Flashback – A never published scene from The Alchemist of Paris

When I was sorting through my papers, I found this scene from an early draft of The Alchemist of Paris.  Young housemaid Elise and her mysterious master are walking through the pre-dawn streets of 19th century Paris. Although there are familiar points, this scene has an alternative plot line. Can you spot three changes fromContinue reading “Flashback – A never published scene from The Alchemist of Paris”

The Surprising Difficulties of Photographing #Booksandmacarons

#Bookstagramming on Instagram combines three of my favourite things – taking pictures,  microblogging and discovering new books. With hashtags such as #booksandnature, #booksanddogs #booksandcafes #booksinthewild etc etc, it all looks so chic and simple. However all those artful pictures are not as easy as they look, as I discovered when I decided to photograph ‘TheContinue reading “The Surprising Difficulties of Photographing #Booksandmacarons”

Spring Cleaning!

Note to northern hemisphere readers – August is the last month of winter in Australia. With the freezing cold rain that has been pelting down lately, it’s certainly felt like I’ve been doing the ice bucket challenge on the way home from work each night. But now it’s the first days of spring, my fluContinue reading “Spring Cleaning!”

Weekly Drawing 5 – A Blog’s Dinner

My blog’s been live for just over a month now, and I’ve had a bit of a “post-it-and-hope-for-the-best” attitude to my content. Last Saturday, I sat down and had a good look at the blog – and realised that frankly, it was kind of a mess – in fact it was a real dog’s dinner.Continue reading “Weekly Drawing 5 – A Blog’s Dinner”