Parties and fireworks – People celebrate worldwide. It’s Jenny’s birthday! Dedicated to all my friends and family who have birthdays between 15th December and 8th January and who get a raw deal, year in and year out. Jenny confessed to me that she didn’t realise until she was about eleven that everyone wasn’t celebrating her […]
Christmas cards posted, Meals planned, presents wrapped, tree up. Soon friends will arrive!
To save the planet You must learn to grow real food. Join the Seed Savers! I’m pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for S. Smith’s Heirloom – the third book in the Seed Savers series. I was very enthusiastic about the first book, saying “everyone should read this book”. You can read the […]
Tuesday haiku #30 is dedicated to the wonderful Stanley and Katrina, whose book The Perpetual Papers of a Pack of Pets has been published in a second edition with a sparkling new cover. You can read my review of it here, and scroll down to the fantastic Blogiversary giveaway below. But first…. Who was it […]
Acts of terrorism Recalled by burning Guy Fawkes? It’s just Bonfire Night. “Remember, remember, the fifth of November – gunpowder, treason and plot…” In my youth we had a bonfire at the end of the garden, and my dad set off a few fireworks like Roman Candles, Volcanoes and Helicopters. I remember my brothers making […]
Back to GMT: Mornings lighter, eve’nings dark. For a little while.
The time draws nearer for editing the next book – called Bravo Victor!
Hugo’s password is October First is too late From Fred Hoyle’s great book. In the Traveler in Black and White, Saku gives Hugo (Lord Mariusz) a password, in case he gets stuck on the other side of the time tunnel and has to come back overland. I chose “October the First is Too Late”. It […]
Summer is over. Autumn Equinox is past; There’s more night than day.
The other day some of my friends gave up playing their golf game and turned it into a blackberrying session! I admit I’ve turned a bird-watching session into blackberrying, but it pays to take a bag or two with you. Apples are just about ready now but wait a month for the later varieties. The […]
Today, a little haiku to celebrate my Readers’ Favorite reviews. Not that everyone else’s reviews aren’t just as welcome and important! Five nice shiny stars Adorn Princelings one and three. Hope Pirates shines too!
Someone I visited on the Best of Summer Giveaway Hop mentioned all those essays being written about “what I did in the summer holidays”… Here’s mine. This was my summer: Tear a hip muscle; In bed with flu in July, End with a sprained wrist.
August’s nearly done Holidays are memories. Back to work and school.
I’m a little late with this one, since the Perseid meteor shower was a weekend ago, not the one just gone. I stepped out of my back door to watch them on three nights, just before I went to bed. I love the stars anyway, but shooting stars are extra special. I’m surprised Fred has […]
Where to find inspiration, for the next group of haikus? I know… What are you reading On these hot August evenings? Let the tales unfold!
Technically this is my last Summer Camp post, although I’ve ‘won’ as I’ve passed my 50,000 word goal and got my ‘winner’ stamp. There’ll be a badge appearing near the bottom of this page sooner or later. The weather is still good; July is giving way to August, and I have lots of new projects […]
My fourth week at Summer Camp. The weather’s been hot, very hot for us wilting roses in England, but I still got into the spirit with my Camp Nano tee shirt. This week’s haiku is a kind of plot summary: Flying boats and spies; Mysterious females turn Victor from his task. ~~~ Only one more […]
My third week at Summer Camp, and the new version of the story is going – well, ok, slowly – choose your adverb. I’m now about a week behind schedule, but that’s largely due to my flu. Still time to catch up. This week’s haiku: The keyboard rattles. The fingers fly across it: The writer […]
My second week at Summer Camp, and things are not going well. My target is 1615 words a day and I was already one day behind when I fell sick with a virus. I haven’t written anything since. Hopefully the medications will work and I’ll get back on track. So this week’s haiku: Feverish body; […]
My second day at Summer Camp, writing my new story – the target is 1615 words a day. So I give you a topical haiku: What do you call a Month of writing your new book? Camp NaNoWriMo!