More triumphs and disasters

The run of good luck with Ether Books continues.  They have accepted ‘Out of the Sea: two Cornish Love Stories’  one of the sweetest, most feel-good things I have ever produced.  The second acceptance was of ‘Googling the Wife’  – originally one of the nastiest – I had a horrible insensitive and mercenary protagonist.  But in deference to a chorus of disapproval from my friends I developed her into a person with an unhappy past who’ll get some  sympathy from the reader. I’m not sure the story is so much fun now.

Feeling well pleased with self, I turned my attention to preparations for the Arvon course on writing for radio. One of the tutors (Kate Clancy) sent a message asking us to download a free bit of software and I couldn’t manage it. I blame the new computer. And she wants us to take a recording device of some sort  – I haven’t got a fancy phone and I’ve thrown away my old Walkman.  It seems that some computers record, but I can’t think how. So I am bound to be bottom of the class at Totleigh Barton in Devon, where I should arrive on Monday, floods permitting.

Fun and helpful exercises with  the author and creative writing teacher Dennis Hamley at the Writers’ Group 2012 this week.  I read out  a cliche-ridden little story featuring one of our leaders, Ilaria Meliconi,  but alas she wasn’t there to hear it. Group 2012 was the highlight of my month – sad, isn’t it?

Enjoying  for  a second time Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (can that be her real name?). That and Stephen King’s On Writing are my  favourite two books on the craft.

One thought on “More triumphs and disasters

  1. Too late to do anything about it now as I am car less (broke down with some flood damage & at the garage)but I have a Olympus Recorder & several blank tapes that you could have used if I’d known sooner but bear in mind for the future.Jan x

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