On Life

"There is but one Paris"

It should come as no surprise that I adore Paris. There’s something about the architecture, the history, the river. It’s one of those alive cities, where every arrondissement has a spirit all its own. The events of this past week had me thinking, in particular, of the years Paris spent occupied by Nazi Germany. I […]

Ah, blue skies and cool breezes. Spring! I am so filled with motivation this time of year. Perhaps it has something to do with the coming of the summer holidays – Christmas and New Years and so on – and the general good feeling of that time of year. The New Year period always makes […]

I’m the world’s least reliable blogger, I swear. One month out of Blaugust and I’m already down to a post a week. *smacks hand* Naughty. I’ve been getting back into Skyrim and wasting my time on that, I’m afraid. (No video games for me tonight until I’ve done my due blogging diligence!)   On the […]


Look at me, slacking off with my blogging. Things went so well during Blaugust. Now I’ve fallen off the wagon and am dawdling along behind, finding excuses to delay.   My Japanese 2016 planner, the hobonichi techo, arrived last week. I confess that I decided to buy one because I found out it used the […]



I posted yesterday, but I deleted it around 5am when I decided it was terrible. (I had a bout of insomnia last night. A great deal of staring at the ceiling and thinking angry thoughts about the whole concept of sleep.) It was I confess very much a big whine about a creative exercise that […]

Today is the last day of August, and so the last day of Blaugust. It seems appropriate to look back at the month and see how I did.   I missed five days, and managed 16 without breaking my streak. I’m quite happy with that – honestly it felt like I’d missed a few more […]

You have to get yourself out there, if you want your stuff to be seen. Writers with published novels have to maintain blogs and tweet and so forth. It’s how people know you’re there, how you raise your profile and get people interested in what you have to share. When I decided I wanted to […]

Oh Sunday, Sunday! Why do you torment me so?   I’m afraid I’m not in much of a mood for blogging tonight. I’ve nothing insightful to say, nothing particular to discuss. I am here, writing this now, because it is August and I promised I would.   My hand hurts tonight. I have fibromyalgia, which […]

In late July, I went around various “monetise your blog!!” bullshit websites, looking for blog topics and prompts that might help me in August. I jotted down a few ideas in my beloved Midori traveller’s notebook, but none of them are appealing tonight. It’s Sunday and I’ve had a few glasses of wine – I […]

The Paradise Lost Mystery


Some years ago, I bought a folio copy of Paradise Lost. I purchased it online, and it travelled the length of the country to get to me. I suspect the person I bought it from had not opened it often.   It is not my first Paradise Lost, but it may be my oldest. Given […]