Category Archives: Writing

The Rabbit that decided the Election

It’s still not clear how a rabbit got into the cabinet room. And in fairness to the then Prime Minister, it had been a difficult meeting. Her ministers didn’t like the new policies they had been made to announce, as the election drew … Continue reading

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The Short Story as Abstract Art

They say that in art, it’s impossible to be truly original. There can be nothing new, because everything has been done before. But in the world of fiction writing, some people are going to extreme lengths to make their writing different. Maybe their … Continue reading

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Climate Change at Kew Gardens

Twenty-Two degrees in March – it can’t be right, This could be Lisbon rather than London, Kuwait instead of Kew, Richmond Jamaica. The tropical plants photosynthesise joyfully In the humid hothouses, Where menopausal women pull at their blouses, Complaining about … Continue reading

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Fool’s Gold?

There’s a particular advert in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook – a book that I’ve been making good use of recently – that I can’t seem to keep from seeing, because the book rather annoyingly falls open on that page. It’s for a … Continue reading

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Writing Is Taking Over My Life…

I wouldn’t mind, but there are a few other things I’d like to have some time for. Eating and sleeping, for instance. OK, it’s not actually that bad, but I think it is getting out of hand. I’ve spent quite a … Continue reading

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Books, books, everywhere, and barely a word to read…

I’m in Cadiz, in Andalucia, and there are a few interesting bookshops that have caught my eye. This one is named for the famous composer, Manuel De Falla, who was from Cadiz (and according to the plaque on the wall, was born in the … Continue reading

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Editing – Part Two

I may have had reservations at the start, but I’m getting seriously into this editing malarkey now. I’m really beginning to appreciate the value of clarifying and simplifying what had become a fairly complex set of inter-weaving stories. It isn’t … Continue reading

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