So I fired up the laptop, and there was this email addressed to me from The London Magazine. Now, six weeks ago, I entered a short story competition of theirs. Could this be details of their short list? Could it mean that I was in with a chance? Visions of success – not bikers speeding to my door with book contracts exactly, but perhaps the possibility of my story being published in a classy magazine – dimmed my vision.

My trembling hand reached for the mouse and clicked. The London Magazine were inviting me to take out an annual subscription…

I know my fellow writers will feel for me.