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November 27th 2013
The weather remains distinctly cool - 2 bars of the fire which is like a two dog night! Its starting to feel a bit more seasonal and i've visited my first Christmas Market here in Sheffield - not brilliant considering the size of the city but there's a reasonable mix of gift and commestible stalls.
Its only a week until i depart on my odyssey to Germany, presents are bought, plans made, i'll get around to packing sometime before i go! If i manage to do everything i want to i'll hit about a dozen towns and cities and most likely add about twenty mugs to my collection. I will of course give a full report of the trip when i return with pics.
That's in the future, for today you can read part 19 of the tenth Gaby book - there will be a catch up session in the run up to Christmas, i won't promise but i hope to have a Christmas tale for you as well so don't forget to come for a squint in December!
The other hot news is that the next Gaby volume - Summer Girl is available for your Kindle from today! Its the very latest version edited by Angharad and complete with the original illustrations first seen ten, yes one zero, years ago! Search for 'Gaby Summer Girl' and get your copy today.
Please Note: the next update will be on the 18th December.
So until next week,
November 20th 2013
It's taken a decidedly chill turn here over the last few days, a bit of frost and the promise of our first snow of the season!
I'm in a bit of a pre holiday slump at the moment which means that i'm being less productive on the writing front than i'd like so there's no writing news this week.
There is a new Gaby chapter of course, 10.18 for your delectation and delight.
November 13th 2013
Yup, i'm counting the days until i go to Germany in just three weeks time! Time to meet up with old friends, enjoy the Weihnachtsmarkt, add to my mug collection, partake of seasonal beverage and food but most of all, chill out before the Christmas rush at work! Gaby will be joining me as per usual - being 'local' she'll be in charge of getting around!
But thats then, this is now! I've ended up replacing my mobile office this week, i've now got a Blackberry Q5 which amongst other things gives me a better web browsing experience than my old first generation LG Android. Why is this important? well it means that i can keep up with my emails etc between visits to broadband land at my parents which in turn makes me feel less cut off from the world and happier which in turn makes me feel more like writing which you lot seem to like!
Now to the writing. Despite my best intentions the continuation of Peaches has ground to a halt. So rather than push it and produce something i'm not happy with i've decided to temporarily shelve that project. Instead i've been doing some preparation in regard to Kindle publishing, re-editing some earlier scribbles for publication and looking forward, i'll be bringing Gaby Book 12 forward a bit. So my apologies to any Peaches fans out there, when the muse gets me i'll continue.
I have a lot of 'works in progress' which i'd really like to continue with - maybe if i sell enough on Kindle i can retire and devote mor time to writing instead of wasting a day of my life doing sod all at work like i did yesterday!
If you are thinking of buying stuff from Lulu there is a 20% off promotion running until midnight on Friday, use code CORNUCOPIA when you check out.
For now though i offer you the morsel of another Gaby chapter to keep you going for the next few days, strangely i had schnitzel for tea last night......
November 6th 2013
Somehow we are already past both of the autumnal excuses to waste a bucket of money, Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night. We have the biggest Hallowe'en event in the country here in Sheffield which does vaguely have more in common with the roots of the 'celebration' than the almost completely commercial event that is celebrated in some other parts of the world. Kids copying the cross Atlantic T&T business were thankfully low in number. As for Bonfire night, i doubt if many of the sellers or buyers of pyrotechnics this week could tell you what its all about - the traditional bon fire night celebration has all but disapeared replaced by a few whoops and bangs.
Just to confirm Gaby - The Anime Days is now available for your Kindle through your local Amazon portal. Just search for Gaby - The Anime Days and you'll be whizzed to a link to add the first Gaby title to your Kindle library. It includes the original illustrations so you don't miss a thing. Please remember to leave feedback/reviews. More of my scribbles and other Scaramouch publications will find their way into Kindle land over the coming weeks and months.
This week you can, for free, read the next Gaby chapter, number 376 in the series - i hope you enjoy it
October 30th 2013
Wild 'n' Woolly 3
Who'd a thunk it, another week of autumnal weather complete with storms, floods and downed trees. Up here in Gods Own County we haven't had it too exciting but its not exactly been cycling weather not that it stops the keenest wheelmen!
I seen to have been a bit remiss with my news, i forgot to mention that the guide to Gabycon 2013 is now available from Lulu and includes Gabycon specials from Angharad and myself all wrapped in a pretty cover!
Hopefully by the time you read this the first volume of the Gaby series, Anime Days will be available to purchase in Kindle format - if its successful i plan to release one volume of my squiggles each month - given that i've put together over twenty books thats a couple of years worth of releases. The down side is that free editions have to be (at least temporarily) suspended so my apologies for that, their rules not mine. I'll post links etc as soon as i can.
In the meantime you can read the next chapter of Book 10 for free here!
October 23rd 2013
Wild 'n' Woolly 2
Yup we're getting full on autumn weather now, strong winds and torrential rain although its still quite warm as tghe wind is generally southerly. It does mean that my TdF ride has been put on hold until the spring unless there's a decent break in the weather in early November. Business has been up and down like the weather, one day busy, the next like a grave - on top of which we are having staffing issues which means that some days like yesterday i'm on my own and others we have six staff for the same business - mad!
But less of that, you want scribble news. Well i've started work on the new Peaches volume although its slow going at the moment what with one thing and another. To be honest i'm itching to get on with the next Gaby volume which I hope to have finished by Easter. Beyond that I want to get Goth Princess moving again and the other big project for 2014 will be Anja and the Druid which has been complete for a decade and even has a part two finished - it will all get transcribed and published in 2014. On top of that I plan on finally getting my act together in releasing Kindle versions of my works - watch this space!
This week though, the best I can offer is chapter 14 of Book 10, Wheels, enjoy!
October 16th 2013
Wild 'n' Woolly
Autumn has arrived with a damp twist here in Maddyland, rain, fog, mist, wind - we've had it along with a sprinkling of sunshine! the worst thing though is the rapidly shortening period of daylight soon to be exacerbated by changing the clocks! I hate commuting in the winter and the current twilight conditions are some of the worst so my route home has got longer just to avoid some of the dumb tin box operators who can't see bikes in full daylight let alone in poor light!
I know its still a week or two shy of the big Christian knees up and that a goodly percentage of you now don't buy real books but i thought i'd just mention that if you do intend buying paper editions of Nena, Peaches, Gaby et al for presents, think about doing it soon to ensure timely delivery - pop along to Lulu.com today where you'll find all the latest Scaramouch releases! plug plug! Gaby and Nena dolls are still available too, drop me a mail to maddyannebell @ yahoo.com.au if you are interested. If anyone is interested i will do Nena and or Gaby calendars again this year, once again drop me a line if you are interested.
Oops, nearly forgot, you'll be after some reading matter, Gaby part 373 can be found here!
October 9th 2013
Things are settling down now, we're having a bit of unseasonal weather this week but temperatures are heading down and the trees have started shedding their foliage. Thats a signal for me to get writing again, i hope to have another set of 'Peaches' tales finished mid November after which i'll be returning to Gaby - Book 12 is scheduled for completion by next Easter!
This week is a little low on news but at least you can read part 372 of the Gaby saga!
October 2nd 2013
Gabycon is over and what a weekend we had! The weather was glorious and with attendees from around the UK, it was the biggest Gabycon to date. The Saturday ride saw do a short tour of north Nottinghamshire with a lunch stop at Southwell where we visited the Minster and i inflicted a reading from Book 11 on the attendees. The evening meal was followed by readings of two new Gaby shorts from Angharad and the first part of a two part Gabysode from myself.
On Sunday a smaller group headed up to Ilkley where after a reading of the Gaby chapter detailing our heroes visit from Book 3 i took everyone up onto the moor to see the views and some prehistoric rock carving, which unfortunately is being vandalised by more recent visitors to the area. Then it was on to Hebden Bridge for a pub lunch after which things wound down leaving a much depleted group to finish the day with a ride down the Pennines before ending the weekend with a last meal on the moors up above Sheffield.
I think everyone enjoyed the weekend - well they've all said they did! So a big thank you to everyone who travelled to join us and i look forward to seeing you all again in the future.
Next up - another chapter from Book 10!
September 25th 2013
Yay! Gabycon Time!
Its finally here and i'm all excited about meeting friends old and new in Sheffield this coming weekend. It's not too late to join us, the programme is below but i'd appreciate an email if you do intend to meet us anywhere, send to maddyannebell @ yahoo.com.au - same applies if you have any questions about the weekend.
For those of you unable to attend there will be a report next week.
September 18th 2013
Billy's No Kid
The weather's turned a bit damp but somehow my goating around on Saturday remained dry! It was a tough days ride - i averaged @ 20kph for the 108km including stops and over 1500m of climbing which was about an hour slower than the quickest and over two faster than the slowest! But whilst most others only did the event distance i had an extra 30km in riding to and from the event so by the time i got home i was a little tired. It was a good day out though and i thoroughly enjoyed it.
What's next? ah yes its just 10 days to Gabycon 2013. I promised a programme this week and here it is.
As you might guess Friday's meal is a carvery (veggie options are available) with prices starting at a bargain £3.69 although you could have a blow out for a tenner!
Saturday's ride will take in a visit to Laxton where medieval field rotation is still practised, Wellow home of the tallest Maypole in the land and of course Southwell with its Minster, coaching inns and pleasant greens. Distance is 50km (30miles) with 500m of climbing - whilst Drew might do that in a couple of hours we'll take most of the day. The evening meal at the Norton has a huge menu and whilst a bit pricier than Friday night its still not the Ritz!
Sunday's excursion will start at the butty stall in the car park and weather permitting give you the chance to sample some of the spectacular scenery that the 2014 TdF will pass through on July 6th next year. If you want to bring your bike and have a go yourself there will be opportunity to tackle a climb or two! There's not a set timetable for the day but i expect to be back in the Sheffield area by 6.00pm, we'll have lunch most likely around Hebden Bridge.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday there will be the chance to hear new Gabysodes/fanfics and extracts from the previous eleven volumes of the saga!
If you do intend to meet us anywhere please let me know at maddyannebell @ yahoo.com.au - same applies if you have any questions about the weekend.
September 11th 2013
Acting The Goat
Its only a few days until i test my mettle by riding the 108km Grindleford Goat sportive and hopefully my Carbon beastie will be back on the road for it. Not that it holds any real fears for me after my Swiss escapade, you can read more from Nena about that here. No, its as much about forcing my worn out bits to do stuff i might've been wary of doing twenty years ago when i was less decrepit. Maybe its some form of mid life crisis, my ego wouldn't let me enter the shorter event, i'll be one of the older riders taking part in the Spreewald Marathon next year - yup the full 200km event and i've entered the 8km sprint too. Showing off for my parents maybe, i don't think my offspring gets it at all, all this limit pushing.
Talking of limit pushing, this weeks Gaby can be found here.
I'll be posting the Gabycon programme next week so if you are planning on coming look out next Wednesday.
September 4th 2013
Well it can't be Indian as i'm in Gods own county! Yes the sun is still making its presence felt up here - hopefully it will hang around for Gabycon at the end of the month. There will be an update with times and locations next week so keep a look out for that.
This week though, as promised you can read the first instalment in Nena's holiday journal. There's far too much for just one report so it'll be spread across September, this first bit takes us through the first 6 days.
As usual you can read a new Gaby chapter here today - more teenage entertainment in Nottingham! August 28th 2013
Back to Normal
Kind of, i just don't seem able to get settled after the trip and September is full of stuff already, in a fortnight its a sportive with the bizarre name of the Grindleford Goat - i'm riding the 108km Billy which takes in a few climbs mostly in the Dark Peak area of Derbyshire. i've a day down Stratford direction the week after and then its Gabycon!
So 27 - 29 September are the dates, Sheffield the location. If you are interested in joining us for all or part of the weekend please contact me asap at maddyannebell at yahoo.com.au the programme as usual starts with a get together on Friday evening, it will be at a carvery this year on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Saturday is traditionally bike ride day and i'm hoping to follow one of Gaby's training rides across rolling countryside to Newark or Southall. An evening meal, story reading and general good time will finish the day. Sunday we generally go for a Gaby style excursion and the plan this year, in honour of the Tour de France visiting us next year, will be a ride to Ilkley for lunch then we'll follow the TdF route back to Sheffield in the afternoon. For those not travelling home Sunday we'll have a farewell meal back in the Sheffield area.
If any of that sounds fun we'll be pleased to see you, but please let me know you are coming.
There's a new Gaby chapter for you to read but Nena's holiday report isn't ready yet, sifting through 3000 pictures takes time but it should be in next weeks update.
August 21st 2013
Well Nena and I are back home from galivanting around Switzerland so normal service will be resumed in full next week with trip reports, pictures and so on.
Next happening is Gabycon at the end of September, more details next week, i know some of you are already booked in accomodation - i'm really looking forward to seeing you all again!
There is reading this week, chapter 10.5.
July 24th 2013
Its that time of year again when Nena and I head off to parts foreign for a couple of weeks on Foxy. This year we're off to Switzerland to tackle some of the high passes and tick off some stuff thats been on my bucket list for almost thirty years! There will, as usual be a report and pictures when we get back.
Which brings me to the next item - this will be the last posting until August 21st. But do not stress, there's a new free chapter posted today and from today you can go to Lulu and buy either Wunderkind Part 4 or the whole 300 plus page volume!
Todays freebie is of course chapter 10.4 which you can read here.
July 17th 2013
Hot, Hot, Hot
Who'd a thunk it, another whole week of summer and more forecast! not the most comfortable weather for working or riding but we shouldn't complain, we get more than enough wet and cold so this is small compensation. I have been out for one longer ride but the heat didn't make it particularly enjoyable.
It has been quite a productive week writing wise, Gaby 11.38 should now be at the editors so thats four chapters completed this week! That in turn means that Book 11 should be complete by my next posting! I have to say that more has happened in this book than i envisaged so I'll have to write another follow up.
There is of course new free Gaby again today, Book 10 part 3 now being posted.
Its not all good news however. It was with some sadness that i learnt this week that one of my biggest supporters and Gaby enthusiasts, Stanley Morton, passed away at the beginning of July. Better known to many as Stanman, i think i'm largely responsible for him starting to write, his Gaby Fanfic being just one outlet for his enthusiasm. A voracious reader, i doubt theres anything on BC he hadn't read and rather than just anonymously ordering my books on line he chose to order direct from me to ensure his copies were signed and dedicated by yours truly. Stan, we shall miss you.
July 10th 2013
Its been like um, summer hereabouts this week, wall to wall sunshine and temperatures that make doing anything a chore. So, whilst i did another 'big', well 95km ride on Sunday i've been glad to just ride home since. It seems such a waste but i can't see the point in half killing myself climbing out of Sheffield in the heat when i don't need to. (I work down in the city centre which means a 113 metre climb just to get home or 375 metres in 8km to get out into Derbyshire.)
Book 11 is going well, by the time you read this chapter 34 will be at the editors desk so i might even get done in advance of my target!
In the meantime Book 10, chapter 2 is now available to read online.
July 3rd 2013
Just four weeks until my holiday, a holiday on something less than the shoestring i was hoping for - call my budget a brogue rather than a trainer lace! Still, can't be helped maybe a more frugal trip will move some of the 'extra Maddy'!
The keen amongst you will have spotted that the Wunderkind cover above sports 'Part 3', its true, the third quarter of Book 11 is now available - its gripping stuff, get yours today! For those of you who prefer to get all 40 chapters in one go, well you've a few weeks to go yet but i am cracking straight on with the next 10 chapters.
Of course some of you haven't read Book 10, Wheels yet, if thats the case wait no longer, from today i will start regular postings of that volume. Today of course we start with chapter 1, sit back and enjoy.
June 26th 2013
So we are past midsummer before its really got going! The good news is that the RL stuff is hopefully sorted, bad news is that like most things in life its gonna leave me with even less to live on - such is life. If i led an extravagant lifestyle i wouldn't mind quite so much but i don't - i even have to read old books again and again! So anyway, with the worry relieved at least for now i've got a chance of turning my energies back towards writing and doing updates.
To give you something to tide you over until next weeks launch of Gaby Book 10 you can read the next part of Jamie and the Peach today. Another four chapters of Gaby are currently in the editing cycle so with luck Sunday will see Wunderkind part 3 available!
June 19th 2013
Temperatures in the mid teens, an occasional break in the cloud cover, only small deposits of rain - yes, its an English summer!
I took the chance on Sunday to take a good ride across the Peak District, 95km with 2200m of ascent over some of the more taxing climbs - Ringinglow, Snake Pass, Chunal, Chinley Head, Rushup Edge and Surprise. A sort of enjoyable five hour ride, the downhill always over far too quickly and with Chunal to Rushup in just 20km mid route, no let up or rest. There were quite a few others out riding parts of my route, none looked likely to cover as much climbing or even distance, more than one group clearly having driven to the hills to conquer a climb or two before lounging at one of the cafes. I'll admit to being pretty tired by the time i got home, my longest stop en route being under five minutes whilst i had a chew on an energy bar. The volume of climbing was intentionally high, after all i'm off to the Alps in just six weeks time, i'll try to get a couple more similar rides in before then.
The Gaby writing is steaming along, today 11.24 goes to the editor, hopefully everything up to 30 will be complete by the end of next week so a July release for the completed Wunderkind is still on track all things being equal.
Bad news this week is that stuff beyond writing is still intruding on getting stuff ready for the web so no new stuff today, hopefully next week there will be the promised updates.
June 12th 2013
Only a couple of days off schedule I can announce the release of Gaby - Wunderkind part 2! So if you pop along here you can download your copy today! The third segment is already underway, there's interesting times a brewing for Bond junior!
For reasons outside of my control the expected updates are delayed but instead i can offer a new chapter of Jamie and the Peach to keep you occupied.
June 5th 2013
Would you credit, we've had a few days of more clement weather and i've gone down with a bad chest! Okay calm down, no jokes about the size of my boobs, i'm talking koff & flem - not nice. I did manage to get in a trip to a big Classic Car event at the weekend, i'm not a motorhead but i do enjoy seeing the lovingly restored and cared for motors on display - rare survivors, exotic sports models and the old but ordinary.
On the technology front, the 'new' camera is going ok and after apparently doing nothing, my computer guru has got my lappy running again. Its still a mystery where something like 6gb of memory has gone, we searched through the drive but to no avail, I just need to sort out getting back on line as my contract has lapsed. that will have to wait though as my finances are being pressed with holiday needs and seemingly continually spiralling domestic bills!
The next cycle of Gaby - Wunderkind should hopefully be out next week, I'm writing Part 19 today, four others are in the editing cycle and its developing into a typical Gaby confusion! Depending on time availability the delayed Gaby in Dorset picture book may also be released next week so plenty of stuff to look forward to.
A thank you here to everyone who continues to support my meagre efforts on the literary front, its much appreciated and certainly encourages more scribbling on my part. For those of you who purchase copies of Gaby etc from Lulu, it would be really nice if you could pop back in at some point to rate and revue your purchase - a lot of potential buyers are deterred from adding stuff to their basket when they don't know what to expect, you dear readers can be the catalyst to bringing Gabs, Nena and Peaches to a wider audience, thanks in advance for your time.
Todays big news though is the release of the exciting conclusion to book 9! Click here to read part 40 now! I won't start posting Book 10 next week, instead there will be revisions to some fanfic postings.
May 29th 2013
The weather is being as capricious as ever hereabouts, we've had hail storms, strong winds, temperatures in the mid 20's c and torrential rain in the last few days! Everywhere is looking very green and it looks unlikely at this point that we shall suffer drought this year hereabouts.
The good news is that i've been given a 'new' camera - i'm lost without one to hand, so thats one less expense before my summer trip. The other news is that my faithful steed, Foxy has returned from some extensive surgery sporting ten speed gears ready for the Jura and Alpine climbs of Switzerland. Departure is exactly nine weeks away so i'm starting to gather everything together, i've got new tyres at hand, i need to do some clothing shopping but thats pretty much it. It's looking really exciting, mountain railways, lake ferries, alpine walks, 2000+m passes, Roman towns, waterfalls.....
In the meantime, the writing is burbling along, another two Gaby chapters are in the can, if i can keep focused i'll soon be back on target for a July completion date for Wunderkind.
For now you get the penultimate chapter of Book 9 by clicking here.
May 22nd 2013
You may or may not have seen last weeks update, i don't know about the Millenium effect but the 2013 effect is causing me loads of problems with my technology - so far its killed one screen, lost my internet connection, destroyed two cameras - i'm just waiting to see what's next!
I have to announce that sadly, the June Gabycon is cancelled, apologies to anyone hoping to come. I'm going to try to reorganise for a September date, I'll keep you advised of developements.
On a more positive note my holiday plans are well advanced, i've been planning the trip in my head for several years and its nearly all organised. I'll be ticking off loads of stuff from my Bucket list, riding over the St Gotthard Pass, going up the Jungfrau railway, visiting the Swiss National transport museum to name but a few. Accomodation is organised, flights booked and Foxy is currently part way through her pre trip refit! Its not just me who's excited, Nena will of course be joining me and she's busy sorting out her wardrobe - we don't go until late July! I tell you all this now so you have advance warning that there won't be any updates from 24th July until 21st August 2013.
Writing wise, the Gaby in Dorset book has been delayed a little but my editor has up to chapter 13 of book 11, I'd like to have up to 20 complete by the end of the month - don't laugh, there is a chance. I think the July 1st release of the completed book will need to be put back but hopefully not by much.
Of course there is a new chapter this week, click here for part 9.38.
May 15th 2013
New Gaby Book!
For once my scribbling is going almost to plan, I'm now working on Chapter 12 of Book 11 and as you can see above the first ten chapter segment is now available through Lulu! I'm still hoping to have it all completed by the end of June but that may slip back a week or two. In the meantime i'm working on a second 'travels with Gaby' picture book covering visits to the Dorset coastal area so that will hopefully be out next week.
There will be more updates next week, re-edited fan fiction and other stuff around the site but for this week you get another chunk of Gaby Book 9 - chapter 37!
May 8th 2013
May'd for summer
Another big gap between updates - i've been out enjoying the warm weather! Yep, summer has arrived, hang on what happened to Spring? It certainly feels like summer, 20+ degrees, wearing shorts, naked beer bellies, white pipe cleaner legs aplenty - oops did i say that?
I've managed to visit three Welsh castles and for the first time in 30 years visited my childhood home, yes its still there (no blue plaque tho'), my old schools are still there too - geez i'd move back there tomorrow, compared to Steel City its almost bucolic!
Whilst there might not have been any updates for a week or two I haven't been idle, Book 11 of Gaby is into chapter 9, i hope to have the first quarter complete by this time next week - watch this space.
In the meantime there's an exciting new chapter to read here.
April 24th 2013
Firstly sorry for the mix up with chapter numbers last time, its sorted now but if you missed it heres the link to 9.34.
The more shrewd of you might have picked up on the new Nena book being out, take a shufti here.
On the writing front, Gaby Book 11 is going well - chapter 4 is almost done and i hope to have another two or three in the bag by this time next week.
But to business, here is the real 9.35!
April 17th 2013
That's to say that in exchange for a bottle of fine Italian vintage I've acquired a used but serviceable screen which now allows me to use my desktop once more and hence bring you this bulletin. Let me just explain why we've missed a couple of weeks - essentially my nice 19" Samsung screen decided to die on me a couple of weeks ago and being a little tight on the funds I couldn't just head out and get a replacement. I was hoping to get something this weekend but the offer of a used Acer 1712 came at just the right time so whilst its smaller than i'm used to it's got me running again.
It's not all good news, the delay with the new Nena book isn't entirely sorted out but hopefully it will be available in the next week in both paper and digital formats. The problem there is tied into an issue with my notebook which has somehow hidden a bunch of files on my memory sticks behind links which don't show up every time you plug in. Go figure. Still i know what the problem is so there's light at the end of the memory stick!
On the Gaby front, part 401, the first bit of the as yet unnamed 11th book is now in progress, the plan is that the book is finished by mid June which means i need to pull my finger out as thats only 9 weeks away! I know, not gonna happen but with a bit of effort it won't be too much later - watch this space!
Of course you get a fresh chapter to read, its 9.34 this week, normal posting should resume next week.
March 20th 2013
Flip and Flop!
How quick this year is going! Thirteen looks like the year when everything I own fails, i've lost my internet, my desktop is on its last legs - Whatever Next! Oh thats right, new Gaby fan fiction from Angharad.
In other news, I'm still on schedule with the new Nena for an Easter release - more details soon.
Of course I can't deprive you of your regular Gaby fix either, part 353 is now available for your entertainment.
March 13th 2013
So of course its nearly the end of winter so we had to have more snow, not huge amounts here but enough to be both scenic and annoying!
Due to technical issues - my screen is dying, the new bit of fan fiction has been put back a week. I've managed to avoid epilepsy to get you the next Gaby out but I'm expecting complete failure at any time!
March 6th 2013
Back to the grindstone
Well my trip to Hamburg was a great success, I did pretty much everything I'd envisioned without any particular glitches, Gabs in particular enjoyed the model railway! If you go here there are some pics of Gab on the trip.
Things are pretty much back to normal so for now here is some new reading.
I've had a first draft of a new Whatever Next chapter from Ang so that will most likely be released next week.
February 20th 2013
My departure is now imminent, there won't as a result be an update next week.
But i'm not one to deny you so if you click here you can get part 349 where you'll also be able to access bit 350!
February 13th 2013
Yup here in Gabyland we are expecting more seasonal sky sprinkles, i've already had one 10km plus ride in the snow this week and its threatening more as I write this.
I'm currently 'enjoying' a head cold, not! As a result i've not done any writing for a few days but hopefully it will burn out in the next 48 hours and I can resume Nena tales once again.
February 6th 2013
I've just waded through todays snowfall to get home - @ 10cm up here in the snowy wastes, so its coincidental that this weeks Gaby chapter although set in the summer has a wintry theme. Plan C is a chapter a lot of peeps have been waiting for so i hope you enjoy it.
On the writing front the current Nena tale is progressing nicely and may even be finished ahead of schedule!
January 30th 2013
Are we already through January? Where does the time go?
The snow only finally disappeared entirely hereabouts yesterday to be replaced by high winds and wet rain! I guess it is to be expected this time of year even if it is unwanted.
I've started writing Nena Book 5 again so thats kind of on track, the hardest bit is getting back into the groove, can you believe it was 2008 when I started Special Request? Me neither, I promise not to repeat such folly in the future.
It's under four weeks to Drew and my birthday, for me I hit one of the significant numbers, in real time Drew will be 24 although in the story we are some years behind! If time permits I might do a Birthday special.
Enough gabbing, time for some reading, Part 346, Book 9 chapter 26 is ready for your delectation and delight!
January 23rd 2013
Let it Snow!
As some of you are doubtless aware, here in Blighty we are having a bit of a weather event, the odd flake of snow, I've not seen 0c on a thermometer for a week and the forecast remains brisk. Riding through a depth of snow can be a little interesting, most of our customers since Friday have been buying sleds!
I might have mentioned before, but the TdF is visiting my home town next year, the routes of the two Yorkshire stages were released on Friday, if you are interested go to the 'Visit Yorkshire' website for more info. Already the locals are doing the 'oo, they won't like that' stuff - there are a bunch of nasty climbs after Holme Moss on the run in to the finish that some locals hardly know - it'll certainly be a day to remember.
Sorry I was a bit short last week, my mother had been in hospital since New Year due to an extreme allergic reaction - no one knows quite what even now but at 75 with a dodgy ticker and bad asthma they weren't taking chances. She's almost back to normal now which is a relief but it was a worrying week or so.
Now you are caught up on the news I guess you want some Gaby, well alright, here's part 345!
January 16th 2013
Time marches on and rather than waffle about nothing much i'll get straight to this weeks chapter, part 9.24, enjoy!
January 9th 2013
I mentioned my BC competition entry the other week well it made 4th place, not too bad out of @ 30 entries, so thank you if you voted for Gabrielle Noel!
Sorry if last weeks news went astray - a problem with htm and html files! Sorted now so there shouldn't be a recurrence. If you look below you can see my writing and trip calendar and first details of this years Gabycon! Let me know via maddyannebell at yahoo.com.au if you are interested in taking part and if you are if (weather permitting) you'd like to take part in any cycling activity. No urgency but sooner rather than later please.
There is of course some reading for you, part 9.23, the fall out from Hamburg continues.
January 2nd 2013
A New Year
Well its here, 2013, another year gone, a new one started. I've been for my 'traditional' New Year bike ride, a windy affair of only about 15 miles ridden mostly in the dry. It would've been nice to stop for lunch, have a pint or two but without someone to share it with I headed home unsated. Ah well, maybe next year.
I've started planning for Gabycon 2013, we'll meet on Friday evening at the Millstone Carvery on the edge of the Peak District high above Sheffield for the meet and greet.
Saturday (subject to weather of course) will be a bike ride in the Peak District, a circuit taking in Chatsworth, Bakewell and scene of Drews hill climb triumph at Monsal Head, nothing too hilly although that could be arranged for the keener riders. In the evening we'll eat at an as yet undecided location followed by the usual readings.
Sunday has traditionally been a motorized day trip and for 2013 Gaby destinations Southwell, Newark and Retford including a visit to the Newark Air Museum are on the agenda with further readings and stopping on the way back to base for the farewell meal possibly at Cuckney.
Sound fun? if you are interested in coming email me at maddyannebell at yahoo.com.au.
I've included the 2013 'highlights' again this week for those that missed them last time.
The Gluhwein Museum has been revamped again with the addition of extra exhibits donated in the last week!
You want to read something? Okay then, part 9.22 is up now.
Planned highlights for 2013!
*Dates subject to confirmation
Gabrielle Noel over on BC won't be posted here for some time as its in a competition so pop over now for a read and please vote for me!
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