Bits and pieces

19. Jun, 2021

Some time back I took up the challenge to enter a short story for a Canadian fiction/Sci-Fi magazine in a genre I am unfamiliar with. My submission was rejected but ... since then I have been asked for a submission for an anthology called UNBREAKABLE:Ink by American publishing firm, called Indomitable Ink. The invitation came out of the blue so, as you can imagine, I was quite chuffed. The writing has begun - and again, as it is in a genre I am unfamiliar with - my imagination is challenged. My writing is almost done; now it is just an edit and it is ready for launch.

Wish me luck, folks. 

5. Jun, 2021
Hello, everyone. Hope you are all keeping well.
 
News on my short sci-fi story is it didn't make the grade, but it's all good because it made me stretch my imagination ... and let's face it ... none of us are good at 'everything.'
In the meantime it has been decided by NASA to launch another two LUNAR CODEXES to the moon as - quote " In case there are issues with the 2021 Peregrine and 2022 Nova launches - space is hard! - Polaris will archive all previous time capsule content as a back-up."
 
This is important to me - and maybe some of my readers - because my short story 'Three Wishes Granted' is included in this wonderful endeavor. So the end game of this is that the archives will be stored in three separate places on the moon.
 
Have a wonderful weekend, folks.
27. May, 2021

So today I finished my first novella in a new genre - paranormal romance to be exact. It was an interesting exercise and I'm pleased enough with the outcome to try it again. I have a few more ideas and while it will not be a series I will be writing them as a collection in themselves. I will also be only publishing them in ebook format as I don't think they warrant a paperback version. With costs and poastage these days it's hardly worth the effort. 

Anyway, watch this space as I hope to publish sometime in the beginning of June 2021.

In the meantime, take care folks, and have a great afternoon.

19. May, 2021

Was Freddie Mercury really such a precosious brat in his younger days as portrayed in the movie? I don't know ... but it was almost enough to stop me watching. In the end I persevered and I'm glad I did, as I actually enjoyed seeing how Queen's music came together. I've seen enough docos to know about Freddie's life so that was not quite as compelling to take in as the rest of the film.

So ... interesting facts ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946) was of Parsi-Indian descent and grew up not far from where I was growing up at the same time, in Middlesex, England. Originally born in Zannzibar, his family was forced to flee during the revolution of 1964. Regardless, he led a very colourful life after he immersed himself in his music, and one cannot ever say he didn't have talent, for he surely did. But, as the movie portrayed, he didn't achieve greatness on his own. He had a great backing band and family in Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. While not everything ran smoothly they all worked together to created the sound that is recognized today as wholly and solely Queen. 

A great night's entertainment and I can easily give it four and a half stars.

20. Apr, 2021
How to make a short sleeveless kirtle.
1 - buy pretty dress from Wish (because at the time it seems like a good idea)
2- when dress finally arrives try it on and admire yourself with both amazement and wonder. Amazement because you could actually get it on, and wonder because you wonder where the Chinese manufacturers got the idea that Australian women keep one nipple under their neck and the other under their armpit.
3 - throw dress in corner with disgust ... after you have struggled out of it first.
4 - consider the money you have paid for said dress and take another look.
5 - believe you can fix dress so put onto coat hanger to consider.
6 - consider for the next 24 months or so.
7 - attack!
8 - retreat and unpick seams of dress.
9 - put dress back on coat hanger for more consideration.
10 - months later decide this is the day and patiently spend four plus hours cutting, stitching and altering.
11 - try on again and check out your alterations in mirror.
12 - take dress off in disgust - because you look like an over-stuffed sausage - and cut it up with scissors (save shirt just in case it might come in handy) Put the rest in the bin.
13 - go to bed mumbling about waste of money and waste of time. Toss and turn, then hours later, when you're about to fall asleep, think of a great idea.
14 - climb out of bed, rake through rubbish, put bits of dress on the kitchen bench to be washed the next day (note it is about 1-30 am)
15 - wash bits and dry. Then start pinning and cutting skirt (see ... you knew it might come in handy)
16 - try on finished garment. Tah-dah ... one short green kirtle