A big personal update

I don't know how to start this. I've started it and deleted it and started it again six times and nothing feels right so I'm just going to go for it and trust that it'll come out OK. I've always liked the number seven. It's a long post, it's all text and there are no … Continue reading A big personal update

Book update: The mess and magic of discovering a story

Book update: The mess and magic of discovering a story

Go make a cup of tea or coffee, then come back and get comfortable. Settle down. Wrap a blanket around your legs (or stick your feet in a bucket of ice if you're experiencing Heatwave 2018 right now!) and cuddle a cat or a cushion. I'm going to tell you a story about a story … Continue reading Book update: The mess and magic of discovering a story

Flowering parsley with a purple and blue tint. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #flowerphotography #naturephotography

Month in review: June 2018

June has been filled with colourful and beautiful things, so I couldn't resist starting this post with a few freshly shot flower photos that didn't happen in time to make it into my Photos of June post. If you missed my other photography posts in June, you can find them at... Hel: Norse mythology and … Continue reading Month in review: June 2018

A grey squirrel exploring the herb garden. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Photos of June: Plants and animals

June has been a month filled with beauty and it's been a joy pointing my camera at it. The garden is in full bloom now so I've watched buds blossom into flowers as furry and feathery creatures explored. One of the photos is of a slightly less wild animal, but I couldn't resist including a … Continue reading Photos of June: Plants and animals

How to create a character profile, with a free downloadable template for writers.

How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)

Why a character profile is so important It's no secret that creating richly detailed characters is a super important part of creative writing. I absolutely adore making character profiles. In fact, most of the time I create the characters first and the story follows them. If your characters have enough depth, if you know them … Continue reading How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)

Self-portrait in blue, with mirrors and lenses. Conceptual portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #portraitphotography #conceptualportrait

Reflections: Surreal photography

I've been really enjoying nature photography recently and it lends itself beautifully to the super vibrant colours and close-up impact that I love, but it's still based around finding a beautiful thing and capturing an image of it in situ. I don't think I'll ever lose my passion for creating photographs from the ground up … Continue reading Reflections: Surreal photography

Colour photograph of artist Laura Jeacock styled as a creative and contemporary representation of the Norse goddess, Hel. Portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #hel #hela #norsemythology

Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

This is what happens when a goddess shows up in your garden... Amazing artist, most excellent witch and one of my best friends in the world, Laura Jeacock, embodying Norse goddess Hel for Drawing the Goddess, part of the Rites of Spring life drawing event run by Seasons of the Witch, an interactive art project. Hel, … Continue reading Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

Close-up colour photograph of purple flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Month in review: May 2018

This month has felt weirdly long and I'm not entirely sure why. I've done a lot of big thinking, so maybe that's part of it. As much as I adore writing and photography, I've felt like there's been a gap and I've been trying to figure out why. I knew there was something else I … Continue reading Month in review: May 2018

Close-up colour photograph of indigo flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

I don't know whether it's the effect of having a garden after not having one for almost twenty years (we've lived in our current home for nearly two years and the novelty still hasn't worn off) or just a natural reaction to summer arriving after having snow right into April, but I seriously can't get … Continue reading Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a 'proper' macro lens but there's a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap - just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details. I found … Continue reading Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures