I heard today that a friend has died. I never met him in person; he was kind enough to let me know that he enjoyed my stories, and we exchanged emails for a couple of years. He was always good humoured and fun to 'talk' to. My world is a poorer place for his passing. Rick, my friend, may the trout in heaven give you just as much enjoyment as the trout in Yellowstone did every year.
Once again, apologies for keeping both my fans waiting for this next chapter after I was such a pillock as to delete the file of work in progress... I now have enough material retyped to allow me to post with some confidence that I'm back on a weekly timetable. Thanks again to those who sympathised with my stupidity!
I think I've got a strong entry for the October title - on Tuesday I managed to delete and overwrite the file containing most of the final four chapters of my current story - around 50,000 words..... Utterly unrecoverable despite several tries. Oh well, my readers have been sympathetic in the past. Sorry, guys, this is going to delay completion beyond Halloween, which was my target. I'll get re-writing...
Thank you to a couple of readers who kindly told me that I'd confused my protons and my neutrons, but didn't call me the blithering idiot I clearly am. I would blame the demon drink, but for the fact that I was stone cold sober when I wrote that bit. Huge embarrassment. I asked Julie to whip me with birch twigs to help me purge my mistake, but she reckoned that it would be no punishment, not with all the kissing better afterwards.......
It's been three and a half months since I last posted a chapter for my story - I'm ashamed of myself for not forcing the words to come, but with all the distractions of building works and having to earn a crust, they just wouldn't get down on the page. Today I FINALLY completed Chapter 75.
Hopefully I'll finish this one with regular posting, but I'll make sure that the next one is more fully written before I start posting. I can't believe that it's two and a half years since I started putting this one up!