I’ve been taking some time out from working on my new book to finish a short story. The original idea came from a short-lived attempt by me to give up speaking for Lent! It was hilarious – I had to resort to whispering. I got very hoarse and abandoned the foolish plan within a week. It set me thinking that it might make an amusing story – and ‘The Rest is Silence’ was the result. I’m happy with it and may submit it to a Short Story Competition, the deadline for which is the end of this month. And now, back to my book which makes steady if slow progress.