Capturing the Creative Craving

Children at the edge of the North Sea, Hornsea, East Yorkshire, England. This year I'm determined to concentrate on my creative needs. I write and I take photographs. I also love making pictures with pencil, pen, and paint, though those skills I've yet to hone. So, these Wednesday posts will display my efforts in this …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Final Part

Lake Maggiore on an uncharacteristic dull day, with a displaying cormorant in the foreground. This is the last of the posts recording our stay in Italy in September 2018. We had a great time, so we decided to share our experiences. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. …

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2018 is Done; Hello 2019

https://www.picfair.com/pics/05398192-vapour-trails Is it a good habit to review your past? Maybe looking back like this can help the observer see actions that might help in moving forward. Regardless, I love the New Year because, arbitrary as it is, it marks a point of renewal, a chance to start again. So, here are some facts about …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 8

These posts, with my photographs, record our stay in Italy in September. We thoroughly enjoyed it, so we’re sharing our experience. You’ll get the (almost) full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. 25th September, Tuesday. …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 7

These posts, accompanied by photographs, record our recent stay in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we’re sharing our experience. You’ll get the (almost) full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. 24th September, Monday. Our first breakfast in …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 6

A series of posts, accompanied by photographs, recording our recent stay in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we wish to share our experience. You’ll get the almost full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.  Part 5 23rd September, Sunday Pick-up was timed …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 5

This series of posts, accompanied by photographs, records our recent stay in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we wish to share our experience. You’ll get the almost full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. 22nd September, Saturday. After breakfast, again by …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 4

This series of (sometimes) relatively short posts, illustrated with photographs, records our recent holiday in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we wanted to share our experience. You’ll get the full (nearly) story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 5 21st September, Friday. Up …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 3

This series of (sometimes) relatively short posts, illustrated with photographs, details our recent holiday in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we wanted to share our experience. You’ll get the full (well, nearly) story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. You can read Part 1 by clicking here, and Part 2 …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 2

This series of (mostly) relatively short posts, illustrated with photographs, details our holiday in Italy. We’d been saving to visit our daughter in Australia, but she’ll be home this December, so we robbed the fund for this rather extravagant holiday. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we’d like to share our experience. You’ll get the full (well, …

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Writing Characters: My Method.

Character driven fiction is always deeper and more satisfying than that driven by plot. That’s a personal opinion, and many writers will disagree. But it’s how I write. I devise my characters first, get to know them, and then set them down in the location I’ve chosen/invented and place barriers on their route to their …

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An Extended Pause.

A break from the relentless imperative of the internet is calling. This brief note is to let you know I’ll be absent from the internet, away from the keyboard and screen, for an unspecified period not likely to be longer than a couple of weeks, or so! I need time away from the chaos, insanity, …

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What Next?

Best laid plans… I woke last Thursday intent on starting a new short story. My usual method is to gather two or three characters, get to know them, select a theme or two, and begin writing, allowing the story to unfold. It’s worked in the past, so, although I haven’t done it for a couple …

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