• Travel

    Trip to USA – I Hit a Snag

    After a short hop over the Irish Sea, the flight was smooth and lasted around fifty minutes, before I landed in Dublin. Advised by the air stewards, I made my way to US preclearance, waited in the longest queue imaginable before emptying my bags, removing my shoes, hat and belt. Agent Smith – yes, really – photographed me, interrogated me, took my fingerprints, and photographed me again. He let me in. Walking to the departure gates, a terrible sight greeted me… Can you guess which flight is mine? If you answered ‘the delayed one’ treat yourself to a cookie. This would mean that I would be landing in Washington ten…

  • Travel

    Trek to USA. First steps

    The very first @thewritersblock meetup happens in a few days time. I am traveling from England and it will take me three flights to reach Gatlinburg in Tennessee. My first flight is from Birmingham airport to Dublin, but it is not due to take off until just after 8am tomorrow. The earliest train in the morning from my home town would not reach the airport until 7am. So I decided to catch the last train tonight and to spend the night at the airport. I caught my first train just after 10pm into Birmingham Snow Hill Station. Aided by my Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, I was guided on a 6…

  • Life,  Travel

    Travel Worries

    In two days time, I shall be in Dublin on the first leg of my trek to Tennessee for the first of what I hope will be many Writers’ Block meetups. The date seems to have sprung up from nowhere and panic is starting to set in. You see, I am a bit of a worrywart as I have a morbid fear of being late for anything, let alone flights, and this trip entails three of them each way. I spent last night checking train times to get to my first airport and then panicked as I realized that the first train is at 5:48 am and, 2 changes later,…

  • Blogging,  Writing

    Mobile WordPress Posting

    With my forthcoming trip to Gatlinburg, TN next week, I thought I would take a look at downloading the WordPress app for my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for posting on the go. So I visited the Google Play Store, downloaded it and linked it to my WordPress blog at http://muxxy.co.uk – with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse connected, I am now writing this post. If you have followed my blog these past few weeks, you will know that I have started using the awesome WordPress plugin from @steempress-io to be able to write posts on my personal blog, then have it reposted to Steem. There are several reasons why I…

  • Life

    Happy Father’s Day – What Being a Dad Means to me

    Last night was rough: I attended a good friend’s birthday party / BBQ yesterday evening and much food and drink were consumed. It was one of those rare occasions where I let my hair down and forgot about Steem for a while. Needless to say, when a timid little knock on my bedroom door woke me up this morning, I was not feeling my best. I soon brightened however as my six-year-old daughter presented me with breakfast in bed and my eleven-year-old son carried a steaming cup of strong black coffee. To seal the deal they had both made father’s day cards, and those really are the best. I didn’t…