Not accepting book reviews at present

Sorry, I have enough books in the queue to keep me busy for the next five or six months, so I have had to close the doors for the time being before it gets too overwhelming.

If your book has been accepted, or if you have received an email saying I will accept a copy of your book, then your book is included in my current queue and I look forward to reading and reviewing your work soon.

I will reopen the review doors when I catch up with what I have.

A Free eBook for Easter

Journey to Freedom cover
A mini fantasy collection

Journey to Freedom – free download for 5 days only.

A mini fantasy collection consisting of four short stories with common themes of oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?

This is an exclusive offer to the readers of my blog only. I’m offering you an Easter present, being any ebook format of “Journey to Freedom” for free.

The offer expires on 6 April 2021, so download your copy now. Available as an epub, mobi or PDF.

Use the coupon code Easter at the checkout.

TiddlyWiki 5

In 2005 I was introduced to TiddlyWiki by a friend. I used another online wiki for a while, as that suited me better at the time because TiddlyWiki did not support Linux (and I was going through a Linux phase). But, as soon as I returned to windows I went back to TiddlyWiki.

I have created several wikis. They are brilliant for keeping research notes, which I do, but I mainly use wikis to create character profiles and build worlds. I have one for each writing project. I also have them for other purposes, such as a games list and book list.

Anyway, imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that TiddlyWiki can do a whole lot more than what I’ve been using it for. I hadn’t even scrapped the surface.

Some things are simple, like creating an index page that populates itself if set up properly. To think, I’ve been creating pages and adding them to the main menu or a sub-menu. This year I spent some time in modifying the way I use my main wikis (and will eventually change all of them). Now, my wiki works efficiently allowing me more time to write (or plan) a novel.

Most recently, I turned a blank wiki into a Game database. At this stage, I have to thanks the TiddlyWiki User Group for answering my silly questions. They certainly helped me out when I needed it, as my knowledge of the backend stuff is limited.

The other thing I discovered in the last month or so is that TiddlyWiki can be set up as a website. You can see one in action and also find heaps of tips at https://tobibeer.github.io/tb5/#Welcome and if you’re a visual person (like me) then you may find this YouTube video helpful, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsdDs7oOLlg.

Inserting linked images is something I found difficult, so here’s the coding. I am putting it here for you, but also for me as I’m sure I’ll need it again in the future.

<a href="https://www.website.com" target="_blank">{{image.jpg}}</a>

For this code to work you must upload “image.jpg” into the wiki.

TiddlyWiki is brilliant and I highly recommend it. My only negative comment is that the documentation is written for people who know coding. For people like me, that have limited knowledge in this area, I found the documentation confusing as I didn’t understand what I was reading.

Now that I’ve mastered the database, I’m going to attempt creating a website with TiddlyWiki. My wish list is extensive, and I’m not sure that all of it can be achieved, so I’m not holding my breath. But I will try and…who knows…maybe I’ll be lucky.

2021 and moving forward

No one I know has said that 2020 was a good year. Yes, good thing may have happened, but they were definitely overshadowed by COVID-19.

As of today, in the past twelve months, there have been over two million deaths worldwide. That is a huge figure and I cannot imagine how devastating it has been for the families of those people. I can only give my condolences.

In Australia, we have only had 909 deaths. Only. Even that many, is too many. We have restrictions in place, which change regularly. But whatever we’re doing seems to be working, so I’m pleased about that.

Other things happened in 2020. My blood disorder resurfaced, which meant I had to go back on injections that made me very sick. I started to improve after Christmas, but had a sudden downturn. I’m currently seeing my doctor and specialist about that, but hope we have a plan that works out positive.

Also in 2020, I managed to read 33 books. Most of them were audiobooks, which I listened to while on the treadmill or out walking the dog. Never in my life have I listened to so many audiobooks. I must say that I loved it. And I loved the fact that I was multitasking too.

During 2020 I was working on my next writing project. It took me some months of planning and the rewriting phase was slow, but I was fine with that as I want the book to be great. Unfortunately, when the injections started, the rewriting stopped because I was unable to focus and didn’t want to ruin any chapters.

However, I have restarted the rewriting of that book over the last few days. I had to fix the last part of the last chapter I had been working on as it was lacking…everything! But, that is done, and I’ve happily moved on to the next chapter. I cannot give a timeline for when it might be finished. I don’t intend to rush it.

Now it’s 2021. The year started out dodgy, but is now improving. I’m not looking for wealth or fame. My first aim is to be healthy and happy. If I have those two things, the rest will follow.