A look behind the scenes at Thatchers Cider, and some village fun.

Every couple of years, the multinational cider producer, Thatchers Cider, opens its doors for four hours so that the public can take a look behind the scenes. For very obvious, book related reasons, this is great for me, as I often need to immerse myself in the physical geography of a place like Thatchers to […]

Bubbling excitement and frustration

One of the things that I’ve never been good at is waiting. I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and patience has never been a virtue. As a result, what tends to happen is I hurl myself into new things with great gusto, break stuff, fix it, have another go and then get […]

Happy birthday, Matthew Carter!

January 15th, 2014 was a very special day. It was the day that a character walked into my head and refused to go away. So it seems only fitting that January 15th became his birthday. That character, of course, was Matthew Carter, Managing Director of a multinational cider producer, divorced father of a teenager and […]

Textual poacher turned creative gamekeeper?

Those of you who have been following this blog for a little while, or who have encountered me either in real life or online, will no doubt know that I am an enthusiastic exponent of fandom and its many creative forms. These, for me, have included fanfiction, fanart and fanvidding, and I’ve written academically on […]