19 December 2022
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Progress on Book 3 is good. Chapter 10 (of 12 or so) is ready for production. It covers the bombings of 1942 and 1943. It looks like Book 3 could be published by April 2023 but that is if there are no more urgent issues in my life that cannot be left.
The balloon memorial is progressing wiith the final detail of the memorial getting close now. - just a case of finding a way to make it within budget!
24 June 2022
A page for a new book on barrage balloons has been added here. That covers the development of a memorial at Kidbrooke, SE London, commemorating the No 1 Balloon Centre of RAF Balloon Command in WW2.
The MM book 3 is back in work using the great Scrivener tool.
Can't wait to get onto it and the two evacuee chapters.
14 January 2022
Hello. I am still at it!
At last, I am able to resume concentrated writing of Book 3.. It took a long time to reset my life to allow this, following moving home and coping with the Covid pandemic - that smothers everything we do in some way.
Book 3 covers the first half of the war period and it now includes my own experiences in Midhurst as the story line thread. My chances of getting to visit Midhurst again are slim for a while yet.
1 May 2021
What a long gap! The Covid pandemic has impacted us all. We have also been moving home. All this has made it impossible to progress the project. With my new study area in place and the reference book collection again available, I soon will to get back onto Book 3.
Book 2 is still available by on-line purchase, or direct from the Midhurst Society.
16 October 2020
Book 2 now ordered for reference viewing at Midhurst, Petworth, and Worthing libraries.
A long review and comments on Book 2 are now up on a new Reviews tab,
7 October 2020
A competitive price, online service from the publisher, is now available for UK users with PayPal or Bank Transfer payment- go to the Local Purchases under the Access to Books tab.
Also to the rest of the world by PayPal payment.
17 September 2020
The e-book version of Book 2 is now available. I am again pleased with the final outcome. For where to get print and e-book versions - go to the access of books tab.
26 August 2020
Here it is at last - Book 2 is published. I jinxed my own project by telling you last year that all the proofs were about to be started and that publication was soon. Well! The file was set for the wrong size page so that needed a complete redo of the layout and then a new index. In the end the files were proofed, and proofed, and I learned how to properly prepare them for print production. The first upload to the POD printer showed the cover was not quite right. So, after that upload correction, it was published on-line in mid-August 2020. It is styled to match Book 1.
It is now available online for the Print version. The e-book version is being generated and will be published by Mid-September.
27 March 2020
The Memoirs project has had some necessary delays. But it is not abandoned by any means! I'm itching to get back on it.
First there were serious issues in Australia with heat waves and local bush fires, very close to Adelaide that impacted in us all in one or another. Then in November we decided to sell the family home and downsize. That needed major redecoration (by yours truly) to ready it for the market. Just as some serious buyers came forth the dreaded Covid-19 restrictions clamped it all down with their finances becoming so uncertain.
This worked out OK in some ways; not moving house allowed me to lay out and edit the Special 60th year issue of The Midhurst Magazine for its April 2020 release.
Good news. Proof reading of Book 2 has recommenced with the view of publication within a few months. Then I will be able to get back onto Book 3. But who knows when the world will get back to stability?
16 October 2019
Rebuilt updated website published
14 October 2019
The outline of the new website is ready in Scrivener, a great authoring tool. All that has to be done now is to cut, paste and style it into the Godaddy site builder
Book 2 is now being proofread - at last!!
9 October 2019
The original website was deleted and is being rebuilt today. This will take a week or two.
A Barrage Balloon book is on the way for early 2023