Déjà vu all over again

This post will have a certain ring of familiarity about it, as I attempt to explain why I'm not yet writing 'Pitkirtly XVI' but instead getting caught up in all kinds of other stuff, some of it to do with writing and some not! First of all, thanks again to everyone who has so far …

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New Year, Old Loose Ends

First of all, a slightly belated happy New Year to all my readers! I'm afraid I may have set the tone for the rest of the year by delaying this message, but this time I do have a ready-made excuse for lagging behind, as I had an operation between Christmas and New Year and am just …

Writing about the 1950s

This post is part of a historical fiction promotion by a number of writers on the 12th and 13th of November 2016. Here are some links to take you to cheap and free ebooks that fall into the historical category: The 99cent Historical Fiction eBooks  http://www.histfiction.com/history-blog/99-cent-historical-fiction-promotions The free Historical Fiction: Free Historical Fiction eBooks http://www.histfiction.com/history-blog/free-historical-fiction You …

Notebooks

I had a slight panic attack earlier this morning when I realised that my favourite notebook - the one in which I unexpectedly wrote 'Mysterious Pitkirtly' - had mysteriously disappeared, probably during The Great De-Cluttering of spring 2016. Last week I had to carry out an excavation to find the little case on wheels without which …

Gardens and parks

Cat and dogs at Gardening Scotland

Thanks to everyone who has so far downloaded a copy of 'Death in a Cold Spring' - I am pleased to say it has two very nice five star reviews already. Unfortunately our real spring here is still a bit on the cold side, and the cats and I were sitting in the conservatory on …

In between times

After a week in which I spent every evening in the black cavernous space behind the scenes in a theatre, and during the preparations for a week in which I will travel across Europe by train, tunnel, train, ferry, train, ferry and train, give a paper at a conference and return by very nearly the …