Meanwhile, I'm busy trying to finish the fantasy story which I started last year. It's currently called Clovenstone, after the destination board on a bus I saw in Edinburgh. Clovenstone is the name of a suburb of that city, but obviously it ought to be the name of a sprawling otherwordly castle smothered in ivy and gargoyles and full of strange creatures, which is precisely the setting for the new book. I'm trying to get some sense and structure into the loopy, rambling adventure I wrote last year to read to Sam, but without losing its sense of fun. (Sam, of course, isn't really into castles and goblins any more, and probably wishes I was writing about tractors.) This illustration by the fabulous Paul Bonner kind of captures the feel I'm after, except that none of my characters will be wolfmen or grumpy-lookin' elves. (I quite fancy one of those flying ring-tailed lemur/fox/hawk things, though.)
|"Grrr! Arrrgh!" etc.|
|Rose Wong takes a line for a walk.|
Finally, I notice that the number of Followers of this blog finally reached 100 over Christmas. People are always telling me that the number of people who take the trouble to 'follow' in no way reflects the number of actual visits the blog gets, but it's certainly encouraging to see you all there, so thank you very much!