Sunday, February 27, 2011

Unrealistic ...

... on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure - have a look!

(I've taken copious notes on how to download pictures from the camera to the computer (push the cord thingie into the port thingie and click the button thingie) so I hope to be putting up photos of just how amazingly gorgeous the scenery around Moniack Mhor is with ease and panache. Heading north tomorrow - very excited - very not packed ...)

Cheers, Joan.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I'm just back from Orkney, visiting Stromness Primary, and Dounby and Stenness Community Schools, and it was fabulous. The kids were great, the teachers were lovely, the hospitality was delightful ... I will run out of enthusiastic adjectives long before I cover it all! And don't start me on Skara Brae and the Pier Art Centre - 5000 years between them and yet both fascinating, stimulating, and fitting into the land- and seascapes in ways that make the phrase "perfection on a stick" just not adequate.

Like Venice, Orkney is addictive, and I will HAVE to go back. And write a book about it. A book that needs lots and lots of on-site research.

Oh yes.

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. And I also spent an evening with the Stromness Writing Group, which was excellent - keep up the good work!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Go Ghoul!

Slightly Jones' second adventure now has its own page on my website - with Did you knows? and Extracts and Quiz answers - AND an accolade:

The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul is the Books from Scotland Children's Choice for February!

I was really pleased - you know how it is with second children, you worry, don't you. But this is a fine start and I have high hopes for the nipper.

All for now - I'm off to Orkney tomorrow and I need to make sure I've packed the camera ...

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. If you haven't been to Slightly's Notebook recently, you won't know about Our Friend the Camel, or seen the Rotating Aerial House of the Future - both well worth a visit!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Yuck Behind My Face

Sinusitis. What a pain. Though I must say, on her it looks good. I suspect bubonic plague would look good on her too, of course. Some people just don't know how to get sick properly. Doesn't she realise you're supposed to go blotchy and have huge frown/squint lines and snap at your children lots? And, for no good reason, gain weight. It's probably the volume of yuck I'm storing behind my face - and that's a thought that should just put me off my tea.

I was in the kitchen, moaning my inability to write when I felt like this. "What purpose do sinuses serve, anyway?" I wailed.

"They're designed to equalize the pressure in your head so your brain won't explode," a son explained.

"But mine are full of yuck!"

"Oh dear," said the son, and retreated briskly.