Any fan of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will know that its eponymous heroine is based on a real person. Alice Liddell was the fourth child in the Liddell family. They were friends with Charles Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll and it was on a boating trip that he whipped up the tale of Alice and the White… Continue reading Visiting Alice Liddells Grave
Adult colouring books are all the rage. And by ‘adult’ I mean they’re more complicated than ones for the kids, not that they’ve got er, ‘adult’ subject matter (maybe yours do, I’m not judging). You can’t walk into a book shop without falling over a table full of them, swoops and curls of black and white, sometimes… Continue reading Have you got a Colouring Book?
Write I mean! On trains and buses, boats and rooftops, beaches, balconies and the bottom of the sea, we writers will do it anywhere (get your minds out of the gutter please!) I'm sure you know what it's like to have the Muse (or just the need to flex those writing muscles) strike at an… Continue reading Where’s the Oddest place you’ve done it?
For every writing problem you have, there is an answer. Not necessarily an easy answer that involves lamps and Genies but an answer nevertheless. Here are four common roadblocks that stop you from writing - and four ways to steamroll them flat. 1) I don't have time to write When I was younger, there was a… Continue reading 4 Roadblocks to your Writing – And 4 ways to Steamroll them!
If you're wandering around the Isle of Wight, you could end up stumbling upon Farringford, the home of Lord Tennyson. Lord Tennyson was a prolific writer and Poet Laureate of Great Britain during most of Queen Victoria's reign. His famous works include 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'The Lady of Shallot'. He lived at… Continue reading A Visit to Lord Tennysons House, Isle of Wight, UK
I have two writing pals on my desk; Catbutt and Grandad. Catbutt was a gift who is also a handy paperweight. I call him Catbutt as he has a hefty posterior. Grandad is actually a vicar troll but his cross fell of a while back. I gave him to my Grandfather (also a vicar) for… Continue reading Who are Your Writing Pals?
I've decided to post more about my notebook collection and to that end, I'll be putting up a post about a particular notebook about once a month. Hopefully this will be of interest to fellow notebook nuts like me. I've even made a new menu link up the top where I'll stash all notebook related… Continue reading Notebook Collection – 1# The Eden Project
Cornwall has inspired many writers. My recent holiday certainly sparked a few ideas in my head. I won't waffle on, rather share some of the photos I took and hope they might inspire others. Padstow Land's End The Eden Project Bodmin Jail Lanhydrock House Carnglaze Carverns Woodland walk Japanese Garden Related reads Dark Woods Exploring… Continue reading Inspiration – Cornwall
There was a gate, that stood without walls, alone and patient, in the middle of the forest. It was not beautiful, with twisting filigree, and tingling gold, and cold, stone heads. It had been green, but now it's skin peeled, and rust in bloody patches, patterned each line and rod. If people ventured into the waving… Continue reading Poetry – The Gate
Eighties fantasy films hold a special place in my heart. There were a lot of classics made at that time with stunning effects, immense sets, sumptuous costumes and extra crowded crowd scenes. In my opinion, it was a golden age. Some may disagree but then they probably weren't raised on Krull, Labyrinth, Willow, The Dark… Continue reading A Froud and a Henson? A Match Made in Puppet Heaven