As mentioned in a previous post, I've been trying my hand at a bit of painting recently. Not the decorating the flat sort of painting, but some actual ART. I thought I'd share some of it (ok, all of it) on here to show what I've been up to. Having been meaning to try some … Continue reading A Pinch of Creativity
One of my Mum's favourite programmes is the BBC documentary "Who Do You Think You Are?", a genealogical look at various famous people. I like to watch it, too, as I enjoy seeing the methods used to track down information about the ancestors of the individuals featured. Of course, it's also fun to get misty-eyed … Continue reading Who Do I Think I Am?
One of the things I've been keen to do recently is get crafty. I think the writing has sparked off a more general desire to create! As a result, I've been doing some painting - I'll post some photos of that soon - and also a spot of sewing. At the weekend, I decided to … Continue reading A Crafty Weekend
As part of the research I am developing for my novel, I have taken an interest in the Russian Revolution. One of my characters is a refugee from the political upheaval, and I think that to understand his motivations and how he has ended up in his situation, I really need to know something about … Continue reading Russian Revolution: Exhibition at the British Library
[Part of a series of small pieces of creative writing inspired by the course I attended this summer – described here. This assignment required us to create suspense, with a description of a scene leading up to the discovery of a body. I wrote this in a ten minute segment of the class.] He flexed his … Continue reading Outward Bound
[Part of a series of small pieces of creative writing inspired by the course I attended this summer – described here. This was the beginning of an assignment in which we wrote a scene, then thought of different ways to continue the story. I wrote this within a ten minute section of the class.] As I … Continue reading Outsider at the Party
[Part of a series of small pieces of creative writing inspired by the course I attended this summer – described here. This assignment involved writing about an ordinary morning for ten sentences, interrupting proceedings with an unexpected occurrence, then writing a further ten sentences about the reaction. I wrote this on holiday in Milan.] Awakening, her … Continue reading Twenty Sentence Sandwich