Sorry – August got missed out altogether,
and now it’s half way through September. I suppose every
other month is possibly as good as the newsletter frequency
is going to get at the moment, but I hope you’ll forgive
I’ve just finished watching Andy Murray win his first
round match at Flushing Meadows – granted, he made
a bit of a meal of it, but he’s through, and that’s
the main thing. It’s nice to have a truly young British
player riding so high in the world rankings. And Kendrick
did give Nadal the runaround at Wimbledon, so he wasn’t
necessarily going to be the walkover that he was the last
time he played Murray.
Time has passed since I wrote that paragraph – the
whole tournament is finished now. Andy did very well to
get past his seeding, and – though we weren’t
allowed to see it on UK TV, or even listen to it as far
as I could ascertain – Martina N flew the flag for
ladies of a certain age by going out (if she really has
this time) on a Grand Slam win in the mixed. I listened
to it on the Open Tennis website, a somewhat frustrating
experience as every now and then – almost invariably
on game point, or just when the trophy was about to presented
– it would cut out and someone would thank me for
listening to US Open download radio and tell me to tune
in tomorrow. After about five minutes or so, it would come
on again. Why? I don’t know – ask a passing
Tennis aside, what have I been doing?
I’ve been updating the site again. Nothing very major,
but hopefully helpful. I’m still getting people writing
to me having just found out that some of my books have been
retitled for the American market. I really don’t want
anyone to buy the same book twice, and I have tried all
sorts of ways to make it clear on the site that title changes
happen, but I’ve yet to discover a way that works.
So now the title changes have a page of their own, and I’ve
listed both titles in the links on the left side of each
page in Books. I hope that works, and I do apologise if
you’ve been caught that way, but it truly isn’t
why the title changes are made.
And I’ve been restoring the runner-up prizes to the
competition. Not as many as before, but now there will be
a winner and two runners-up each month. The winner will,
as ever, get a choice of a signed first edition or a video/DVD
of the TV movie, and the runners-up will get a paperback
each. I’m sorry it’s less generous, but my lack
of new output has stretched my resources!
There are new photos on the George and Georgia pages for
their fans, and those of you who find the Writing Advice
pages help with their own writing might like to know that
I have added another little article, this time on structure.
I hope you find it useful.