Friday, 25 September 2015

Flowers, books, and more... have been my inspiration this week

Inspiration is the feeling or thought which motivates us; and as a medical term, the drawing of air into our lungs. What could be more fundamental than this? It's a life breath, which for me, has become creative writing. So what has inspired me this week to write?

I have been reading a lot; including the relevant sections of "English Stone Building" by Alec Clifton-Taylor and A.S. Ireson. It's a book which tells the story of stone masonry. I wanted to see what more I could discover, about the buildings I was writing about in 800 AD, and the stone which would have been available locally at that time. 

Also, "The Domesday Book - England's Heritage, then and now" by Thomas Hinde. This gives details of the famous manuscript created in 1086; and talks about how the land was held in parts of England after the 1066 Norman Conquest. It's later than the time I'm writing about, but not difficult to imagine from it how life might have been a couple of hundred years earlier. People were already, in the 8th century and before, trying to create security for their families and themselves through land ownership; despite the actions of the warlords, and Viking raids which were taking place.

Walking every day has also inspired me; looking at the historical places near where I live, and gardens. People; a word or glance; someone's face at the window; sunshine and raindrops... making sure too that I had a notebook and pen in my bag, to write down my thoughts.

I have a small camera, and took a few photographs of the flowers I came across which I liked. I have been thinking about the change from Summer to Autumn. It's definitely getting colder and the light is less; but the magic of nature remains with us...

As for the writing itself... Book 2 is almost done. I'm looking forward now to working on the 1st draft of Book 3, which will complete the Iona trilogy. Some of it is already written in older notebooks. If you still haven't bought a copy of the novel where the story began; The Monk who Cast a Spell is available on Amazon here 

I hope you have had a great week, Google+ Friends, and are looking forward to the weekend. 

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

I'll be talking on radio tonight with Al Cole ~ about the Alchemy of Love!

It's been a great week, and I am excited and honoured to be talking with Al Cole tonight; Tuesday, 15th September, on his "People of Distinction" radio show. 

The interview will be aired repeatedly between 5.00pm and 8.00pm Eastern time on The Al Cole Radio Show (click on the link, and Al's photo then to listen). 

It'll also be on iTunes Radio network, which can be accessed through the iTunes browser; then "News/Talk" and "People of Distinction". 

I hope you'll enjoy listening to Al and I talking about The Ifakara Bakery Project Charity; how I raised funds to help the children in Tanzania; and also of course, The Monk who Cast a Spell published by Motivational Press on 16th March. The novel is available here if you would like to take a look. 

Durstan and Ailan's love story takes place in 794 AD, and is as relevant today, as it was then. Quoting from an 8th century Monk: "it's the love between us that matters the most!" 

Durstan, The Monk who Cast a Spell, realises that he cannot live to the fullest extent without love; and that it's not only of a sexual nature. Monastery life is austere; with daily deprivation and punishment, and there's little kindness or compassion. It becomes clear to him through the events in the story that his life has to change. Love for the natural world, and more is the basis of his beliefs, as a young man. 

And I also believe in the alchemy of love; the changes which kindness and compassion can bring to all our lives; that it begins with the individual. Each of us has the ability to reach out to another, in a kind word or deed; and if we can find happiness in ourselves, I believe that this is the first important step...

I'll be talking with Al Cole tonight about this, and more. I hope you'll be able to join us later. 

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

It's all about the Alchemy of Love...

I enjoyed talking with Al Cole on Thursday, in a radio interview for his CBS People of Distinction Show It'll be aired on 15th September, and I'll post the link soon.

We talked about the writing competition I ran in 2011 to raise funds to buy bread for the children in Tanzania; The Ifakara Bakery Project Charity and of course, my debut novel, The Monk who Cast a Spell

There's magic and history in the story; and it's all about the alchemy of love...

I hope you are having a great weekend, Google+ Friends. Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.