As writers, we are encouraged not to use cliches, but these phrases started out somewhere in the dim and distant past and had a real meaning, so as a writer of historical fiction, I ask myself ‘was it a cliche at the time about which I am writing?’, and perhaps more importantly, will the reader … More When is a cliche not a cliche?
Well, actually, more than two halves if that makes any sense, but I’m talking about the artistic me, and the fact that I’m split between my two loves, writing and painting. Having completed my latest work of historical fiction, Kindred and Affinity, a romance – I swore I’d never write romance – inspired by my … More A woman of two halves.
This watercolour was inspired by an early morning walk to a little patch of common ground near where I live. The teasels were silhouetted against the sky and bushes, and the twittering of long-tailed tits betrayed their presence as they flitted from bush to bush. I look out for them every spring as they move … More Long-tailed tits on teasels