Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Inspired to work

A few days ago we took this ferry to the small island og Gigha. We followed the sign and (eventually) found the beach where I went swimming.

 I've just finished the first draft of a story about a woman who gets the ferry to Gigha with her husband. They followed the sign and (eventually) found the beach where she went swimming.

In other writing news, one of my stories has just been accepted by pages of stories. Coincidentally it's about postcards and I'd posted some shortly before getting the news.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The great outdoors

If you've been reading this blog for the last few weeks you'll know Gary and I are currently wandering from place to place in our van. I'm loving it, but my 'no fixed abode' status is temporary and voluntary. We can go home anytime we like. That's not the case for everyone and this writing competition aims to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness and help people who're in that unfortunate position.

Entry is free, but donations to the charity are suggested for those entrants who can afford to make them. First prize is a 5 day residential Arvon course.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

I should get away with this ...

I've decided to distract you from the fact I've not written much on this trip with a few photos ...

This one perhaps makes me look braver than I was - but we have done quite a bit of scrambling up hills and over rocks.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Yes! Yes! Yes!

It was lovely to meet up with writer friend Karen Jones, for the first time in about five years, recently. We talked a lot, ate hardly any cake and then headed off to an art gallery near Glasgow Cathedral.

Karen left us just before we went into the cathedral, maybe that was to be expected from the author of The Upside Down Jesus?

The post title refers to the two 'yes' rallies Gary and I somehow ended up in the middle of both before and after meeting Karen.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


A paraselene is a bright spot, especially on a lunar halo. It's sometimes known as a mock or false moon. I'm not sure I entirely follow, but it's a nice word and maybe my friend Sheila will come along and explain it properly.

The picture is of the actual moon, taken by Gary. He's one of the bright spots in my life.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Made it!

 We made it to Scotland! I choose this picture because Gary was far enough away that you can't see I'm opening a bottle to celebrate. Er, so now you don't know about that ...
Couldn't decide which cliched Scottish image to go with, but I was very taken with the hinges on a historic house we visited.
I haven't really done any writing, but we're having a wonderful time - and we've received a very warm welcome.

Friday, 12 September 2014

A coincidence?

We left our overnight stop, which was somewhere in the Penines (not sure where as we didn't end up where we'd expected!) 

And headed for Penrith Castle. It was once home to Richard III before he became king.

The castle is located in the grounds of a pretty park, so naturally I visited the gardens. Afterwards I quickly checked my emails and discovered my story 'A Garden Visit' has been accepted by The weekly News and will be in the 13th september issue.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hard at it!

I said I'd be working, didn't I? Here I am with my current muse, plotting my next story.

Telford seems to be a bit of a theme so far - hebuilt this suspension bridge.

Which is right next to this castle. Do you know where they are?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Looking at the view

Here's Gary photographing the view on the second day of our trip (er yes, he is stood just behind the sign warning of dangerous cliffs. He's like that) View used in this context means what is seen from a particular point. Of course what we can see might be a row of overflowing bins, but usually it's taken to refer to a picturesque, natural scene.

It can also mean the extent of visibility (his mistake was made in full view of his mother-in-law) a visual or mental survey (she viewed the results), an opinion or mental attitude (his mother-in-law held strong views about his intelligence) or with the aim of attaining something (she had a view to a divorce) or to bear something in mind (in view of what she'd seen him do).

A viewing is an opportunity for a visual inspection, such as when house hunting. Once you've viewed it you might want to take a long term view of it's suitability.

In view of the length of this post, I'll stop now and fill the kettle with a view to making a nice pot of tea.