Surreal close-up photo of a spider's web covered in water droplets lit by warm-toned fairy lights. Fine art photography by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Photography: Lights will guide you home

Thank you, little spider, for building your web in this tree, in front of these lights, so when it rained I got to take this photo ❤

Close-up photo of white flowers. Macro nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Photography: Lilac and mysteries

More small pieces of pretty nature, perfect for a happy weekend 🙂 There's a running theme in my recent nature photography - I like this plant but I don't know what it is. Known in our house as The Mystery Bush (at least until we find out what it is), this one now has white … Continue reading Photography: Lilac and mysteries

Dark red and green leaves of a climbing vine plant against dark wood. Plant photography by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Photography: Beautiful under an overcast sky

It may not be sunny and bright at the moment but the garden is still beautiful in small ways under an overcast sky. This lovely little climbing vine is happily making its way up the side of the garden shed, with a bit of support. Everyone needs a bit of support sometimes though, right?⠀ The … Continue reading Photography: Beautiful under an overcast sky

Creativity, freedom and zero fucks to give

Creativity, freedom and zero fucks to give

For the last...god, well over a decade anyway...I've been working as an artist, or at least existing online as an artist, in some capacity. As anyone who has ever functioned on the internet as an independent creator will know, you are responsible for your own marketing, you are a brand as well as a person, … Continue reading Creativity, freedom and zero fucks to give

Colour photograph of colourful buds. Fine art nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson.

Photography: Grass, glass and fluff

I'm still on a bit of a nature-based voyage of discovery, pointing my camera at plants and flowers. Most of the flora I'm taking pictures of at the moment are new to our garden this year which is why I'm so excited about taking pictures of them, but one is a returning delight. The purple, … Continue reading Photography: Grass, glass and fluff

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)