Sunday, 22 November 2015

Computer issues

Apologies for the lack of posts this month, but I've been experiencing real problems with trying to connect to the internet to the extent that some days I haven't been able to get on at all. I don't think that it's been a connection problem more a computer problem and I think that I'm going to have to face up to the fact that after nearly 6 years of loyal service, my PC is on its last legs. The processor just doesn't seem to have the mmppph (technical expression) to change applications quickly. I'm sure that when I eventually get round to looking in the various retailers and online I'm going to be surprised just how much more powerful and quick modern processors are.

Luckily though the word processor isn't affected which means that although I've not been taking part in NaNoWrMo this year (keep going those of you that are - you're nearly at the finish line) I have still managed to do some writing and as we speak I am now entered into 3 short story competitions. One should announce its shortlist hopefully this week, one I think to be honest I would have heard from by now if I'd been successful and the third one has only just closed to entries.

I have also written a 5000 word Christmas ghost story which I'm now busily trying to edit and knock into shape whilst trying to find a suitable competition to enter it into. I'm currently stuck between two: one a pure Christmas Ghost story competition, which obviously makes sense and a Speculative Fiction contest. Both have imminent closing dates so I need to get jiggy with it and make a decision one way or the other.

Away from writing I recently finished reading a fantasy book called Acacia which was pretty good and have enjoyed watching BBC2's adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series of books called "The Last Kingdom". Having read all 9 books in the series so far and having loved every one of them, I can honestly say that the actors cast in the various roles for the show are absolutely spot on the mark, especially the people playing the pious King Alfred and the fearsome Saxon warrior Leofric.

I was also interested to hear that Terry Brooks "Shannara" series is being made into a TV show and is due to be aired early next year I think. I've read some if the books in the series and very much enjoyed them, though I read them out of sync. Looking forward to seeing how they adapt them. Hopefully this series will last longer than the adaptation of Terry Goodkind's "Seeker" series. That was brilliant (I've never read the books) but they only made one or maybe two series if I recall correctly.

That's it for now. I hope everyone has a god productive week and computers notwithstanding, hopefully I'll be posting an update real soon...

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