Writers and their animal friends seem to be a recurring theme in blogs at the moment. Since I currently have two wonderful animals sharing my life I thought I would introduce them to you and share a few recent photographs I have taken.
I took these pictures of Tom this afternoon after Jazz ,Vince and I returned from a lovely walk in the sunshine. Not to be outdone he was doing a little sunbathing himself. At fourteen Tom is still full of surprises. He has always enjoyed sitting in planters but this is the funniest to date. 🙂
Jazz my border collie/German shepherd is nearly nine and my constant companion. He always walks and runs at least three times further than we do. Hence his exhaustion when he gets home. 🙂
As the writers among you will know writing is a solitary occupation having Jazz and Tom around to share my day is wonderful.
Whilst we walked I took a few photographs of things and places that caught my interest. Ancient caves were my most exciting discovery. Just how I imagined the caves in ‘The Dragon Legacy’ .
Inspiration is an important part of every writer’s journey. So far my writing has often been inspired by a place or a building. ‘The Dragon Legacy’ is set in the English Lake District in the hills overlooking Lake Ullswater. Although the village name I used is fictional it is based on a lakeside village that I know there.
I have spent many happy hours on and around the lake and for me it is easy to imagine dragons flying over the hills a thousand or so years ago. If you would like to see what I mean check out my Pinterest board for ‘The Dragon Legacy’ .
Since I moved into the old mining village of Pleasley about eighteen months ago I’ve had numerous ideas for historical novels featuring the pit. Coal was first mined here in 1872. The ground was broken for the mine by Florence Nightingale whose family lived on the site.
This weekend I discovered the surrounding mills and houses in nearby Pleasley Vale. More pictures are on my Inspirational Places Pinterest board. Even though the mills are currently used to house small businesses it isn’t hard to imagine what they were like in the seventeenth century when they were the site of a water forge . Or in 1784 when the cotton-spinning mills were built. There were decimating fires in the nineteenth century and the mills were used to store munitions during the 1914-1918 war. The history is so rich here I’m sure it could inspire a whole series of stories.
I particularly like the turreted house which makes me think about a paranormal romance with Fae. Or the setting for a time travel romantic adventure.
The small plant nursery that is housed within the walls of an old mill was particularly intriguing. What would happen if you fell asleep in the sunshine in such a delightful spot, only to wake up in the dirt and dust of the original mill centuries before?
My favourite though was this derelict stone building. What a story it could tell. Everyone loves a building with a past.
I would love to know where you find your inspiration.