writer, podcaster, paddleboarder

Month: January 2017

Reject Me Right

This week has been a bit of a good news/bad news whirlwind. I had a great workshop session on Hollywoodland – yay! Then I got a script rejected – boo. Then I got another unexpected copy job – medium yay or yay, depending on whether we’re cheering […]

Edinburgh’s Sister March

I promised a report on the Women’s March yesterday, but what I didn’t account for was the Burns Supper I went to after the march (and specifically, the whisky that would entail) so… much of yesterday was spent sitting very still and hoping not to […]

Is Anything Any Good?

Well if I’ve learned one thing over the past couple of days, it’s that people’s opinions can really vary! It’s been fascinating watching comments and votes come in for Hollywoodland‘s cover, particularly how the favourite in one round dropped heavily in the next. I personally love all […]

Hollywoodland Cover Design: Judge this Book

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I can only presume they have never been to a bookshop. Because when I’m wandering about Waterstones or clicking about Amazon, what else can I judge by? The blurb, sure. I’ll probably read the first […]

Brexit: Off the Cliff

This is it then. Hard Brexit. We’re off the cliff. No longer the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but a Disunited Kingdom of Tory Brexitland. There have been indications for weeks now that they’d take us out of the single market (very deliberate […]

Queen Christina 1932: Behind the Scenes

I might have mentioned my Greta Garbo project here once or a gazillion times. I’m going to be getting back into the draft in a couple of weeks (I want to finish the section I’m on in Before Again first, and I have a TV pilot […]

For Fika’s Sake

I went along to a Swedish conversation group last night. It turned out to be a beginner session so I ended up being an annoying know-it-all, but everyone was friendly and it was fun to get to chat about Stockholm a bit. It got me […]

Estonia in March: Not Warm

Did you know that JR Ewing helped the Wall come down? Well, ish. Last spring, a friend and I took a ship across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn, Estonia, and I fell in love with it a little bit. All of it. Ships, I love […]


Finland’s ‘Baby Box’ scheme has been running since the 1930s. It’s believed to be the reason that Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, and is generally held up as an all round example of Scandi excellence. Yesterday, Scottish First […]

The Morning Seems So Grey

Here we are Me and you Feeling lost and feeling blue. It’s not just because of my devotion to Abba that I always feel a little bit melancholic on New Years Day, but I’m not sure exactly what it is. It’s not a sad melancholy […]