Hi everyone, Announcement time! I got some big pieces of paper out yesterday, stuck them to the wall, and thrashed out the story plan for part 2 of The Ardenna Crossing. The structure and plot are now complete and I know where I’m going, As you might know, I’ve already written seven of twenty-five chapters […]Read more "Ardenna Crossing Book 2 Update"
Hi everyone, I’ve been playing with Photoshop trying to get a headstart on the front cover design for The Ardenna Crossing. I downloaded some new fonts to try out for the lettering and I thought I’d share some of the ideas. Any feedback is appreciated. Not long now, people! Cheers, Richard 1 2Read more "Ardenna Crossing Update – Cover Design Ideas"
Hi everyone, It’s nearly four years now since I finished the first draft of The Ardenna Crossing: Between Two Worlds. Back then, it was just called The Crossing. I’ve tinkered with it and changed it; checked and double checked and now I’m all out of excuses. It’s time I shared it with all of you. […]Read more "The Ardenna Crossing – Coming this December!"
I was on the playground on duty today. I was hungry and started daydreaming about sandwiches. This poem is a bit of fun which came out of that. Sweet chilli sauce, And pickled gherkins for the zing, Never cut the crusts off, Don’t do such a wasteful thing, With spicy cheese and egg mayonnaise, In […]Read more "Sandwiches – an acrostic"
Hi everyone, The form I chose for this week’s poetry video was Rispetto; a short form comprised of 8 lines, 11 syllables each. The form is Italian as you might have guessed. It comes from the 14th and 15th Centuries, in Tuscany. The word rispetto means respect, so I decided to go with a more […]Read more "Break upon his Tomb – a rispetto"
Hi everyone, Another poem – this time it’s a triolet. This is a short 8-line stanza poem dating back to 13th Century France. the rhyme scheme is pretty easy to spot. It was done really well by Thomas Hardy when the form reached England in the 19th Century. I decided to write about the dust […]Read more "Dust Gathers – a triolet"
Hi everyone, If there is a Twin Peaks character who sums up 2020 so far, it has to be the reclusive Harold Smith, played so wonderfully by Lenny von Dohlen. I haven’t written any Twin Peaks poetry in a while, but I kept seeing his image pop up on social media and I was compelled […]Read more "Solitaire – a haiku sequence"
Hi everyone, Thought I’d do a quick update about Queen of Hearts, Cameron Cloutier’s Twin Peaks fan film currently in production. As I said back in November, filming is well underway and it looks like this project may meet its scheduled release date this summer. Images have been appearing regularly on the film’s dedicated Facebook […]Read more "Queen of Hearts update January 2020"
Went for 9 holes of golf this afternoon. It didn’t go well. I did come out of it with this, though. Hope you enjoy it. In The Rough With a swing and a miss And a miss and a swing, Hell with the scorecard; Don’t write a thing! Putters and irons And woods and […]Read more "In the Rough – a poem"
Horsell Common I finally finished the audiobook version of this, read by David Tennant. I have to say that I was amazed at this book from start to finish. It has been a while since I have read any 19th Century literature and I was unprepared for just how action-packed this story is. Really, I […]Read more "Tonight’s Reading – The War of the Worlds"