Where Stories Come From: Caithness Lore and Legend

If you were reading last week, you’ll know that I’m soon to publish my first novel, a Young Adult fantasy inspired by the folklore of my home county, Caithness. I’ll be sharing more details on the story soon, but for now, I wanted to share a little on why I was inspired to write the…

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Stepping Out Of Fear Into Uncertainty – And Some News

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. Abraham Maslow You may (or may not!) have noticed that I didn’t write my regular blog post last week – unusual for me, as I try to keep up a weekly practice of posting. I did…

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Summer Reading 2020 (includes gifted items)

It’s been some time since I shared a reading update on here, between lockdown and taking a break for the school holidays. I’ve also found that (sob!) my bookish posts aren’t as popular as some of the other posts I write here – sadly there’s that effort-reward balance in terms of deciding how much time…

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Slow Down, Sit Still

Summer wanes, the end of a season in lockdown. It’s been weeks since I wrote on here properly, barring a piece I did on the NC 500, and the Summer of discontent in the far north. I spent the holidays wrapped up in the cocoon of family, not venturing far, taking small steps around Caithness.…

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Hibernation Diaries – Sleeplessness, Outlander, The Province of the Cat and the Coming of the Blossom

This week marked my first foray into gloominess in this era of lockdown, Covid-19 and social distancing. I started the week with a pain in my back and a new bout of insomnia (something I attribute less to worries about Coronavirus, than the hormonal see-saw that seems to characterise my early forties). Added to the…

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Reading Lately – Looking for Alaska, A Monster Calls, The Wisdom of Wolves & Red, White and Royal Blue

Happy World Book Day book fans! And what better excuse to share my latest reading round up? A stormy month of weather here in Caithness meant that February was a perfect month for reading, and I spent many a wintry evening curled up with my nose in a library book (in truth, my very favourite…

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Six of the Best Book-to-Screen Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

Amongst my favourite things in life are books, films and box sets. One of my other favourite things in life is love, and Valentine’s Day offers a perfect excuse to curl up with a romantic book, or persuade/force/cajole my husband into watching one of my favourite soppy films. Better still, both – with books about…

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Reading Lately – The Art of Coorie, Monster Slayer, The Salt Path and Finding Mr Flood (* post contains one gifted item)

It’s been a while since I shared a reading update, mainly because December was spent deciding on my favourite books from the twelve months previous. Meanwhile, January just keeps going… and going… and going ☺️. One of my favourite things about the long winter is the excuse to curl up with my reading pile and…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2019

It’s become customary at this point in December for me to share a round up of my ten favourite books of the year (usual caveats apply – in no particular order, year of reading as opposed to year of publication – if you’ve been following for a while you’ll know the story 🙂 ). It’s…

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Reading Lately – You, City of Girls, Jane Eyre and Book Week Scotland

* Please note this post contains a gifted item.* It’s been a while since I shared one of my reading posts, and with one thing and another I seem to have fallen out of the habit of posting monthly updates. Half term holidays and playing catch up means that this post covers my reading pile…

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