“Digby clattered his little red hook of a beak on my shell the morning that I first saw the dominoes of my life topple. Over one went, tipping into another, knocking it onto the next. Several had gone already, escaping my notice, and though I was unable to see where they led, my instincts told me that at the end of them there was something thrilling: a climax of sorts, fireworks perhaps.”
One of the things I was quick to learn in my writing career was the ease at which one can transition from the act of writing to the act of procrastination. One minute a character’s in a herb garden, the next I’m in a botanical dictionary. Or Facebook. Or emptying the dishwasher. Or researching the exact hoot of a Scops owl. Youtube, though, for me, has to be king of all procrastination platforms and has some AMAZING videos of dominoes toppling. Here are some of my favorites:
My conclusion? There are lot of people out there with vastly more patience than me. And startling ingenuity.
Well hello there! This is my new blog launched in line with the announcement of the availability of my first three novels and a book of short stories – you can buy them from December 1st – and the short story collection – Half a Dozen Star Jumps – will be free as an ebook! Read more about my books here.
I will be accompanied initially on this blog by a protagonist from each of my first three novels (and more may join us in time):
- Herbert Trimble: the giant land tortoise who narrates much of the action in Thirty Seconds Before Midnight from Bestwood and the surrounding area, Herbert’s specialist subjects are zoology and evolution and film. You can also be friends with Herbert on Facebook – find him here.
- Melissa Lavender: the hedge-fund trader from Rich in Small Things, a gambler and an adventurer; her specialist subjects are poker, botany and being green. Be friends with Melissa on Facebook.
- Rachel Lassetter: the failed biochemist and super-yacht stewardess who spent most of Riding a Tiger aboard and captive off the coast of Somalia; her specialist subjects are reading, travel and Scrabble. Rachel is very gregarious and would love to be your friend.
We thought we’d kick off with a rather lovely short film of a murmuration – a flock of starlings – that inspired the ending of one of the scenes in the first chapter of Riding a Tiger. Enjoy!