Sunday, August 02, 2015

Sleeping Muses

It's no secret that writers find working with a sleeping cat or dog or gerbil nearby deeply - if oddly - helpful.


It's one of many reasons I've missed our old cat Katie.  But now I have not one but two small muses (notice how I'm resisting the urge to make the bad joke here) to help me get on with the words -


Even though, sometimes, falling asleep is something to be fought ...





There's room for at least one of them and a clipboard on my lap, as long as I don't care about the handwriting -


- though by the time they're St Jerome's cat's size, this won't be an option any more ...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Coram's Tapestry - an overarching poem by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Toni Stuart

Part of the 26 Pairs of Eyes project was an overarching piece by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Toni Stuart, beautifully performed here -



Saturday, July 25, 2015

This Week ...

The Leif Frond books got a surprise review this week on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure by Ann Turnbull, which pleased me no end.



And did I mention there are new kittens?  





I am besotted, with no wish for a cure!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

They're Here!

The boys are here - I may never write another word!  (Mal's the grey tabby and Toby's the brown tabby.)







Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wappit but Happy

Just back from Moniack Mhor - such a great week - the talent in the place would make you want to cheer!  But that's a hard thing to photograph, so here are some pretty clouds instead ...






This thing with clouds, see, I can stop it any time I like.  Really.  Any time at all.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Storm clouds over Dundee




I will be away next week at Moniack Mhor, tutoring Writing for Children and Young People with Melvin Burgess, and Anne Fine as our mid-week guest.  Can't wait!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Londoner for a little while

When you read this I will be in London!  Have I timed my visit perfectly to hit the heatwave?  Here's madly, truly, deeply hoping not.

I'm here for the 26 Pairs of Eyes in Performance on Saturday 4 July, and if you are within striking distance of the Foundling Museum it would be lovely to see you there.  If not, I'm posting about the project on The History Girls on Sunday 5 July, with online alternatives!

  
If I've not melted into a sighing puddle on some London street, I will be back in Scotland next week.