A New York State of Mind

I’m busy painting today so I will make this quick: I’ve put up a public album on Facebook of the house in progress. So much greenery has popped up this summer it looks lush. Yes, a lot of it is weeds, but pretty weeds. The semester started with a bang and an almost 12 hour…

Writer Wednesday: After the Marathon

I’m heading down to London today for the first of two conferences with my pal Debi. It signals the end of my sabbatical and all the writing it has engendered. More importantly, it means I have to leave Dundee and those I love here, but I’m going to stick to talking about writing here (if…

Dundee by Way of Paris

I am on my way again today and tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be back in Dundee. Hurrah! Apologies to all the folks I didn’t see this visit, but being without a car means being in the village. At least there was a lot of painting to do. Big thanks to Debi,…

New York Bound

Assuming all is well I am on my way into the west — New York, that is. I leave behind my stalwart pirate crew whom I will be missing a lot. Having an early flight I had to leave the night before and stay in a windowless budget hotel (well, I could have stayed in…

Happy Birthday, Bertie

Happy birthday to my little brother today. Here he is looking suave on the Salthill shore on Galway Bay. We had fun during his visit. He’s taking good care of my cat Kipper while I’m in Scotland (and Kipper’s taking good care of Connor). And he keeps me up to date on the local wildlife…