My song is perfume

Today, I finished editing and designing my late Mum’s second book called My song is perfume.

This book of poetry is the second volume of writings that I have compiled and edited from the nine-hundred or more (A5) pages of writings that I found on Mum’s laptop after her death in August 2020. The first volume was her autobiography Rosalie: In her own words (2022), the next volume will be a collection of the very many short stories and other creative writings that she penned. Nestled between is this short book of poetry.

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My new book: I like to write back—a collection of silly replies to unsolicited email

Book cover shows old Gmail icon

Look! I’ve made a thing!

What do you do with unsolicited emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Let your spam filter swallow them? What if you were to reply to them?

That’s exactly what I did in October 2009. Fed up of people wasting my time sending me emails about search engine optimisation opportunities, or who wanted to place adverts and guest posts on this blog, instead of rolling my eyes, tutting loudly and deleting them, I wrote back.

You can download a free copy in PDF, or buy a paperback copy on on my books page.

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Jane’s diary 2013

Samples of various pages in Jane's 2013 diary
Samples of various pages in Jane’s 2013 diary

Long-time readers of this blog may remember that in December 2011 I set about creating a personalised diary for Jane for 2012.

Jane wanted one that would allow her to see a week at a glance, with separate columns for each of the family members, separated into blocks for morning, afternoon and evening activities.

It took us two attempts to get it right. The first version had a redundant page at the start which threw the rest of the pages out of order. The second version had a couple of typos but has been very useful, Jane reports, and has had a lot of enquiries from people wondering where she got it made.

Having used the diary for a year Jane requested a couple of tweaks to the 2013 edition: move Isaac’s column next to hers, as she tends to do a lot of things with him as he’s not at playgroup or nursery quite yet; remove the shopping list from each double-page spread and widen the “to do” list; update the photos, which we sat and did last night using Google Picasa for the skewed photo-pile look.

This afternoon I put the finishing touches to the 2013 diary, uploaded it to and ordered a copy. It should be with us in about 10-14 days’ time. I can’t wait.

Thankfully, last year we had the insight to create a 13 month diary: January 2012 – January 2013, inclusive. So Jane can continue to use her existing diary until the new one arrives.