A Visit to Poldark Country – Cornwall, UK

If you're not familiar with BBC series "Poldark" let me sum it up - set in Cornwall in the eighteenth century, it focuses on Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, who's trying to make his fortunes by mining copper, and has a penchant for scything things with his top off. Ok, so there's actually far… Continue reading A Visit to Poldark Country – Cornwall, UK

Notebook Collection: Roman Dead – The Museum of London Docklands

If you're a regular reader, you'll know I'm rather interested in history and cemeteries. So the 'Roman Dead' exhibition at 'The Museum of London Docklands' was definitely worth a visit. And as an added bonus it was free.   The exhibition showcases finds from excavations around London, with the focus being on a stunning sarcophagus… Continue reading Notebook Collection: Roman Dead – The Museum of London Docklands

Writing a Book part 5 – Editing

If you've stuck with me through parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, then thank you! As I said at the start, I've always suspicious of anything that claims to definitively tell you how to write. But hopefully, my advice is useful to you and will help you on your writing journey. So we've reached the… Continue reading Writing a Book part 5 – Editing

Brookwood Cemetery – A Final Resting Place in the Woods

Brookwood Cemetery is the UK's largest graveyard. It was builtĀ in 1854 and covers around 400 acres. In Victorian times trains carried the dead, divided by class, from the London Necropolis Station to this quiet, leafy town. I've wanted to visit Brookwood ever since reading 'Necropolis: London and its Dead' by Catharine Arnold. I've passed it… Continue reading Brookwood Cemetery – A Final Resting Place in the Woods

Notebook Collection: Cast off! HMS Victory

HMS Victory was the flagship of Lord Nelson, Vice Admiral of the British Navy. At Trafalgar, he and his ship won the day, but Nelson lost his life. Today Victory sits at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where she's been carefully preserved providing a fantastic porthole into Navy life. I've been to Victory a number of times,… Continue reading Notebook Collection: Cast off! HMS Victory

The Cauldron Trilogy – the Plan is done!

It's taken four months, 21 pages and over 11.5K of words to complete my plan for 'The Cauldron Trilogy'. And whilst this is terrific, I'm fully aware that any book plan is on uneven ground once you start writing and your characters try to misbehave. This is the most complex writing project I've ever attempted,… Continue reading The Cauldron Trilogy – the Plan is done!

Notebook collection: Tolkien – Maker of Middle Earth

I wanted to share a few photos of this exhibition, currently on in the Weston Library, but photography isn't allowed. That's understandable so instead please enjoy these photos of the notebook and badges I bought at the library shop. The exhibition itself isn't big but it's free and packed with artifacts from Tolkiens life and… Continue reading Notebook collection: Tolkien – Maker of Middle Earth