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Exciting to see my name turning up in the TOC for #MidnightEcho

Today award-winning author Deborah Sheldon contacted me to inform me that the table of contents for the upcoming 14th issue of Midnight Echo Magazine has be published. My name appears there. Yippee. So please hope over and take a look at the stories in the upcoming issue. Thanks. :) Greg

How not to plot - dissecting my first attempt at a novel

From 2013 to 2015 I wrote a science fiction / fantasy novel called Tempting in Shade. I sent it to Beta Readers who were very kind. Then I sat back and reread it. In doing so I came to several conclusions, the dominant one being that the novel was unpublishable. This post examines my decision from the perspective of four years later. It focuses upon how I mangled the plot.

Two achievements - a short story and a computer graphic - yippee!

My health has been a little dodgy recently and, with a minor hospital procedure this week, I cannot say that I had been in a good mood. However with every cloud there comes a silver lining – and I got two! The first was that the magazine Midnight Echo bought one of my short horror stories. Yay! The story is called “Alive!” and examines one alternative for prolonging existence. Apparently

Review: Authors Publish - a useful resource for writers    #AuthorsPublish

As a struggling author one of my common Google searches is “Call for submissions fiction.” Now my my future novel has turned into an epic series (when will I ever finish just one of these books?!), I find myself writing little pieces just so I know that I can actually finish something. The good news is that I am getting nibbles in respect to these short stories and that is

The Sharpe series by #BernardCornwell

You may recall that my last book review was of David Lee Summer’s second book in the Scarlet Order series.  I enjoyed it thoroughly and despite being a vampire tale it brought back memories of the historical novels that I used to enjoy. So I decided to look for a historical series that was new to me. Having been an incredible fan of authors such as  C. S. Forester, Alexander

Review: Dragon's Fall Rise of the Scarlet Order (Book 2 Scarlet Order) @davidleesummers

Disclaimer: David Lee Summers is an online friend. This said, I have endeavoured to be completely objective in my review of this novel. Key take-aways It reads like a combined Mary Renault and (adult) Rosemary Sutcliffe novel crossed with Anne Rice novel It covers about 2000 years from Classical Greece to the Renaissance and so tends to jump centuries at a time I enjoyed reading it Overall This novel is

Fine Needle Aspiration - describing the experience  #Thyroid #FineNeedleAspiration

Some weeks ago a needle was thrust through my neck in order to obtain a sample of my thyroid for a biopsy. This post describes that experience. My purpose for doing so is to provide insight to others who are about to experience the same. If you are such a person, then you have probably already read about the procedure, so I won’t cover the technical details, just the experience

Why? Why? Why? The why behind my plot.

Many years ago I was identified as a possible Public Service leader of the future. Well, it didn’t pan out, but for a year the government did pay for me to have a personal mentor. This man taught me a lot about leadership and motivating people. One of the big lessons revolved around “why?”. Why should your staff care? Why should your bosses care? Why should your customers give a

Rhiannon's Dance Concert - with a cameo by me #EDTA

My life is a myriad of experiences, as I am sure that you are all aware. Last weekend was my daughter Rhiannon’s dance concert. Rhiannon learns at the Miss Patricia Yvonne Studio, part of the EDTA Association. So this post is a bit of a recount for anyone interested in the various aspects of my life (yawn) and also a bit about life in New South Wales, Australia. Our story

#Adobe #Portfolio - giving it a go

I have Adobe Creative Cloud but rarely make the full use of it. I mean, I use the obvious stuff like PhotoShop, LightRoom and Premier and to a lesser extent Illustrator and InDesign, but that is about it. What a waste! Anyway I thought that I would have a go a Portfolio. Essentially Portfolio takes a selected collection of images from LightRoom and turns it into a web site which

My #GoogleLocalGuide photos reach 3 million views on #GoogleMaps

As many of you may remember, when I was unemployed one of the things I did to keep myself sane when not applying for jobs was to become a Google Local Guide. This meant visiting local attractions and food spots and photographing/reviewing them. The results were then placed on Google Maps. There was no money doing this, but there was an opportunity to get more free online storage from Google.

Comments back on and other news

Hi folks, In case any of you wondered, I had comments turned off for a while because I found the site flooded with pornography-related comments. I’m now starting to deal with that, so I have turned the comments back on. I have just celebrated one year of working. Wow, that went quick. I’ve learnt a lot of C# programming and now that I have Visual Studio running again at home

Finally got Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition working again!

OK – a technical post for any programmers out there whose system knowledge is a bit lacking these days (like mine, apparently). Basically, I had a problem and after a few months I now have an answer, so I am sharing. The problem was that I had a working version of Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition and decided to upgrade. During the upgrade I got the following message: PackageId:Microsoft.VisualStudio.MinShell.Interop.Msi;PackageAction:Install;ReturnCode:1911; And

End of October 2018 Life update :)

It is one of those things that life rarely goes as one has planned. I reckon that has been true since my last update. Weight My weight loss is progressing slowly but steadily, with me being just over 2 inches slimmer around the waste. One interesting side effect of eating healthily has been the impact upon my eyes. As you know I suffer from Keratoconus. Since my eye infections in

Review: Vampires of the Scarlet Order by David Lee Summers

Disclaimer: David (the author of the novel) and I interact in a friendly manner online. This said, my review is entirely objective. Key take-aways It reads like a Louis L’Amour novel crossed with Anne Rice novel (with some X-Files thrown in) Initially feels like a series of connected short stories but transforms into a fast-paced action story I enjoyed reading it Blurb on Amazon Vampires of the Scarlet Order is

September 2018 catch-up

Hi folks, It’s been a while. The last six months have been an emotional journey, but I seem to be slowly arising from the troughs. I’m still enjoying my “new” job. It’s been nine months now since I started. My current employer is much better than my previous one and has provided me with everything I need to succeed in spite of my poor eyesight. So I now have four

A quick catch-up with my friends and followers

Hi all, I hope that you are all well. For me, the past several months have been emotional and full. In my last post, I mentioned that my mother-in-law was passing. She has now departed this life. It was as distressing as you would expect. Pam had very much been the centre of our extended family. Anyway, I won’t say much other than to say that she will be sorely

Sorry, won't be writing many articles on my blog for a month or so

Hi all, (this is a bit of a feeling-sorry-for-myself post) Some of you may have noticed my absence recently. Some of this has to do with work obligations and some with the rapid decline of a family member. As any regular readers will know I secured myself a job in November following two years of unemployment. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. The downside is that it takes me 95 minutes to

Our first day in #Rome

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series European Cavalcade

This 2015 trip was our second visit to Rome. Our first had been in 2002 with Globus. Back then we had stayed in a hotel not far from the Colosseum. The room had been small and the hotel staff arrogant. We wondered how our Trafalgar Costsaver experience would differ. The question was quickly answered when we reached our hotel, the Ergife Palace Hotel, at around 4 pm. It was spectacular.

Time in this 3D hair journey for 3 Rs - Research, Review, Reflection

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hair for 3D models

A long time ago I was a teacher. Besides the normal three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic), I always followed with a second three – Research, Review, Reflection. For me, these were consolidation exercises that deepened my understanding. Each of you will have to do this for yourselves. I just thought that I would share my experience of it in learning about 3D hair. Research I watched several Blender and Photoshop