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Today's Pop-Up Submissions features historical fiction by Sanjay Agnihotri; childrens by Samuel Giles; literary fiction by Matthew MacLachlan; a new age / adult fantasy murder mystery by Ellen A. Hunt and science fiction / hard-boiled detective by Kevin Bragg. Join us at 5pm UK
If any member had a warning from me, appologies. My tablet is doing something beyond my control. Will try sort it ASAP
Rainbird
Rainbird
Whew. There I was, baking like a demon, trying to organise the cake shipment over to you before "you" threatened me with further dire consequences.
Have you a Litbot on your tablet??
Barbara
Barbara
Not a litbot, but I click on an area and it decides that it was a different area that Ive clicked on. Suddenly I am liking things and unliking things, and I had something popping up saying 'warning member'. I just don't know who I warned. I'm surprised It hasn't deleted my own profile yet. And the keyb is playing up.
Barbara
Barbara
Oh, @Rainbird. You can still ship the cake. Or better, bring it.
Taking a break from writing my short story about witchcraft and voodoo, I went to make lunch. Walking past the coin electricity meter, I glanced up at the balance, seeing 6.66...eek!
So, Chris was arrested by the gendarmes today... Prize to the person who can give the most entertaining reason why. (No friends of mine from Facebook need apply).
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Steve C
Did he refuse to pay the fine for riding his bicycle the wrong way up a one-way street?
Did he laugh at the size of the onions strung around the neck of the son of some local bigwig?
No Idea. Please do tell :)
Barbara
Barbara
Was he wandering the streets, reciting your book backwards?
CageSage
CageSage
What if he was using big words in English and the person who heard them was insulted at not understanding - a case of 'I'm trying to explain to an idiot,' and 'I'm trying to understand a language with too many words!'

Or, as has happened, being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, even if said vehicle is a horse or a donkey or a bicycle ... oh, hang on - do they have drink-driving rules?
He’s the author of the 'Thriller of the Year'. His twisted serial killer baptizes his victims before killing ‘em. And – oh yes – Rev Peter Laws just happens to be a Baptist minister, too! Our next fascinating guest on Pop-Up Submissions, this Sunday Pop-Up Submissions with Special Guest Rev Peter Laws
40TB of storage arriving today, building a NASbox. Only a sad geek would be excited by this. I'm excited.
AgentPete
AgentPete
A nasbox is like a very large hard disk. But it's attached to your network, not just to one computer, so any computer on the network can access it. It protects your data against disk failure (they can and do fail, hope you’re taking backups!). The simplest way it protects your data would be by copying everything onto two disks, not just one. So if one fails, you’ve still got a good one. .../...
AgentPete
AgentPete
.../... Therefore, the raw capacity of 40TB will actually come down to a bit less than 20TB of effective storage space. Each show is about 3GB when compressed to MP4 format, therefore 20TB could hold about six and a half thousand shows! At two shows a week, that would be about 65 years worth. I think we’ll be OK :)
Eva Ulian
Eva Ulian
Thank you for that explanation, you are better than google! A good investment for Litopia- Bet it cost a pretty penny!
Surgeon confirmed thumb joint replacement and carpal tunnel surgery scheduled for 11 Sept, (hence need to get corrections to m/s done asap) I think I'll be in plaster a couple of months.
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Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
How the hell do they replace a wrist? I shudder to think.
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Bugger. A friend had her carpal tunnel done, which got infected and she lost a finger and part of her hand. I imagine the same goes for whatever metal joint they stick in me.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Keep colloidal silver handy if you have it or can get it. That's what they used in hosp before antibiotics and it's coming back into use now. I decided against wrist replacement because they cut the lot out, and you get a straight bit of titanium put in. And if it gets infected you could lose your hand. I'm very mistrustful and preferred a ruined wrist to that tiny risk.
Just had 2/3s of manuscript back from professional copy editor... OMG!
Just got a form rejection email from a publisher whose stated "If you haven't heard from us by XX-XX-XXXX we're not interested" date was in MAY. The publishing industry is just trolling me at this point.
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Paul Whybrow
Paul Whybrow
The inefficiency of some literary agencies and publishers is staggering, isn't it, Lex? I received a form email of rejection yesterday, for a submission made in March 2018. It was signed by someone whose name appears nowhere on the agency website...presumably an unpaid intern or a job agency temp.
Nothing much to do with writing, but if you've got a wristwatch that won't start after changing the battery, give it a squirt with WD40. It worked for me!
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Steve C
WD40 cures everything. I might try it on my old knees, see if it loosens them up a bit.
Thank you for the birthday greetings.
When I have days when I don't appear to have accomplished much, I remember advice from Robert Louis Stevenson: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
Wonderful Giffgaff! I've praised this mobile broadband provider before, and they've just got even more splendid, doubling the £20 allowance from 20GB + IGB for emergency use, to 40GB + I GB. They're the best company I've ever dealt with.
Potential disaster! After being asked for the full manuscript by The Future Bookshelf, I duly sent it off last Friday. A bit surprised not to receive an acknowledgement, I was mortified when they contacted me yesterday asking why I hadn't sent it! I re-sent it, blaming its non-delivery on the Rings of Saturn, which are made of lost emails. I'm glad they contacted me, otherwise I'd have thought I was unsuccessful.
"If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers." Irvin S. Cobb, 1876-1944, American humourist and columnist.
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Eva Ulian
Eva Ulian
There's some sense in that. Just think of the millions of people who write, but only a handful make money out of it and even less are those who can live upon those earnings. In other words, you need a proper job because writing just isn't one. But that also goes for anyone in the arts... Those who can do, those who can't, teach- otherwise why do you think I'm a teacher?
Paul Whybrow
Paul Whybrow
And, those who can't teach become schools inspectors!
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