Blog Tour Award

I’ve been nominated by Francesca over at A Smith’s World to take part in the Blog Tour Award. I was also nominated by Yinglan at A Simple Life a few weeks ago but unfortunately didn’t spot it until too late to participate. A big ‘thank you’ to both of you for thinking of tour award

The Rules:

  • Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given from your nomination – I was given April 20th)
  • Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post by. On this occasion, next Monday will be Monday, 27th April so I am going to ask that my nominees post on that date.
  • Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers.
  • Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.

The Questions:

What are you working on at the moment?

If you include the flash fic’s that have grown into potential novels, the poetry collection and the short story anthology that I’m trying to put together, I’m working on so many different things its difficult to keep track of them all! There are two main things I’m supposed to be focussing on, however: my Enchanted Forest children’s stories and Wildwood. I’ve talked about and shared my children’s stories on here a few times now so today I’m going to talk about Wildwood. This is a series of books that I’ve been working on for a very long time, though it’s changed hugely over the years, and is such a mammoth project that I often wonder whether ‘I’ve bitten off more than I can chew’. It spans thousands of years, from neolithic times (approx. 4000BC) through to the modern day Britain and involves time travel and a lot of weirdness.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

Hopefully through the two central characters. Wildwood is a mix of fantasy and historical but the characters are a little different to most you find in these genres. One experiences time slower than other people; the other experiences it faster. The first is generally seen as being a genius as he has more time to process things, the other is thought of as slow and simple. The way they see and interact with the world gives interesting viewpoints. Hopefully. I’m also hoping that the folklore elements add a different twist…

Why do you write or create what you do?

I love writing and creating stories. I couldn’t not do it. The ideas come into my head and I just have to explore them and see where they’ll lead.

How does your writing/creative process work?

I always write first in a notepad, usually when I’m alone. The words flow better when I’m in solitude. I then type up and edit whatever I’ve written. I don’t usually write chronologically – especially not Wildwood. With the story spanning such a huge amount of time and with time travel involved, I want it all to fit together. I’ll often follow a thematic thread and write a number of linked scenes from across the series. Even within a chapter I’ll write scenes from all over the place and then put them together like a jigsaw. Once I have them in the right order I’ll write through them, linking them together and editing as I go.

My Nominees: 

The Dune Mouse aka Cybele Moon



Richard Ankers


Liebster Award

A very big “Thank you!” to Sky Blue Daze for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award. Its really great to know there are people out there who appreciate it. I’ve been asked to answer eleven questions about myself and to nominate eleven blogs that I think are wonderful too.

1.) Why did you decide to start to blog?

Earlier this year I quit teacher training and decided to make a career out of creativity – and The Storyteller’s Abode was born. The business I’m creating, which is storytelling and roleplay sessions for children, is all built around my stories and art work so I thought a blog would be the perfect place to showcase it. I soon realised that it would also be a perfect place for sharing all of my other creative endeavours – poetry, photography and maybe even some more grown up stories, eventually.

2.)What is your favorite memory?

I have many happy memories – most tied to family and friends – but my favourite is probably more an accumulation of memories from my primary school years. I have always loved stories and at playtime my friends and I used to become characters in our own little stories and we’d play out our adventures. Very often these were set within a forest (a recurring motif for me). We all had magic ponies that we would ride – they would be waiting for us outside the classroom door – and we would head off on various quests. You could say that I’m trying to give children now a chance to create such memories…

3.) Who inspires you?

Diana Wynne Jones. I absolutely adore her books and I actually cried when I heard that she’d died last year. I especially love the way her books appeal to both children and adults. She felt so comfortable in the varying appeal of her books that she wrote one book, Deep Secret, aimed at adults and its sequel, The Merlin Conspiracy, aimed at children!

4.) What is your current goal in life?

Currently I want to get the scenery made for the children’s roleplay sessions. As I’m still uncertain of exactly how these are going to be made, it’s a goal needing some working on. Beyond that my goals include getting the sessions up and running, creating a successful business and living a life which allows me to feel creatively fulfilled.

5.) How would you describe yourself?

Creative, laid back, a long haired hippy, a bit weird.

6.) How much wood could a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?

Lots and lots. And then it would all be stacked in random piles that no one else understood the organisation of.

7.) What do you do for Fun?

These days it seems that everything I do is fun! My favorite things are writing, drawing and painting. When I want a break from that I like to read, watch tv drama and good films and generally immerse myself in stories. I adore listening to music (my taste is rather eclectic) and I love to go on long walks and take lots of photographs. This often inspires me to write! For a complete change I love to bake and make sweets. In the summer I love going to festivals and dancing like a mad thing.

8.) What is your dream vacation?

Spending several months travelling around both the mainland and the islands of Greece and visiting all of the historical sites I possibly can. After that I’d like to head on to a different country…

9.) What is your favorite Quote?

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better,” Albert Einstein.

10.) Do you enjoy running a blog?

I love it. It’s great connecting with other people with similar interests. Trying to keep it a regular blog is driving me to write a lot more often, as well.

11.) What do you plan to do now?

I’m midway through a painting for my brother’s Christmas present so my immediate plan is to go and work on that some more. After that I have several poems in my notepad I want to type up and edit and there’s a little Midwinter in The Enchanted Forest story that has been niggling at my brain, so I’d like to write that out if possible. I went out with my camera this morning so I also have several hundred photos to sort through! The light was beautiful, so I’m hoping I have some good shots.

Now I need to nominate eleven blogs with less than 500 followers that I think are great. This has been really hard – I don’t follow all that many blogs yet and many that I do have either over 500 followers or have already had the Liebster Award!

1) Carrie at The Shady Tree. This is a lovely blog with a real love of the natural world that shines through both the photography and the words.

2) Amy Sampson is playing with her first DSLR camera and producing some lovely shots.

3) Delsey Jane’s blog at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist share some wonderfully colourful photographs. Some of her pictures are just gorgeous.

4) Debra at Under the Pecan Leaves takes some lovely pictures of nature and writes fascinating articles about environmental issues.

5) lrod1726’s blog is one that I enjoy reading, with musings about family and life and some beautiful photographs.

6) Carol at Apple Hill Cottage has a wonderful blog chronicling the remodelling of a 1940s cottage and musing about countryside life.

7) Lisa at Gray Days and Coffee produces some lovely photographs and gorgeous poems.

8) The Dedicated Momster’s blog, Crisisalive, is really great, with lots of personal posts about motherhood and some great photography.

9) Susan at Krosscourt has some brilliant posts. I especially like the one of an Osprey mum teaching her fledgling to fish.

10) Norm 2.0 shares some great photographs and pieces of writing at his blog, Miscellaneous Musings of a Middle-Aged Mind

11) James’ blog, SomniVision is a brilliant mix of photography and art.