Month: September 2014

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churnetvalley

I’ve had a car for a few days, which makes a nice change, so last Sunday when it was reaching early evening I went out a few miles on the way towards Ashbourne, an area I seem to have known forever. Quite wonderful landscape is very close to Stoke-on-Trent. The light was great, a good angle. This is a watercolour landscape , with long dry stone walls, bleached fields and deep green/black coppices. It’s on the edge of the Peak National Park, but here not quite the harsh moorland, it’s sheep and cattle country, small fields. First I went through Froghall and the ironworks deep in the Churnet Valley, then up top through Whiston and onto some narrow back lanes. Some of the things I have tried for years to capture I still can’t, the only way is through drawing, so I’ll have to borrow my friends car and get out there with my sketch book. There will be a few more photographs soon.

road

sheep

birds

 

The Unknown – Spirituality by Tim Diggles

This is a site I contribute too and well worth visiting.

Renegade Writers

Everything can be learnt.

That is true, and it is not true.

When we meet at Renegades much of what we discuss are the technical issues in our writing. As we read aloud we can gauge, through the reactions of a fine group of people, whether we have made people laugh at the right (or wrong) place; made our points clearly or lost everyone in the mire; driven a plot in the right direction or sent people on a pointless journey, and so on and so forth.

These aspects of writing are things we can learn through attending the writing group, by reading books and blogs, attending workshops and courses. What is much harder is that unknown element which makes our writing not just words on a page but something memorable. I will call it spirituality; one could also call it genius, vision, any number of words – it is…

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