More free books to download and virtual coffee

You know what those are? The covers of all my free books, available to download as epubs, mobi and pdfs right now from this site 🙂 Car Thieves and Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places are novellas, Evidence, Omerta and Cigarettes as a Metaphor for Heartbreak are stand-alone short stories, and Thicker Than Water and …

Plant babies and a demonic hedge kitten

Close-up colour photograph of a silver tabby kitten with yellow eyes and a fierce expression on its face, among the leaves of a hedge.

I'm taking a quick break from writing, and rambling about writing, to bring you photos of green things and fluffy things... When we got these alpine plug plants for the flower beds last autumn, they were absolutely tiny. Each one was about half the size of my thumb. Now they're growing so fast and filling …

Rambling about writing

Because there's no picture that particularly fits with this post, please enjoy my floofchild hiding under his bed. He was sulking because there was a pane of glass between him and the pigeons outside. The pigeons are basically his nemesis. I'm almost half way to my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, which is good because it's almost …

Abstract nature photography and a suspicious lizard

Close-up colour photograph of a European Eyed Lizard behind glass in an artificial habitat.Shot with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

I met this gorgeous little dude in the pet shop today. He's a European eyed lizard (look at the beautiful blue markings on his back!) and I love how suspicious he looks in this picture. My husband wasn't keen on lizards but he's learning to like them, or at least to talk to them through …

On caffeine, masochism and deer

I've been posting blogs on Tuesdays and Fridays for at least the last couple of months and it seems weird to let a Tuesday or a Friday go by without posting something. This isn't a big newsy post or a useful post. It's barely even a Camp NaNoWriMo update. I've gotten so out of the …

Camp NaNoWriMo begins. Also, sleet.

Colour photograph of red and blue shopfronts in Edinburgh shot through a sleet-soaked window.

So spring is a total lie. We had sleet and snow over the last few days and it was as beautiful as it was bizarre. I was sitting in my car waiting for my husband to finish work yesterday and I realised the street outside the window looked like a surreal painting, so I took …

Month in review: March 2018

Close-up colour photograph of vegan peanut butter cups (one with dairy-free milk chocolate, one with dairy-free white chocolate and one with layered dairy-free milk and white chocolate) on a floral patterned china plate with a dark pink paper napkin, on a floral pattered tray.

I can't believe it's time for another month in review post already. Where did March even go? I've been really enjoying baking this month and it's amazing how many awesome dairy-free recipes there are out there. The picture up there is of the homemade vegan peanut butter cups I talked about in this post. They …

Gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018

It's almost April and that means it's time for the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year! If you're not familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo, it's a more flexible version of November's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) event, running in April and July, where you can work on any written project of any length and set a …

Horror photography in the snow

Close-up colour photograph of open metal handcuffs on (fake) blood-covered snow.

Since winter is being stubborn this year and refusing to go away (or going away and coming back?) we had some more snow in the middle of March. I hadn't shot any horror photography for quite a while and a garden covered in snow felt like too good an opportunity to waste. The woods are …

Happy Spring Equinox!

Close-up colour photograph of thin branches with unopened buds against a background of garden greenery.

It seems strange to be writing about spring when the last lot of snow has only just melted, but today is the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere so I couldn't let it pass without mention. This year, my celebrations are very much focused around spring cleaning, freshness and clean slates. I got …