Embrace Rejection!

Nobody likes being rejected. Especially when you’ve spent hours, weeks, months (or even years, if it’s a novel) writing something. To many writers, particularly novices, rejection is not good. And if …

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So, You Want To Be A BBC WeatherWatcher?

“Shropshire? Oooh, You’ll get a lot of weather up there!” That’s what most people in London said when they heard I was moving to Shropshire in 1997. (The next question …

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The Cultural Clun Valley

My Clun Valley feature is the front cover feature of the latest issue of The People’s Friend. Although a quiet corner of Shropshire, there’s a lot going on there, and …

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Sometimes, The Old-Fashioned Ways Are Best

If you see a bloke standing on a hill somewhere in the Welsh Borders, scribbling away in a notebook, then it’s probably me! (Do say hello!)

A couple of days ago, I was out wandering the hills doing a route for Country Walking magazine. (It’s okay, as far as Lockdown regulations were concerned, not only was I working, but I was staying local too, for the route was one I could begin from my front door.)

The ridge path on Hope Bowdler Hill

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Pic of the Season Shortlist!

Well, I was surprised this morning to find an email in my inbox from the BBC WeatherWatcher team, advising me that my Brocken Spectre photo taken a few weeks ago …

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Lick of Paint

I don’t know if I still like you. You’re familiar, yet different. You’re still the same shape. You’ve reatined your claim to fame: the world’s first. But … But. Your …

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Rickman Reveals

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 for their setting, conflicts and its many characters, they’re not religious books.

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Outdoor Aberdyfi

Check out the March 2018 issue of Outdoor Photography magazine and inside you’ll find my photo of Aberdyfi in the Viewpoint section.

Viewpoints section – Outdoor Photography magazine – March 2018

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PLR – People Love Reading

Once a year, authors receive their PLR statements. For those of you who don’t know, PLR stands for Public Lending Right and is a payment to authors in recompense for the loss of sales due to people borrowing their books from a library.

While we receive a royalty for each copy of our book bought by the library service (as we would from any other book buyer), PLR recognises the fact that that single copy is then borrowed many times over.

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Hoar Frost Snapper

Found a hoar frost on the summit of Ragleth Hill this morning. Snapped a photo too, which Louise Lear used on the national forecast on BBC1 this lunchtime.