Feeling the (Dance) Magic…

This weekend I took Daughter #1 to the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon (Europe’s oldest functioning cinema, don’t you know?) to experience a special screening of the 1986 Jim Henson classic, Labyrinth. Much like, as the Bristol Evening Post recently rather sneeringly put it, quite a few viewers ‘of a certain age’, Labyrinth  was memorable for me, and […]

I Can’t Dance…

I’m always discovering new things about the process behind my writing, and as I’m as fascinated by the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the craft as I am the actual stories, I thought I’d write a little blog post. I can’t dance. As a little girl, I had notions of being a ballerina, but my general […]

Throwback Texts: Stigmata (1999)

I was reminded of Stigmata this week, when my subconscious gave me a rather nice dream about the wonderfully  charismatic Gabriel Byrne. I’ve always loved watching him onscreen, and for a long time, Stigmata was on my radar. The tale of a scientific priest, a lost gospel and a party girl who starts to exhibit the signs […]

Throwback Texts: Sex, Lies and Videotape (and my vidding response to it).

A song came on in the car today that really got me into the mood for writing about the protagonists in my second novel, Sweeter than Cider, Jonathan and Caroline. It was Bryan Ferry’s ‘Slave to Love’. This is a song I’ve long loved, and a few years ago I made a fanvid for the film Sex, Lies […]

A little textual analysis: Return to Me, Grace and Bob’s reunion.

It’s been one of those weekends where I need a little romance in my life! A week of poorly children, a cough and cold myself and a husband who, let’s be honest, still needs a little bit of training into how to effectively stop children from trashing the house on his shift have made me […]

Throwback Texts: Return to Me (and another reason to love David Duchovny!)

I was looking through one of my Youtube channels last night, and I realised I hadn’t thought about some of the texts that consumed me as a vidder for a very long time. To explain, what basically used to happen was that I’d watch something, a film or a TV show, and then, if it […]

Far From the Tree – ‘missing’ scenes and DVD extras

One of the joys of having my own characters and universe to play with is that I keep thinking of ‘scenes between the scenes’ from the novels. Much like DVD extras and missing scenes from films, these are the moments that I haven’t actually committed to paper in the novel, but that I visualise now […]

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 […]

An intimate issue, or, rather, the issue of intimates…

**CAUTION! The following post contains lots of pictures of beautiful people in their pants. And some rather breathless discussion of the notion of sexy underwear. Proceed carefully…** I’m feeling a bit naughty tonight. It’s been raining on and off, and after writing about being in creative stasis, my mind started to wander to other, more, […]