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! 

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Paperback Writer

I love this picture. It says a lot. I like it so much I'm using it as my Author page on Facebook.
I like this too,
and this,
and this,
and this - because anyone who has ever written a book will know this feeling!

Geek Dress

I don't know why I keep referring to this dress as 'geeky', because as I'm fairly geeky anyway surely it's no surpris...