• The 2-space rule

    Monday, September 22, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not supposed to be writing this. In fact, I need to download that software which forbids you from going online or opening other programs when you’re supposed to be focussing on something else.

    However… I’m writing something and – as one does – cutting an pasting from an old document. And I noticed the thing I’m cutting and pasting from is very old as I’ve left TWO spaces after the end of each sentence.

  • State of mind: the good, bad & ugly

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Permalink

    So… <insert long awkward pause here>.

    I’ve been unsure about writing this post. I’ve not written as much over recent weeks as I’ve struggled to write anything but sarcastic rants or book reviews, lest my real state of mind infiltrate my writing.

  • Let’s talk… toilet paper usage

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 Permalink

    I recently mentioned I had a friend coming to visit (and was a bit nervous about what to feed him). Thankfully the visit went smoothly and he departed unscathed.

    Now this friend is quite learned and well travelled. Indeed, he’s just retired early after (his last) diplomatic posting to a hot-spot in / near the Middle East. So naturally you’re assuming we spoke about very esoteric and complex topics such as the crisis in Syria, international development and foreign policy.

  • Like a girl

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 Permalink

    I have to admit I’ve paid little attention to the #LikeAGirl campaign and associated commentary over the last couple of months.

    It all seemed a bit gimmicky and I figured there was little I had to say about it.

    But… I finally watched this clip the other night.

  • Book review: Lyrebird Hill

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Permalink

    I have to admit that Lyrebird Hill  didn’t initially appeal. I’m not a fan of historical fiction or epic sagas and – stretching across a decade or two – Anna Romer’s second novel sounded a bit like the latter.

    Nevertheless, I read a few glowing reviews and realised I should put aside any preconceived ideas as the book sounded quite appealing. And it most certainly was!

  • A rant (sort of): mobility scooters

    Monday, September 8, 2014 Permalink

    I try not to be too divisive here. After all, I am a nice person*. But I feel compelled to have a bit of a rant about… mobility scooters. (Yes, it’s true… I take on the big issues in this blog!)

    When making my post-redundancy seachange I moved to a town near my childhood hometown (one I knew well from my younger years and one more affordable than coastal towns near my state’s capital). However… it’s actually commonly known locally as:

  • Website vs blog

    Friday, September 5, 2014 Permalink

    After making my seachange almost two years ago I went along to a local writers’ group. As I live in a community popular with retirees, the average age of the writers in attendance was a fair bit older than moi. I introduced myself and talked about my writing.

  • WW – bathtub reading

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Permalink

    People are often surprised to learn that I read IN the bath. Like it’s weird or something. ;-)

    Probably far weirder than my bathtub reading is the fact that I now find it hard to read anywhere else.