Jazz on the Downs

I took the smartphone to our monthly jazz evening and took a photo of the Featherstone Jazzmen with guest trumpeter.

We are now supporting them twice a month as they also play at Lancing Leisure Centre.

The trouble is, traditional jazz appeals to traditional people and the new chef at the pub is offering fancy, TV-type food when we were used to regular old-fashioned meals, with curries for variety. We don’t even get the mint with our bill as we used to and the desserts are £7 each. Maybe I’m just out of date but it doesn’t make it quite as homely an event as it used to be. Thank goodness the music is just as brilliant as ever.Band


Folk on the Downs

Taking note of advice from Hugh I’m using one of my twitter names for this post.

On Sunday we had a spotlight at Woodies folk club with Peter and Geoff and I remembered to take my smartphone so I thought I’d treat you to a picture.

Wonderful review of “A Bend in the Lane” on Goodreads today made me happy.

Jazz tonight so maybe I’ll get another photo.geoff and peter

Writing in a hurry.

I’m really hard on people who make mistakes in posts on twitter and wordpress and then I go and do the same thing myself. There’s something about writing on a computer rather than on paper that leads to the most stupid errors, especially if one is writing in a hurry, responding in a temper, or just feeling hot and lazy.

Proof reading seems essential when one is producing a manuscript but unnecessary when one is posting on line. We think we have written what we meant to say but the odd typo crops up and we miss it, if we don’t check before we press send.

Sometimes we get the opportunity to edit what we have sent, but not always and sometimes we rely on the computer spellcheck and miss a homophone.

‘Grate and great, week and weak, their and there’ can catch anybody out and I need to leave the schoolteacher in me behind and be a bit more sympathetic. Sorry, folks.bookwormclipart

Short Stories

With no new novel on the go I have turned to Competitions to find a subject for a short story. Maybe I’m odd but I avoid all the ones with no theme.

Writing Magazine always has lots to choose from but when I tried to write one on ‘Love’ I could not think of anything original. I thought about entering the one on ‘Hate’ but found that even more difficult.

‘Scribble’ magazine always has a great selection of stories but the last two I sent in were rejected. I could see why – they just weren’t fascinating enough. Also, my writing style has changed over the years and dialogue is taking over. It should be appropriate for short stories but there has to be a balance.

The UK Southern Book Show now has a website with notes about some of the authors who will be attending. This promises to be an exciting event so I am looking forward to October.bookwormclipart

Flying a kite

Great weekend when we saw most of the family and went down to the beach to fly kites.

Grandson and granddaughter had fun with a stunt kite, with two strings, much more exciting than the one with a single line.

Sorry I don’t have any writing news and I’m down to selling one book a week. That seems to happen after the first flurry of interest. Maybe there will be another burst of interest near Christmas!IMG-20180728-WA0000-1

A Phone that isn’t a phone

I’m getting annoyed with my new galaxy phone. It makes a great camera but as a phone it is useless. I can’t hear people I ring and they can’t hear me.

I have tried increasing the volume but it is full on. I’m not going round with earphones on all the time. I’ve looked up answers but nothing seems permanent. Good job I still have my old Nokia. What is the point of a phone if you can’t hear what people are saying? I was going to switch but not any more!