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Very sorry to hear this news. Please accept my condolences as well.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Quick favour?
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:32:56 AM »
Thanks again, all.  :D

The Coffee Shop / Re: Quick favour?
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:17:34 AM »
Many thanks, Gyppo. That's clearly the way to go then  :D


The Coffee Shop / Re: Quick favour?
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:58:31 AM »
How about this one?

The Coffee Shop / Re: Quick favour?
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:51:15 AM »
Thanks, guys. Guess I need to find an alternative method for hosting the image then. I just want to provide a link in a newsletter article so that anyone clicking on it can view the image in question.

The Coffee Shop / Quick favour?
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:21:23 AM »
Hi guys. Can I ask a quick, work-related favour? Can you click on this link and see if it opens an autumn-themed image for you? Many thanks!!AqjBIp3LuLL3g98tkBxoqc24KG8iwA

Nick  :)

The Writers Circle / Parallel Construction
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:37:32 AM »
Just published a post about this stylistic technique on my new writing blog. It can be a powerful tool for making your writing stronger, but I haven't seen it widely discussed elsewhere.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Recovery. (Bit of an update.)
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:43:43 AM »
I read the link.  Good stuff, Nick, and thanks.  I know about the treatment in theory), but it was helpful to read about from someone who has been there.

I remember when the doc handed down the initial diagnosis he said it was 'a relatively slow growing form of cancer and you'll probably die of old age befoe it kills you'.

"Even if I live to be one hundred?"

"If you insist on being that resilient we may have to intervene at some point."  Imagine that sentence being delivered with a broad Scot's accent.


Lol, Gyppo.

The Coffee Shop / Re: Recovery. (Bit of an update.)
« on: May 28, 2017, 05:40:21 AM »
A bit late to this, but I had the dreaded transrectal biopsy a couple of years ago. Mine was done under a local rather than a general anaesthetic, so it might have been a bit different from yours. But again they took about 30 samples from my prostate. It hurt for a few hours afterwards and I got the other symptoms you mention as well, but overall it could have been worse. If anyone is interested, I wrote a blog post about my experiences and subsequent treatment on my Pounds & Sense blog at

Good luck, Gyp, and I hope you get the results soon.

Nick  :)

The Writers Circle / Re: Thank-you Andrew and Annmarie
« on: February 23, 2017, 01:18:28 PM »
Many thanks to Andrew and Annmarie from me too. Although I'm no longer managing MWC, I very much appreciated all their help and support when I was. Many thanks go to all the moderator team, who effectively run MWC these days, as the current owners of the forum have a hands-off management style  ;)

Writers Wanted! / The Next Great Horror Writer Contest
« on: February 10, 2017, 04:38:40 AM »
If horror is your thing, you might like to check out this new, free-to-enter contest. The top prize includes publication of your novel by Crystal Lake Publishing, a leading indie publishing house run by former MWC moderator Joe Mynhardt. For more info, check out my latest blog post:

Writers Wanted! / Ghost Writer Wanted
« on: January 17, 2017, 01:25:03 PM »
I have been contacted by a gentleman named Greg from Florida, USA, who is looking for someone to ghost-write a book and possibly a screenplay for him. Here is the relevant part his message to me:

I grew up during the 80's in the Florida Everglades. There is a very famous documentary called cocaine cowboys. I happened to be the generation of these peoples children and know many of their kids. I would like to do a book about the life and times of the younger generation and how it affected our lives.

The second project is one about being a white American Christian man as well as a US Army veteran and surviving in today's world while being attacked from all sides.

Both of these books are non-fiction as they are the actual experiences of my life.

Please advise at your earliest convenience. I am in the US state of Florida!

I have checked and Greg appreciates that he will need to pay a professional fee for this. If you wish to contact him for more info or to offer your services, his email is Obviously, change the -at- to the usual @ symbol.

Nick  :)

The Coffee Shop / Re: My new personal finance blog
« on: December 16, 2016, 11:58:15 AM »
Nice to see you keeping busy, Nick.

Thanks, Patti. Yes, not quite ready for the pipe and slippers yet ;-)

The Coffee Shop / My new personal finance blog
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:57:58 AM »
I hope the mods won't mind me mentioning here that I just launched a new UK personal finance blog at

For those who may not know, I managed MWC for about eight years, but stepped down last year for various reasons. The personal finance blog is a new venture for me and something of a new direction, but I do have a freelance writing blog as well at Visitors to both blogs are very welcome!

Nick  :)

The Writers Circle / Re: Newsletters..write street
« on: October 19, 2016, 08:20:11 AM »
Hello Biola. I think I know the message you mean. The link actually takes you to a third-party website run by Real Writing Jobs, a commercial organization that charges people to join. I wasn't very impressed with this myself, to be honest.

You will understand that I am limited in what I can say about this - I don't want to be sued! - but WCCL has been sold again in the last few months and the new owners still seem to be coming to terms with how they run the business. Please don't take anything you receive from Trent Steele/Smart Writers personally, therefore. It has no connection with me and the moderator team, who now in effect run MWC on a day-to-day basis.

All good wishes,


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