Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Need for Dancing Chickens

With the world the way it is, sometimes you just need some dancing chickens -



Sandra Boyton, Michael Ford, Ira Baker, and the Bacon Brothers

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Run Throughing

I have two weeks left to finish my work-in-progress up to a level when I can send it to my agent for a first read.  (Then I'm teaching at Moniack Mhor for a week and then we head out to Jakarta for Jamie and Astrid's wedding ... my life is a master class in balance and sedate pacing.)  And, after a wodge of slough slogging and diminishing returns, I am using the start-at-the-beginning-and-take-a run-at-it technique - and it's working!  I'm on the second full run through now, and have a hope that maybe two more after that will do it!

Will I make my deadline? To encourage me, and anyone else out there in a similar situation, I give you two running horses - and now it's back to work!


Running Horse Lascaux (wiki commons)


Uffington Horse (wiki commons)

Sunday, July 01, 2018

A Generosity of Summer




Sunday, June 24, 2018

From A to Pineapple via Birmingham

Blogging over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure this week, where I consider the winding roads inspiration takes.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Views from the Roof

A fine sunset and haar over the Tay -





Friday, June 08, 2018

Creating New Worlds - a few places have come up!

Paul Magrs and I are leading a course at the incomparable Moniack Mhor, 23rd to 28th July, on Young Adult SciFi and Fantasy which has been fully booked for a while now.  However, a few people have reluctantly had to pull out, and so there might just be space for you!  Gill Arbuthnott is our Guest Writer, and the week is going to be amazing.  Can't wait!



Here's the blurb:
Creating New Worlds
Have you ever felt put off, thinking you don’t know enough about science, or fantasy – or young people – to write your own YA SF/Fantasy stories? Some of the most page-turning writing being published today is YA SF/Fantasy, and this course will help you become part of it. Learn how to create amazing new worlds, peopled with compelling characters that will engage and enthral the Young Adult audience. Through workshops and individual tutorials, the tutors will help you unlock possible futures and impossible pasts, and express them with your own individual voice. You don’t have to be an expert, a science whizz or a hardcore fan – just come with your ideas.

And you can find out more about coming to Moniack Mhor HERE.

Give it a thought - you won't regret it!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Firth - Free Range Poetry



Firth, brain child of the excellent Beth McDonough, is a new poetry magazine with a difference.  Each contributor is given the challenge of setting one copy of the magazine free - somewhere out in the world - somewhere unexpected.  The hope is it will be picked up by someone, read, enjoyed, and passed on.  I'm extremely pleased to have my poem "The Lament of the Carrot" included in this first issue, and I'm deep in thought on where weird to release my copy.  Cunning suggestions gratefully received.

You can follow Firth on Facebook here - you can buy a copy for £4. including P&P by sending a Message - and you can keep your eyes peeled in unlikely place.  Firth - where will you turn up?