Sunday photo: Venus

July 26, 2021

I live on the east of the island, so I get to see sunrises, but the sun sets well behind the ridge of mountains so I never see the sunset from home. I saw this one from my friends’ house. I’ve written 3,500 words of the first draft of Pinch Me, and I have one new article on Cliché-free Description: The Cat’s Meow


Sunday photo: a spectacular ceiling

July 18, 2021

Writing on clearly isn’t going to make me rich, and it will be some time before tour guiding so I’ve spent much of this week trying to work out how to make some income in the short term. I’m going to look for work as a technical writer. With hindsight, every time I did some tech writing back in my software engineering days, people always said it was good,…


Sunday photos: bugs on cars

A red damsel fly on a car in La Bomblilla, Tazacorte, La Palma island
July 11, 2021

It’s been a rather uneventful week. I’ve pulled a muscle in my leg so I haven’t gone out very much. It also made me realised how stressed I’ve been feeling, so I’ve made a conscious decision to chill out a bit more and re-evaluate. I’ve only produced one new article on Medium. Make Grotty Art


Wednesday extra: Ros Kind and Violet’s War

July 7, 2021

Ros Kind is a long-term email friend, prolific writer, and my mentor for book marketing. Of course, the first requirement for book marketing is to have a good book to sell, and Ros has a new one. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and when did you start writing? I was born in a place called South Wigston which is four miles south of Leicester city…


Sunday Photos

July 4, 2021

As time went on, cat-nursing got harder and harder. Every day the patient was more animated, and therefore more determined not to swallow any more damn pills or to stay inside any longer. Unfortunately, in his determination to get out, he took to chewing at the cat/flap. I could stop him as long as I was home, but it meant I had to mostly stay inside. I grabbed my chance…