The sun was dark for a year!

I had to cut out most of this forum scene describing historic events, but thought someone might find it more interesting than a simple chronology.

Rhythmic beating resounds from the street outside, getting louder all the time. People rush around, shouting. Boys drag each other out into the street as the sounds of drumming and heavy boots increase. Several young men sidle off through a side archway. What’s going on? Continue reading “The sun was dark for a year!”

Why is book-writing like renovating a patio?

PatioI took a week off work to write my book… and to renovate the patio. The latter won.

I won’t say I made no progress at all on the book, but it was minor. Instead, I set to work planning the garden job, clearing the area, ripping up worn-out paving stones, relocating ants’ nests, tearing out weeds, buying requisites and hiring a van to take them home, asking permission to unload on the neighbour’s drive, to avoid having to carry the heavy stuff up the steps, and persuading my son and daughter-in-law to help.

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Show or tell?

Some gleanings from from the Zürich Writers’ Workshop, 13.-14.4.2013

ZWWI was in the Storytelling Fundamentals stream with instructor Sam North, who teaches Creative Writing at Exeter University. We were about 15 participants from all over the world – Philippines, Sweden, Nigeria, India, USA, UK, Switzerland – mostly living in the Zürich area. A very interactive, stimulating group. I hope to keep in contact with you guys and gals! Continue reading “Show or tell?”