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Call for Backup

Disaster has struck and this is a call for backup. Yes seriously dear friends. Fortunately, all the files on my computers that matter are safely floating around in the clouds or are securely backed up on various hard drives. There is a however . . .

I own an old Vista PC that contains old files, partial stories and research and although the PC is very secure, it has a vulnerability that I discovered on Saturday evening after my daughter put the machine into ‘sleep’ instead of ‘shut down.’

The machine happily sleeps, even after I removed and replaced everything that would move, disconnect, unplug. I even hoovered out the dust (and there was enough of that to give me a new hair style). Hmmm, older daughter just said, “no dad, you have no hair, it would make you a wig though.” Ouch. Whatever, the machine still sleeps soundly.

Yes, I have trawled The Internet and while I have found some acknowledgement of the issue, there do not appear to be any working solutions. Refusing to accept that, I do believe there must be a solution out there somewhere.

Please Help. Can you think of anything that might put this problem right?

Namaste and Peace, Love and Happiness to you always,

Steve

Smorgasbord Invitation to an end of Summer House Party – Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August

A few minutes of your precious time is all it takes to pop in to this wonderful party.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

In a few weeks we shall be coming to the end of the summer holidays and I thought that as I am also approaching my fourth blogging anniversary, it was time to have a party.

I have already begun to prepare my guest list with those wonderful writers who have supported me throughout those four years. They will be appearing automatically with their details and links over the three days.

However, as with any good party there is also an opportunity to mingle and share contact details with others to promote your blog, books and social media connections.

There will be some music, personal recollections of my special guests and something to eat and drink…virtually of course.

This is a celebration of a community that never fails to warm my heart with its kindness and generosity of spirit. I hope that you will be a part of it..

I will…

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Dust Down Your Lost Files

Starting next Tuesday, 29 August I will be publishing some dusted down files from my writing archives. Isn’t it amazing what you collect and forget as the winds of your writing change?

If you have some dusty files that you would like to share with the world, send them in and I will include them in my blog on The Write Page next week.

Blog your book or short story

A few weeks ago I published a short story on this blog called, The Cappedocian Express, a true story with a few mystical elements added by the main character from my novel, Beyond The Pyre. Keep that in mind.

Searching Google for a little inspiration for blog content with a difference (not my exact search-term), I was overwhelmed as usual with over 80 million hits but I did discover something of interest from a veteran blogger and freelance writer who offers to list books that are published on blogs. Now this got me thinking.

I don’t know how many but I have years of short stories, story starters, orphan chapters and theatrical scripts in my file storage. I often draw from these to inspire and grow my own books but I have to admit that there are some that are unlikely to meet the readers eyes. Nothing to do with quality, it’s just that I have moved away from the theme and have no interest in publishing them at the moment. Although never say never.

Here’s the thinking. It’s time to dust down some of these stories and present them here on this blog in an anthology of neglected writing and you are invited to join the fun starting next Tuesday.

So, dust down one of your neglected files and send it over with a link back so my readers can find you. If I receive too many (that would be wonderful), I may have to add a ‘continued’ button linking back to you but, let’s see how it goes.

My first will be a funny story about a man called Trevor and his adventures as a trainspotter.

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