The End Of YouWriteOn?

I received an email this morning from the newsletter of the YouWriteOn website advising that its closure – or at least temporary closure – will go ahead on 1st February. An effort was made at the end of last year to raise new funding for the site via a...

The Ghost Of Swinsty Hall

As a fantasy writer, I love ghost stories. I can mine them for all kinds of story ideas, motifs and characters. One of my favourites is right on my doorstep. Swinsty Reservoir in the winter An afternoon ramble along the woodland footpaths around Swinsty Reservoir is a...

Why Reading Shouldn’t Be Tedious

I’ve had an online conversation today with someone who told me – in all seriousness – that reading is tedious. To put this into context, they were arguing that there is an issue with an online computer game because players are put off playing by the amount...

Where Does The Word “Sunday” Come From

I was disgruntled to wake up this morning and discover it was raining heavily. My plans for a lovely long walk with my dog, Poppy, were immediately overturned as she doesn’t like the rain at all. “Whoever named this Sunday was an idiot …” I thought as I made my...