Belinda here. I write Morning Pages – anyone familiar with the work of Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way/Vein of Gold/Walking in This World) will understand. Three pages of ‘stream of consciousness’ to free the mind and subdue the internal censor; to be done before anything else (other than making a cup of tea of course…)… Read More Pulling Hen’s Teeth
Belinda here, with a little introduction to my (not so new) new writing project. Happy New Year, everyone. Thirty years ago (!), when I was a new teacher, a colleague tried to explain ‘bases’ to me – the mathematical idea that we naturally count in tens because we have ten digits, and if our normal… Read More A Handful of Eggs
I can’t remember why I initially chose an ash tree to be the heart of Silvana, unless it was because there was a huge ash growing directly opposite my house at the time and I loved to watch it change with the seasons – something that is reflected in this scene from The Greening, when… Read More ‘the Ash for nothing ill’
She’s all legs and angles and makes us laugh with the way she bounces and tries to play. I can’t imagine life without her. And she looks absolutely fabulous in her designer collars (which there will be many more of, I suspect) and her Elmo pjs. Would I recommend adopting a retired racing greyhound? Absolutely!… Read More Got me a Greyhound!
When I wrote the first draft of The Bond Stone of Eishe, I imagined Jemarc’s hunting dogs to be very like Irish Wolfhounds, perhaps not as tall, but otherwise similar: … in the densely-wooded Kannuk Valley, Jemarc was out hunting. He had spent the day with his companions and his pack of shaggy brindle hounds… Read More The Bond Stone of Eishe: Hound Scenes
I’ve always admired sighthounds – usually from a distance, though for six eventful months seventeen years ago we shared our home with a Basenji. Over the years I showed Samoyeds in England and Ireland, I’d see them at dog shows: pretty Salukies, imposing Irish Wolfhounds, elegant Borzois… Last year, a dear friend of mine lost… Read More Getting Greyhound Approved