Beltane - the Gaelic May Day festival is celebrated on the first of May, which falls halfway between the spring equinox (Ostara) and the approaching summer solstice, Litha. Beltane is a Celtic word meaning 'the fires of bel', and this festival marks the beginning of summer. Although strongly connected with fertility, it was time for … Continue reading Beltane and the beginning of Summer
As writers, How We Plan is a personal experience. How we approach our planning, our methods, interests and writing topics will vary. As an author of a multi-genre story that includes historical fiction there is a great degree of planning involved around the facts, bygone and ancient, that I'm looking to use within the storyline. Personally, the detail … Continue reading How We Plan
For me, creating a book has been an education and an enlightenment into the world of 'writing'. A true learning experience. One, I am pleased to say, that is still continuing. A quote I read by George Orwell made me think about Why I Write. ‘I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without … Continue reading Why We Write…
A character introduced in Book One of the series, The Windmill, becomes an integral part of Book Two. The poem is written by this character and features within Book Two. But who is this character, who might the subject of the lines be, and where and when was it discovered... Silent Curiosity I look upon … Continue reading Silent Curiosity
With the last Bank Holiday of the summer falling upon us here in Britain, it is our last chance to seize the moment to indulge ourselves before the Autumn. So, why not treat yourself to a lazy day with a good story that is told through a lens of three snapshots in time that are … Continue reading Bank Holiday Break and The Windmill
Over here in the United Kingdom we have been experiencing some lovely sunny weather with great temperatures. It all ended with a bang last night! In the South of England we were awoken by a huge series of thunderstorms. I awoke to an amazing flash of lightning in the night followed by a loud rumble … Continue reading Thunderstorms and The Windmill
My Family, My Ancestors. I wanted to revisit my very first blog to expand upon some of the ideas and thoughts I used to create the hypothesis running through The Windmill and future books within the series. The storyboard is there, the stories are taking shape. In this blog, I explained the catalyst of events. … Continue reading The Windmill and Genealogy…isn’t it wonderful?
In this final part of the ninth century Celtic tale, Liadan and Kurithir, Kurithir is visited by Liadan in a dream. 'O Liadan! O mist of honey fragrance! Within my dreams, you drift the night with me!' Was it a dream or perhaps a vision that brings the pair back together? What makes a vision … Continue reading The Windmill- Revisiting a Celtic tale. Can our lives be guided by dreams?
What is love at first sight? In a tale originating in the ninth century, it appears they believed in destiny and everlasting love. Liadan and Kurithir are beginning to realise it doesn't matter what happens to them now - especially as the tale reveals there are those who would sabotage their connection - but they … Continue reading The Windmill and a Revisit to a Celtic tale of love and loss Part II.
What is love at first sight?What do we mean by destiny?Are some things just meant to be?And are there messages in our dreams? Today I'm revisiting an earlier blog that included the old Celtic tale of Liadan and Kurithir. The story was an inspiration when writing the book. With the release of The Windmill last … Continue reading The Windmill and a Revisit to A Celtic Tale of Love and Loss.