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We are all on lockdown and self isolating. Take care!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
It is Le Mans this month and I am still eating chocolate to make up for what I missed.
Happy Easter! Don't eat too much chocolate. We haven't.
Christmas is over and it is the beginning of a new year. Let's hope it is a good one.
It is the end of October and Rosanna and I have celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary.
Easter is long gone and I am retired from work and staying at home with Rosanna.
It is Easter and I am still off work at home with Rosanna.
Christmas has come and gone and it is a New Year.
It is October and time for our Anniversary and Rosanna's Birthday.
It is July and time for the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. It was an eventful race, too.
Easter has come and gone and it is already Race Month.
My Birthday has come and gone and I am looking forward to Spring.
Christmas is behind us and I am looking forward to my Birthday.
It is Christmas time and the end of the year is nigh.
Summer is nearly over and I am looking forward to my anniversary.
Second half of Summer has arrived and I have had the top up and down.
Summer has arrived and I have had the top down.
It's that time of year again, yes, Read an Ebook Week!
It's that time of year again, yes, my birthday!
It's that time of year again, yes, Christmas!
And it was a decent race and a 1-2, too.
I can already hear the roar of the engines so it must be June.
It's raining so it must be Summer.
Spring has Sprung (sorry that isn't new).
Read An Ebook Week has come and gone, and so did some of my ebooks.
It's Read An Ebook Week!
Happy New Year.
November has arrived and the leaves on my tree have gone with the wind. There is a good book title in there but I haven't written anything set in November.
The Alien Monstrosity Biological hazard in my throat is at last dead. And there are only eighty-odd shopping days to Christmas.
It's September and I have an Alien Monstrosity Biological hazard in my throat. Or maybe it is just Man Flu.
It's August and it is Summer. Now, that really is exciting.
It's July, so that means it is Smashwords Summer and Winter Promotion time! Gosh, that is too exciting.
I've decided to stop eating chocolate. Well, maybe for a bit, maybe.
It's Sprung. And I am still eating chocolate.
Has Spring Sprung yet? Soon be Easter.
I think these months are coming too quickly.
A late review this month written almost on the eve of my birthday.
Only 229 days to Christmas.
It is December and the countdown to Christmas and the New Year has begun.
A late review as the cold weather proclaims winter.
It is the beginning of my time of year.
I have been thinking about writing. Should I use a pen or a pencil?
Things seem to be calming down after our little heatwave. So why am I bored?
June didn't quite burst out all over, but July is definitely on the boil. And there is a promotion at Smashwords.
It's Summer and warm at last! I better not blink...
Why do I feel so old? Maybe because I am...
Spring is here at last...I think...at least the clocks have moved forward.
Did I mention Read An eBook Week? Grab that REW50 Coupon now!
Did I mention Valentine's Day?
The Ghost of Christmas Past —Now it's all down hill to Valentine's Day.
Christmas is round the corner and the Goose has bought a Nook.
It will soon be Christmas and Barnes & Noble have launched the Nook in the UK.
Things to contemplate on this month: Life, the Universe, what's for tea?
Things are calming down on the free downloads, but I am seeing some sales now. Not a lot, but a few.
I have had a few downloads on Amazon and A Fine Woman hit the heights in Romantic Suspense.
It's Smashword's Summer Winter Promotion month! Okay, so that basically means my ebooks are half price at Smashwords.
My free book promotions are beginning to show some positive signs and I now have two self publishing options in the UK.
My free offer is in progress and I have a self publishing option in the UK. And this is my 13th year on the web. Lucky for some?
I am offering two ebooks for free and investigating a publishing option in the UK. Is this full circle?
I have had some sales on the Apple iBookstore at iTunes. I wonder if Mac users like me?
I now have most of my books on Nook, Kobo, Diesel, Sony and the Apple iBookstore at iTunes. I wonder if anyone will notice?
I finally have a book on Nook at last. Maybe I will get the rest on soon.
I am reading new books at last. Maybe I will write one soon.
I now have two Facebook Pages.
The new edition of “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” has arrived, and the UK Google Play eBookstore goes live!
I have ordered a copy of the new edition of “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” so I will soon know what it looks like.
The new edition of “The Friendly Ambassador: The Beginning of the End” has now been published.
It's seven years since I published my first real trade paperback book. Now that contract has expired and it's time to republish my first book.
It's Summer at last and I have Writer's Reluctance.
I am taking a holiday from writing —I know, as if I need one.
Thinking about Google Books, Google Editions and writing. And I still need to get my women organised.
I am still going strong with my writing. I just need to get my women organised.
I have finally managed to make a sustained effort at writing.
Its a New Year once again, and I am looking forward.
I am looking forward to music and Christmas as the snow has already fallen outside.
I am a social animal and I have my first Kindle sale in the UK.
I have three book trailers! Yes, I have three book trailers on Animoto.com.
I am now on Goodreads and I have merchandise on CafePress.
Publish America comes through with some good news for me and you. And, it’s still Summer.
Another quiet month. Some changes with Publish America could be good news though. And, it’s still Summer.
A quiet month. Well, it is Summer.
A few more changes to the website to report this month. 2000 to 2010. Eleven years and still here.
A few sales to report this month. Now that is new.
I now have ten eBooks in the Kindle store on Amazon. And I have done some updates to this website.
I am in the Kindle store at last! Oh, all right, so it's not that exciting, I just thought it was, that's all...
Book prices slashed! It must be the New Year Sales, but I hope my prices stay low for longer.
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Christmas is a really good excuse for not working, isn't it?
Still plotting and thinking about what is going to happen next. I need to firm things up.
The slow trudge back to the writing podium has begun. I think.
My thesis is done and my muse is out buying shoes.
More of my books are now available as ebooks on MobiPocket.com. Go buy them. They're cheap.
I have started writing and I am into ebooks. Again.
My thesis is nearly nearly done and I am really really thinking about writing. Again.
I am getting used to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. What more can I say?
I have a new computer! I can write again!
My computer is bust. What more can I say?
Another year starts with another review. A few small changes to start with this month. More to come later.
Another slightly late review this month with Comet now finally published. Yes, my masterpiece is done at last. Now just that damned thesis...
A very late review this month with Comet now not due until Christmas with Rudolph.
Comet should be published this month so I will have a breather before I start on anything really new. I might play with my website too.
Nearly done now. I am thinking about my next big literary masterpiece. Well, the last one was over 700 pages so I just have to top that, don't I? My thesis is also coming along. Writing, writing, writing...
Halfway through and still going. My thesis is also a few chapters in, but will my supervisors like them?
At last, I have finally done it. Yes, I have started my thesis. But I have also started formatting “The Tale of the Comet.”
At last, I have finally done it. It's now finished and all done and dusted. What is? you say. Your Thesis? Actually, no...
May 2008 means nine years on the world wide web. Will I make it to double figures? Probably, but I am slowing down if not yet stopped.
I am still carrying on dutifully, if just as slowly. But at least my brain is still working even if I'm not.
I am carrying on dutifully, if not slowly, after the problems with my computer. Work gets in the way of writing and I have so much to do. I better get out of bed.
A late review this month due to the temporary (I hope) demise of my computer.
This month is about entering book awards. I have decided to enter three. And I don't seem to have been doing much else over the holidays.
“The Lost Girls” has been published. I have started on formatting my next book for publication. And I am seriously thinking about book awards.
I have finished formatting “The Lost Girls.” Now it is time to start thinking about my next book. Or is it books? I'm not sure if it will be two, three, or four. Are you getting confused? You should see it from my side.
I think the covers are done. I am still formatting. What more is there to say?
My mind is working again, at least as far as my imagination goes. I have ideas. I just need the time to write them down. I know, excuses, excuses.
Another version of “The Lost Girls” book cover, and a bit of news on the website.
“The Lost Girls” is my next publishing project, but I am late. Not an unusual occurance.
“The Dreamer” is published but still available to read for free on this website. A nice big review this month with news of feedback and books to come.
Eight years! This is my 85th monthly review! I have had an email breakdown, and “The Dreamer” is ready for publication at last.
A recap this month with news of changes to the website and my publishing intentions.
“The Look of Love” is published and I am now working on my University Doctorate, so no progress on “The Dreamer.”
“The Look of Love” is to be published this month. I am now working on “The Dreamer.” Some changes to the website are in the offing, but not yet.
I am now working on “The Look of Love” with a view to submitting the book to BookSurge. And there is a little more about the change to my on line purchasing system.
I have submitted “An Affair of the Heart” to BookSurge. And I have changed my on line purchasing system: It's gone.
“The Friendly Ambassador: Walking with the Enemy” has now been published by BookSurge. And I have a new computer; the third in ten years. Yes, I have been here on the internet for nearly that long.
“The Friendly Ambassador: Walking with the Enemy” is my next hopeful publishing venture with BookSurge. And I am also hoping to add to my Amazon Shorts list.
“The Friendly Ambassador: Changes” has now been published. And my two Amazon Shorts have been reviewed.
I am going it alone with the third part of “The Friendly Ambassador.” Find out how and see the cover.
Some more news about Amazon Shorts and a rejection for the third part of “The Friendly Ambassador.”
Some more news about Amazon Shorts, the third part of “The Friendly Ambassador,” and another picture.
A little bit of news, another picture. Could you ask for anything more?
Late again as usual. There is some news about possible changes to the website that may be to your advantage. Oh, and Happy Easter.
Another late Review. It might not be the last time either.
I'm late! No, I mean with this Review. The covers for the second part of “The Friendly Ambassador” have now been done. And I've had an email.
The holidays are over and it's January. Here we go again.
With the forth coming publication of the second part of “The Friendly Ambassador” set for early next year, I have a few book cover images for your pleasure and comment (like you ever bother to write!).
Does having a book published make you an author? Does having two books published make you a writer? I am about to find out.
A bit of nostalga this month and a couple of thank you's to two ladies for their emails.
Should I submit the remaining parts of “The Friendly Ambassador” to my publisher? Should I buy a new computer? Are my writing days over? I don't know the answers to these questions anymore than you do.
Some computer problems this month, so I am thinking about a new one. And I am a writer but I don't sell real books.
I am still here and still trying to get attention -but maybe not in so much of a hurry anymore.
Find out the latest on my publishing exploits with “The Friendly Ambassador,” and what else I have been up to, or not.
More of a six year report this month. Yes, I have been doing this for six years. I have copies of “The Friendly Ambassador,” but still no writing to speak of.
Still no Short Story or Serial this month. More news about the publication of “The Friendly Ambassador,” and there is a new website to promote it.
Still no Short Story or Serial this month. I have at last finished with my cover pictures and proofs for “The Friendly Ambassador.” Now I have no excuses.
No Short Story or Serial this month. I am still playing with pictures, and I explain why. And I have the proofs for “The Friendly Ambassador.”
A very different Short Story this month. One with pictures! Yes, have a look at my graphic endeavours with “Rebecca and Mandy's Desert Away Day.” Happy New Year!
A different Short Story this month with some webpage news for a change. Happy Christmas!
A short Review this month with another installment of the Short Story Serial.
Another installment of the current Short Story Serial as "The Heroic Englishman: Part II" premiers this month. There is also some news about my next big project and my writing!
At long last, the return of the Short Story Serials this month with not just one, but two to get your literary teeth into!
More news about the upcoming publication of "The Friendly Ambassador" and what I have been doing to prepare it.
Some exciting and interesting news this month. And I've read another book.
Something new this month. I haven't written a new book, I've read one.
"The Friendly Ambassador" is finished and up on the List Page, but no new Short Stories yet.
No new Short Stories or "The Friendly Ambassador" yet, but I'm working on it. Promise! Really! Honest!
This month sees an end to "The Friendly Ambassador" but there are still no extra Short Stories for you to peruse. Get an update on what I intend will happen soon.
Another month, another chapter finished. The problem with my payment system has at last been sorted out, and I still have to work for a living. So what's new for you?
Have you come down to earth after the festive holidays yet? Got rid of the headache? Shed those extra pounds? Why not try a little reading? I've been writing, my payment system still has problems, and I too have only work to look forward to. Happy New Year?
My, oh my, I'll soon be five! It's another Christmas Review, which means I will finally get some time over the festive holidays to do some concerted writing. But will that be my only present?
Time is short and work is a financial necessity. So a number of changes to let you know about. But at least I'm still here.
Another month, another Review, another short weekend. "The Friendly Ambassador" is still close to finishing, "The Heroic Englishman" is still to become a serial (soon), and "A Fine Woman" and "The Curfew" are all delayed. Find out why here.
Another month, another Review, another letter. "The Friendly Ambassador" is close to finishing, "The Heroic Englishman" becomes a serial (soon), and "A Fine Woman" takes another turn as the Short Story Serial.
Another quick Review this month. Find out where I am on "The Friendly Ambassador", the chat/forum makes an exit, and "A Fine Woman" takes its turn as the Short Story Serial once again.
A short Review this month. I've been looking at my ranking, thinking about publishers, and "A Fine Woman" takes its turn as the Short Story Serial.
A lot of little changes to the website to be discussed this month. And there's a few more letters. Been busy again, haven't I? But will it last?
My fourth May Review marks my third anniversary. I have a few words about that, and there's a new romantic war time Short Story Serial to alternate with "The Curfew". The big news is that "The Friendly Ambassador" is now in three parts. That means you get an extra bit free. Been busy, haven't I?
Another on time Review! More emails and information this month, including details of my website winners, a discription of my version of the Amazons and my latest attempts to get noticed. And there's the second part of my current Short Story Serial.
This must be a record for posting a Review! Lots of emails this month, with apologies for an error corrected on the Order Page and a comment on February's Short Story.
I give in. There's another Short Story this month, and it's going to be another serial. Unfortunately its nasty and horrible so I'm going to spread it out over alternate months. I've had another email and there's more news about my main project "The Friendly Ambassador".
It's another New Year and another Monthly Review. I explain why Christmas has been fruitful for my writing problems, talk about a couple of changes to the site, and there's two more letters. I'm virtually swamped!
It's another Christmas Review, which means this website is close to being four years old. Christmas is also about subscription renewals, holidays, and more time to write (I hope!). Find out why writing is getting me down, why I'm stuck, and what I'm hoping to be doing over the festive holidays. And there's a letter! Yes, two of them in fact! Honest!
November's Review is about pictures, or the lack of ones that don't come with an x-rating! I'm back on the writing treadmill, and the Short Story takes a rest for a while.
This time I'm on time. Here's October's Review with more news of my website tinkering, more improvements, and, once again, another, but final installment of the ongoing Short Story Serial.
Contrary to my previous promise, here's another late Review for September. There's news of my website tinkering to get more of you to visit, a couple of improvements I hope you like, and, once again, another installment of the ongoing Short Story Serial.
Here's August's Review. The first twenty chapters of "The Friendly Ambassador" are now on the List Page. And there's a much shorter installment of the ongoing Short Story Serial.
I'm back again with another review. This month there's a few apologies for my forgetfullness, and there's the latest news on "The Friendly Ambassador." And, of course another part of the ongoing Short Story Serial.
June is review time for "The Friendly Ambassador". What to describe and how much is the problem. Some concerns over the credit/debit card system are answered, and tune in for the fifth part of the ongoing Short Story Serial.
May is the anniversary of this website. I'm not really celebrating, just marking the date. I've moved on a little with "The Friendly Ambassador" and you'll get to read the fourth part of my ongoing Short Story Serial.
April finds me still struggling with my latest story. Read on and I will explain my dilemma. And for those of you who have been here before there's the third part of my ongoing Short Story.
Here's March's Review as promised. There's an explanation of my break in service, how I'm getting on with "The Friendly Ambassador", and the second part of last month's Short Story. Keep coming back, won't you?
Another month, another Review. A few more words from me and the first part of this month's Short Story. First part? Yes, first part. Why? Because it's too long, so the second part will be next month. Rotten, aren't I?
A late January Review for your perusal. Why does work always get in the way of everything? Why aren't more of you visiting my website? And why is "The Friendly Ambassador" turning me into a sleep starved nervous wreck?
A Merry Christmas to you all and a very Prosperous and Happy New Year! This month brings another milestone for my website. Read all about it in this months Review.
I'm still here! This month there is more about "The Friendly Ambassador" and another Short Story.
Another month, another Review. Catch up on my writing progress and on the latest news about my website.
My recovery from my computer failure continues and I've got a driver for my Sharp JX-9200 printer. Read my thoughts on writing and my progress on my latest story. And there's the promised Short Story held over from last month -but with a difference! It's not one of mine!
Here it is, August, and we'll soon be on the downhill run to Christmas! The year seems to be passing quicker than I can write these Reviews, and the last three have been far too close together. Holidays and other events have kept me away from the computer, and now that I've caught up and begun to think that I can relax, my computer dies on me! And has anybody got a driver for a Sharp 9200 printer? Find out what's been happening in August's Review.
It seems only a moment ago when I was writing June's Review, and now here comes July's Review. Find out what I'm working on next now that "The Return Of The Sixpack" is out.
Another delayed Review. Well, I've been on a holiday of sorts, so that's my excuse. This month I'm going to talk to you about GUFF. GUFF, you say? Yes, GUFF. Read on and I'll explain. There's also a very brief letter and a Short Story to catch up on.
I'm a little late with my Review this month. Find out why, and what's happening with "The Return Of The Sixpack". There's also another Short Story.
It's the anniversary of the website! Yahoo! And that's the search engine I mean! Find out what I'm on about in this month's ramblings and read another Short Story. Happy Easter!
More news and updates. A slight change to the Short Stories as promised. Plus "The Return Of The Sixpack" is finished, but why I'm not putting it up just yet.
Some personal news this month, and a Short Story that rambles on about life and everything. On the writing front, have I finished "The Return Of The Sixpack" yet? The answer is no, but I'm nearly there (pending re-writes and re-writes and re-writes... )!
It's the new year and the holidays are over. Just the time to catch up on some reading! News of more sales, a bit about you lot out there, and progress on my writing.
Catch up with what's been going on in December with the Christmas Review. And there's a festive Short Story that combines sex and food with a few wicked surprises!
Damn statistics! Details on your visits, the most popular day and times, and my best month. Also, what should I do with the Short Stories? Do you like them? And should I add them to the List Page to make them easier to access? Keep coming back, now!
The Short Story returns this month, along with another letter from one of you out there. Keep coming back, now!
September completes my advertising campaign to date and includes my first set of emails from you lovely people out there. Hence the new update to this review. On the writing front, the free chapters of "Return Of The Sixpack" are now available on the List page, and there is news of an epublishing option.
August brings you up to date on my advertising success and includes my one and only happy event. My first sale! Further progress on the writing front is also included, as is the introduction of a semi-regular Short Story.
July deals with advertising. Good fun, but costly. I've also started adding progress reports on my writing, so that you have an idea as to when new stories will become available.
June relates my experiences with search engines and the lack of attention from you lot out there.
May includes a potted history of my web site up to this date, starting with the original idea, thoughts on style and presentation, ecommerce and ASP servers. If you are just starting out and need a couple of pointers or two, have a look here and email me.
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