A Call To Action!

Good day to you all, dear friends of Old College, I hope this post finds you well. I rarely deviate from all things PorterGirl on my blog as you well know – but this is really important. Not least because it concerns one of our very own; Susan Price from a blog many of you will know well – The Portugal Years.

Susan was an early reader and great supporter of PorterGirl and I have long enjoyed her tales of her time in Lusitania. I am humbled to say that she has become a dear friend. I find myself quite helpless to assist her in any other way than to offer my support and to ask any and all who can to do the same.

Susan is battling cancer and she needs our help. A GoFundMe page has been set up and you can find it here. I know that she would also appreciate your prayers, should you be so inclined.

Please like, share, say a prayer or do whatever you can to please help this very special lady. Don’t buy my book – support Susan’s battle. There will be other books but there can never be another Susan.

Thank you xx


Back To Work!

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl – The Un:Fairer Sex will return on Tuesday 12th January 2016!

Delightful news, I am sure you will agree – but in the meantime I need to make some progress with the bloody book. Plots and sub-plots are hanging together nicely and I’ve got character progression spilling out all over the place.

But there is a problem.

The publisher wants a love interest for Deputy Head Porter. (They also want a name for Deputy Head Porter, but that isn’t going to happen.)

It doesn’t have to be a grand romance and we won’t be straying into 50 Shades Of Old College territory (probably) but seeds of desire needs must be sown in this book with the intention that they flourish and bloom over the next two books.


As you can probably tell, I am not keen but these people know far better than me about such things and I am confident I can write it without turning the whole thing into a vile mush-fest.

But the question is who to fit the dubious honour of this role? Certainly not Head Porter – that relationship is already established and evolving it into a romance would destroy the dynamic.

The Dean would work as an unrequited love – as a member of The Fellowship he could never entertain relations with a College servant. But they have already had one fake affair, so maybe that would be pushing it.

Perhaps a new character is needed. They suggested a love-struck student, but that might be a bit creepy as even the Third Years are typically only 21 years old. A dashing lecturer was also punted as a potential suitor, which is perhaps a little more realistic.

Anyhoo, it has me completely stumped. Any suggestions, ideas and help would be very gratefully received and if I use your idea I will of course credit you in the novel!

In the meantime, I shall devise ways for my characters to die horribly. That I can manage without too much difficulty.