Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com J. read through the latest draft of my new novel last week. He gave me a lot of notes. My favourite scrawl in the margin: “next couple of chapters don’t feel right – WTF feeling – not in a good way.” This note is my favourite because...
Patience

Patience

Early this week, I finished the latest draft of a new novel. When I reached the end, after days and days (and days) of slow, plodding progress, I felt surprised. It was like thinking you’ve got a couple of hours left to drive then spotting the sign marking the...
On Tree Climbing and Constraints

On Tree Climbing and Constraints

Yesterday morning, my cat climbed a tree. He’s an indoor cat who has regular guided outdoor adventures, and he’s developed a deep love of tree-climbing. This tree, however, was one he had never climbed before so, of course, he got stuck. There I stood, in my pyjama...