Sunday, December 04, 2016


Cats sleeping - an example of doing whatever you're doing with deep commitment and to the full stretch of your capacity ...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

RSE Christmas Lecture

Today I'm at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, taking part in the 2016 RSE Christmas Lecture.  I'm on a panel with Helen Sharman (the first British astronaut), Duncan Forgan (Research Fellow in, among other space things, life on other planets) and chaired by John Brown (Astronomer Royal for Scotland) - yeah, I know, pretty high-powered company!  Should be amazing, and if you're in town, come and say hello!  (I'll be the sci-fi writer trying to pass as a scientist ...)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lovely Light, Unlovely Lurgie

After a week of Grade A Lurgitude, I am on the mend, and happy to share some photos of other Novembers.  (Did see the Supermoon, though, very briefly, just above the horizon and just before a bank of clouds ate it.  It was fabulous!)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Turning to Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - 
That perches in the soul - 
And sings the tune without the words - 
And never stops - at all - 

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - 
And sore must be the storm - 
That could abash the little Bird 
That kept so many warm - 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land - 
And on the strangest Sea - 
Yet - never - in Extremity, 
It asked a crumb - of me.

Emily Dickinson 
(written in 1861, published posthumously in 1891)

Monday, November 07, 2016

Slightly Jones and Alloway Primary School

A big thank you to the P6s of Alloway Primary School for inviting me to visit - it was great!  I took a few photos of the fabulous Slightly Jones displays you'd done and here they are -

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Lighthouses and Puddles

My Paper Zone Weekend was GREAT!  Next time I do it, though, I'm going to leave my phone behind as well, or figure out how to disable the email-receiving bit of it.  But I was glad I did bring my camera, partly because lighthouses feature in the new novel ...

... and partly because when I took a break from writing I was able to play with photographing puddle pictures (not sure how they're likely to figure in the novel, but I had fun any way) -

I'm also over on The History Girls today, expressing a certain ambivalence for the 5th of November.  

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Paper Only Zone

This is how far I've got with the new novel.  (Well, new novel take 2, as new novel take 1 foundered after a week.)  And this weekend I'm going away to really see if this one will fly.  I'm not taking a computer or tablet, just paper, and I'm going to try to see if 20-odd pages of questions and snippets of information and middle of the night scribblings can really start to resemble a plot.  We shall see ...

Wish me luck!