. People say -- or used they…