Insect Aerobics

I love this drawing!

I love this drawing!


Insect aerobics
Is a cat’s fitness routine
(And a diet plan)


Had this haiku and pic floating around, thought I’d share for a bit of fun. The haiku was prompted by a conversation with a friend, about our cats’ lovely eating habits. 🙂


Is This What My Cat Sees At Night?

I haven’t fallen off the planet – or been eaten by demons. To prove it, here’s a haiku that goes very well with this pic. I suspect this is indeed the world our feline friends inhabit when they roam at night.


Pic courtesy of Weird Tales Magazine

Pic courtesy of Weird Tales Magazine


He sees what you can’t
 As he joins them in the dark
To prowl and to feast


More bloggy goodness coming next week, some of it featuring the reason I didn’t post at the beginning of this week as usual… 🙂

Of Friends and Vampires

And I’m done! Open University Creative Writing course complete, final assessment handed in. It’s been a blast, and I’ve learned so much. Guess I’d better put it into practice… 😉

So what now? Firstly, thank you to everyone who supported me on the course, including my tutor, and my fellow course participants. An extra big thank you to long-suffering hubby, who put up with me disappearing to write, complaining when coursework was difficult, and telling him (in much more detail than he wanted) when a story was going well. Thanks to all my friends and fellow bloggers and writers, who advised, encouraged, and read.

Next up, I’m guesting on This One Time…, on Wednesday 11th June. This blog belongs to the ‘Beer and Bacon Babes’ Writers’ Group – great name, ladies!
Erika Gardner kindly invited me to write something for this wonderful blog. Thank you! I’ve been given five prompts, all very different, so who knows what I’ll come up with. The idea is simply to get the creative juices flowing, so it could be a – short story? Flash fiction? Poem? I don’t know yet either!

Then, during June, I’ll be getting my vampires in order, ready to feature on Mari Wells‘s blog. Mari is having a Vampire Month in July, and I have some stories for her. My vampires are:

Definitely NOT sparkly

Good and bad


And there’s a witch too – of course there is!

Here’s a haiku and a pic, to get you in the mood:

She pierces my flesh
My heart already impaled
Dying to join her

Pic courtesy of

Pic courtesy of

Mmm, naughty vampire. Right, I better go and sort these vamps out. They’re up to all kinds of shenanigans at the moment. Editing required. Don’t you just love it when your characters have a mind of their own? Time to get out the garlic…

Industrial Inspiration

I’ve wanted to use this photo for a while. I took it when I was at The Hydro, Glasgow’s new arena, which is down on the riverside. This is the Finnieston Crane, no longer in use but now an amazing landmark and reminder of Glasgow’s industrial heritage. It is the largest of four remaining cantilever cranes along the river Clyde, and was used to lift heavy locomotives. (If you like engineering stuff and want to know more about it, click the link). 😉

Finnieston Crane, Glasgow, on a rare sunny autumn day

Finnieston Crane, Glasgow, on a rare sunny autumn day

Here’s a haiku I wrote when looking at this photograph:

Shipyard sentinel
His day gone and forgotten
Still proud in the sun

I’m getting into this poetry thing! I actually wrote this haiku ages ago, when I took the photo back in October. I hope to share some longer poems with you soon. I’ve got a few in progress.

Strange thing: writing poetry has also inspired me to start drawing again, something I haven’t done in years. One of my work-in-progress poems conjured up an image which I just had to draw. Weird, huh?

Also, just to show I’ve not gone completely poetry-daft, I’ll be sharing a new story on Mari Wells‘s blog in February. Mari is celebrating the festival of Lupercalia with stories of werewolves, so watch out for me there…

On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry at you…

Well, I’m not a Vogon, but you may all want to gnaw your own legs off soon, as I’ve started the poetry section of my Creative Writing course. 😉

So far, I’m very much enjoying it. I don’t know whether I’ll ever call myself a poet, but the exercises we’re doing are great for coming up with ideas for other kinds of writing, too.

We’ve been encouraged to try haiku since the early days of the course, so I’ll post some of those. When I actually have a completed poem, I’ll be a Vogon and subject you to it, whether you want it or not.

I’m also reading ‘The Ode Less Travelled’, Stephen Fry’s book about poetry. My my, that man knows a lot of words! I love him. He’s the only person who can get away with using twenty words when one will do. Hubby has the audiobook of Stephen reading ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Could listen to that all day…the man’s got a voice like chocolate.

From what I’ve written so far, I do think poetry may be the way that my thoughts on my rocky relationship with some of my family see the light of day. Interesting… It’s certainly cathartic scribbling it down on paper, even if that’s as far as it gets.

Right, enough of this heavy talk. Here’s a fun haiku to finish with:

Trying a new pen
How does it write, I wonder?
Please do not smudge

This was written after stealing hubby’s pen, that he got as a prize for something or other at work. As the writer in the household, I covet the good pens!

Many thanks, of course, to the late, great Douglas Adams, for the title of this post. 🙂

Three more weeks to Halloween…

Slightly misquoting a movie there, but I’ve had to begin a countdown to Halloween as there’s so much going on this year. The day itself is important in our household, with preparations to be made and rituals to be followed. But this year, lots of writerly things are happening as well!

My friend Jennifer M Zeiger, together with eight other writers, is publishing an anthology of short stories and poetry on Halloween. The book is called Midnight Abyss and having tried a sample, I can’t wait to read it! I’ll be interviewing Jennifer on my blog on Halloween, where we’ll discuss Midnight Abyss, writing scary scenes, and other stuff that goes bump in the night…

From the start of November (if our cauldron comes to the boil at the right moment), I’ll be guest blogging on Mari Wells‘s The Witching Hour. So looking forward to sharing my love of all things witchy and Scottish. I’ll be talking about a local legend, stories from around Scotland, witch trials, and witches in Scottish literature. This is giving me a great excuse to a) read all my favourite witch stories again and b) jaunt off to spooky locations in the name of ‘research’.

As if all this wasn’t scary enough, my first assignment for my Creative Writing course is due on…yes, you guessed it, Halloween! Why do these things always come along at once? Magic potion required; to give me extra arms to do all the typing/writing/drinking of wine pumpkin juice.

Anyhoo…one of the things we’ve been encouraged to have a go at, on my writing course, is haiku. I don’t think I’m very good at it yet, but it’s actually quite fun! So here’s a cheery Halloween haiku to be going on with. There may be spookier ones later.

Carved grinning pumpkin
Beckons from friendly window
Come, Trick-or-Treaters!

Although…that could read a bit like the story of Hansel and Gretel. Trick-or-Treaters lured to their doom. I’m sure that must have been done before..? *writes down story idea anyway*

(That is the actual pumpkin that was flickering in my window last year).

Something wicked this way comes… 😉

Karen xx