It may have been just that her balance gave way, that dew damp grass was the the culprit that day. It might have been planned, or purely by chance, that no one would catch her last backward glance We may never know why her life ended that way, if her sight was obscured, or herContinue reading “By choice”
Simply chant to the rhythm of a traditional skipping rhyme – use a skipping rope if it helps. Girls are brilliant,boy are too, but I am neither,pink nor blue. Lesbian, gay,transgender, biqueer, non-binary,A P I Call me zenot he or she,neutral pronounsthey suit me. Don’t judge meI’m not like you,I don’t need a labelin yourContinue reading “Skipping Rhyme for Today”
Drawn for fun in gouache and subsequently used on a postcard. (gouache is a paste form of watercolour paint sometimes referred to as body colour)
A work in progress. A post apocalyptic novel of sorts, but set in somewhere between a dystopian and utopian world. The first disaster I envisaged for this novel is rising sea levels (it didn’t take much imagining). I had come across a map of how various coastlines, and indeed whole countries, would change if theContinue reading “Hannah’s Island – disaster strikes”
You are the guardian ghost in my dreamsYou hear the sound of my unvoiced screamsYou are the pair to my single gloveYou are the one that I love Your loss is the fear that keeps me awakeYour absence the cold when I swim in a lakeYou are the songbird to my one note doveYou areContinue reading “The one that I love”
An illustration of Porlock Harbour in Somerset. This was worked in coloured pencils.
Southport in Merseyside, North West England. Taken one late afternoon for no other reason than it looked amazing. I was there partly to see Antony Gormley’s Another Place.
A man writing women’s fiction? I am a man writing women’s commercial fiction. I never set out to trespass into a genre that is usually written ‘by women’ and ‘for women’, it just happened. When I was a child we had flip books that showed us how bizarre gender stereotyping is. They don’t exist nowContinue reading “Gender fluidity in creative writing”
The traditional practice is to have the numbering of pages starting on the first page of Chapter One. This is relatively simple in Word, but there are a number of stages to get where you want to be. The first thing to do is work out what you want in your prelims and add allContinue reading “Page numbers (or folios)”
Setting up ‘Style Sheets’ for your novel is well worth the initial effort as they will help you avoid introducing the wrong font or typeface into your text. Also you can amend the Style definition and it will correct the text throughout your entire book. (so if you have a last minute change of mindContinue reading “Style sheets in MS Word”