I have been missing. Missed Christmas and New Year on here... What is wrong? Well, I ended up needing an operation... Which I finally had but have picked up a tiny infection that is being treated with antibiotics and after 24 hours I'm feeling much better. The result is that I have disappeared from all… Continue reading Missing
So I was invited on a BAME and marginalised voices writing retreat. It was for those who are under-represented in the writing and publishing world. I guess ideally this would never have come about because no one would be on the edges and left out. The reality though is that I am less likely to… Continue reading Writing Retreats and Free Apples
No, I don’t mean we ought to kill people or small animals. It is a saying in writing circles. You kill your darlings… The parts of the book that you work so hard to get perfect and instead you have to cut them to make the story flow. In Here Be Dragons I had a… Continue reading Killing your darlings
It is strange meeting people you haven’t seen in years. On the honeymoon I had the opportunity to meet up with some mates I hadn’t seen in about twenty years. How much do you change in 20 years? The answer is loads and not that much at all. It was weird. They said I was… Continue reading The Meeting
I used to do them all the time, but I stopped advertising and they just dropped off... But I have been thinking of starting up again and drawing some wildlife. I have found myself wanting to pick up the paintbrush and the pencil and start working again. That is if I can squeeze it around… Continue reading Pet Portraits
Don't get me wrong... I moved 3 and a half years ago, but I left my workshop. The paints, pencils, artwork... everything frozen in time. But there have been problems. The workshop got a leak, there was a flood... The artwork started to deteriorate. There was a mold that started to creep across the… Continue reading Moving
So, a while back I entered the New Welsh Writers Competition with a story I thought was a long shot. It was set in the past and I was submitting it for a dystopian award. But it really is a dystopian story, and horrifically true. In 1800 a sailor, James Norris, was placed in Bethlem… Continue reading Oh errrr… I been Longlisted
Well, of late, a lot. Which means of course, that I haven't been blogging. But then life can get in the way. The good news is that the colouring book for kids is almost ready... Just need a few more proof reads and then it will be hitting a shelf near you. Then there is… Continue reading What’s been happening?
I don't normally write reviews, but this is something to do with my Ph.D. I want to show that environment has more to do with writing tales than people realise. There are spoilers in here so only read on if you have seen it. How does this equate to The Greatest Showman? Well, the cast that is… Continue reading PT Barnum and the Greatest Showman
I am actually going to study for a Ph.D.! But this means a certain amount of writing that is taken up with research. I want to keep you all abreast of it but do I just create another button, or do I open a new blog...? Is anyone interested in 19th-century asylums?