Yes, I’ve been quiet. Busy setting, mostly, but there’s another project on the go – it may come to nothing, but I’m giving it a go.
Some years ago in London, possibly at the Times Championships or it may have been a Sloggers & Betters gathering, I was on my way to a restaurant with John Henderson (Enigmatist/Elgar) who, out of the blue, suggested I should write a book about crosswords.
At the time – flattered as I was – I laughed it off. Been done before; that was a partial reason. The main one was “Who the hell am I to do such a thing?”
More recently I had an idea. Because I started this game at such a ridiculously early age, why not have a clue-writing guide but mix it up with… well, not an autobiography (boring!) but an account of how crosswords became so important to me?
It’s early stages and, as I say, it may come to nothing, but I’m gradually putting a manuscript together to see how it goes. The resulting absence of regular posts here isn’t a sign of anything untoward.
I’m still not convinced it’s a good idea anyway.