Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

May 22, 2008


Not Kim and Aggie swabbing your toilet bowl, but a simple housekeeping suggestion to keep you working efficiently. Starting with filenames; synopsis, synopsis1, synopsis1A is asking for trouble. Take a few moments to think up a system of short, unique identifiers for each project. An instant, easy way of knowing which file is the most current is to use dates. SB.synopsis.21.5.08. is not elegant, but clear enough for anyone not to have to open it. OK so only seconds are saved each time, but they add up!

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