Contact me

If you wish to contact me more privately than by leaving me a comment, then please email me at vbeccabunga at . Of course if you are a real person you know how to alter that to make a proper email address.

21 thoughts on “Contact me

    • Great to see you here Willy.
      I put the most recent poem up in case you dropped by, Sleepless in a hospital bed; seemed appropriate somehow!
      ps. try the short stories first and maybe the article called The healing power of writing…


    • Hi Shweta,
      I am so glad you got in touch as I have news you may be interested in regarding the book about pilgrims, and more than that, I have been concerned about your silence.
      I am indeed on Facebook, as Viv Tuffnell. I think I am the only Viv Tuffnell, and my profile picture is a statue of an elephant painted with sci fi images. If I don’t show up, let me know and I can adjust my privacy settings, or else let me know what your name is there and I can find you!


  1. Hi Viv. I am excited to hear about yr book. I could not find you on facebook. Please adjust your privacy settings and i will contact you….. with my original name.

    Thanks and hope to connect soon. Bye.

    Love – shweta


  2. Dear zenandtheartoftightropewalking:

    My name is Leora Trub and I am a student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I am conducting a study of the reasons that people blog and what benefits it brings, which at this point are still largely unexplored in research studies. I am therefore reaching out to you as a blogger who can help deepen our understanding of this phenomenon. I believe that your voice is an important one to be heard and hope you will enjoy participating in the study. I have developed an online questionnaire that asks about specific aspects of blogging as well as asking about feelings about yourself and others in your life. The survey is a mix of numerical scales and opportunities to reflect in an open-ended format about the role of blogging in your life, and how it has changed over time.

    You are eligible to participate if you are at least 21 years of age and have been maintaining an English-language personal blog for at least six months that you update or visit at least twice a week (on average). Your participation involves completing a confidential online questionnaire. The data will be downloaded onto a secure server to which only I have access. No identifying information, such as your names or address, will be collected, and you will be given the opportunity to be identified by a code name in research reports and to have your blog description changed slightly so it cannot be identified if you wish. In addition, you may choose not to share your blog information, in which case I will not access your blog for any reason after this point.

    The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and participation is completely voluntary. Three participants who complete the survey will be randomly selected by a lottery to receive a $75 cash prize.

    There are no foreseeable risks to participation in the study. Although some of the questions are personal in nature, participation in the study provides an opportunity to think about the role that your blog plays in your life.

    If you have any questions about this research, you can contact me at (732) 407-7928 or, or my advisors Dr. Arietta Slade at (212) 650-5658 or and Dr. Tracey Revenson at (212) 817-8709 or

    The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate School of the City University of New York and meets of their guidelines as well as all state and federal guidelines for research with human participants. If you have any concerns about the project at any time, you can contact Ms. Kay Powell, Institutional Review Board at the Graduate School of the City University of New York (212) 817-7525 or

    In order to participate in this study, I need to send you an invitation through survey monkey. If you are interested, please send an email to from the email address to which you would like the invitation sent. I hope that you will decide to participate and also that you will share it with others if you decide you would like to. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


    Leora Trub, M.A.
    Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology
    Graduate School of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309


  3. This is perhaps the most sincere blog I’ve read since I began blogging. Can’t help thinking you’re Catholic? It still feels good to know someone else like’s Hopkins’ poetry other than myself. Sincerely,


    • Hi William,
      I have been away for work and have got home in the small hours this morning.
      No, I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian who appreciates the mystical aspects of all faiths and all denominations. I have loved Hopkins since I was a teenager, because the words spoke directly to my experience.
      I shall read your blog later today when I am unpacked and got myself sorted. I’ve been away the last week, in France, and am very tired.
      thank you for being so kind.


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    • I was saying to my husband about you being one of my longest term blogging pals. Michael J. You’ve been there all this time; so many have vanished.
      I’ve nabbed it on Kindle, and look forward to reading the story of one of my favourite saints. How about Teresa of Avila next??


  6. Loved your review of P.A.Rees Involution, a hard act I have promised P to try and follow :)..If you ever need cheering up feel free to drop me a


  7. Hi Viv,
    I just popped in to say thank you so much for the lovely review of Running Out of Space… I should have let you know sooner – but I was thrilled you enjoyed it and very touched you took the trouble to put a review up on Amazon. Thank you!


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