Monday 27 May 2019

Story-boarding Chapter Seven

World Dracula Day

Me (or my shadow) Overlooking Whibty Abbey's Graveyard

It's #WorldDraculaDay today, so I thought this was a good opportunity to share some of my photographs of Whitby Abbey and its cliff edge graveyard. This Gothic location features strongly in Bram Stoker's Dracula and is certainly up there as one of the most atmospheric places I have visited in the UK.

Saturday 25 May 2019

Tree Bumblebees in My Garden

For the past couple of years, I have had a tree bumblebee nest in the roof of my garden shed. They are friendly little creatures and did not bother me once when I stuck my audio recorder right in their tiny bumblebee faces. Best to use headphones as you can then hear the bees fly through your head :)


My Writing Shed

I did a bit of sorting and tidying in my writing shed today. Hoping to get it operational by the start of Summer :)

Writing Chapter Six

Out in the garden, writing Chapter Six.

Friday 24 May 2019

Story-boarding Chapter Six

Thankfully, my writer's block cleared last night. I am not too sure if the plot details of Chapter Six came during a dream or whether I worked it out in that strange hinterland of thought that can occur when awakening from one dream and slipping back into another. Anyway, the plot outline for Chapter Six is sorted and I just now need to write it. In the meantime, here is my #IWishICouldDraw storyboard for the chapter:

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Enjoying the Sunshine

No writing today. Just going to enjoy the sunshine :)

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Berserk! Story-boarding Chapter Six

Writer's Block

Nearly 13k words into my new novel and I am stuck :o/

Sunday 19 May 2019

Gardening Can Be Magickal

Gardening can be just as creative an activity as novel-writing. Magickal worlds can be shaped in flowers and stones as well as ink and paper.

The Purrrrfect Company For Writing

Researching Wolfsbane

Saturday 18 May 2019

My New Writing Desk :)

I have always wanted one of these, ever since I was little - an Edwardian writing bureau. And now I finally possess one. And here it is, in situ, in the writing shed I have been working on creating in my garden since last Summer:

My new Edwardian writing bureau

The writing bureau with writing top lowered

Cubby holes and shelves on the writing desk

Pen draw

My 'special' writing pen, from my childhood days

An old 1970's ornament, now occupying one of the cubby holes

I found the writing bureau on ebay last night and put in an offer, which the seller was more than happy to accept. Luckily, the desk was located just down the road from me and I picked it up this morning. I am feeling very happy this morning with my new purchase and am more enthusiastic about continuing the conversion of my old shed now. I can hardly wait to settle myself at the desk, pen in hand and write as the rain hits the windows and the tin roof. It should be very atmospheric...

P.S. I will do a brief audio recording in the shed the next time it rains heavily to try and share the ambience of the place a little :)

Berserk! Chapter Five

The group are starting to get freaked out in the isolated woodland. No human has walked this land for a thousand years and the dark gods and spirits continue to linger here...

Friday 17 May 2019

Thursday 16 May 2019

Tuesday 14 May 2019

The Verry-Volk

Editing my guide to local folklore: