Writing Adventures

As a teacher, I do a lot of my writing during the holidays

...this is purely a self-indulgent mini-blog tracking some of the adventures that have influenced my stories.

Coffee Shops!

J.K. Rowling totally had the right idea with this...coffee shops are a writing haven, with drinks and cake to hand, and no distractions...like the laundry, the paperwork, the marking, the cleaning blah, blah, blah.

(This photo taken at Vistas Beach Cafe, Vazon Beach, Guernsey...after a swim, of course!)


Beach side cafes can be great locations: the swish of the water, happy people, the overhead cries of gulls.

Collioure, France

This was a fun one...sitting under a leaky canopy in a sudden thunderstorm!

Sterling effort from the waiter to keep us dry!

Okay, so not technically a coffee shop, but the home view across the Moray Firth works for me.

Ferries work, too. Sailing into the setting sun on a P&O ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull, editing 'Search'.

View of Lerwick harbour from 'The Dowry'.

I adored chilling out at 'The Dowry' one summer in Lerwick, Shetland. Great views of the harbour, amazing food and friendly staff.

The downside? The clientele were friendly too, and I spent half my time chatting with tourists off the cruise ships or local ladies!

In 2015/2016 I took a year-long sabbatical from teaching - my first time out of school in roughly 41 years...eek!

I spent several months of that time glamping in the south of France, indulging in some of my favourite pastimes of writing, reading, exploring, and swimming (preferably in the sea).