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by pigfender
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Any localised meaning of the word "pal"?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Any localised meaning of the word "pal"?

It's also used to speak to dogs. As in

MICKEY MOUSE [to PLUTO]: Who's your pal?! Who's your pal?!
by pigfender
Fri May 22, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: The rise of e-reading
Replies: 55
Views: 17258

Re: The rise of e-reading

I still haven’t bought a kindle / eReader, for many of the same reasons I mentioned in previous posts. I’ve recently started looking at them again, mainly because I thought it might be an easier way to get hold of all the Robert B Parker books, but I was troubled by the fact that eBooks seem... expe...
by pigfender
Wed May 20, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Can anyone recommend a Mac font editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Can anyone recommend a Mac font editor?

Mini Glyphs (or indeed the more expensive Glyphs) have 30 day free trials. Been a while since I used ‘em but from what I remember if your familiar with vector drawing concepts from things such as Adobe Illustrator then you should good to go.
by pigfender
Fri May 08, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Jams and Jelly
Replies: 12
Views: 4875

Re: Jams and Jelly

Fruit jellies (of the meat accompaniment kind) are only called jellies because they look like actual jellies, but aren’t actually jellies. In the same way that a red panda isn’t a panda, and a bearcat is neither a bear nor a cat. Don’t even get me started on jellyfish. I used to work in a jelly and ...
by pigfender
Thu May 07, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Jams and Jelly
Replies: 12
Views: 4875

Re: Jams and Jelly

Yup, in the UK... A jelly uses gelatine as a setting agent, either added to the fruit (as in the wobble-wobble-jelly-on-a-plate jello type) or naturally extracted from meat (as in the jelly in a pork pie). Gelatine is an animal byproduct made from either cow gut or more typically in the UK, pig skin...
by pigfender
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books on writing
Replies: 59
Views: 23641

Re: Books on writing

Some writing books I’ve enjoyed over the years include: - David Hewson - Writing: A User Manual - David Morrell - The Successful Novelist - Mittelmark & Newman - How Not To Write A Novel For some great content that’s useful to writers I’d recommend: - DP Lyle - Forensics & Fiction - Travel b...
by pigfender
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

It was a SPECIAL EDITION! I only take part in special editions with fancy award mugs now! :) I stand by my traditional message on this issue, which is that I wouldn't wish organising a NiaD on anyone, I certainly wouldn't recommend they do it in only two weeks during their busiest ever period at wor...
by pigfender
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

I

I do a Skype video chat with my 13-year-old grandson most days. On Saturday I showed him our brief and chatted to him about the NOVEL IN A DAY. I suggested that whilst he is in 'lockdown' he could also write a novel, and we could check up each other's writing each day to see how things were progres...
by pigfender
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

Hey everyone! Just checking in now that I've caught up on a bit of sleep to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part. I was overwhelmed by the response! As always, special thanks are due to Keith and the whole LL team for very kindly hosting us again and letting us clog up their forum for a...
by pigfender
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

Finishing up my final brief and will send soon. Just waiting for my heart to settle since I got quite the scare. Been doing research on the White House security systems, looking for floor plans, trying to see if there’s anything that might help when I got a loud knock on the front door, followed by...
by pigfender
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

gr wrote:Whoo-hoo! And I see a certain someone earned his coveted espresso cup this year!

What a terrible idea that was! Wow. :D

If anyone else would like their own NiaD9½ Novella-in-a-Day espresso award... you can download (or link) to the file at: http://pigfender.com/NiaD_Badge/9half.png
by pigfender
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

HIYA EVERYONE! Wow! Putting chapters together into 7 different books takes a looooong time! Sorry for the delay in getting the books up. We had huge numbers take part this time, and, for some reason significantly more people submitted at or near the deadline this year rather than spread our through ...
by pigfender
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: The District (NiaD 9½)
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

The District (NiaD 9½)

http://pigfender.com/FIles/NiaD9half/TheDistrict_medium.jpg The District was written as a Special Edition of Novel in a Day (Novella in a Day) on Saturday 4th April 2020 Seven versions were produced: Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Grey. PURPLE was written by: Tim Rogers, Michael Bywat...
by pigfender
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

Deruji wrote:Shake it twice fer Texas

That's delightful!
by pigfender
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION
Replies: 303
Views: 33179

Re: Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

Well, there you go!

Unrelated point - what mild expletive might an American use instead of "bugger" or "bollocks"? I want something just slightly North of "damn",

Thanks in advance!