I have not been blogging much recently, in fact my most recent post was in June last year. Nor have been reading other blogs recently either. Part of the reason was I embarked on a few writing-related projects which, so far, resulted in a self-published collection of my short stories and verses, published on Amazon recently (see pic of front cover).

I’m still trying to finish what I thought would be a novella but now might, just might, end up as a novel. I’ve mentioned this before; a working subtitle is ‘A tale of unlikely love in 1960s-70s London’. This proceeds slowly as I can only write fiction as and when the characters speak to me.

I don’t trust internet for similar reasons as I don’t trust digital photography: paper and film seem to me a far more reliable media for archiving than digital.

So, two of my other projects are to collect together a selection of past grumpytyke posts (perhaps with some grumpytykepix posts), and a collection of extracts from letters to my mother in the early months of my eleven and a half stay in Romania, and publish as books. I think I’ve mentioned these letters before too.

I have to record that I absolutely hate the ‘block editor’ which WordPress now seems to force me into. I hope I can find my way out of it to return to the way I’ve edited posts in the past. If not, my posts will become even more rare or I’ll find a different blogging medium.

PS. The lousy layout shows that I did not succeed in escaping from this terrible ‘block editor’, and I have no idea how to insert categories or tags, but I have no more patience. Without a miracle, this is probably my final post!

PPS. I think I may have escaped, finally, to the ‘classic editor’ so I may have succeeded in inserting some categories, but enough is enough!