Sunday, 7 March 2021

Spring in the air...

Yes, leaving the flat, a rare occurrence, and having the second vaccine,  has had an uplifting effect. It helped that despite the cold wind the sun was shining. And our 
open plan flat has two seating areas, one we designate ‘Winter’ the other ‘Summer’. For a brief time this afternoon we have moved into ‘Summer’.

In the local park, Soon be there again! 

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Wonder if it will make a mental difference to us both?

Taking husband and myself to hospital tomorrow for our second injection. Three months since the first, which didn’t alter our lives. We had been nearly a year in lockdown and the whole of England had been in lockdown in one form or the other. However I am wondering if after the second injection we shall feel different, safer. It will be interesting if our present very subdued existence will take on a much brighter hue.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Reading Habits



March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

Sometime I read ‘comfort’ books, I’ve read quite a few in the past year! But the most exciting experience is to read books that are written so well that it takes the breath away, no matter what genre. 

Lockdown for nearly a year...

I read on my blog that we had been in lockdown for a week in 16th March, 2020. So in seven days time we will have been isolated, my disabled husband and I, for a complete year. We have our second virus vaccination on this Sunday, and hopefully things will slowly return to normal. It has been a difficult year for everyone. On the plus side, I now realise I would make an excellent men's hairdresser 😊.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020


May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Nothing very special, I believe. Just lots of re-reading previous work, and it helps if I read a writing style I am presently trying to produce. If I am attempting post-modernism, then I search for books of similar styles and speed-read on Kindle, listen on Audible, and search for my printed copy. Then what I produce is nothing like I'd intended! 🤗

Oh, finally published River Dark as a Kindle (sequel to Candle Dark) and hope to have a paperback available on Amazon soon. 

River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure

"Chapter One A Terrible Enemy 
If I’d known they would hunt me down like a criminal, I’d have turned away from Atterley Hall the moment I heard that horrible screaming. But this was the first day of my new life. I wasn’t giving up now. As the pale autumn sunlight broke through the early mist over the parkland, I ran along the gravel path beside the brick wall around the stables. Then taking a deep breath, I charged through the archway into the yard and had to jump back from the sweating body of a huge black stallion, rearing up and thrashing the air with his hooves. With an angry shriek, the horse began a furious dance, swinging his body from side to side and trying to shake off the groom clinging to his lead rope. The small, grizzled-haired man, with thickset shoulders and enormous fists, was no match for the angry beast. Dragged across the yard, he punched the stallion’s neck, making him wilder than ever. Bellowing with rage, the horse gave a violent twist of his spine, and I watched in horror as the man flew into the air and landed on the yard with a sickening thud. Wild and snorting with anger, the stallion reared again, about to bring his enormous weight smashing down on his tormentor, and I yelled, ‘Thunder, don’t.’ At the sound of my voice, the horse seemed frozen in time. He hung motionless in the air, balanced on his hind legs, the muscles in his haunches rippling under the skin. I thought he would topple backwards, and I foolishly flung out my arms as if to save him. But with a tremendous effort, he heaved his body forward, his hooves clattered the cobbles, and the groom scrambled to safety. Wound up like an enormous watch spring, the stallion trotted towards me. With a few strides of his long, powerful legs he’d be on top of me, and it took all my courage to stand my ground. For one dreadful moment I thought I’d be trampled, but he sidestepped and came to a bouncing halt, his chest towering over me. In the sharp morning air, I felt the heat of his silky body. His damp breath formed white clouds around his muzzle, wetting my face. He dipped his head, stared at me with large, liquid eyes, and nipped my shoulder. He had not forgotten me."
― from "River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure"


Spring in the air...

Yes, leaving the flat, a rare occurrence, and having the second vaccine,  has had an uplifting effect. It helped that despite the cold wind ...