Wednesday, 31 October 2012

All Hallows Eve

't'was the night before All Saints, when all through the house
All ghosties and ghoulies tried to frighten the mouse.
With masks and capes, dripping fangs and hard glare,
The children set out to menace, with flair.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Days of Procrastination are Soon to End

I am a top-notch procrastinator, no extra training required, I am certified, fully qualified, up there amongst the best. As a result things tend to take a while to come to fruition, unless there's a deadline. Deadlines I like, they do not afford me time to procrastinate. Well that's not exactly true, a deadline allows me a certain period of procrastination but when I know that the time has come for me to complete the task in hand, to meet that deadline, I stop procrastinating and get on with it.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Old Witch's House


Generations of townsfolk had avoided the spooky house at the end of the long drive, where the shutters were always closed against the sun and the rain, where the chimney stack smoked even in ninety degree heat and the rocking chair creaked on the rotting veranda though no-one ever sat in it. “A witch lives there,” the children would say and even the bravest dare-devil drew well short of the veranda steps. Every year on Hallowe’en the porch lights would be turned on and the ghoulish faces of meticulously carved pumpkins would glow from within whilst apples bobbed in a barrel out front. The kids were definitely not going there on Hallowe’en, “What when her powers are at their greatest?” even though it looked far more inviting than at any other time of the year. Parents and children would walk past the end of the drive with hurried steps and throw only the briefest of glances along the drive.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

I Ask Myself

In the blogosphere there are lots of groups of writers who have joined together and hold Q&A sessions to help promote each other's work. There aren't many for travel writers, well not that I've found. Maybe I haven't really searched that hard but at the moment I am out here on my lonesome. That is not going to stop me having a Q&A session though, oh no! I have decided to ask myself...

Today I'd like to welcome Deborah Cater to my blog and to talk to her about her work. Deborah has published two books in her City Chronicles trilogy, A Tale of Nine Cities and A Little Bit of Italy, and maintains several blogs relating to travel, food and literature.

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