Blogspot comments – my nemesis!


I am interrupting this programme for a public service announcement of sorts for my online blogging friends.

For the past couple of weeks, my ability to comment on blog posts where the host is Blogspot has been cruelly thwarted. This happens every now and again, but damn, it’s frustrating! I expect that this also happens for Blogspot bloggers who are trying to comment on WordPress. I’ve got to the point where my heart sinks a little when I open a blog to read a poem/piece of prose and see the blogspot url.

Here’s what happens. I write a comment, click on publish and the usual verification process doesn’t work. Instead, I am caught in a Groundhog Day kind of process where I click on ‘publish’ , the page refreshes and… I have to click on ‘publish’ again. Needless to say, most of the time, my comment can’t be published.

So, if you wonder where my comments are my Blogspot friends, they are probably floating around in the ether somewhere, never to be seen again.

I don’t know where the problem lies but I do hope the tech-geeks sort it out soon…

I am published!

I am both honoured and excited to be included as a contributing author in September’s issue of The Woven Tale Press.

The September issue is out today – Vol II #9 – and I’m featured on pages 19 and 20, nestled between some stunning examples of fibre art.

If you’ve not heard of The Woven Tale Press before, here is an extract from their ‘About Us’ page:

“The Woven Tale Press is a monthly e-magazine, a culling of the best of the creative Web.

The Web is teeming with talent. The Press mission is to highlight the blog post otherwise buried in a blogger’s archives; the painting or photograph from an artist’s site worthy of greater focus than its singular web page; the innovative, the funny, the offbeat.


Our staff is an eclectic mix of artists, writers and editors with keen eyes for the striking, for those gems deserving to be unearthed and spotlit in The Woven Tale Press.”

There is some amazing artistic talent included this month (and every month) – please do take a look and enjoy the creative journey.

It’s my birthday soon – and this feels like the best birthday present ever! Thank you so much to the Woven Tale Press team for including me this month.



Dear Lovely Readers – I am delighted to be able to share with you an unashamed promotion for Helena Hann-Basquiat’s soon to be released Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One – coming to an ethereal and three dimensional location near you! Spring 2014 is the season of launch – specific date to be announced as soon as everyone has recovered from their excitement!

Memoirs of a Dilettante is a collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia, in their off-beat antics in such places as common as the local McDonald’s or the comic book store, to their travels to Miami for the search for the perfect Cuban sandwich. Interspersed between wacky one-off adventures, Helena tells personal, sometimes painful stories from her past in order to try and make sense of her life as it has played out, tempering everything with an indomitable sense of humour.

Cummerbund Bandersnatch, the Accidental Plagiarist, strippers, rock stars, geeks, freaks, and the Barista With No Name — these are just a few of the characters you’ll meet inside.

Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!

If you just can’t wait and you want a taste of Helena’s writing, follow her blog:

If you just can’t get enough Helena, or you want updates on further goings on, release dates and miscellaneous mayhem, follow Helena on Twitter @hhbasquiat

The covers are stunning – in true dilettante style, we get to see almost but not quite enough of the lady herself and if you are anything like me, you really, really want to know what she actually looks like! Perhaps, perhaps, we will never know. Maybe we will need to resort to our imagination as we rifle through the pages of her adventures. Already, I am determined that she has hazel eyes, but perhaps that is because I was blessed with this colour myself and fancy that I am indeed, a dilettante in my spare time…

Enjoy, one and all!

e-book cover

Book Cover