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Word Play / Re: Change a letter
« on: February 02, 2022, 10:23:08 AM »

Word Play / Re: The last person to post here wins
« on: February 02, 2022, 10:22:11 AM »
I rediscovered my password!

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: February 02, 2022, 10:21:05 AM »
I'm really missing not only proper writing retreats I enjoy such as in Greece and Cyprus but the single weekend in a B&B solo writing retreats here and there, and even the one day in a large cafe. I could, in theory, cycle the 25 miles to a garden centre in Cheshire that has a spacious cafe area, and maybe I will next time we have a decent weather day for it.
Mrs N doesn't understand all this retreat stuff. She doesn't get that I write, edit and think better out of the house, away from seeing cobwebs I should clear or distractions at the front door, etc.
Yet, since the first lockdown, I've written the last two novellas in the Flying Crooked series and polished off a dozen shorts and had them critiqued and beta read and even a few published. Perhaps the need for a writing retreat is all in my mind.
I'm a loony. Always knew it.

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: September 15, 2021, 11:15:22 AM »
I used to make porridge in a saucepan just oats and water. When vigorously stirred it is creamy and sweet. I sometimes microwave it like you and have occasionally splattered but of course, it's not me, its the technology at fault ;)
Our grandson, Nathan with autism, said his usual teacher was away and all sorts of people came in to teach them. But one, a Mrs Anderson, isn't a teacher. "She's the one you go to when you're upset and she makes you happy again." I rarely get tears well up but there you go.

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: September 03, 2021, 09:17:38 PM »
Grandson Nathan's first day back at school. His class had to talk about a memorable moment of their hols. They spoke about London, Lake District, Ireland etc. Nathan (9 and with ADHD and autism) eagerly talked about the cow that had escaped and brought traffic to a halt in Manchester for hours! Classic.

Writer's Talk / POV poser
« on: July 28, 2021, 04:48:15 PM »
A book I am enjoying is annoying me.
The much acclaimed, best-seller “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam is published by Bloomsbury in 2020 and is a kind of mystery thriller whereby a family on holiday in a remote location discovers a news and media blackout. A mysterious loud noise is heard giving rise to all sorts of speculation of asteroid strike, terrorist strike, nuclear power station meltdown, etc.
The thing is, while the characters are strong, the plot (for me) compelling and page turning, the POV is so head hopping its driving me as crazy as the characters. Perhaps that’s the plan: to turn me into the demented beings in the book. Yes, we have an omniscient POV, but editors frown on it because, like me, the poor reader loses engagement several times a page when thoughts hop from one to another with no section breaks. It’s not just a case of an experienced author and publisher knowing and thus allowed to flout the ‘rules’. The author isn’t a novice although much of the narrative is rather naïve: such as the dialogue is often repetitive as real life is but therefore as boring as real life can be.
Is this the way of things now? Do I stop encouraging my editing clients to stick to one POV per section for novels? Do I chuck everything into the air for my own writing? The more I read of contemporary writing the more I know nothing!

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: June 18, 2021, 10:49:07 AM »
Plink, plonk, splosh.

Because of my hearing issues I hate using phones. My mobile rang and I was too hesitant to answer in time. Then I had a text message. I was busy writing so Gaynor answered it saying it's the same number that rang you and the message says "Who is this?"  Well, I wasn't going to give away my ID data so I replied, "Who wants to know?"    No response yet.

Word Play / Re: Your favourite news headline of the day
« on: June 16, 2021, 06:53:11 PM »
In today's The Guardian (UK)
"UK asks EU to suspend Northern Ireland sausage ban"

Seems to me that where we put our sausages or not shouldn't be political.


Word Play / Re: The last person to post here wins
« on: June 14, 2021, 06:58:42 PM »
New carpets fitted today.
Cough, splutter, hanging out of the window.

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: June 14, 2021, 06:48:37 PM »
I've reached that age now that the characters in my books have more sex than me. Even then I was criticised by a book group after I did a reading from Escaping Reality that while they enjoyed the sex scenes in the novel (I worried it was too explicit) there wasn't enough!
I too sometimes forget to take a tablet by realising the next day. It doesn't seem to matter much in my case. My bp issue is hypertension for which there are zero symptoms as such. I'd eventually notice if I stopped taking my levothyroxine for hypothyroidism, and maybe my blood platelets would start thickening again giving me angina if I stopped taking ticagrelor.
I recall that news story of an elderly couple taking their yacht too close to Somalia and being kidnapped. The pirates spared their lives but took all of his big box of medication. He died within a month while his wife was released a year or so later. He probably died from his diabetes but of course there was no post-mortem. Shame.

Word Play / Re: Why the fork?
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:15:57 PM »
I like words that sound like the concept they mean. I don’t mean onomatopoeic such as hiccup and sizzle but like smooth and grim. I like to use them in my writing. However, BUCOLIC sounds like a disease yet it relates to the pleasant aspects of the countryside. WTF!

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:12:52 PM »
We'd need to add a codicil to this growing very old lark but having it written in that we'd have all our own faculties, fully functioning body, mine and genitals.

Luckily, my kids were satisfied with Lego castles.
Before I was a young teacher I was a younger unqualified assistant teacher in a junior school in Sheffield. I helped a Year 6 (10-11 years old) teacher convert his classroom into a castle complete with working portcullis, drawbridge, moat (very shallow but some kids made sharks for it), battlements etc. Sorry to say we weren't allowed to dig into the floor to make a proper dungeon so that had to be a cupboard. Great fun..

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:44:39 PM »
Sorry for your loss, Dansinger. I've lost so many family members I've found myself the oldest Nelder within 200 miles. Scary.

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