Small Pleasures… Part 2

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting in a sunny window on a cold day, feeling the warmth of the sun and watching passing people all wrapped up in the cold. An open fire, sitting around… Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 2

Small Pleasures… Part 1

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting under my fishing umberella, or in a tent, on a warm still summmer day when it is raining hard but there is no wind so I am cosy and… Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 1

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

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 2

tango dancers pose

The next form of Tango - still very much part of the canon and very popular is the Vals or tango waltz. It is danced to a waltz beat and some of the style borrows from the classic ballroom waltz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a-o0M8JJfc

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