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How to Write: Getting Ideas for a Story

(Part 1 in an occasional series of rambling blogs from an amateur author) Introduction This article may seem a bit selfindulgent from someone who’s not yet (as at 05/06/2021) published, but one of the things I’m asked most often is “I’d love to write, but where do I get ideas from?” And this is usually […]

Anime to watch in lockdown: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

For five weeks I’ve been recommending anime series that are great to binge watch, and which provide something of an uplift while we’re in lockdown. You can see my previous recommendations: the anime romcom of Toradora, the ‘Sci-Fi noir’ of Cowboy Bebop, the stunning beautiful drama of Violet Evergarden, and the ‘slice of life’ that’s […]

Anime to watch in lockdown: Barakamon

For five weeks I’m recommending anime series that are great to binge watch, and which provide something of an uplift while we’re in Lockdown. Read my previous recommendations: the anime romcom of Toradora, the ‘Sci-Fi noir’ of Cowboy Bebop, and the stunning drama of Violet Evergarden. Or read my blog about why anime is worth […]

Anime to watch in lockdown: Violet Evergarden

For five weeks I’m recommending anime series that are great to binge watch, and which hopefully provide a bit of an uplift while we’re in Lockdown. My previous recommendations were the anime romcom that is Toradora and the ‘Sci-Fi noir’ of Cowboy Bebop. You can also click here to read my blog about why anime […]

Anime to watch in lockdown: Cowboy Bebop

For five weeks I’m recommending anime series that are great to binge watch, and which hopefully provide a bit of a lift while many of us are in lockdown. Click here for my recommendation from last week, the romcom that is Toradora, or click here to read my blog about why anime is worth watching. […]

Anime to watch in lockdown: Toradora

I’ve written before that Anime can be great for escapism – something we all need during lockdown! Animation takes us away from reality, pampers the imagination, and in many cases takes us to superb vistas whilst we are limited in where we can travel. And I make no apology for watching anime – it doesn’t […]

Why bother watching Anime? Thoughts by an amateur storyteller.

What anime is | Why watch anime | Recommendations | Good to know Introduction Welcome to another rambling set of thoughts and tips, and this time I turn my attention to the creative force that is ‘anime’. (Click here to go straight to my recommendations, if that’s all you came here for). Anime has often […]

Shetland Memories

Right now under lockdown as every country tries to cope with the impact of COVID-19 I can’t make my planned trip to my beloved Northern Isles. But that can’t stop me remembering my first ‘proper’ trip, when I well and truly fell for the place. Arrival Grey shards of rain moved across the distant little […]

So, what is RWBY?

RWBY is an anime-inspired series created by the late Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. It tells the tale of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long (or, if you prefer, based on their colours devised by Monty: Red, White, Black, Yellow). They live in Remnant, a world like ours – but not […]

A book in a year – The Rescue Year

My most recent ‘proper’ writing project, The Rescue Year, is one that I feel just a little bit proud of. You see, from inception to being fully typed up and the first wave of edits complete, it has taken just 11 months to bring the story together – 80,000 words, 2.5 A3 notebooks, 300Kb on […]