Saturday, 23 September 2017

When Harley turned into a pussy.

My big tomcat brought back a pigeon last night. Full of his own hunting prowess he strutted around the house until my daughter threatened, and tried to kill him. Despite mucking out horses on a daily basis she's strangely squeamish about cleaning up eviscerated birds from the carpet of her bedroom.

    Today I saw this in the front garden. I thought I lived in London and not the upper reaches of the Amazon. Maybe it came over on a banana boat; something I'd always written off as a myth until now. However, the very instant Harley the Destroyer saw it, his ears flattened and he took off in sheer terror

    Excuse the shaky image but one glare from all those eyes was enough for me. It was B.I.G

Friday, 22 September 2017

My new broadband finally arrived.

After two weeks they switched on my new broadband today. I got my daughter to try it out on her iPhone (should have known better). Am I the only person on the planet who thinks everything Apple is rubbish? It seems so. I don't even like real apples. Anyway, she told me that the speed had risen from my former 38Mb at fibre to 39 with super duper fibre. Can't say I was overly impressed as I'm paying for it and decided to call the company tomorrow and demand my money back.

    But as the weekend has finally arrived and I can edit all night, as is my wont on FridayI I tested it myself and found the speed (wired as opposed to wireless) had risen to 65mb. Not bad. Most of the Asian countries would laugh at me since they get far higher speeds, but it's the fastest I've ever had and I'm slightly impressed.

    Right, onto the editing. I hope to have finished the second draft by tomorrow morning, and then as soon as I've been to the supermarket,with my wife to prevent her buying ten million things we don't need in favour of a few things we really do need, I'm going to begin draft three.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Editing editing.

I got an unexpected day off today which gave me time for more editing. I'm now half way through the book and have enlarged it by about seven pages. That means by the end, the word count should be close to where I usually like it. 

    Several dozen plot twists removed and a couple I forgot about enlarged a little and it's shaping up quite nicely. But as usual I'll do it a few more times before burdening my wonderful beta readers. I can't force another badly typed, almost deranged piece of muck on them again. It's hard enough to get people to read my stuff, as all the writers out there will know.

    Here's my idea for the cover. I was going to fill in the background but have decided that this is enough. Or at least I hope so. As always I might just change my mind completely as I have on several occasions. I wanted to make it slightly rude but not enough to offend people. If anyone does find it more than mildly objectionable let me know and I'll rethink it.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Just tripled my broadband speed.

For a very reasonable four pounds I just increased my broadband speed from 40Mb, supposedly, to perhaps 100, but definitely 80mb.

    Ten years ago I worked for a company whose head office was in Singapore. Even then they boasted a broadband speed of a 1gb, yes you read it correctly. And they thought nothing of it.

    Yet even with this increased speed I bet I'm still down to dial up speed when the little swi.. darlings in my area come home from school and begin snapchatting and facebooking themselves into oblivion, despite having done it all day long when they were supposed to be learning stuff in school.

    I don't care what my wife says; I'm not a grumpy old git.

Editing with a vengeance.

I'm almost half way through the first of myriad edits of my new novel. I don't drink anymore and haven't for over a decade so I wonder how I could have three chapters 6's and no chapter eight or nine. No matter, that's what editing is all about.

    And as usual I've begun deleting the exploratory plot twists that didn't work out and in some cases apparently forgot about by the next page. It's fun but I can't wait to begin my next book. The only problem is that I don't get much spare time anymore so I don't even know when I'll be finished with Sods Law let alone get onto the next.

    Here's something I've been working on with my new painting program. clearly I've got a long way to go before I approach even bad. Working with oil, even simulated, is tough going. I'm beginning to admire the artists who actually paint with the real stuff.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Another film of Ellie.

Nothing's going on so I thought I'd show you  my daughter taking my favourite pony for a walk.

    Although, I'm not entirely sure who's taking whom for a walk.

    It's better if you have the sound turned on - she's not in the best of moods. Or perhaps that's just her standard mood, I'm not sure.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

It's finally finished.

Sod's Law is finally rit.

    When I say finished, what I mean is that the first draft is finished. It's only 85k words which is a little light for me but no doubt as I start filling in details on the edits it'll flesh out a bit.

    As I predicted and like always when I write a new novel the end is slightly different from how I envisioned it, but I think it's better this way.

     Now I'll take a few weeks off then begin the first of the countless rewrites when it might completely change again. 

    I'm still not entirely sure about the cover. Some people might think it's a bit rude, and even with that it's a little spartan. Now that I've got time to play with my new painting program I might just add something to it. Dunno. For now I'm just happy that it's done. 

    With luck I hope to publish it in about six months.