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2022-05-15 10:52
Voice from the Cave – a new book I’ve not written a blog since November last year. Six months of silence. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. I have. I ke… Read More
2021-11-07 12:09
During the early part of the pandemic, one of the things that a great number of people have found hard was not being able to access their hairdresser or barber. My FB and Twitter feeds were… Read More
2021-07-21 09:35
Revelations of Neurodivergence (part one) This is a very deeply personal and quite difficult post to write for an assortment of reasons that I hope will become clear. It’s also some… Read More
“The Bet” Analysis Of Chapter 2
2021-07-06 14:38
The inimitable “We Lack Discipline” are doing a chapter by chapter critique of my novel, “The Bet”. This is for chapter 2. I suspect it’s probably at least as l… Read More
2021-05-21 09:20
On Keeping a Dream Journal Dreams: there’s a divisive and complicated topic for you that will polarise most groups. Many people are indifferent to the concept of dreams, dismissing… Read More
2021-05-08 14:06
It’s very gratifying to get new reviews on a book that’s been out a few years but when it’s the first of a series of articles on said book, it’s a definite red letter… Read More
2021-04-04 14:45
Year’s Mind A year is a strange thing. 365 point something days, during which the earth orbits the sun and spins on her axis, eventually bringing you back round to the same date. It… Read More
2021-03-25 10:36
This is a trial post just to see if I can negotiate the new block editor. Winter twilight Twilight on a snowy day And the trees stand out, Darkly inked lines hard Against a g… Read More
2021-03-20 10:45
The last two years have been possibly the hardest consecutive years of my life. They’ve been packed with bereavement, sadness, illness (shingles twice, for heaven’s sake) worry… Read More
2021-01-06 11:51
Of Violets and of Moss There are violets that grow in my garden; there’s a patch of them at the end of the drive which is expanding steadily, year on year, and because the garden there… Read More
2020-10-18 11:53
A small blue bird of grace If you have known me a while, or have followed this blog for any time, you’ll probably know that for me the kingfisher is a sort of talisman. It’s a s… Read More
2020-09-05 09:20
Pumpkin Spice as An Ancestral Issue It’s getting to that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, and the heat of only a matter of weeks ago is a memory (thank goodness; I wasn&r&hell…Read More
2020-08-02 09:32
Lammas: Replenishing the Life-Well Since the pandemic lock-down began here in the UK, I’ve not spent a night away from home. The furthest I have travelled was a two hour drive to my mo… Read More
2020-06-19 16:29
A Light When All Other Lights Go Out How are you? I mean, really HOW ARE YOU? Be honest, if you have the strength to be, because it really does take strength these days to express your real… Read More
2020-06-01 12:09
The Extraordinary Animal That Is Grief I thought I knew about grief. I’ve written enough about it, after all’s said and done. I thought I understood it. But I realise that like… Read More
2020-04-30 19:38
Beltane at the Cave The sky is darkening, from an intense pale blue to a darker but equally intense and clear blue, flecked with clouds the colour of doves’ wings and that faint blush… Read More
2020-04-10 12:09
Mending the Cosmic Egg One of the most pervasive of symbols in creation myths is that of the World or Cosmic egg. From the earliest recorded example of this concept in Sanskrit scriptures, r… Read More
2020-02-26 13:46
The questions you can no longer ask (Content note for bereavement and poignancy) When someone passes away, there’s a lot left behind for others to deal with. Paperwork that could sink… Read More
2020-02-10 10:43
On the Dominance of Filthy Lucre You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrases, “Money makes the world go round,” and “The love of money is the root of all evil”. In rec… Read More
2020-01-04 13:27
Brand new year – same old me I’ve never quite understood the hype of New Year. The changing of the calender is, in modern times, quite arbitrary. It pays no heed to celestial eve… Read More
2019-12-22 13:43
A Troubling Vision I am sorry; this is not a Christmassy post, so please feel free to ignore if you simply cannot face more doom. I know we are all trying to keep our own sanity and self-ca… Read More
2019-12-13 10:19
Normally I tend to write a post, then copy it and paste it here. For once, I am writing directly into the blog. I went to bed last night feeling sick with fear, anxiety and sheer disappoint… Read More
2019-11-26 11:03
A Living Nightmare of a Decade? There’s been a thing going round. One of those things. Posting a picture from ten years ago and one from this year, to illustrate the changes in a decad… Read More
2019-09-23 15:54
To catch the wind There was a busker in Norwich, singing to his guitar, and as I walked past, I found myself in a brief flood of tears. He was singing an old song, one redolent of the sixtie… Read More
2019-07-16 19:34
Aiming for the stars The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings is rapidly approaching. It’s set me thinking about various things, but I’ll stick to one or two here. I am ol… Read More
2019-05-09 12:39
It never rains but… You know the saying, and others like “troubles never come singly”. It seems to be true. The last blog post I wrote, I said I was very close to releasin… Read More
2019-01-06 12:02
An Epiphany, of sorts Today marks Epiphany, the festival that for most marks the end of all things Christmas. It commemorates the arrival of the Magi, coming to pay their respects to the inf… Read More
2018-12-23 11:40
O Christmas Tree! (a slightly cynical short tale) “What am I bid for this lovely set of vintage, nay, antique, Christmas tree ornaments? Who’ll start the bidding at £10?&rd&hell…Read More
2018-12-01 12:38
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Actually, for many, it absolutely ISN’T. I’m not a fan of Christmas; I don’t get starry-eyed and enthusiastic about g… Read More
2018-11-23 10:34
The Second Coming (warning: possibly another depressing post. Sorry.) You’ve probably come across the line: things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. It’s from Yeats’ clas… Read More
2018-10-30 12:07
Samhain at the Cave It’s been so long since I visited this place that I am strangely afraid. Afraid that it will not be here, or I will not be welcome. Or that I will find everything c… Read More
2018-10-21 10:15
…and I have some spooktacular* offers for you to enjoy. I have (for the duration of the season and maybe beyond) made my shorter works a little cheaper. This means that my novella The… Read More
2018-06-22 08:26
I was honoured to be a guest on Jane Davis’ blog yesterday. You can read it here:… Read More
2018-05-07 11:46
The insidious perversion You know how sometimes a sentence or a few words or an event can set of a train of thought that goes into some sort of underground tunnel, rumbling away unseen unti… Read More
2018-05-02 11:16
The reality of a loss of faith There has much been written over the millennia on a phenomena known as loss of faith and I’m going to add to those many millions of words with a few of m… Read More
2018-03-13 11:07
How to Eat an Elephant, writer-style You probably all know the answer to this riddle, don’t you? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It sounds silly, really. If you are a m… Read More
2018-02-19 09:18
Do Not Do not tell me What I am, What I can do, What I must think, Who I must be, In order to be A good person, An acceptable person A sound person A person you might like. Do not tell me Th… Read More
2018-01-31 15:59
If If there were railings I could lock myself to, I’d be there, rattling my chains like Marley’s ghost. If there were a horse I could accost with a ribbon, I’d brave those… Read More
2018-01-18 15:28
Caterpillar soup Some years ago I came across a rather curious theory, suggesting that caterpillars and butterflies (or moths) are somehow two different animals in one. You can read about th… Read More
2017-12-20 12:55
My Reading Round-Up of 2017 According to my notebook that I use instead of Goodreads (which I loathe, more of that later) I read 78 books in 2016. I’m coming in a bit behind that this… Read More
2017-12-01 09:10
A Story of Snow It snowed yesterday, the first time this winter; I could smell it coming for days. I’ve always found snow magical, a transformational thing, but this snow before Christ… Read More
2017-11-12 13:51
Tyne Cot Cemetery Blood-red the berries the yew trees bear, Flesh-soft amid the shining dark, yet the fruit falls Uneaten and ignored, for few birds feed here. Bone-white the headstones, r… Read More
2017-10-31 10:23
I had intended to share a short story here, one called The Salmon’s Leap. It would have been a perfect tale for the time of year; poignant, spooky and unsettling. But then I read this… Read More
2017-10-25 11:16
Ringing Some Changes Sometimes I hate trying to think of titles for blog posts. After more than a thousand, it gets hard not to repeat myself, and to be honest, this one is just a sort of ro… Read More
Ozymandias In The City
2017-09-28 08:24
Ozymandias in the City Great blind eyes stare out From centuries, no, millennia past, Smooth blank orbs that show Little or nothing of the man But everything of the god-king Who ruled like n… Read More
2017-09-21 09:12
Seasons and Polarities As human beings we reflect the tides and seasons of the places we live in; the rhythm of the seasons is our rhythm, even though we often try to ignore this. When you… Read More
2017-09-11 07:04
No-one Should Be Left Behind August is now behind us and with it, my summer holiday. We managed to get away for a while (a big achievement, actually) and one of our destinations was Glastonb… Read More
2017-07-20 09:00
I was asked to write a guest post for Books by Women and this is what I came up with:… Read More
2017-07-13 10:23
Too Fast. Too Furious. Too Far. Too Much. No, I’m not reviewing the latest offering in the Fast & Furious franchise (incidentally, they are quite good escapist fun that pay no atte… Read More
2017-06-21 09:52
Little Gidding Girl is in the process of publishing. The UK link for the ebook has gone live here. The paperback link is here (they will be joined up at some point) The Launch party on FB is… Read More
2017-05-22 07:56
On visiting with old demons We all have them, those issues and problems that we think we’ve dealt with until there’s that metaphorical knock at the door and there they are. Agai… Read More
2017-05-11 15:25
Cause for celebration or commiseration? (This is going to be one of those posts that might get on the nerves of the optimists among you, so perhaps bear with me rather than tutting. I could… Read More
2017-04-30 11:26
Z is for Zen A quick scan of the internet shows that the definition of the word Zen is a troublesome one. The most basic, factual one is this: a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphas… Read More
2017-04-29 15:33
Y is for Yes The year I turned forty, my life was turned upside down and inside out with a change of career and of pretty much everything for my husband (and by default, the whole family)… Read More
2017-04-28 17:04
X is for X-rated Not so long ago, I shared a very interesting post about writing to a Facebook group for Christian writers; the post contained some strong language and I put up a content n… Read More
2017-04-27 13:08
W is for Woman “I am woman – hear me roar,” is what I hear so many say. I do not roar, I sometimes squeak Or squeal or even growl. At times I even purr. In truth, mostly… Read More
2017-04-26 09:26
V is for Vivienne We’re a rare breed these days, us Viviennes (or Vivian, Vyvian, Vivien etc). The name, never hugely popular, has become unusual. If I come across another person (I… Read More
2017-04-25 09:16
U is for Utopia I’m coming rapidly to the end of this run-through the alphabet and some of the last letters are somewhat problematic. I considered Useless (that’s how I feel a… Read More
2017-04-24 08:08
Triggered I’d expected the land to be silent, For willows to weep and doves to mourn. Yet larks sang, rising over acres Of emerald green winter wheat And bare fields sown with a milli… Read More
2017-04-22 15:14
S is for Spring(s) I’ve written a lot about springs over the years I’ve been blogging. Indeed, I wrote an entire novel about a very special spring, the waters of which heal bro… Read More

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