INSPIRATION – MINE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES


Today I was sorting the recycling ready for the bin men to collect tomorrow. As I tore apart and flattened a box which had contained tea bags (Yorkshire Gold, if anyone is interested) I was suddenly reminded of the smell of the tea caddy my mother used to keep ‘on the flap’ (an enamel-topped shelfContinue reading “INSPIRATION – MINE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES”

I NEED A TIME MACHINE! (Or, “Not enough hours in the day!” – an Indie Author’s lament)


As a fan of science-fiction, I’ve often thought how useful a time machine would be for a writer. Just think: you could hop into your TARDIS (surely the most recognisable time machine since HG Wells’ comfy armchair) write five thousand words whilst hovering in no-time (a.k.a. ‘the void’ or the ‘time vortex’) and be backContinue reading “I NEED A TIME MACHINE! (Or, “Not enough hours in the day!” – an Indie Author’s lament)”

TRUE GRIT – OR, WHY WRITERS ARE A MINE OF USELESS INFORMATION…


I have become, if not exactly an expert, at least more familiar with the ins and outs of gritting lorries than I ever wanted or expected to be. Why, you might well ask… well, even if you didn’t, I’m going to tell you. This afternoon I’ve been searching, online, for images of gritting lorries, orContinue reading “TRUE GRIT – OR, WHY WRITERS ARE A MINE OF USELESS INFORMATION…”

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS – HOW HAVING NEW NEIGHBORS CAN GIVE YOU A BOOST!


The house next door has been empty for almost two years. A few months ago, we learned that the man who lived there was taken ill and was in a nursing home. I remember that soon after we moved in, a distant family member posted a parcel for our son’s eleventh birthday – it went to our neighbourContinue reading “HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS – HOW HAVING NEW NEIGHBORS CAN GIVE YOU A BOOST!”

“Space is BIG. You won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-mindbogglingly big it is…”


The above quote is, of course, from ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by the late, great and hugely-missed Douglas Adams.  It continues thus: “… I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the street to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts…”   (purists note: I’m quoting this from memory since my autographedContinue reading ““Space is BIG. You won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-mindbogglingly big it is…””