In my line of work, people occasionally send me press releases about interesting booky things that are occurring. I received such a missive yesterday from the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust on the subject of a season of events celebrating Iain Banks.
This week’s photo challenge is to take you through a day in my life, so what follows is my Easter Sunday. I have tried to allude to the fact that even though I didn’t write much yesterday, I though about stories and storytelling a lot – that is pretty much how I exist from day to day. There are explanatory captions attached to these, and if you click on the first one you’ll get the pictures in an exciting slideshow.
I found it hard to come up with something for this week’s prompt – hence the lateness (it’s technically last week’s prompt at this point). The prompt, as you may have gathered from the title of the post, was home. I’ll stop saying prompt now.
I mused on this for a while, looking at other people’s submissions (houses, family, pets) and felt thoroughly uninspired. Then my other half put on a CD, and a thought occurred. Home is somewhere familiar and comforting – somewhere my brain recognises as safe. I feel this in a number of places, but I can actually create that sense of well being artificially wherever I am – through the power of
love music. Certain songs make me feel at ease, because I associate them with places I feel at home.
And that’s why I photographed a bunch of CDs that have travelled with me from home with my parents to university and three different flats in Edinburgh. Why on the radiator? Just because.
And the best thing about this is, now we can play the super fun game of name all those CDs!
This week’s photo prompt is ‘beyond‘ – here are mine. I got some strange looks from joggers this evening, tromping about taking pictures of the darkness like a goth who’s taking things a bit too seriously…
Beyond the trees above you can see the heart of Edinburgh… But beyond these trees lies something else entirely:
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might be aware that when I’m not writing I sometimes act as Media Officer for Homespun, a new children’s theatre company. Now I am cannily combining the two in the interests of raising cash to send our show, East of the Sun West of the Moon (which was pretty well received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year) on tour in 2013. I am putting together an eBook of folk and fairy stories, with all proceeds going towards redevelopment and production costs. I am therefore looking for bright young things to donate their stories in the interests of supporting new children’s theatre. If you or someone you know is a bright young thing, please read on for more information…
Although I’ve written stories since I was a kid, I’ve never felt the need to take a course in writing.
I studied English until second year of university, and there were elements of creative writing throughout school, but the main focus was always on work by other people.
This was never really an issue for me because I’ve always maintained that you learn by doing, so I spend a lot of my time reading, writing and then reading and writing a bit more. Then watching fifteen episodes of 30 Rock back to back with a pot of tea.