donkeyjacket

I am a lawyer - retired, thank God. My debut novel "So Sour the Grape" tries to portray the hopelessness of the committed alcoholic - and the helplessness of the lover, spouse or friend who believes they can walk on water, can fix it - to find that they can't ... for, seemingly, nothing can.

Writing is addictive; and my second novel, "The Mine" is somewhat different. Taking place in South Africa in 1985, when apartheid was at its height - as was the resistance to it - a black man and a white man are trapped in a mine, the sole survivors of a mining disaster. Yet it's nothing to do with mines - it's about segregation and an Africaans 'kaffir boetie's' ( a sympatiser) obligations to the child of the black man who, in the mine, saved his life and who, when he finds her, turns out to be someone more than just a child.

But black and white must be segregated in the South Africa of 1985.

Favourite books

  • Change of Address - Lee Langley.
  • The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
  • The Bridges of Madison County - R J Waller
  • Border Music - R J Waller
  • Anything by Hemmingway
  • Anything by Steinbeck
  • And 3 real oldies: These Lovers Fled Away - Howard Spring, 'Bonjour Tristesse' - Francoise Sagan and Neville Chute's 'In the Wet'. I lose count, the number of times I have read the latter - but on each occasion I am left thinking and thinking and thinking.
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The Book In The Bottle
The Book In The Bottle

by Raymond Holland

A family finds a mysterious bottle. Within the bottle, a book. Within the book, a story. And within the story, their own adventure.

All The Little Sacrifices
All The Little Sacrifices

by V. Moody

Anything is possible, if you're prepared to make sacrifices.

Firewall
Firewall

by Freddie Harte

When what's virtual becomes real and vice versa.

That Time is Past
That Time is Past

by Bia Talgo

When Isabella vanishes in an Italian fishing village the two prime suspects are Shelley and Byron. Except both have been dead for 200 years.

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    DDickson [Retired] wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    Having read your message again I think I see. You just need to highlight the naughty text and click on normal in the navigation pane. Then Highlight the actual words Chapter 6 and then go and click Heading in the navigation pane.

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    DDickson [Retired] wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    Well me duck I have had another look and you need to highlight from Quickly draining his glass to - Such a long time away and make it normal and then you need to go back to Chapter 6 and make that a heading. It is showing as bold in the reading pane so have another go - just for me!!

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    donkeyjacket wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    Am I talking to myself or to you? Oooh, this is exciting. Never been down here before. But it looks as if I am messaging myself (illogical) and there doesn't seem to be anywhere to reply to you. Hopefully: Yes, done that - both with the format painter (which got the text uniform) and by copying and pasting the magic normal words for text into the little box on the left side of the tool bar at the top - ...
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    DDickson [Retired] wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    when I say click I mean highlight. Highlight the text that is showing in the TOC and you will see that in your navigation pane it is heading instead of normal. Just make it normal - re-upload and it should be fine.

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    DDickson [Retired] wrote 6 months, 1 week ago

    Well done - the bit after chapter 5 is because you have too much as "Heading" just go back and click on the bit that is showing in the TOC and click normal and then a great big pat on the back for sticking with it. Hope I didn't annoy you by nagging.

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