Thursday, 22 September 2016

Another meet-up

My recent travels took me to Thurso, where I met up with fellow womag writer Andrea Wotherspoon. 

We talked a lot (more about that over on the womag blog) and I had a piece of cake so huge I couldn't (quite) eat it all. 

I burned off some of the calories with a good long walk around the area which inspires some of Andrea's writing.

Warning - we're still travelling. I could be in your area next ...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Zymology is the scientific study of fermentation.

I don't do this, but I do sometimes study the results in a very unscientific way.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Thanks to Anne Rainbow for passing on the details of this opportunity.

Mslexia are looking for poems or stories about heinous or illegal acts - but as usual they only want work by women writers. They pay £25.

I'm nowhere near as saintly as Cuthbert, but Anne obviously has a good opinion of me as she reckons this would be a challenge...

Oh, maybe she was referring to keeping the word count down to 2,200 words?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Ungulate means hoofed. An ungulate is a hoofed animal - and a good enough excuse for gratuitous cute animal pictures.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


We've been having such a good time travelling round in the van this last couple of months, that it seems wrong to talk about insecurities, but it's the first Wednesday of the month and time for my Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

This month's question is 'How do you find the time to write in your busy day?'

For me this one isn't too tricky as I now write full time, but I do remember having to fit in writing around the day job. The thing which helped the most was not turning on the TV. I still rarely watch and I'm not convinced I'm missing out to any great extent. Do you watch TV? If you do, is it more important to you than your writing, or could you switch it off and write instead?

 I do have one concern - that after this amazing trip I'll have trouble returning to reality.

But I am a fiction writer - could that mean that I don't have to? (please say yes)

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Meeting A Highland Lass

Our recent travels took us very close the the home of author (and long time online writer friend) Rosemary Gemmell. I was delighted to actually meet her in person for coffee and a wee bit of cake.

The other photos were taken the day before and day after.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Something which is mellow is soft, rich and free from harshness, particularly where our senses are involved. If we're mellow, we're either softened by age and experience - or by alcohol! (A nice mellow shiraz, perhaps?)

When describing fruit it meand soft, sweet and juicy. Mellow soil is rich and loamy.

I took this picture of my and Gary's shadows in the mellow evening light. (That's not snow but chalk - the light breeze was mellow too.) I *may* have drunk some wine when we returned to the van after our walk.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

News from the mobile writing retreat

I've spent the whole summer in the campervan. You probably think I've mostly been swanning around, admiring the scenery and sunsets, food and drink, wildlife and history, and squeezing R'ten (our van) onto ferries.

You'd mostly be right.

I have done some work though - including co-writing a book on writing 'From Story Idea to Writer' with Rosemary J Kind.  The writing part is done now and we're on to the editing.

The cover image should be ready to share soon and the book will be available to buy in time for Christmas.

Think I deserve a break after all that hard work. If anyone wants me I'll be at the nearest castle, ferry port, cake shop or wildlife haven.