Friday, 29 July 2016

Another writer's home

We're still on our travels - which is partly why I've not been online as much as usual. The other reason is that I've been busy writing, but I'm having trouble convincing people of that one ...

Anyway, here are some photo's of Rudyard Kipling's home.

That is his actual (reassuringly untidy) desk.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


A proclivity is a tendency or an inclination. For example, I have a proclivity to eat cake and wear purple. So much so that I even did both at our wedding - which was a little over four years ago! Doesn't seem so long.

I was able to stand unaided, we were just pretending that even wearing heels I'm considerably shorter than Gary. Why we were doing that I have no idea. Perhaps we just have a proclivity to be daft?

Care to share any of your proclivities with me?

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A writer's home

We're on our travels in the van again and have been to some fabulous places. Here's one with a literary connection. It's Sissinghurt Castle, formerly the home of Vita Sackville west and Harold Nicholson, both of whom were writers. In the tower is the physical Hogarth Press which Virginia Wolf used to start her publishing company and later gave to Vita.

 Admittedly I went mostly for the flowers, but that's not the point. (For more of them see here)

It hasn't all been sightseeing. I've been writing too - honestly I have.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


A flintlock is an old type of gun which requires the spark from a flint to fire.  It can also mean the device used to produce that spark.

There were flintlock rifles as well as much larger guns which could fire shots weighing up to 32 lb on board HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar.

I didn't get to keep any description of gun (nor that hat, sadly) but I do have the jacket and a piece of flint just like those which would have been used in a flintlock.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Be heard

Bibliphone are running another It's free to enter and the prize is to have your story produced in audio format.
1,000 word short story competition.

I entered last time and although I wasn't the actual winner, they liked mine so much they went ahead and did mine too. You can listen to it here or download a text version here.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Double Latin

We're currently touring in the mobile writing retreat. One recent visit was to Lullingstone Roman Villa. The ruins and artefacts were interesting of course, but there was also something which captured my writer's imagination - Latin.

I was aware that some people still studied this language and that Latin terms are used for plant names and mottos (in my last day job I sometimes had to say 'honi soit qui mal y pense').

What I hadn't realised was that so many Latin phrases are still in common use. If you've ever drone on ad naseum  about the dramatis personae acting on an ad hoc or de facto basis, inhabiting terra firma, et cetera in your magnum opus, then you were speaking Latin!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Threepence (pronounced thruppence) or a threepenny piece or threepenny bit is a pre-decimilisation coin worth ... three old pence.

I suggest only having the one in your collection as offering to show people your threepenny bits can get an odd reaction.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Working really hard.

We're away in the mobile writing retreat. Hmmm, looks like I might be gone quite some time...

Because I have a book to write - not because I'm giving in to distractions. Nooo.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Things I must get better at ...

For this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post, I'm listing a few things which I'd like to be better at.

1. Keeping cake crumbs out of the keyboard.

2. Not writing pratice when it should be pratise (and vice versa).

3. Avoiding getting distracted by the internet and then convincing myself I was working hard all day.

4. Having my photo* taken without blinking!

5. Focusing on my weaknesses instead of strengths and therefore feeling insecure.

Do you have bad habits you'd like to break?

*Taken on Monday and yes, that is HRH.