Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Just a Closer Walk Book Review

I've never done a blog tour before but I certainly know the author who is credited with getting this sci-fi nut into historical fiction and quite enjoying it. I had already read several of Faith Blum's books so I was eager to get into this one

If you have read any mail order bride stories, you've probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It's a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. Faith Blum took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren't what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas just released on June 26th and Faith is here today to share a little about it.

About the Book

Just a Closer Walk_FrontI am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The saga of the impossible Internet

Several months ago I got a smartphone. Of course it was an Android because those are the only valid smartphones out there. So I get an HTC Desire 626s. Not super fancy but it does the job and wasn't pokey slow either. But...... Walmart's family mobile didn't allow me to tether and use the phone as a hotspot. Despite having 'unlimited' internet. It basically never is on any network because they always add a punishing 'fair use policy'. So I got the phone unlocked and went to Metro PCS. Load up the tethering app and that's when it got more interesting. Every setting I tried failed to maintain a connection and when it did, it still gave me the dreaded 'no internet'. Finally after speaking to Metro PCS on the phone, Facebook and Twitter, I finally discovered why it wouldn't work. I had an unlocked phone but Metro PCS blocked tethering on all but phones bought from them. $200 later, I thought I was free and everything would work perfectly right? Of course not.

I then had to fuss with the phone settings because it had chosen a channel that was in use by multiple other wireless networks. Finally after months of back and forth between social networks and customer services by phone, it actually worked. So everything is working perfectly now?

Nope. I used up all my tethering allowance and right after than Windows Update knocked out my Wi-Fi. So I had to download the wireless drivers on a public computer, transfer to the cell and then transfer to the laptop and install. Ok I'm breathless from all this insanity. Till next time

Thursday, 9 June 2016


Well now what have we here? No, this isn't a theological blog, nor a political blog, this is just plain old me. The lame joke loving punner, sci-fi lover, and yes, right winger. Lets take a tour of the likely content you'll be treated to on this adventure.

Spock, the ever logical is totally perplexed at the humanoid way of talking to babies

The adventure is only just beginning. 

What does a semi techy think of Windows 10? What works? What doesnt? Windows 7 vs Windows 10 vs Linux.

Well that's your preview. I'm sure there will be a few political and theological posts because naturally I think of things like that. 

Next Time: The saga of trying to use my cell as a hotspot and why it took several months to work out what was wrong