Riding & Writing

Dick Lane and his team of Lipizzaners at Brighton Driving Trials

Dick Lane and his team of Lipizzaners at Brighton Driving Trials. Copyright: Roland Clarke

Need to know more about me and my past? Although I don’t reveal all, this interview by Gina Knight on her Riding & Writing blog poses some interesting questions. I talk about my equestrian past and some of my writing plans for the future. Read more here…

Three Week Moving Challenge


Five days into February and just three weeks until our moving day, so should I be panicking?

Surrounded by boxes, we at least know that we/my wife has packed most of our accumulated stuff. But yesterday I had to pack my dictionary and Word Flip-thesaurus and more will follow in the next few days, like notebooks, pens and essential files.

At least the crucial files, like the work in progress, are on my desktop and backed-up onto Skydrive or Dropbox. However, in the last week that too will get packed and the desks may be going to charity. The prospect of a new office in our new home is exciting, but there will be a few days when I will be restricted to using my Notebook PC.

Not a terrible hardship when I think of all those writers creating with just a pencil and a notepad, or even a quill and parchment. But in this era of mass communication, the wrench from all that my PC offers will feel hard, for a short while.

What do I do without my accounts package? What about Scrivener? How will I cope?


I’ll get over it.

All I need to remember is to ensure that one notebook and one pen stays out.

On February 28th we will be in our new home, but I suspect it might take a few days to catch up. It’s hard enough wading through emails each day trying to find blogs that I need to read and inwardly digest, but it can be done.

I intend to plan my IWSG blog post for Wednesday March 5th in advance, just as I am already scribbling down ideas for the A to Z Challenge in April. Theme here is going to be all things Gossamer Steel. Might have to use those advance word counts to ensure that my 100k in 100 days effort is acceptable.

This is my second posting of 2014 for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This is when we release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the logo and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts today are Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift. Many thanks to you all for your time and effort towards making all IWSG members feel welcome.