Monthly Archives: October 2012



The Hyperlink saga

On a wonderful Guardian workshop on e-book production I learned how to create hyperlinks between chapters or stories and the contents list. On both current, nearly ready story collections I have laboriously three times done exactly what I was told. At first all links worked perfectly. Now they don’t. ‘Word for Dummies’ offers no help. ... Read More

The struggles continue

Can’t work out how to put up a photo. But you’re not missing much. The kind people at Ether Books have now published my fifth story ‘Patricia and the Slasher’ – a soppy/comic and part-autobiographical tale about internet dating, I am thrilled to announce that it costs 69p. – so I fear I am not ... Read More

Yet more embarrassments

Thought I’d lost the whole master file of short stories written by my group and destined for Kindle. Remembered little black back- up thing but couldn’t work out what was in it or how to get its contents out. Then found the file, and quickly emailed it ot my co-authors and a copy to self ... Read More

Pride and Embarrassment

Meeting with Sara Banerji, who taught our creative writing class. She has just had six of her novels re-issued by Bloomsbury. And she continues to teach, organise the monthly story-tellling event ‘Sharkspark’, work in her allotment and make jam tarts. She wasn’t shocked by my first and only attempt at a nasty story, which involves  ... Read More

starting out

Till recently I didn’t know what a blog was and I’m still not sure. But if I’m serious about re-inventing myself, learning this – and how to tweet  and what to do about Facebook are all part of the grand project. I had another scary birthday last month.I’m officially old. But Oxford is the ideal ... Read More