Musings

Random writings and occasional hyperbole

Finding a voice…

If I were to dig out all of the old posts that used to be on this blog, you would find a distinct pattern emerging. It's probably best described as extended periods of silence, punctuated by occasional short bursts of activity.  In fact, it got so bad at one point...

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The Clachanpluck Poems

I still seem to be stuck in poetry mode at the moment, although these little verses came about in a slightly different fashion.  It's all Facebook's fault. Well, actually, that's not quite true, it's all a guy called Phil McMenemy's fault. No, that's not entirely true...

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The Hills

When you're on a roll, you're on a roll.  Yet another poem.  This one isn't dark, it isn't angsty and it isn't an airy-fairy exercise in writing some particular form or other, it's just a poem.  I suppose it might be in ballad form.  Or possibly something else...

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If I had known…

More poetry today - and this one is deliberately a little bit of an arty-farty exercise.  It's also another slightly dark one.  Well, maybe not dark, but a bit angsty and the kind of thing that a simpering 18th or 19th century poet-wannabe might have come up with...

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At the End

When not trying to dream up characters or plots or similar fictional devices (and when not being silly on Facebook or elsewhere) I sometimes try my hand at a bit of poetry.  Although it is often maligned for being "up its own bottom" or "arty-farty" (particularly when...

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Dinner Date

Authors, critics and experts on writing have identified various models for the creation of characters. One particular model offers four ways to create a character: purely from the imagination (the "ideal" character); by the author basing the character on themselves;...

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Night Cafe

This very short piece was an exercise in starting a new story completely from scratch.  The idea for this one came from a dream I had. I had never been in the café before. I'd noticed it often enough when visiting the city in the past and I had liked its old-fashioned...

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We need to talk about Kevin

Please be aware that this short excerpt contains swearing and violence from the outset. This short scene is intended to introduce a stereotypical character who turns out to be more complex than you might first think. "For fuck's sake ref! Are you fucking blind? It was...

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Palmyra

This is a short character piece, inspired by something heard on the radio.  It is slightly longer than originally intended. "A United Nations representative has today confirmed that Islamic State forces appear to have destroyed the Temple of Bel and other major sites...

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Short Story: “Free will, right?”

Here in south-west Scotland, there are all manner of wonderful places to visit.  One that has a particular appeal for me is Wigtown.  I love Wigtown, because it is Scotland's national book town and, well, you know me and books, enough said. There are some fantastic...

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Music

Ah, music hath charms to soothe a savage breast and if music be the food of love, give me excess of it! I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't love music. Even as a small child, I loved listening to music in some shape or form and tormented my parents with...

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The important things…

Anyone who has been watching my Twitter feed lately or reading Glenda's blog or Facebook page will know that we've just been to Ireland.  One of the extra advantages of our new home here in Portpatrick is that we're only about half an hour from the Cairnryan Ferry...

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