Raised in the fantasy way

I grew up surrounded by fantasy and sci-fi. Maybe that's why it's what I love to write now.  Bedtime stories were The Hobbit, Wind in the Willows, Roald Dahl. Daytime video viewing was Star Wars, Willow, Labyrinth and all the Disney films. It's still seen as odd if you're into fantasy and happen to be... Continue Reading →

New Year Musings

It's all over. Both the year and my book. Completing the book has been my biggest achievement and one I didn't expect to happen. When I looked back at my New Years postfrom January 2015, I was surprised to find I'd gone beyond what I thought I could do. I completed the 2nd edit on... Continue Reading →

Wordy Gifts

If you need some inspiration for gifts of a 'wordy' kind, then let me help with these lovely things I got for my birthday. First up, two lovely new notebooks for my collection. I like the clouds that appears on the pages in the Notebook for Dreamers. Next up a super soft pencil case decorated... Continue Reading →

Gaea

You were full of promise, you were heavy with burden. The expectation of a nation, sat in every fold of your gross exaggeration You were filled with blood, you were kept in stone. In the killing wild, the precious child, laid the path for your bold body to be deified. You were ample for their needs,... Continue Reading →

An Open Fan Letter to Sir Terry Pratchett

This is a very sad day. I want to say something, but there’s not much I can add to what I said in this previous post. This says it all.

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I recently started reading Terry Pratchett’s latest book ‘Raising Steam’, with a slightly heavy heart. Not because I didn’t think I’d enjoy it, I knew I would, but because each new book brings us a bit closer to the time where there will be no more new books.

He has a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s and it’s meant that it’s becoming harder for him to write. He can’t type anymore and now dictates his books to his assist Rob or uses voice recognition software. With luck he can carry on for a good few years and he’s also said that he is happy for his daughter Rhianna to carry on writing his famous Discworld series so his legacy is safe. Still it will be a very sad day when he can no longer write books himself.

For years I’ve wanted to write him a fan letter and…

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Lewis Carrolls Grave, Guildford, UK

It seems almost impossible that I should have neglected to find the final resting place of the author of my favourite book, Alice in Wonderland.  And yet I did. I assumed that Lewis Carroll was interred somewhere in London or Canterbury perhaps. The truth is he rests in a fairly unassuming graveyard in Guildford, roughly... Continue Reading →

Why Exercise is good for a Writer

Exercise. Some people love it, some people would rather sit on broken glass than do all that jumping about. It would be stereotypical to suggest that all writers are in the latter camp, but there's no getting away from the fact that writing involves a lot of staying still to get the words on paper.... Continue Reading →

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