My Mac is finally replaced properly. When it initially died last year, I transferred all my work to my old back-up PC, which had been running Linux for years, only for it to expire at Christmas. That brought into play another PC, that I had bought a couple of years beforehand to mark exams. It was a cheap, refurbished office job with next to nothing in the way of graphics capability. I bought it to do exam marking, which is Windows only. When I started to use it as my only machine, its limitations became very obvious. Although it ran Windows 7, it was really designed in the days of XP and out of its depth running anything other than the exam marker software. I managed to breathe a bit of life into it by installing Linux Mint in a dual boot system, but it was only a temporary solution.
Anyway, a new PC has now arrived, and it is super fast, courtesy of its quad-core processor and built-in solid state drive. It also has a good graphics card, so it can do whatever I want. It is running Windows 10, which is a real departure for me. Previously, I had hated Windows with a vengeance, mainly because of its historical vulnerability to malware (something to which Macs and Linux are largely immune). To my surprise, I found myself rather liking 10, so I am sticking with it. I haven't encountered any malware problems (touch wood), so it may be more secure than previous incarnations - or I may be more savvy about what I click on these days. To cut a long story short, this year's exam marking is now out of the way, so I have used some of my earnings to treat it to a new external back-up drive and an an absolutely gorgeous curved monitor from Samsung. I also stumped up for the paid-for edition of WPS Writer. The Linux version that I had been using is free, but there are a few compromises. The Windows version comes in free and paid-for varieties. The difference is that the free version carriers advertising, but the paid-for version doesn't, and is without compromise.
That leaves me free to complete 'The Secret Angels', except that I am, currently, appearing in a feature film, believe it or not. It is to be called 'Star Warriors' and I play General Ragtooth. Expect it to be released sometime next year. I only have three days of shooting left, so I should be able, finally, to get back to writing seriously after that.
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