In 2010 I went to the Feria de Pedro Romero in Ronda, Spain and wrote this poem, “Sol y Sombra” (translation “Sun and Shade”) based on my experience of the Feria Goyesca bullfight … Continue readingSol y Sombra
Hey here’s to Bloglovin’ a great blog aggregator! … Continue readingFollow this blog on Bloglovin’
Every Monday between 2PM and 5PM (GMT) I play some great tunes “live” on my internet radio show, the Music Box. But you can play my latest show right here, right now! … Continue readingPlay my radio show
I drew a local windmill one bright but cool Spring day. See what you think! … Continue readingSketching the windmill
Our Airbnb hostess negotiated a taxi trip from Almeria city to the pueblo blanco of Rodalquilar for €50. The price seemed a bit steep but being so close to what would be our resting place for a couple of weeks, we were keen to finally get there… … Continue readingAlmería to Rodalquilar-travelling to Spain with a dog, part 8
In September 2018 after a phone chat / interview I had an on-air “trial” with a manager at a local community radio station … … Continue readingHigh wire radio act …
The two of us with Piper the chihuahua, arrive in Dieppe to travel to Paris via Rouen … … Continue readingBarcelona to Almería-travelling to Spain with a dog, part 7
Your indefatigable trio arrive in Paris via Rouen ready for a trip next day to Barcelona. We are eating up the miles. Read all about it! … Continue readingParis to Barcelona-travelling to Spain with a dog: part 6
I went to see the Rolling Stones in Manchester. It was, really… amazing. No exaggeration. Read about it. … Continue readingThe Rolling Stones at Old Trafford
The two of us and Piper the chihuahua arrive in Dieppe to travel to Paris via Rouen … Continue readingDieppe to Paris-travelling to Spain with a dog, part 5
Read about our journey from Newhaven, Sussex, across the English Channel to Dieppe in a bid to escape the UK winter … Continue readingNewhaven to Dieppe-travelling to Spain with a dog, part 4
You might enjoy my appreciation of Christina Hardyment’s book, “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk” on GoodReads.com. But then you mightn’t. Well, you know what you’re like… … Continue readingBook review: “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk”
Here’s a podcast I made for a local writing group one night. Er… watch the creativity pouring out of your speakers/earphones (whatever) while you listen … Continue readingWriter’s podcast
On a hot day in the garden I used my iPad as a mirror and sketched a self portrait on paper … … Continue readingSelf portrait
All about how I planned to take my Chihuahua dog abroad to escape another dull UK winter … Continue readingPreparations and Newhaven port-travelling to Spain with a dog: part 3
In the middle of yearning to get away from the UK for the winter I only went and bought a dog! Complications!! … Continue readingThe fly in the ointment – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 2
I’ve become more unhappy with the effect of the UK winter on my state of mind and have yearned for an escape… This is the first post about my escape abroad. I’m hoping it’ll give YOU inspiration to do the same. … Continue readingWinter blues – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 1
Here’s today’s sketch, made on another grey, cold day. I climbed over a fence to draw from the lakeside … … Continue readingSketching the lake
Well the drawing lessons have been running for a few weeks now and I’ve been unhappy with my output from them. I needed to get out from the classroom into the great outdoors … … Continue readingSketching the bay
I’ve started attending a “Drawing for Beginners” evening class at a local college. The 1st lesson wasn’t what I was expecting… … Continue reading“Drawing for beginners”
RoryStoryCubes helped me write this piece of flash fiction about a dog, a dragonfly and a dragon in a spare half-hour. … Continue readingThe Empuhuh
I had some drawing lessons with a local artist. Then I went to Spain and spent some time doing some sketches from the terrace of our holiday apartment. See what you think of them. … Continue readingSketches of Spain
Some time ago I took part in writing a ’round robin’ … … Continue readingRound robin anyone?
Based on the prompt ‘Gardenias again’, I wrote this piece of flash fiction about a man who, living alone, comes home from another hard day at the office. But all is not well. … Continue readingGardenias again
Steve got a writing toolkit for Christmas, and last night we each took one of its’ emery boards, each with a prompt on it, and started writing. Then he interrupted us every 5 minutes with another line we used to change the direction of our stories. My starting prompt was I loved the way she said “balloon”. She said it as if she were blowing bubbles., and the interruptions, are in italics below. Here’s what I came up with… … Continue readingInterruptions
I visited Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and made a video. It’s no “War & Peace”, at just 78 seconds long, but I hope you like it. … Continue readingOur day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Writers & Artists Yearbook asked on Facebook “Writing exercise time: write a short paragraph to accompany this image.” I posted this … … Continue readingThe wheels on the bus …
‘Opening the wardrobe door’ was a recent writing prompt I was given. Quick as a flash fiction writer, I came up with this… … Continue readingAbout 35°C in the shade
Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous iconic 6 word story, I had a few attempts. read ’em here and be embarrassed for me. … Continue reading6 word story anyone?
The runes were cast and these are what the gods came back with – a black cat, a lightning bolt, a light bulb, an eye, a question, a footprint, an abacus, a compass and a magic wand – see the picture! I did my best with this meagre material… so here is my offering! … Continue readingMurder. No mystery.
Reading and writing have always been easier for me than ‘rithmetic, so that’s why this isn’t a blog about numbers. Mathematicians see beauty … … Continue readingAbout me
Listen to my poem, “For Your Pleasure”, written following an exhibition by Vik Muniz at CAC Malaga, Oct 2012, while you look at photos of his wonderful installations… … Continue readingFor Your Pleasure
The little man had sharp blue eyes similar to those of a mynah bird we once had caged in the kitchen at home. Gordon continued, “He’s my most trusted forensic man. He’ll take you through to the morgue… … Continue readingPhoto prompt kills!
I wrote a couple of poems . The first is my take on an ‘echo’ poem. The prompt was ‘edge’ so typically oblique, I made U2’s guitarist the subject. For the 2nd, a diamante poem, the prompts were a starting point of ‘young’ and an ending of ‘old’. The idea was a smooth transition from one to the other… … Continue readingTwo poems …
“Tell them Tommy. It might help.” she said. Her partner, who was probably in his early 60s, seemed reluctant to go forward, but eventually he moved towards the light and speaking hesitantly at first, said, “I’ve an experience to share.” He looked around at the expectant onlookers. “My sister thinks it might be good for me if I tell you my story. She calls it a story, anyway. But it won’t make the snow disappear and I don’t think it will make the train come any sooner.” … Continue readingTommy’s tale
I threw some Rory Story Cubes and the images revealed let me imagine a City … … Continue readingThe City
More photographic prompts this week er… “prompted” me to combine 2 snaps into a quick sci-fi 70’s pastiche. Simples! … Continue readingIs there life?
“I know what you mean” St John squeaked. “I mean, where are the women? We came here for a night of sybaritic pleasure and no totty about. Not a sausage. I was so looking forward to putting the pedal to the metal, if you know what I mean.” … Continue readingbots
From the Latin word for “patchwork,” the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. Early examples can be found in the work of Homer and Virgil. Quite good company, huh?! … Continue readingCento
Here’s a poem abut one of my cats… … Continue readingOscar
Our cat lost us, so I wrote about the trauma. i guess it helped me. … Continue readingOscar, Ella and Ringo
Recently, after making a donation, my wife brought home a book of comic strips from a charity table at work. It was “The Calvin And Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book” by Bill Watterson, commemorating his own comic strip, which was pretty big in US newspapers in the 80’s and 90’s. … Continue readingCalvin and Hobbes
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The only creativity act I’ve managed since my last post, “Streets of Fire”, has been some Tweets to try to Win Tickets for the Wordpool Gala Evening in Blackpool … Continue readingWin Tickets for Wordpool’s Gala Launch Event
A picture of a boy and a miner freshly out of the mine inspired me to write this piece of flash fiction… … Continue readingStreets of fire
This is a piece of hokum, inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s characters in “The Jungle Book”… … Continue readingThe Elephant of Doom
You know the one where someone shows you a work of art or even just an everyday household object, and it inspires you to write something? I’ll show you mine, you show me yours… … Continue readingThe Morning After the Night Before
I was asked to write something entirely in dialogue. I’m not the greatest talker in the world but when it comes to imagining a dialogue that’s easier for me… see what you think. … Continue readingDialogue
I wrote this piece when my friend Lauren brought in another yet another great idea – write some flash fiction. She gave us the idea that a little boy was in bed, meant to go to sleep, but he couldn’t, for the very good reason that he thought there was something hiding under the bed! … Continue readingHorror flash
Anyway I was tellin’ you about this geezer. Supposed to have done a lot he has. A lotta writin’ not a lotta wacky baccy! Does a lot of soul searchin’ too I expect. Staring out the window, I mean. Often see him, looking down at me I do. Why me I’ve no idea. I’m not exactly inspiring… … Continue readingWriter’s Block
Don’t deny you always wanted to write like Conan Doyle? Me too. So I gave it a go. … Continue readingJust like Conan Doyle?
What if a fascist group rose to prominence in the United States, sometime round about now? Huh? Well what would YOU do? … Continue readingAdolphus and Me
A haiku is a 3-line poem with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Thought I’d give it a bash! … Continue readingHaiku
I wrote this when I got a homework request for something biographical in a college class. It was inspired by a TV programme about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. … Continue readingBonnie and Clyde
This poem was inspired by a photograph of a building awning I saw in September 2007, in Ronda, Southern Spain. The huge photo depicted some famous local bullfighters… … Continue readingEn Ronda
When the airline says its safe to fly again, sadly it looks like our holiday is nearly over … Continue readingAsh crisis? What ash crisis?
When the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland in 2010 it caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe and also to my holiday! Read all about my holiday issues here … … Continue readingOn Holiday in the Shadow of the Volcano
Drawn by the first-ever lighting of the 70-mile monument from end to end, thousands of visitors filled every local car park, lay-by and footpath, while helicopters and a NASA satellite recorded the necklace of beacons from above. I played my part! … Continue readingIlluminating Hadrian’s Wall
Here’s an extract from a long standing project I’ve got on, writing a series of short stories about Gibraltar clergy – don’t ask me why but it seemed a good idea at the time! … Continue readingThe Dean of Gibraltar
I worked in Gibraltar for 6 months a few years ago. For me it was an amazing and unique experience. Here are a few things I learned. … Continue readingAn Introduction to Gibraltar
…as he pressed the On button, there was a loud report, the TV screen shattered and an acrid cloud exuded from the gaping hole where it had been. … Continue readingIn The Machine
In 2009 some old friends and I made a nostalgic return to some old pub haunts. I played the papparazi part. We all ended up feeling old. Where did the time go? … Continue readingThose Were the Days
As soon as Honey Dale woke up, Steve Taylor’s face swam into view. It was a waking nightmare. She stopped herself from screaming as memories flooded back. In spite of the occasional nightmare, Honey knew everything was so much better now. … Continue readingHow Honey Got Happy
As part of an exercise in characterisation, the men in my class were asked to write a piece about a woman, and the ladies were to write about a man. Examples given to us were from Alan Bennett’s “A Chip In the Sugar”. I haven’t read the book, but to my knowledge, this lady never lived ‘oop North’… … Continue readingPerfect Day
I read and enjoyed for a second time, “Death and the Sun, a Matador’s Season in the Heart of Spain”. Edward Lewine embarks on an eye-opening journey around Spain, with Spain’s most adored bullfighter. Also here’s a CBS video about the brothers Ordonez. … Continue readingFrancisco y Cayetano Rivera Ordonez
Some of my friends in Gibraltar noticed the site was down. I’m happy to report it’s back online again. Thanks Roy and Sylvie! … Continue readingI’m back…
Here’s a ‘concrete poem’ I wrote. Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry is … “poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, and so on. Judge for yourself if I managed it! … Continue readingSpoon
Chris opened the driver’s door of the 1990 Focus and Joosy ran forward and was in the back seat before he could say “knife”. He had tried and inside the car she looked lovingly at him, but of course, she didn’t understand a word he said. … Continue readingJoosy
Recently in my creative writing class we carried out an exercise, adding to the beginning or end of a fragment of text we’d been given by our tutor. I was excited by the start of the story and piggybacked my text on to it.
Below is an extract from Stephen King’s “Night Shift”… … Continue readingHand in hand with the great Stephen King?
I think this was one of the first pieces of ‘flash fiction’, for want of a better term, I ever wrote in the first Creative Writing class I attended, in 2009. It came out of a lesson to which my tutor brought a smooth khaki coloured rock, and told us the 15 ideas it had given him for a story. He asked us to use our imagination and to come up with something ourselves … … Continue readingThe Rock
This poem was inspired by watching tv adverts showing shiny, happy people buying nice sofas, immediately followed by ‘Warzone’. ‘Warzone’ was a Channel 5 documentary series following the lives of British servicemen and women at Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan. Amongst the team was a fire crew, who had put out a plane fire.. … Continue readingSonnet