I wasn't going to do this. Write about artists I've loved in the past tense, that is. But listening to most of my David Bowie collection since last Monday has brought back a lot of memories. And then this morning I woke up to news about Eagles guitarrist Glenn Frey having died. And here I sit, with … [Read more...] about Time for a Tribute
Welcome to the blog where I talk about boys and cats, share news and snippets of WiP and snark about the little annoyances without which life would be boring like running out of coffee or accidentally locking the cat into the bathroom... I might also muse about my day job or aim to make you ditch your diet by reminiscing about my favourite recipes, which is part of my day job. Sort of.
If I can work out how to handle image copyrights, I could even regale you with visual inspiration for my characters... now wouldn't that be nice? Screenfuls of Lawrence Nicotra and David Gandy. Yum.
So... welcome and thanks for stopping by!
This won't be a very long post. Mostly because a) I'm still rather stunned by it all and b) I have a truckload of work on my desk that needs to get done before I can even think of sitting down to write. But after a weekend of slaving away on the edits to House Hunt before glueing myself to the … [Read more...] about Rainbow Awards Surprises
While I was growing up, my third favourite place - after the library and the bookshop - was our local record store.I loved the cathedral like silence in the place, quieter than the local library. I loved the way everyone spoke in hushed whispers and the chance to browse through rows upon rows of … [Read more...] about Cathedrals of Sound and Silence
A perfect ending to a long, busy, very satisfying week.Teaching a course is always half exciting, half nerve-wracking. Teaching a course hoping to inspire a bunch of seriously down-on-their-luck kids who came to our local YMCA for help was more than nerve-wracking.When you try to show someone … [Read more...] about Law Bending and Pimp Hunting Optional
There are advantages to being self-employed. No office politics, for one. No blame games, for another. And I can work on the sofa in my dressing gown if I feel like it. If things don't work out, it's because I've done or not done something. The failures are mine. But so are the triumphs.On the … [Read more...] about Don’t Ever Tell Me… Not to Cook
One of my favourite parts of writing is when disparate ideas, impressions and motiviations suddenly gel into a story.Sometimes, it happens in a flash, triggered by a comment or something I've seen.Sometimes the insight into a character's motivation or the resolution to a tangle of plotlines … [Read more...] about Taking Shape