Sunday, 19 February 2017
I mentioned in his introduction that Gizmo was very shy when he came into my care. While Lola bounced out of the pet carrier to explore her new home, Gizmo made no move to ever leave the safety of the carrier. He had to be lifted out and immediately sought the shelter of an upside down cardboard box. I did not blame him. He had gone through many changes in just a few weeks. He would come round.
But as the days turned into weeks I realised that Gizmo had no intention of coming round and I soon understood that it was not just him who needed to learn to trust me. I needed to learn to understand him. And so began The Gizmo Lessons.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Within the three weeks since my last blog post I was on a brief holiday in Austria. On my way back I took a slight detour via London. I have never been to the city before - unless you count Heathrow Airport, my personal Hell on Earth - but have wanted to visit ever since I did a presentation on its sights half a lifetime ago. It is also the setting of the YA novel I hope to get query-ready by the end of the year. While mine is an alternate, slightly futuristic London, I jumped at the opportunity to flesh out my Google Maps descriptions with real life experience and plunged myself into 26 hours of city adventure.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
One of the first things I learned is that the way to a rabbit's heart is paved with food. It is the constant around which a rabbit's day revolves. The be all and end all. A bunny's first love and greatest treasure. Which makes it the bunny parent's best friend.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
In the past two years I have gone from my "I don't want writing advice" cocoon to actually reading several books and articles about it and even doing a free online course on fiction writing. While I believe it has helped me look more critically at my work and expand my skill set and knowledge base, I still believe givers of writing advice walk a fine line and that not everything holds true for every writer. One of the things I want to look at today is the "rule" that says you need to know the ending before you start.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
I decided to start this year by adding something new to this blog. Those of you who have read my biography will know that I share my home with a pair of house rabbits. Each of them has their own personality and yet they are as mischievous as each other. They are my daily entertainment, the source of my joy, and the reason for many grey hairs. And from this Sunday onwards, they shall be the inspiration for a fortnightly blog post, providing you with light-hearted, funny anecdotes on every day life with bunnies.
Without further ado, let me introduce the cast of Bunecdotes.