First post in months. Sorry about that, but everything has changed here and I have been up to the eyes. A day that I had been dreading for some time arrived in August of last year. My trusty old iMac decided that it had reached the end of its allotted lifespan and gave up the ghost. Strictly speaking, it was only the screen that died - but as the iMac is an all-in-one computer, that is, effectively, the same as the whole lot turning turtle.
To compound matters, this happened while the pound was in a state of flux, following the Brexit vote. Buying a replacement Mac was out of the question, at least for the time being. I simply could not afford one. That left me working on my main back-up PC, which ran Linux MInt. I used this machine regularly before I got my Mac, and I had always preferred Linux to Windows, so that was no great hardship. The problem was that my word processor, Nisus Writer Pro, is Mac-only, so I had to convert my books to Linux's equivalent, Libre Office Writer. This I did, only to run into technical problem concerning ePubs and the like.
Then, to rub salt into the wound, the Linux machine died as well! Now I am left with the hopelessly underpowered Windows 7 refurbished job that I bought to do exam marking a couple of years ago. This has an old Pentium processor and works at the pace of an arthritic snail on a good day. I managed to breathe a bit of life into it by installing the latest version of Linux Mint alongside Windows. This, I recommend to anyone who has an ageing PC. Linux is inherently very secure and will run far faster than your Windows installation. It is just as easy to use as Windows, looks at least as nice and it is free!
Some intensive experimentation resolved the ePub issue, so I have now refreshed and republished all four Rutter books in their smart new Libre Office livery (which includes dropped capitals for the paperbacks). This machine will do until I can afford a better one. Would I go back to a Mac? It's tempting, but I would have to go through all the conversion again, so it is more likely that a really high-powered Windows 10 PC will arrive on my doormat sometime during the next few months - and it will then be turbocharged further by having Linux Mint installed alongside. I will keep you posted.
Part One of the new Rutter book, 'The Secret Angels' is ready now, but I am stil working out the details of Part Two, so that won't appear on the bookshelves for a while yet. Meanwhile, I also have to get all the 'Avalind' books and 'The Planning Officers' over the Libre Office. I told you I was busy.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.