GORGEOUS GOWNS AND DISASTROUS DINNERS

I got on a bit of a roll today. Last night with a few minutes to spare before watching The Bridge (my current Saturday night Danish detective fix), I started to scribble some ideas down to help break a bit of a plot impasse.  I got so involved I missed the beginning...

POISONOUS FLOWERS, INDIAN GODS AND A BIT OF HISTORY

I was writing today about the Angels’ Trumpet flowers that I saw everywhere around Munnar and Periyar. Ginny my character was painting them and I thought I’d better check I’d got the name right. Turns out they’re highly toxic… so you...

A BRIEF UPDATE ON MY PROGRESS

It’s all been a bit of a slog this week. I’m definitely off the boil – probably as I’m distracted by my consultancy work – and as that’s what pays the bills… Nonetheless I’ve managed to press on and I’m now over...

ELEPHANTS AND CONTRACEPTIVES

I’ve just written about something that actually happened to me. About 5 years ago I went to India for the first time and was driven at night from the airport at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to my destination, a yoga retreat near Coonoor. The journey was a bit of a...

WHAT I’M READING NOW

I often feel guilty when I’m reading. It feels like skiving off. Instead of being curled up with a book I should be DOING something – writing, making, working, clearing, cleaning, exercising. In contrast soaking up someone else’s words feels like a...

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