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.