He’s playing the piano in the corner with a clunk-clunk-clunk half out of tune his fingers coming down hard on the keys like they owe him for a childhood trauma beating them down in some disjointed rhythm   His face twisted in a grimace and toes curled up in cheap shoes trying so damn hard […]

This is Border Country.   If you come here on a clear day, you can see into the future.   Just a few seconds – but sometimes, that’s enough.   It can be lonely. But it is peaceful in a way no other place seems to be. Peaceful, and quiet.   The air is cool. […]

“Sophie!” you cry. “You know a lot about notebooks. What should I buy?”   Well, friend, I have been running a notebook tumblr (and, may I say, one of the earliest notebook tumblrs) for a few years now, and I have gathered a few things and acquired a few favourites. But before I start, I […]

Stationery: my Midori Traveller's Notebook

I believe I’m running out of things to say. Even if I make it all the way through August, I’ll be stymied when it comes to writing anything in September. Oh well. Today I’ll tell you about my Midori Traveller’s Notebook, as I have it to hand and I’m very happy with the way I […]

Welcome to the month of August, wherein I will be posting something here on my blog every single day.  I had intended to get down to business as soon as I’d finished my coffee, but Windows 10 was available for install and I’ve been spending most of the day wresting with bloatware and so on. […]


God, don’t you ever feel like you’re wasting your life? I don’t know what I’m meant to be doing – travelling, experiencing, or whatever – but whatever it is I’m not doing it. I don’t feel like I’m living in the right place, even. I’d rather live in the Scottish Highlands, if I had the […]

The road at night: an isolating, howling loneliness of endless, empty, deserted suburbia; the plastic, retro loneliness that papers over rot   The streetlights cast their orange gleam onto the black asphalt, their purpose to give shape to the shadows and transform the world from simply night in its star-studded, soft, warm beauty to the […]

Most of you know this, of course. It would be hard to describe it as a “surprise”, really. Alzheimers takes you down in eight years, give or take; it destroys your brain, and you need that to live. It had been eight years, and after his message – and Neil Gaiman’s wonderful piece on him […]