My first time up Ragleth Hill today since I slipped over and banged my head, leading to concussion, and it enabled me to snap a photo that Shefali liked the look of on Midlands Today this evening!
Every six months I get my royalty statement from hatchette, and every six months I’m always astounded by the fact that my first published book keeps selling. Who’d have thought back in September 2003, fifteen years ago, that One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human would go on to sell 269,795 copies (across all editions)? Gulp! (And thank you to everyone who bought a copy!)
You should never put yourself in danger when taking a photograph. And I didn’t, when I snapped this rainbow above Caer Caradoc from the top of Ragleth Hill. But I didn’t make it back down Ragleth Hill without incident. Rainbows mean rain, and the ground was saturated after several days of the wet stuff.
Last week I took myself off to Pembrokeshire – a popular destination for those of us who live on the Welsh Borders. It’s a stunning part of the British Isles, and a region that also get sits fair share of weather, much to Snapper Simon’s pleasure. In fact, Snapper Simon was successful a couple of times during his Pembrokeshire break.
I nipped out for a short walk before dinner and managed to take a photo of the Long Mynd from a slightly different angle. Then, while I was sat at the table eating my dinner the evening regional news came on and across the studio there looked to be a photo I recognised ….
After some rather dull and dreary days, the sun finally made an appearance today. So in the early evening, I shot up Ragleth Hill and snapped a photo of the sun breaking through the clouds above the Long Mynd. Delighted to see that Shefali liked it enough to use it on the evening regional weather forecast. Even more delighted that she called it “mesmerising.”
I had a rather surreal experience late yesterday when I was walking back from my evening stroll. A gentleman passed me on the other side of the road, acknowledge me and said, “saw you on the national news the other night.” “Really?” I replied. “I didn’t know one had been used.” “It was definitely a Snapper Simon photo,” he confirmed, then continued on his way. The surreality of it though came from the fact that I knew not who this…
Last Friday, as part of the Church Stretton Arts Festival, I went to a talk by Phil Rickman, author of the Merrily Watkins series of novels. As writers we’re frequently told to write for a specific genre, such as crime, romance, horror, thriller, mystery, fantasy, sci fi etc. But Phil’s Merrily Watkins novels don’t quite fit into one genre. Although Merrily is the Diocesan Exorcist for the Diocese of Hereford, and the books clearly draw on the Church of England…
Woof, woof! Following the recent acquisition of the Bluffers Guide series by Haynes Publishing, I’m delighted to say that the Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs has been re-released with a new cover (and a small amount of additional material). For more information, click here: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/the-bluffers-guide-to-dogs/
Further to my open letter to the directors of Ti Media, publishers of Woman’s Weekly, the other week, I was a little surprised, but delighted, to see that it had been brought to fellow Society of Author’s member Joanna Harris’ attention, and she too agrees with me. Let’s hope with ehr support, and that of the Society of Authors, that we can encourage the publishers at Woman’s Weekly to change their minds and be a little bit more flexible with…