It’s been a lovely few weeks of summer. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine, time with family and friends and generally the opportunity to “switch off” temporarily. It has meant that certain ‘work’ has not been done, but I feel relaxed and rested!
And so we have reached September and must focus on what is to come in the next few months. My creative brain is whizzing with ideas and sparking with concepts – I walk around with a my hair on end…ok…not really but I like the image.
Later this week, I will be posting an update on the follow up to From the Cave Wall…
Another quiet week from me. Sorry, I really must get into a regular blogging habit – it’s just hard when there’s so many other things to think about on this writing journey. I intend to do better…we will see how long this lasts. I quite like the idea of using Sundays as an update day, if I have failed to contribute anything during the week…what do you think?
It’s been my husband’s first week of summer annual leave, which I expect has contributed to my rather lazy approach to work! I did manage to almost complete Behind the Cave Wall – the companion ebook to my novel – and have only the final few bits and pieces to do on it, so if you’re a member of readers’ club, look out for it in your inbox next week (hopefully…). See there’s an element of hope in so much of my work atm – I blame the summer.
Speaking of the warm weather, the heatwave from last week thankfully cleared up and we had several quite miserable days (for which the garden rejoiced) followed by more clement and sunny ones. We are making the most of being able to go for walks and enjoying the glorious countryside in Norfolk.
I have so far done very little writing, but I do have my next MC’s name and I am making an about-turn and setting “From the Hammer’s Fall: An Iron Age Story”, at a known Iron Age hillfort in N Norfolk. It will be fun being able to visit and map out the story in situ.
Last night we sat outside until late. The chiminea was blazing away and I found myself staring into the depths of the fire, marvelling at how the discovery of how to control this force of nature, had such an impact on human growth and development right from the beginning. It’s interesting that through charting the societal story I will also be looking at how we have used and adapted technology – taking that fire and learning about its properties of energy to go from simple tool creation right the way through to industrialisation and modern scientific discoveries.
Yes this is the sort of thing that goes through my mind…!
This post has little actual substance but there we go!
How has your week been?
What WIPs are on your mind?
Am I the only one who has these philosophical/historical/societal reflections at odd moments? Maybe I should write them down more often!?
I have just added a timeline here on my website – wow it’s interesting. It’s so large that it is almost impossible to read on the screen. Luckily, the page describes what is in the image and there is a downloadable version for a more detailed view.
This has been my project as a part of Behind the Cave Wall: Osha’s World – the accompanying guide that I have been working on for the last few days. I am thrilled with how it has been progressing. The intention is to release it just as an e-book at present (the pages will move by clicking on them – it looks like a real book!) however, if there is enough interest, I may look to have it produced in print.
As a a part of this project, I have been returning to a lot of my research that I gathered over the last year. As I have always said, it is not my intention to ‘dumb down’ (a loathsome phrase!) the history for children. Instead, I will make the ideas in a lot of historical research more accessible, while maintaining the information and facts that are put forward.
In particular this week, I was thrilled to be able to make contact with some people behind the research and images that I have filed away! One of these was the anthropologist Leslie Van Gelder, who very kindly allowed me to use a lovely image of finger flutings from the Rouffignac caves, which I had come across when reading about their use as evidence of children’s involvement in cave painting. Through forensic analysis, they have been able to determine that these particular markings were created by a young girl around 13/14,000ya – perfect timing for Osha!
This has been one among several communiques with copyright holders. As I stated on social media the other evening, it’s a lot easier making the stuff up!
As is obvious if you are reading this, I have dramatically changed and updated the website to reflect my work and the plunge that I am going to be taking in a few weeks…
I have decided that I am going to self-publish From the Cave Wall. This means that I am going to be marketing it strongly over the next few weeks and months – after all, I would like it to gain a decent amount of interest!
I have also started thinking about the next in the series….
I would like to apologise for the lack of posts for a year! This will not be repeated. On that note, if anyone is interested in any aspect of my writing, which I have not discussed here, please feel free to get in touch via my contact page.