Southbound

I am bound for London — well, actually Kingston-on-Thames first for the conference. Never been to this campus before but it looks lovely. I’ll be near Hampton Court so I might finally go there. The Royal Horticulture Society had a big show there: the gardens are bound to be lovely. Of course the conference ought…

The Big Trek

Back to Scotland: the big trek is even bigger this time around. Albany to Philly to Manchester then Edinburgh where I’ll catch the train to Dundee. Depending on how timing works, I will either catch up with my family at Granddad’s or back at the house. As usual, I’m still packing.  It’s been so hot…

NYC with the QoE

Spring break has mostly been work but I did manage to make another escape to spend the day with the fabulous Stephanie down in the city. Just before another collaboration escapes on Monday, Respectable Horror, which I edited and she supplied the wonderful cover art featuring cover model Poppy. She’s not just skin and bones…

Alibi Bound

I head out today to fly to Venice, where Renato Bratkovič will meet me to drive me to Slovenia for the Alibi Crime Conference where I will be one of the featured writers. I’m really looking forward to it: I’ve never been to Venice or to Slovenia so that’s exciting. Everyone seemed to have a…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard Boiled Witch 2

Up for grabs today: the 2nd Hard Boiled Witch saga, Toil and Trouble! Collect them all. Just 99¢/99p each (buy UK) for all the adventures of Dundee’s favourite witch. Click the picture to buy! Synopsis: Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When…

Scottish Solstice

By circuitous means I finally reached Dundee yesterday — by way of La Guardia, Charlotte, London, Glasgow and points in between. Miss Charlotte was delighted to know there is an entire city named after her. Grades all done but the shouting, so I am ready to enjoy the break with reading, writing, The Bridge, Luther,…

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Write 4 a Day

Write 4 a Day Don’t you deserve at least one day to write? Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is no workshop no agenda no required activities no assignments no schedule no…

Not Quite Radio Silence

I know I haven’t blogged since I arrived stateside but really, it’s been like this lovely Buster Keaton gif. At the moment I’m midway through the first day of classes. Film Noir this afternoon! Then a department meeting. Next month I’m house-sitting out in Brigadoon where there’s no WiFi. Gulp! I expect I might get…