After The Deluge… Part 5: Horse Power

shire horse black and white and colour image

The heavy horse. Beautiful. Strong. Reliable. Adaptable. These magnificent animals were vital to the whole economy of the western world until the turn of the twentieth century and played a significant role until the end of the second World War. My own great-grandfather spent his entire working life farming with heavy horses. Apost-apocalyptic world would… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 5: Horse Power

Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

pea ham soup white bowl on slate background

Food and mood. I think the two are inextricably linked. I have used food scenes as a way of putting the brakes on the pace of my writing. Eating and cooking implies a pause, a steadying of the narrative pace, a time to take stock - literally in the case of soup. 'Renaissance' is set… Continue reading Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

Ancient Food… Part 2

flatbread naan

Since I can't beat this one, I will join them - I loved this article on grilled flat breads, baked over an open fire. This is definitely something that people did in the past all over the world and still do today. The Romans and the Vikings both made flat breads this way when on… Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 2

Ancient Food… Part 1

Libum Roman cheesecake

In thinking about a post-apocalyptic world I spent quite a lot of time thinking about food. Nothing new then! Food and the enjoyment of food, as I have observed before, is a universal human trait. What sort of food might people in such an England enjoy? One thing is for certain; that mass produced, packaged… Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 1

Positive Feedback?

cartoon hedgehog writer Erwin

As a novice novelist I am making plenty of mistakes. I am, it turns out, fallible. This is a shock to the system that I will recover from in time. Maybe. In 2030 or so. The whole process of writing my first book was great fun, I enjoyed choosing words, creating pictures in my mind,… Continue reading Positive Feedback?

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 3

tango dancers pose

Finally, my personal favourite: the Milonga. Typically Milonga is fast, joyful and energetic as in the first video. It can also be a wonderful slow dance, as in the second clip - again to a personal favourite composer, Hugo Diaz. Milonga is a slightly earlier form of tango. The difference between the Milonga and the… Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 3

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 1

tango dancers pose

In an earlier piece I tried to make the case that dance is a universal human activity that would survive a societal calamity. I think that, given the historical evidence, that is probably true. Next question is what kind of dance would survive? I have assumed in Renaissance that the Tango, famously from Argentina, would… Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 1

Always Dream

Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash For a cynical world a moment in time that I will never forget - the first appearance of Susan Boyle. A lady with a dream and a crowd full of people ready to sneer because of how she looked. I am always uplifted by this clip as she rams their mockery right… Continue reading Always Dream

After The Deluge… Part 4: Dance

ballet dancer

I have made use of dance in my plot, because, well, it has a long tradition of appearing in literature. Dancing allows people to be intimate, almost private, in a public space, it is a good opportunity to converse - used to great effect by Jane Austen for one. All very convenient for moving a… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 4: Dance