Category Archives: Writing

The Dog Made of Stars

Once upon a long time ago there was a dog that was made of stars. It ran across the night sky, chasing the moon from when the sun went down. As the sun rose in the morning the dog was … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The NaNoWriMo Post

Inspector Maigret Georges Simenon wrote seventy-five Inspector Maigret stories in his career as a writer. He would allow himself eleven working days from initial idea to finished work. Admittedly these are not long stories, most are novellas at best, and … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to work!

I was on a ferry last week, traveling from France to the UK, and it was packed. It took hours to load all the sunburned Brits heading home, the queue for the port stretched right through the town, past the … Continue reading

Posted in Life In France, Life Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

First Family Cats

From the Cancer Memory Diary. I called Uncle Alan and Auntie Eila Nunc-nunc and Nauntie, and the names stuck their entire lives long, signing their pet names in my birthday cards for decades. My parents and Grandma Bing were close … Continue reading

Posted in Life Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Cancer Memory Diary

Shortly after my diagnosis last summer I picked up a notebook I had been given for a birthday and began to fill it with memories. I felt I needed to download in case the worst happened, but instead of fear … Continue reading

Posted in Life Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What is a Castle for?

There are many reasons why a castle gets built. Some are strong rooms to protect a town’s goodies. Others are built to garrison troops. Some are built just to show off! The castle at Zonza was all about demonstrating the … Continue reading

Posted in Life In France, The Legend of Zonza, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What does a writer do all day?

What does a writer do all day? Well, for a start, there are fish to feed and then there are phone calls to make, castles to explore, and mysteries to solve before tea-time… Continue reading

Posted in Life Stories, The Legend of Zonza, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Lives on the Moon?

I have been spending a little time in the town library recently, reading local history and discovering folk tales from the towns and villages of the Mayenne. Two villages North of us have similar legends of spectral voices. At Neuilly-le-Vendin … Continue reading

Posted in Life In France, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Winter Wolf…

The stories that surround a city are cast in the imagination like ghosts or dreams of times past, half-remembered through stories told at our bedside by grandmothers and aged aunts, all of whom had the best interests of their charges … Continue reading

Posted in Life In France, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

If You’ve Got One of These it Has Just Become Very Rare

As of this week the book Mandorlinfiore has been removed from sale! But this is good news and the reason is because the story has been picked up by an educational publisher in the USA and is due to be … Continue reading

Posted in Mandorlinfiore, The Legend of Zonza, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment