Archive | May, 2015

Camels Resting in Petra Jordan

31 May


What Isn’t There

30 May

As a struggling artist at school, labouring over a picture of a tree I was trying to perfect, my teacher leaned in to take a look, and glibly suggested I try to focus on what wasn’t there. The comment so baffled me that I dropped Art soon after, my confidence shaken by the lack of ability to see what wasn’t there.

Later in life, I understood; she wanted me to capture the shadows and the play of light on the leaves, the transience of the moment.  If applied to the art of writing it is often what characters don’t have that gives them depth and shapes their presence in the novel. The intangible play of emotion caused by a lack of love, security, hope … is what motivates them and drives the plot.

It’s worth remembering this when creating a character. ‘ Focus on what isn’t there.’ (quote: Mrs Simpson, Art Teacher).

The Blue Shawl

20 May

A year ago the news that rocked our world,

then such a fight for life,

how could we lose?

but not a year had passed and you were gone.

and we are still in disbelief,

but Moy, I borrowed your blue shawl

and climbed a Jordan mountain wearing it

then visited an old Egyptian souk.

it’s been to Alexandria, Port Said

and on a Red Sea coral diving boat

in memory of you.

Where next? Just wait and see.

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Khan El Khalili Cairo

2 May


Khan El Khalili Cairo

2 May



Khan El Khalili Cairo

2 May

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