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Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:42:43 PM »
What win?

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The Coffee Shop / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:07:03 AM »
For my SFF bookgroup, I'm just about to finish Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones.
What a cunning, clever werewolf book. Probably the best one I've read.

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Writing Games & Challenges / Re: the last person to post here wins
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:05:03 AM »
I am back.
I know I was back before, but now I am back again.
Hope everyone is hale and hearty.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:03:50 AM »
Not been around for weeks. Busy busy. Hope everyone is all right. Note a bit of spam - is an admin around with a laser gun?
Anyhow there I was using Georgia 12 on my laptop in my local library - always room and it's only 20 mins walk from my house with its phone and door interupting me. Darn it when my Sony vaio announced that the battery is low. Normally it lasts 10 hours, but I must have forgotten to charge it after last time. So I begged a guest pass to use one of the library stations. Turns out I used to teach the librarian twenty years ago. I quite like such reunions but really needed to get on with the story floating around in my brain.
Ten minutes writing and thinking later, she returned with another librarian. They asked if they could interrupt. How could I say, "Be a time traveller and don't interrupt to ask to interrupt, please." No. I smiled and tried to keep the next bit of my story in one of my many unused brain compartments.
Apparently, the other librarian is an events organiser for the library. Before another two minutes was up, I found myself volunteering to give a talk on how, why, where, blah blah I wrote Xaghra's Revenge. Stress, stress. It's not until June 21st so I can belay the stress for 5 months and finish my story.

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Thanks Matty :)
Have you a story out lately?

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:34:53 PM »
That must be one hell of a gym. Mine is 96 a year.
Wow, that's cheap. Can you enrol me in?

Happy Santa's birthday!

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 23, 2017, 05:56:03 PM »
Wife and I have bought each other our gym /pool memberships for Christmas for the last 25 years. It started when we paid 600 for son's school ski trip. We never refused to pay for such things but realised that the cost of his one week in Austria = a year each for us at the gym. Of course we still get smaller stocking-filler gifts too.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:10:50 PM »
I only drink Martinis when on holiday, especially in the Med. It just feels wrong now to drink it at other times and places. My fault. I shouldn't fall into bad habits.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:29:48 AM »
Popped into the gym / pool after a long cycle ride today. Accidentally knocked over a beaker of water into my cycling shoe. Sock was in the shoe. Oh how I laughed. Took ages to use paper towels and a hair dryer to dry them out. Nice and warm :)

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The Coffee Shop / Re: Whats the weather like where you live?
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:33:36 AM »
Good cycling weather in UK today. By which I mean overcast so the low sun doesn't blind everyone and temperatures above freezing with low windspeeds. So I'm ready to go and say to Mrs N, what do you want me to buy?

She says: A toilet seat.

Visions of me riding with my head through the toilet seat.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:49:23 AM »
It must be the changing electrostatic properties in my fingertips but Kindles don't work for me anymore. Blooming nuisance cos my book groups keep shortlisting newish books that are expensive in paper. Then I found the kindle app on my laptop works perfectly... except I cant write my own stuff at the same time. Anyhow, I read an interesting engineering scifi novel set on another planet in the future. Drill bits meet love and betrayal - yep, written by a woman, but its good. I blogged it here https://geoffnelder.com/craters-edge-lucy-andrews/

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:44:51 AM »
When in the west country ordering cider, it's not watering down you worry about, it's the pink lumps fizzing near the bottom.
Gulp.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:25:47 PM »
Does Pims count?
If so, yes :)

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:24:35 PM »
The four main characters in my SF WIP are ganging up on me.

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The Coffee Shop / Re: The MWC Bar/Red Barren Bar
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:42:12 AM »
I'm with you SC on facebook. Several of my former friends and neighbours still have their fb pages 'live' even though their corporeal entities left the planet years ago. It's both weird but also nostalgic at the same time. In one case, Neil Marr who was my mentor and who employed me in his publishing business, has a commemorative fb group set up by family, so that's okay.

Thing is: when that big bus one day takes my out under its wheels, how will folk know? Will my online pals just think I'm rude for not participating in posts? Mrs N doesn't know, nor wants to know, passwords for my social media nor email. Issues, issues - that only crop up when you get to my age...

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