The above, for a sort of writer’s theme, is the prettiest typewriter – the Oliver.  I want one!  Notice the ‘pun’ – the olive colour.

I was advised by a friend in the AbsoluteWrite forum to join BIO (Biographers’s International Organization), since I was looking for a group exclusively for biographers.

Writing biographies is a lonely business, as anyone who has tried to write one will tell you ad nauseam.  I suppose it’s the amount of research you have to do, and the agonizing about how to work your findings into the book in a readable form whilst adhering to the truth at all times.  Then there’s all that listing of sources and indexing: Grumble, grumble.

BIO has a list of members which reads like a Who’s Who of Pulitzer Prize winners.  And then there’s cheeky unpublished Yours Truly in there with them.  I’m hoping that some of the glitter will rub off.  Seriously though, I’m told they are the nicest of people and more than willing to listen and to advise.


AbsoluteWrite is a great forum for all sorts of writers.  Even if you are just toying with the idea of a novel or your memoirs you will receive lots of help and encouragement there.


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  1. Kathryn Kane says:

    This is slightly off-topic for this post, but is related to your writing efforts. I was wondering if you had considered creating a page for Louis Bazalgette at Wikipedia? There is already a page there for your other ancestor, Joseph Bazalgette, but pour Louis has nothing. :-(Setting up a page for Louis would serve to bring him to the attention of a wider audience, some of whom might have information to share with you. You would not have to post a full biography on Wikipedia, but a good outline of his life would help others to know he existed, as well as to whet their appetite for your upcoming book. And, since you are the foremost authority on Louis, you would certainly be within you rights to post a link to your blog in the External Links section of the page. In addition, you could link Louis’s page to Joseph’s and vice versa, making Wikipedia readers aware of the family relationship between the two.Just a thought.Kat

  2. Charles Bazalgette says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, Kat.I have toyed with this idea an may well do it.Previously my view was that I wouldn’t do it for an otherwise unknown person.I have added to and corrected other Bazalgette wiki pages in the past.Maybe once the book is ready – then I can cite it as a source.At this point Louis WILL be more famous.

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