Friday, 12 December 2014

Oh Christmas Tree!

In the 4 years I've been writing as 'The English Writer' I have always posted a photo of my Christmas tree and decorations, so here is this year's offering!
Our tree may be on the small side but it's crammed full of all my families favourite things!
So, let Christmas begin!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Duffle Coat

This is my Christmas present - a Duffle Coat.
It's been over 20 years since I've worn a duffle coat and I have to say this one is going to look so much better than when I did it the first time around as a geeky 17 year old College student!
And no, this does not have anything to do with the new Paddington Bear movie!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sk8ter Girl

I love this Christmas skater dress by Marks and Spencer.
The colour is a little different to what I would usually like but the style is just what I've been looking for to wear over the Christmas period.
Can't wait!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Making Merry

OK, so it's rare I ever post pictures of myself on this blog but today as I'm feeling a little festive (I've been Christmas shopping!) I've been thinking about the Christmas celebrations and "making rather merry".
These photos were taken on a recent trip out to one of our local restaurants near St Ives, Cornwall, a couple of weeks ago to a rather chic place on the sea front called the Carbis Bay Beach Club, where hubby and me shared white wine, fine food and good conversation, but I think it's fair to say we possibly made rather too merry...thankfully there was no work the next day!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Our Cornish Christmas is just beginning...

In my lovely little village Christmas is well on it's way!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Grey Skies and Cottages - Sophie Harding

This is 'Grey Skies and Cottages' by Sophie Harding.
I absolutely love Sophie's paintings, they have inspired so much of my recent writing and none more so than the Christmas novella I'm currently working on.
It doesn't matter if these paintings aren't Cornwall because to me they remind me of everything I love about the village where I currently live, especially at this time of year where autumn seems so prominent, and who knows, we might even get a little that would be nice.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Puppy Love by Orla Kiely

I love this dress by Orla Kiely.
The Puppy Love Sweatshirt dress.

I've put it on my Christmas list!

Monday, 13 October 2014

White Converse Pumps

My love affair with the Converse pump started way back in 1988 during my heady Newquay days as a young teenager.  It's fair to say since then I've owed many pairs, but now this affair seems to have taken on a new guise - inspiration for my current writing, and this time it's a HE who's wearing them - white pumps with jeans.

As has been the case with my writing for the last 5 years the story is set in Cornwall, and this time it is based in the Village where I currently live. A pretty rural area that remains close to the sea.

Anyway, last week when I was picking the kids up from school I saw just the look I'd been after for 'my man' - a guy wearing white Cons and jeans and it was a done deal - 14 year old me was very happy...

I guess this is where my new male character has been hiding for all these years - in the depth of an angst teenagers brain, but very cool all the same!

Anais, Sylvia, Daphne & Me

Karen Roderick - 'Hope & Jump' publicity (2012)
I've always loved photos, painitings and illustrations of writers - whether they are well known and famous writers or just models posing. I like the idea that the geek who spends every spare minute writing (or thinking about writing!) being someone who is also cool and unassuming, I've even tried it myself a couple of times! (see above and below)
Karen Roderick - 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' (2008)
But the most striking pictures for me are my favourite writers with the tools we just can't write without.
Anais Nin in her infamous 'High Place' where she wrote,
Sylvia Plath with her typewriter,
and Daphne Du Maurier at Menabilly, Cornwall.
I like the idea writing can be perecived as glamorous because for those of us who do write it can be lonely and frustrating with hours dedicated to prefecting our creativity - perfection which often doesn't come! 

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