Friday, 18 December 2015
The Peaks and the Troughs, the Thanks and the Pleases
Happy holidays everyone and huge thanks to new and previous pledgers.
As some of you know, I have a broken shoulder and this is quite an encumbrance for a writer. Voice dication software? Well, let's say that it is not designed for writers of my ilk. It would most likely have trouble with 'ilk', and by the time I've spelt it out 'india, lemur, kilo', my flow will be severly disturb. I leave you to guess how it interprets 'Penny's'.
I was taught to touch type at the age of 17. I was the only kid in a wheelchair, in the entire scary Further Education College, but I did have the bonus of using the only electric typewriter in the class. We did exercises to Mozart, our tutor stern and shrill: 'Syncopation girls, synchopation'. I passed exams in typing and it's brought me safely through the computer age.
I mention all this to underline my frustration at the limitations on my typing. I do have help, from my trusted admin support Beth, but alas she cannot be here at 1.35am when the urge often takes me, or indeed, when I wish to write something in here, in my sadly neglected shed. It's all about pledge letters, blogs and work that might help me earn a crust.
Pledges have picked up to 33%, after a colleague kindly allowed me to do a guest blog at the highly respect Disability News Service. Do give it a read and share with those who maybe interested. Owner of DNS John Pring believes my memoir is 'a book that must be published' - and with everyone's help, I believe it will happen! http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/a-book-that-must-be-published/#prettyPhoto
There was also my piece in The Guardian on Dec 10th, about receiving my first letter from Morrissey - a moment that changed me, linked into my memoir. Sudden buzz of interest and pledges, with overwhelmingly positive comments, although I had to laugh at one that said my postcard was clearly a forgery! Huh. The memoir will show them where to go!
Now, time for work, slo-mo style.
All good things and many thanks