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Saturday, 30 August 2014


I managed to write 77 words yesterday. Busiest day I've had so far, delivered 150 magazines by trolley, cycled to cardiac rehab, did an hour of exercise, cycled into town to get some chalk, cycled to my daughter's to do chalk drawings with the grandkids, cycled home, collated some more magazines then delivered another 150! My leg ached a little this morning.

A joke:

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Shopping in the middle of York.

I did no writing today, well, a couple of sentences. While I waited for a tour I tried to think how the ending of SAASA would go. A bit of banter between Sid and Arthur as they are shopping in the middle of York.

Somebody told me a joke at cardiac rehab yesterday.

An Australian was in the bush and his leg got bit off by an alligator. He used his satellite phone to ring a doctor up.
"Doctor, an alligator bit my leg off."
"Which one?"
"I don't know, all the alligators look the same to me!"

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bank Holiday

I've had a few days off, we'll say for the Bank Holiday. I have written about 100 words of SAASA 6 and worked on the Arth card game. I finally think it might work, after a lot of thinking. It also seems that every time I've sat down to try and play it someone has wanted me to leave somewhere and go home! Tried to play it at Waitrose, Starbucks and my daughters and failed.

Also downloaded the free PC version of Borderlands 2 over the weekend from Steam, and it doesn't seem to work :(

Today's joke is:

Madness takes its toll, please have the exact change!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Naming a Dwarf

This is the piece of Flash Fiction I wrote on Thursday. I forgot to put it on on Friday (it is 00.08 here in the UK) but I'll still tweet it for #FlashFriday.

Naming a Dwarf

Two dwarves appear by a water cooler, one was Sid from The Crying Pennant.

"Aye aye," aye ayed Sid as he eyed the other dwarf, "who are you?"

"I'm the dwarf policeman from Hunting for Squink."

"So what's your name then?"

"I don't have a name yet, the Author is writing this piece of flash fiction so that he can create a name for me and then use me in the card game he's designing."

"Oh, what's your real name then?"


"That sounds like a cross between Balin and Gloin."

"What's your name then?"

"Why everyone knows me, I'm Sid the dwarf."

"Oh," ohed the dwarf policeman as he got a drink of water.

"Can't you use your real name?"

"It's not up to me, it's up to the Author."

"Do you want to use your real name?"

"It would make things simpler."

So I made things simple, I called him Bloin.

"You also made Arthur," quipped Sid, "he's simple as well!"

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Tweet it

I wrote a piece of flash fiction this morning, I shall put it on my blog tomorrow and Tweet it for #FlashFriday.

I also typed in about 100 words and worked on my card game again. Something seems to be happening with it, I'll let you know.

Today's joke is.

I made up some jokes about chimneys, a stack of them. The first one's on the house!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

King of Hearts

I typed in 366 words yesterday. Today I got a good idea for the Arth card game so have been working on that. I have chosen three different combat systems. One of them is based on playing cards so I am selection the characters to match with them. King Arthur is the King of hearts, Arianne the queen etc.

Today's joke it Tim Vine's winning one from the Edinburgh festival:

I sold my vacuum cleaner, well it was only gathering dust!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Attack on Thera is finally for sale at Amazon. The cover does not look so good small but when you see the larger version it looks fine. I decided to stop procrastinating and put it on. I also tried to type a little of SAASA 4 in but realised I had already typed that bit in. I'll check what I've done already before I start typing in today.

Typing, sounds like a Taiwanese ping pong player!

Saturday, 16 August 2014


I tried looking at my card game today, I just got confused about the stats I'll need for the combat system. Maybe I'll rest a bit and see what I can come up with next week.

Today's misheard pun is:

"Do not Tribble yourself."

"What, you mean dress up like one of those furry blobs from Star Trek?"

"I said Trouble..."

"Well that's the Trouble with Tribbles..."

Friday, 15 August 2014

Arth card game

Since the other day I have had the desire to create a P n P card game. I started designing an Arth CCG just after I wrote the first book in the Arth series. So I thought I would develop a card game, that I can give away as a Print n Play, based on the Arth series. I have been coming up with lots of ideas.

Today's joke is:

What must you know to be an auctioneer? Lots!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

P n P

I managed to write 250 words in Waitrose today. More than I was planning to do. I did plan to do some typing in yesterday but played some P n P card games and helped a friend with a flyer she has to hand out.

Today's joke is:

Installing a fan can be a breeze.

Monday, 11 August 2014


I have only just found out that Robin Williams killed himself. He was a very funny man, but suffered from depression. The first time I saw him was on Mork and Mindy. I have watched most of his films and would like to see the third Night at the Museum film that is coming out next year. Also remembering that I only recently watched the Parkinson interview on Youtube where he joined and completely ran rings around Stephen Fry.

Rest in peace Robin.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


I managed to type in about a page of SAASA 4 today. Wow. That could be World of Warcraft, except that I don't play it.

Today's joke is:

As a kid we were made to walk the plank. We couldn't afford a dog!


I never did any writing yesterday, sort of. I made up a couple of rhymes for my grandchildren. We also played highwaymen, a game suggested to me by somebody I know. It sort of worked, apart from the Lady in the carriage managed to escape from the highwayman by hiding under her covers! Next time I'll have to take a hat and face mask!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

10 minutes late

I managed to finish SAASA 5 yesterday. I also did about 50 words of SAASA 6.

Went to my first cardiac rehab gym class. Got there 10 mins late because I walked in, it also meant that I had to have a cool down period before I started to exercise.

Yesterday's joke is:

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Went to Cardiac Rehab today. They gave me a talk about exercise etc. Then visited my grandson for his birthday. Now his party was Sunday but his birthday was really today. A bit like the Queen I suppose.

Monday, 4 August 2014


I managed to write about 350 words of SAASA 5 today in Waitrose. I only have to write another 400 and then I've finished. I decided to take it easier today.

It was my grandson's birthday party yesterday. Did a bit of puppeteering and met someone who has probably as many movies/films as me!

Today's joke is:

I call my house Lautrec, because it's got Two Loos!

Friday, 1 August 2014

How to Fail at Self Publishing by Trying Really Hard

I came up with the idea for a new book, "How to Fail at Self Publishing by Trying Really Hard."

I might write it in bits on my blog then put it on Smashwords for free.