Floods in the park, Car Thieves and Stone Flowers

We had mega heavy rain here in Edinburgh yesterday. It was awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Today, it was dry and sunny again so I went to the park down the road and a lake had appeared! It was totally amazing looking so I stopped to take a few photos. The entire place wasn’t under water, but part of the road and the playing fields were. It made me smile to see how much the birds were enjoying themselves.

Being outdoors really helps me feel inspired, so it was lovely to do some thinking and planning for Car Thieves, my July Camp NaNoWriMo project. I’m twitching a little bit about it because although I already know some of the characters really well (they appeared in my January flash fiction project) and have a rough idea of the world the book is set in, I don’t actually have a solid story yet.

The story for Stone Flowers Grow in Cold Places appeared pretty much fully formed one day while I was out for a walk, after spending weeks getting to know the characters and their world, so maybe that’s just how it works for me. Even though I can make myself sit down and write even when I’m not really feeling it, I find it hard to force a decent story. Instead of panicking (much) about only having three weeks until Camp NaNo, I’m going to get on with character profiles, location references and world details, and I’m sure the story will happen.

Speaking of Stone Flowers, it’s been proof read and corrected, and has now had its final revision! I still have to make the cover, which I’m really excited about, and then I’ll figure out how to fit the release of the book in with the launch of my Patreon and writing Car Thieves over the next few months. Actually just having a finished manuscript feels absolutely incredible though, especially as it’s the longest single thing I’ve ever written.

I hope you’re all having a great week so far ❤

13 Replies to “Floods in the park, Car Thieves and Stone Flowers”

  1. It looks beautiful there, even after a flood. You seem happy and well adjusted in Edinburgh. I look forward to your Patreon book and I will check back to see how that service works. I am looking for new ways to publish….
    I am one-fourth of Scottish dissent, and though that is not the majority of my lineage, I have long been fascinated with what must be my Scottish background and I have sometimes had dreams I am back there or that some Scottish character comes here to meet me. (The name I was born with was George Morrison; that was my father’s and his father’s name as well. I changed my name three years ago, but over issues with that side of my family, not over Scotland. I still hope to go there someday!)

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  2. Such a beautiful place, I love your eye for photography. I really enjoy how you can see the beauty in something like too much water on a road. That’s the what is so great about someone with an eye for photography. ❤

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    1. Oh, it really is! The architecture is absolutely stunning and there’s so much green space, even in the city. I’ve lived here long enough to be grumpy about the month-long festival madness every year but even that is amazing in its own way.

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  3. Such a lovely picture I guess I can relate with the weather I used to live in Edinburgh but at the moment Iam in Aberdeen but is always good to reminisce good memories form there. Interesting post

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