Life is a journey by car

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.

I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

 

There’s a lot to be said for driving. And it’s not just the natural optimism that comes from the simple fact that you’re in motion. For me I find, particularly at times when I’m unhappy or under a lot of stress, that it gives me a refuge. A haven that’s to be found in the comfortable space between A and B. A place of respite where you can suspend everything while you travel. It’s almost Zen like. To forget oneself is to be happy. Enjoy the lack of control you have to change what made you sad at A and will still be waiting for you when you reach B. Focus on all the aspects of your journey one at a time to the exclusion of everything else. Because the relief to be found isn’t in passivity. It doesn’t do to be still. Like water, we need to move or we stagnate. We need to have purpose. The comfort comes because you’re doing some simple, mechanical task but that’s necessary and worthwhile. Concentrate on the road, the way you drive through the bends, the signals, the other cars, note objects and places in the landscape, listen to the song that’s playing on your stereo, or else deliberate on the engine noise, the sound and feel of the rushing wind through an open window, and the silence. Concentrate solely on your driving. Allow all other thoughts and concerns to drift to the periphery of your consciousness. Enjoy the miles. Hide inside the space between A and B. Create sanctuary. Drive.

1999 (was a hell of a year)

You think dogs will not be in heaven?

I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Our pets show us the best of what we could be. Invest all your kindness and soft-heartedness into them, and they will return it to you a thousandfold. If I were to come back into this world there could be no better life to live than that of a well-loved dog. To enjoy long walks, to have warmth, food & treats, and to be deeply, deeply mourned.

Ghost Story

Otherworld is a supernatural thriller of 70,000 words.

An archaeological dig on Salisbury Plain in the present day mirrors a previous excavation carried out at the close of the 19th Century that ended in suspicious circumstances.

Rob Wallis and Frances Innes lead the dig in the present day. Wallis is a romantic who feels a close bond with the past which he believes is largely benevolent. Innes is cynical and sees archaeology more simply and feels no real affinity for the past or the lives she is struggling to understand, and certainly has no belief in spiritualism or an afterlife.

Three other characters make up the archaeological team – Dunstane, a Scot with a secret interest in the occult, Sharon who becomes his acolyte, and Andy who is a thief.

Events are then precipitated when the team hold a séance at Dunstane’s suggestion. It is then that the past and the present cross over and Frances must confront the reality of a situation where the Otherworld does actually exist and Wallis learns that the past is not always benevolent.

Otherworld Monty

Bang Tidy!

I first met Julie O’Neill when we were both had jobs working as hazelnut sorters. I always said she should apply her filthy mind and write a novel. She finally has. Insatiable is exactly what I thought she’d come up with. Think Mills & Barnsley. Like Julie it’s funny, sexy and very down to earth. Comedy gold.

Insatiable by Julie O'Neill