Friday, 19 July 2013

Mixed Bag

A bit of a mixed bag for this post...

If you read my vilification of modern technology from last time you wouldn't believe I was an electronics engineer for thirty years, working on wide ranging projects from automotive engine management to fibre optic communications. Maybe I was in the wrong job all that time. Maybe I was just a terrible engineer.

It's not that I don't believe in progress it's just that we seem to have become dependent, even addicted, to our state-of-the-art gadgets and when they go wrong it screws up our lives completely. I resisted owning a mobile phone until I became an exam invigilator and sometimes found myself in need of support but unable to leave the classroom. When a colleague recently asked me to text her if I needed help I had to inform her that I didn't know how to perform such a task. I'll never forget the pitying look she gave me. I wasn't even sure if my cheap Tesco phone had that facility. I've since been assured that it does.

Other news:

I had a story in The Weekly News in June and another one appeared this week. People's Friend featured one of mine last week and I still have another one due in Take a Break Fiction Feast soon. Then there is the one for Yours magazine Yearbook due in a few months.

My friend Carol won Nottingham Writers' Spring short story comp which was judged by another fellow blogger Patsy Collins. I'm looking forward to reading Carol's winner in our quarterly magazine Scribe. My own effort came third.

I'm currently trying to keep up my work rate with the added distractions of Test Cricket and the Tour de France. I hope you are all managing to keep cool and carry on writing.


  1. Saw your story in People's Friend - it was great. I have 14 waiting to be published in various magazines - a couple are summer ones so they must be soon! We may well be FF buddies next month.

  2. Thanks, Wendy. It's great when I find I'm in the same mag as someone I blog or tweet with. I've been waiting ages since my story was accepted by TaB.

  3. Great news on all the stories Keith, congratulations.

    I still can't believe I won that club competition and you got third. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my story in September.

    Glad to say my office area is cool, sadly my brain is not in the same condition with the hot weather. ;)

  4. Thanks, Carol. I'm looking forward to reading your story. As for the heatwave - I love it. The hotter the better.

  5. Congrats on all the good stuff going on with you stories.

    Interesting that you were an electronics engineer. So was my hubby, with Bell Laboratories. As he put it, he worked on the "foreskin" of technology, first as one of the foremost authorities on coaxial cable, and later with fiber optics. He's also a long-time amateur radio operator, (Yipes! Fifty years!) and builds and restores automobiles as a hobby. BUT... he doesn't know how to send texts with his phone, either. (And doesn't care to!) Feel better?

  6. Thanks, Susan. I feel a lot better now.

  7. Well done on your story publications! Great going, in a difficult market.

  8. Well done on all those successes, Keith!

  9. Ah! I did wonder if one of the stories was yours, Keith.

    Congratulations on all your successes.

  10. Thanks, Patsy. The task you set was a challenge and I enjoyed tackling it. I took on board all of your comments.