Brexit Woes

How did the Brexit chicken cross the road? “I never said there was a road. Or a chicken”.

Always Remember

This is ‘Pops’, my grandfather Harry. He taught me to swim (though never taught my dad…). He fought in the Coldstream Guards in the First World War, aged just 18. When my Uncle died only a few years ago, did we find out Pops had been awarded a medal for bravery. He just never spoke about it. A hero in so many, many ways.

Daily Constitutionals

Our ‘earthquake’ kitty, Pootie is such a star Having being brought up by Nell, our three year old Springer he obviously thinks he’s a dog. Every day, when he’s not sleeping of course, he joins his canine friends on a walk through the woods. He even rolls over for a tummy tickle and partakes in … Continue reading

Monthly Quote

This definitely represents my week…  Continue reading

A Novel Is Not Just for November

If you’ve been around the writing circuit for some time, you’ll know all about the annual writing challenge known as Continue reading

Favourite Opening Lines

Opening lines are important. Some stick in the mind longer than others and some will mean that short moment in which a reader decides to read on… or not.




  1. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
  2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must want for a wife.” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
  3. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
  4. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
  5. “It was the day my grandmother exploded.” Iain Banks’ The Crow Road
  6. “124 was spiteful.” Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  7. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were very normal, thank you very much.” J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

What are yours and why?

Favourite Movie

I have to start the beginning of what will become a monthly post with the movie I’ve probably watched more times than any other… Continue reading

On My Reading Table

As we’re off in the camper van today for a couple of weeks, I’ve been looking at my

to-be-read list which is as long as my arm! Do you have a list like that? I’m a collector of books to be read; as soon as I see something that ignites my interest, it’s on the list… but I’ve decided not to add any more until I get through some of the back log. I’m concentrating on reading fantasy at the moment as I’m rewriting my first fantasy based novel, so here are the ones I hope to be reading in the next few days. We’re off to the heel of Italy, following the sun!  The Gargano Penninsula is our first stop…

  • The Rose Mark: Black Rose Sorceress by Connie Suttle
  • Eye of Truth (Agents of the Crown 1) by Lyndsay Buroker
  • Map of Shadows by J.F Penn
  • DIYMFA by Gabriella Pereira – this is a non-fiction book on writing which I’m slowly working my way through.

Let me know what you are reading, and why!

Favourite Season

The seasons affect my writing in different ways, mainly to do with my mood and activity levels. Needless to say, writing is most difficult in Continue reading

Image of the Month

Every month I shall be posting a favourite or inspiring image. Some months I may have written something in response to this image, other times I may have not and you may want to respond… this month’s image did produce a reaction and Continue reading

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