Life’s been challenging for Chris and me this past week. Outside forces have been exerting a lot of negative energy, leaving us two anxiety-ridden insomniacs walking around like yawning zombies. The onset of autumn hasn’t helped. Shortening days coupled with cold winds and driving rain don’t improve the mood. But then it’s Scotland,… Read More Daily Scotland: Excursions to Haddington, East Lothian and Dean Village, Edinburgh
Quiet in my house this Christmas Eve. In the oven baking is a frozen beef and stout pie, in the fridge a six-pack of Stella Artois – an appropriately light drink with such heavy food. It smells wonderful, and suits my resistance to anything resembling actual cooking. This year, especially. Yes, okay, every year. Whatever. Shut… Read More Happy Christmas Eve.
Coming to you live from Bonnie Scotland. I’ll be reviewing for UK publishers and venues through the next few months, up and running here at Bluestalking. You’ll find me at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival in August, attending events, standing very close to authors, reading and buying books, enjoying the roar of the grease… Read More Live, from Scotland!
Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Harpercollins; 1St Edition edition (1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0002570068 How long have I had this on my TBR list? Can’t say for certain, but through at least a decade, and ownership of two physical copies of the book; I own so many books I couldn’t find the blasted thing when… Read More The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst
As I was saying, I flew to Edinburgh on the spur of the moment, staying nine days from the end of August through early September. In my earlier post I covered the generalities: the whys and whats and wherefores. I went because I could, because I had the time and the freedom and the money.… Read More meanwhile, back in edinburgh: Part the 1st
“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.” ― Holly Morris If my Grand, Impulsive Excursion to Bonnie Scotland were a book, it could best be described as pitch perfect, the work of a writer at the height of her powers and, that… Read More ’round edinburgh in nine days: preface
Was just going about my business, la di da, when this came through my FB feed: 25 Reasons Why Scotland Must Be on Your Bucket List – boredpanda.com I’ve been to Scotland, let’s see… one, two, three times and found it staggeringly beautiful but I’ve never seen any of the sites photographed in this article.… Read More Speaking of Ian Rankin and Scotland (and travelling the world)
Ian Rankin – The Complaints I love Ian Rankin’s novels about hard-boiled detectives. His work is well-written and addictive. These are page-turners with main characters you love more as they change and evolve throughout the series. They’re smart and fast-paced and I’m glad his older series is so huge or I’d die a little waiting… Read More Reading Ian Rankin
Amber Kennedy, Orkney, Scotland Please read her short story 'Cure.' It's gorgeous and wrenching, plus very assured for such a young writer. Keep an eye out for this one…