I’ve had a bit of a brainwave this morning. Rather than having all of my random ramblings and my on-going tales all mixed together in this one blog, I thought to myself, ‘Tom, why don’t you set up a new blog for your tales?’
I answered myself with ‘What a good idea!’ and set about setting up another blog. I initially tried to set up a blog with a different blog provider, but for some reason they wanted me to verify who I was by sending a text message to my mobile phone – although nowhere in the initial registration process had I provided a mobile phone number. In fact, there wasn’t anywhere to provide a mobile phone number apart from this verification process. ‘How,’ I continued to think to myself, ‘can providing a mobile phone number verify who I am?’
This was after the initial problem I had of trying to enter those letters from the jumbled-up pictures some sites use to verify that I am not a robot. I thought I was a robot after about eight attempts of failing to enter the letters. I clicked on the little symbol beside the picture that provides a spoken rendition of the letters, so they can be typed if I was having difficulty. I do not know what language the site was using, but it was one I have never heard before. I could only make out one word, ‘repeat’, which kept on being repeated after so many letters had been ‘pronounced’. I returned to the ‘normal’ entry screen, persevered with this a few more times, and finally managed to get my letters accepted.
I then had the mobile phone number verification problem, so I gave up. I scrapped the other blog provider there and then, and decided to stay with WordPress.
So, Talestream came into existence in a flurry of confusion and frustration. Hopefully, that is the end of the problems, and I can now concentrate on what I want to do. Tell tales! I enjoy reading short stories, and have written a few myself over the years. I have written a few during the course of this blog too, so I’ll eventually include them in Talestream over time. At the moment, however, I’m adding the Clancy Farquhar story over there, scene by scene. Not, I must add, necessarily in the correct order… the reasons for this will become clear over time.
Talestream is my name for my imagination. Where worlds and words combine, swirl and branch out into a million and one different streams of possible ideas. The stories I find there will appear on my Talestream blog; anything else I come across will appear here (for now).