After The Deluge… Part 7: Communal Living

One of the features of life in my post apocalyptic world that people may find strange is the communality of living, for example the public bath houses. I should stress that I am not a communist nor a kibbutznik and, in common with most modern westerners, live in my own space. The idea that people… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 7: Communal Living

After The Deluge… Part 6: Steam Power

traction engines

Irecently received a couple of reviews where my readers had problems with the co-existence of cars and steam engines. This, I must confess, I found baffling. Historically this happened. Steam trains were in commercial service in the UK until the mid 1960s. Steam traction engines were a common sight on the roads and especially on… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 6: Steam 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

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

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

After The Deluge…Part 3: Food

grilled sardines on metal plate painted wood background

Post-apocalyptic food. Is it ever mentioned? Rarely, except where it has been reduced to a joyless protein pill that meets all a human's nutritional needs or the terrifying Soylent Green. Speaking personally food is one of the great pleasures. I am sure, even in these neurotic times, I am not alone. Why should a recovering… Continue reading After The Deluge…Part 3: Food