11 Oct

Sorry for the unnaturally long time between Get Set and Go, just as well I’m not a starter at the Commonwealth Games.  My Faber course started last Tuesday and I came home all excited and with my fingers ready to hit the keyboard, unfortunately my keyboard, pc and all associated technology had gone for the Blue Screen of Death option.  Luckily I’ve been backing up my work like a good ‘un since the pc started playing up a few weeks ago, but I don’t think I’ve got my spreadsheet of where all my submissions have gone to, which is a real bind.  We’ve got a man coming out this afternoon to look at the computer so hopefully all is not lost.  Particularly I’m hoping that all my photos aren’t lost.

At the Faber Group (of which more in a minute) we were talking very briefly about Kindle and other electronic book readers.  As a bibliophile and ex-librarian I am instinctively against not having something as tactile as a book in my hands.  My main worry would be how quickly out-of-date all technology becomes – anyone remember disc cameras?  I wonder if there is anywhere in the world where you could get your negatives from that little item processed.  I would worry that within a few years your whole book collection would be lost in a computer glitch, or simply a “we no longer support this item”.  Sticking to paper in the meantime, she types on her husband’s laptop.

So, what of the Faber course.  Well it’s safe to say we were all fairly terrified on the first night, but as soon as Janice Galloway arrived we barely had time to draw breath.  The course was an absolute whirlwind, with lots of ideas flying.  In particular the importance of reading was stressed over and over, with new (old) authors being flung at us.  I thought I was fairly well read – I was wrong.  My apprehension though has lifted, and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night. 

As a result of the broken computer, a death in the family (my husband’s uncle), a kid’s birthday, Faber homework and yet another school holiday I’ve not done much of my own writing this week.  I’m at quite a good place to take a break though, and hopefully will have more to say on my return to real work.


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