Back in Harness


Has it really been four years since I last wrote a blog post?

Unfortunately, yes. So much has happened, not just to us as a family, but to the whole world with COVID-19. But, back in February, as life began to feel a bit more normal, I resumed writing my book, The Touching of Stones, which, I am happy to say, is now available to buy on Amazon at this link

So, what came next? Well, I updated my book, Future Confronted, which was published in 2013. It is called, Future Confronted, 25 Years On. Hard for us to believe that it is 25 years since our Rob died from a Diffuse Astrocytoma at the age of 20. The update, which is more of an addendum at the beginning of the book, lets the reader know how we’ve coped in the intervening years, and what we are all doing now. It also documents that the research into brain tumours is still predominantly, and unbelievably, funded by charities, in particular, The Brain Tumour Research, which is based at Portsmouth University

This, too, is now published, and is available in print or as an e-book. You can find it on Amazon at this link

Recently I was invited by author, Anna Belfrage, to talk about The Touching of Stones, on her blog. I happily accepted, and if you would like to read it, please click this link and enjoy.

So, dear readers, I have started writing book 2 of The Touching of Stones, and have also started writing another book about the Battle of Culloden. It is a story that has been taunting me for a very long time, until it finally won. I have started writing it, and it feels good to begin.

I have to admit that having two stories battling for position in my head is a challenge. So I write ‘Stones’ and ‘Culloden’ on alternate days. So far it appears to be working well… most of the time.

I am a discovery writer, sometimes called a panster, that is to say I don’t really plan out the whole book, but I do have an outline of sorts of where I would like the story to go. Sometimes the story takes over, and I follow to see where it leads me. I rather like that, it’s exciting not knowing what comes next. And when I read it back I am amazed, and I often mumble to myself that I never saw that coming… Sometimes my characters decide for themselves what they will do next, sometimes I do. I know this sounds fanciful, but it is truly how my writing goes.

I have read that many well known authors experience this phenomenon, so I feel as though I am in good company. I do know that some writers also do meticulous outlines for each chapter. I’ve read several books on how to do it, and if done properly one will know exactly where the story is going. I tried that, and when I wanted to deviate from the written plan, I felt as though I were doing something wrong. When I went back to how I am happiest writing, everything smoothed out, and I was in full flow, again. Nothing to stop my free will from… well… from running free.

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