My Life, as managed by Dali

As well as being even busier than usual, my life has taken on a surreal tinge, and if I believed in a supernatural power then he would take the shape of Salvador Dali rather than the bearded deity people usually picture. While waiting for a family member to get ready for his custard pie, made …

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Writers’ secrets: creative multi-tasking

An innocent-looking notebook Now that I'm approaching what I hope are the final stages of writing The French Heir, something odd has happened. I had to update my work password yesterday, and my thoughts were evidently not stuck in the present but had jumped ahead, not for the first time, because I found myself concocting …

Where I am

The title of this blog post may be slightly misleading. I am physically in my usual writing spot, the conservatory, looking out somewhat apprehensively to see if snow has started to fall yet, which I'm very much hoping it doesn't, although there was suspicious-looking low white cloud over the Pentland Hills, which I can more …

Confession Time

I thought I had better take this opportunity to confess that instead of getting straight to work on editing and publishing 'The Unexpected Suspect' (Pitkirtly XVI) I've irresponsibly returned to something completely different which I've been working on as a background project for over a year. This is quite unusual for me these days, because …

Discovering Spain

Yesterday I sent off the latest in my 'Quest' series, 'Quest for a Father', to have it made into what I think of as a proof copy in paperback, which I will decorate with sticky notes in time-honoured fashion to mark up the places where there is still some editing to be done despite the …