October 2017

Goals - week ending 3 November 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: rig my art-nouveau door (i.e. make it so that it can open and shut) start the texture process on the doorway finish reviewing and editing my short story “Restored” Identify possible buyers for my short story Identify next most viable short story idea It’s not actually going to be my busiest week on creative tasks. I start work next Monday and want

A little progress on my art-nouveau doorway

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, this was my wife’s birthday weekend, so I only got about an hour to play in Blender. Just thought that I would show you the progress. So the basic objects are all there. Now to start making it look real. As an aside, I made my first ever Panna cotta today as a treat for Nicole and it was yummy. :) However, I experienced failure with the accompanying toffee

Art-nouveau door - commenced Blender work

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi folks, I am delighted to say that I am ahead of this week’s plan as posted on Monday. The final thing I ticked off today was my goal of singing practice. I spent an hour this morning with my mate Jon practicing Dean Martin’s “Sway”, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. This left me the afternoon to work on some of

Apple and oat muffins

You may recall my post about baking Nutella Muffins and overcoming mental blocks. You may also recall that I gave myself the creative task earlier this week of trying to learn a new muffin recipe. Well, I did… kind of. You see, I have a lot of apples. We tend to buy big bags of them because they are cheap and tasty. Nicole and I also like porridge. So the

Finished first draft of "Night Terrors" renamed "Restored"

One of the tasks that I set myself for this week was finishing the first draft of my short story called “Night Terrors”. The good news is that I succeeded, but not as I quite expected. Okay, let me explain, and note that there will be spoilers should you ever choose to read this tale. My initial notion for this tale was a horror story where a woman wakes during

Art-nouveau door - general design for a 3D model

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, as per my weekly plan, here is a rough 2D design of the 3D art nouveau door that I intend to create in Blender. As per normal, my rough design has been completed in PowerPoint. The inspiration was taken from the following door (By Jopparn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons): My vision is to create 4 elements in Blender: a wall with an appropriately

Celebrations - my first work of fiction has been accepted!

Hi all, Just a brief update: the short horror story that I submitted to Thief has been accepted by the editorial committee. Yippee! Apparently, it is now being sent with the other accepted works to an illustrator, a process that takes about a month. I’ll let you all know details when it is published. All I will share with you now is the title: Eighteen Steps. It’s funny. I’ve had published

Goals - week ending 27 October 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: Put in place a design document for an art-nouveau doorway model. Finish the first draft of Night Terrors, my latest short story. Singing practice with my mate Jon (Thursday) Try one new muffin recipe (I’m thinking apple and oatmeal) In respect of the singing practice, I’m really trying to think of where I want to go with that. Back in 1988, I

On weekly to-do lists

Several years ago one of my bosses asked me to send him a planning email each Friday. The email would contain: a list of all accomplishments over the past week a list of outstanding pieces of work a list of all work to be attempted in the subsequent week. To begin with, I hated it with a passion. After all, I had always managed to fulfill my commitments without doing such

The Museum in the Doge's Palace, Venice  #TrafalgarTours

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series European Cavalcade

The Museum in the Doge’s Palace (itself a living museum!) is a tribute to the history of this city. It is not a massive museum, compared to the likes of the British Museum, but comparable to that you would find in many a castle in Europe. As you can tell from the following photos that I took, I was mostly enamored by the weaponry on display. The museum was the

#Nutella Muffins - on overcoming mental blocks

I love to cook and always have. However, one aspect of cooking that I have always avoided is cake baking. For some reason, it has always scared me.  The few times that I have made attempts, the results have been woeful. So I ended up developing a huge mental block where cakes were concerned. At the moment, I am yet to start my new job. However, Nicole has spent much

Submitted a new short story to Lamplight Magazine  @lamplightmagazine

Possessed of a writing frenzy, my second short story in as many weeks has been sent off. I have sent it to Lamplight Magazine. As with last week’s short story, it’s now just a matter of waiting to see whether they accept it. My biggest concern about my story is that it is not speculative fiction, but rather a dark reflection of current society. Here is their call for submissions

Issues with #WordPress and #Yahoo Small Business

I am currently hosted by Yahoo Small Business. In recent weeks I have had trouble installing WordPress updates. Apparently, this is a known issue that is being investigated by Yahoo… very slowly. This said, I have given them permission to experiment with my website in order to fix the problem. This is just to inform you all in case you see strange things happening here. :) Greg  

Submitted a short story to Tribe Media's Thief  @TribeZine

Now that I am back to being creative, my first endeavour has been to attempt a short story for Thief. They have made a call for submissions that I would encourage any other authors to contemplate: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The theme is horror. The word limit is 1,000. So I’ve given it a go. May not make it in, but who knows? It was fun flexing the literary muscles again. In