Today I published my first short story on Amazon Kindle. Well not my first ever short story.
It's just the first that I've published on Amazon's Kindle platform. At nearly 12,000 words I think it's a bargain for 99p.
The story is called A Voice for Ellie and is a fictionalised semi-biographical tale.
The story is available in the UK, USA and many other Amazon stores. If you are kind enough to buy the story please do leave a review - good or bad - I really value your feedback.
You can find the story A Voice for Ellie by Harry Neary at Amazon.
2015 wasn't a year where I was very prolific. I didn't venture far from home with my camera so you'll notice plenty of shots from the same local area. The year has been interesting in photographic terms in that I feel I'm finally developing a style - or at least have a better idea of the style that I'm working towards. The black and white shots at West Bay and the moody colour shots of the village of Broadwindsor are examples of that. At the very least it was a year I finally started getting past gear and working towards better photography even if I didn't always achieve that. This is my favourite photo I took in 2015. In reality it is two of my favourite photos I took this year. They were taken in January. However it's only taken until December for me to realise they'd work well stitched together. And now this is my photo of the year. And if proof were needed that gear isn't everything this was the product of my Canon Powershot S120 compact camera.
Has your Windows 10 machine been plagued with slow sign in since the major update in November 2015? My desktop machine has. Running from an SSD the computer will reach the lock screen in seconds as usual. But when I enter my pin, the computer now takes 20-30 seconds to reach the desktop. Previously it was only a few seconds. Since the major update in November there have been a few minor updates released but none have fixed this issue. Yesterday evening I was searching for a solution again and I saw one mentioned I thought was mad. Surely this wouldn't work. How could something so simple cause such a problem and why wasn't this caught in testing?
The problem? Auto hiding the taskbar. My Desktop PC was set to auto hide the taskbar. I read that this was the cause of the problem. I didn't believe it. I assumed it was someone trolling a tech forum. I tried the fix anyway. I unticked the box marked "auto hide the taskbar". And lo and behold. My PC now reaches the desktop from the lockscreen in two seconds. Two seconds! Ridiculous a bug like this gets through testing. But anyway, I hope this fix works for you.
Many years ago my late/first wife and I had a pet called George. We loved George, he was yellow and perky, ever ready to join us in our adventures. With his tail behind him he'd open up his jaws and hiss with delight every time we'd decide to eat with him. He wasn't a snake though, he was a lean mean fat reducing machine aka a two sided grill. I'm not sure what happened to that George, his fate is lost in the mists of time that for me remains hazy - and not just because of the fat-coated steam that filled the kitchen.
Many years later I've returned to a similar adventure. Yes I bought a new George Foreman grill. Once again I can enjoy the delights of arguing who gets to clean the bloody thing and wondering how something can be so charred on the inside and yet so "never mind that'll do" in the middle. I'm not sure how much fat he keeps from us, but George has proved handy for a variety of our regular meals. I think his contribution will likely be measured more in a slightly lower electricity bill than reducing waistbands.