How is your summer going? Are you feeling safer and more relaxed?
This is a photo I took last week at Corfe Castle in Dorset. Begun by William the Conqueror, it was renowned as impregnable for over 500 years and only fell at the hands of traitors within its walls.
A good metaphor I think for our current 'civilization'. How much longer will we think we are invincible, standing above and beyond the touch of the planet while we call down destruction by our very own hands?
My anthology is successfully out, The Winter Fae, so another huge thank you to those of you who have bought and/or reviewed it. It's still at a discount launch price so not too late to see what my imagination got up to in twelve short, short stories!
Art is still on the back burner, apart from posting for the #augustforartists challenge on Instagram. I love these events, such a chance to find new inspiring art and lives.
But I haven't given you a gift for a while, so you can get 10% off one entire order if you buy from my art store now. Just use the code NEW10 at checkout. You can only use it once, so fill up your cart!
It's summer, so I hope you are all living outside as much as possible, immersed in nature, exploring, pondering, resting, renewing. I know I see a cycle in my (Canadian) life of more serious projects inside in the winter, and a lightness of touch in the months of sunlight and - dare I say - play?
So in that spirit, here are the pick of my finds for August:
Podcast: Actually, this whole series of nine programs, but especially this one, The Yoiker and the Landscape, recordings in the arctic circle of traditional Sami singing and exploration of their beliefs.
Paperback: a wonderful charity shop find, The Morville House, part memoir, part history, part garden plan, it's the written equivalent of conversation with a friend over a glass of wine or hot chocolate.