Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land’s End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn’t the coast, there’s the … Continue reading Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Five Things I Love About Living in Cornwall

It’s been two and a half years since I moved to The People’s Republic Duchy of Cornwall. For ‘Muricans and other non-Brits, Cornwall is that bit in the southwest that looks a bit like an elephant’s trunk (see the map below). Before I met my other half, my forays into the county were fleeting. I … Continue reading Five Things I Love About Living in Cornwall

I Now Have a 300mm Lens!

One of the first investments I was keen to make quickly when I bought my first DSLR in the spring was a zoom lens. I must have spent months looking at the various options: do I go up to 200mm or 300mm? Would that be enough for what I wanted to use it for, as … Continue reading I Now Have a 300mm Lens!

There is Inspiration Everywhere for Writers and Photographers

Whenever I move somewhere new (Exeter in the last decade and Petersfield about 7 years ago after my separation). I like to explore the place I will call home. I like a good walkabout and have so far done Truro and a little bit in Falmouth but I’ve not really done so in Penryn. It’s … Continue reading There is Inspiration Everywhere for Writers and Photographers

Photography Through Northumberland Part 2

Holidays come and go far too quickly, don’t they? Why do they always feel shorter than a working week despite being longer? Anyway, part 1 of my photography through Northumberland a couple of days ago covered Alnwick Gardens, Holy Island, and a visit to Newcastle United’s home ground. In this second part, we’ll visit a … Continue reading Photography Through Northumberland Part 2

Photography Through Northumberland Part 1

I’ve not written on this for a little while. Granted, I’ve not written much on this blog as of late. But I want to give you an update on how my photography skills are progressing. In a post from April, I wrote about learning all the new photography terms and concepts for my new DSLR. … Continue reading Photography Through Northumberland Part 1

Lorna Doone and the Sense of Place: Exmoor Coast

I’ve written about the importance of sense of place in fiction several times already. How you define your urban spaces, rural places and inspirational areas can create a vivid image in the mind of the reader. It can really help to absorb the reader into the book. I am presently reading Lorna Doone – a … Continue reading Lorna Doone and the Sense of Place: Exmoor Coast

Why Regional Food Culture Matters in Your Fiction

Food, glorious, food. Who doesn’t like it? We need to eat to survive but there is so much more to food than mere sustenance. I started writing about food on this blog when researching for my Romans vs Aliens novel (preliminary title: Children of Phobetor). The article on Roman street food remains rather popular. I … Continue reading Why Regional Food Culture Matters in Your Fiction

Inspirational Places: The Greek Island of Rodos (Rural Edition)

I love travelling. There is a little bit of wanderlust in me that has been (in the recent past at least) restricted by my finances. It’s five years since I had my last foreign holiday and this year, I returned – for the first time in six years – to an island that is very … Continue reading Inspirational Places: The Greek Island of Rodos (Rural Edition)

Snippet Sunday 8/6/14: Goodbyes and Hellos

Since selling my car a year ago to stretch my finances for my writing¬†business, I have relied on public transport a lot more. I¬†live in Swindon but have friends in Bristol, Exeter and several other places across the south. Now I am in a long-distance relationship with a girlfriend who lives in Cornwall. This means … Continue reading Snippet Sunday 8/6/14: Goodbyes and Hellos