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February 12, 2017

New Eastbourne Writers go virtual

Looking forward, the committee of New Eastbourne Writers drew the conclusion that the world is changing and the pace of life isn’t always as slow as many of us may like. As a consequence, finding time to dash out to an evening writer’s group meeting can often prove difficult. Then there’s having to find a parking space, (or needing to catch a bus), the British weather, forgetting your notebook, you get the idea.

So after a lot of deliberation, the committee took the decision to cease hosting physical meetings, and instead they have created Virtual NEW EASTBOURNE WRITERS  which launches soon!

New Eastbourne Writers website

This new incarnation of the writer’s group isn’t to be something as simple as an online presence. The idea is to make those occasions when people do meet up even more of a social event than it was. The committee had always been made aware by members that they regarded as key that the group not be another overly formal, or cliquey writers group.

To quote the NEW website:

‘The good news is that there is no longer a membership fee to be a member of NEW, if you can click a mouse, or swipe a screen, you have automatic membership to connect with other writers and discover all about the writing community in Eastbourne.

We will be changing the website to provide you all with links, information, and competitions. We will also be sharing links to local authors websites, and literary events.

So if you’re in or near the Eastbourne area, we will endeavour to provide you with all the links you could ever need, together with a hit of your favourite beverage and a chat with local aspiring writers.’

I am also very pleased to announce my continued involvement with the group and this exciting project. I’m sure that in its new guise, the group will continue to provide inspiration and support to not just ex-members but to all writers in the local area (and beyond).

For more news check out their website by clicking on the image above or here:
NEW EASTBOURNE WRITERS.
Updates will be featured regularly on this site too.


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February 6, 2017

A little help writing and editing

Okay, so just a quick post today of something I’ve been meaning to post here for a good while now.

Having a brain like a sieve, I often have problems remembering the number of the chapter I’m working on the next day. Yes I could write it down but I thought of this as a cool little way of jogging my memory.

sean catt dice

Bought the two dice for £1 (US $1.25) from a local card game store.
Now I know that there isn’t a zero on either of the dice, so I just change the right hand die to 1 and turn it through 90 degrees. Ta-Da!


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January 29, 2017

A Soft Murmur

Yes I know, I should be writing not surfing the interwebs but I have just found an awesome little website, so that’s my diversion this evening fully justified I believe. 😉

As writers we all know that there are times when having a little background noise or music on while writing or thinking about your story helps the creative juices flow.

http://asoftmurmur.com is a web and an Android app developed by Gabriel Martin that provides ten ambient background noises such as: rain, wind, fire, thunder, coffee shop, etc.
a soft murmer
 
It has to be said that overall the sounds are pretty good, though the wind sounds more like white noise which is unfortunate as I love the sound of the wind blowing outside on a stormy night. The app has a timer that you can set to start and stop the noises, useful if you want something smoothing to lull you to sleep.
Overall though a handy site to have in your bookmarks. According to the website an iOS version is in the pipeline.
Edit: I have used the ‘thunderstorm’ sound the past few nights when I’ve woken during the night (yes, I have the world’s crappiest sleep patterns) and found it really helps me drift off to sleep again. So big thumbs up from me!


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January 28, 2017

Lofree mechanical keyboard

Every so often a little piece of tech pops up and and makes you go: ‘Oooh I need that in my life‘.
I had such an ‘Oooh‘ moment the other day when I came across the Lofree keyboard.
Now it’s not often I get excited about a computer keyboard, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever been excited about one before. However, this keyboard is a little different, let me explain…

The keyboard is, and I quote:
Inspired by traditional typewriters, we engineered round keycaps to give lofree a classic, yet contemporary feel. It’s a delight for both eyes and ears. Lofree is the only mechanical keyboard which comes with your familiar Apple Magic keyboard layout. The compact lofree keyboard is packed with awesome specs. Mechanical keyboards shouldn’t be boring and clicky. We designed Lofree with simple, bright colors in mind to brighten up your mood’.
Source: Lofree

The round keys certainly give it a nice retro look. But unlike a typewriter (even my portable), it is compact and light enough to carry around with you.

 

Lofree mechanical keyboard

   It works wired or wireless and is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, and can be paired simultaneously with up to three devices. The keyboard has three backlight settings, and will be available in a number of different colors. There’s no news as yet regards pricing and availability, but if you want to know more, you can sign up here to receive more details as soon as they become available.

 Lofree mechanical keyboard

Would one of these make me more productive? Probably not, though it may well make writing more fun and definitely a lot more colorful.


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January 21, 2017

Mr Catt

So it seems there’s even a game of me now! Whilst surfing the web the other day I came across ‘Mr Catt’ an app game for Android and iPhone.
Mr Catt game

 

‘In this new puzzle game, they’re trying to weave in a charming story about loneliness, space, and cats. The game plays out in two beats: a story sequence, then a series of puzzles. In the story sequence, you will witness the journey of Mr. Catt, searching the vast universe for the White Cat, who left under mysterious circumstances.’ extract from haogamers review.
Made by 7QUARK Games, it’s available free in Google Play & in Apple App Store.


And yes I have started playing it. The graphics are gorgeous and cute (have to love the cat’s head making the M in Mr!, even the music is a big step up from the normal dirge a lot of games have.

The Haogamers review is here if you are interested.


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