• #FeelLines,  Write

    Portraying the emotion of smugness

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing smugness  The definition of smugness is an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. How would a smug person feel? Puffed-up like a bird An adrenaline rush (warm/increased heart beat) Confidence in themselves Superior to others Following from this, what body language do you except to see of someone who is feeling pretty smug? A cocked head Chest puffed out Jutting chin Dominating behaviour Smirking Moving/acting in a way to…

  • Close up of burning wood
    Stories,  Write

    The Oath of Dag Seerson – Short Story

    Dag sat in a feasting hall, but by the sight and sound of those around him, it would be easy to believe the great space had been cleared for the aftermath of battle to tend to the wounded. Faces stared back with patched eyes or sunken pits where the orb had been plucked out long ago. Flat, broken noses. Cauliflower ears. Scars warped the skin. Hands missing digits. Arms missing hands. Bodies missing limbs. Those who had a body still intact sat bowed, frail and weak, like Dag’s own. He’d never recovered from the breathing sickness which had struck home nearly seven years ago. Now he could only sip the…

  • god rays off Widemouth, Bude, writing, motivation,

    CampNaNo, keeping motivated and a writing anniversary

    I promised a happier blog than the last. It’s a little late, but my laptop has been in for repair but it’s all working again (fingers crossed). On the 1st July 2016, I decided I was a writer. I got the notion in my head I would write a full blown novel from start to finish. With that iron grip determination, I wrote double what I set out to do for July Camp NaNoWriMo. A year later, and two very (un)lucky friends have read it and I’m enjoying the rewrites and dabbling into part two of the trilogy I’ve planned.

  • Spring time snowdrops in the sunshine
    Stories,  Write

    Spring and a short story about how a Kingdom was born

    You make me feel like Spring has sprung Spring has certainly sprung here in Cornwall. The days are lengthening and the buds are swelling. It inspired me to write a short story. It is based in the same world as the WIP I’m currently working on. Worldbuilding is a key part of writing and immensely fun. In a fantasy realm, the author needs to build everything from scratch and make it believable to the reader. In the story below I explore two aspects. The founding story of the Kingdom of Berncia and the religion named the Four Branches. Mythology and religion always tell larger than life founding stories where the Gods…

  • Stormy sunset offshore Bude, Cornwall

    The muse in my landscape

    There's an urge to begin my very first blog post with a little bit about me. However, I'm trying to be a writer and no one likes an information dump, therefore I will dive straight in. Rather than tell you about me, I'll introduce you to the landscape where my body resides, and perhaps to the one in my head too.