Wolfsbane, also known as Monkshood because of the shape of its flowers, is the common name for the perennial shrub Aconitum. A native of Europe and North America, it’s a herbaceous plant with a tall stem, often with blue flowers.
I planted a batch of Aconite seeds as part of my research into werewolves. Continue reading
I’m doing a lot of research into werewolf legends and lore right now, as part of writing my Lycanthropic series of werewolf books. It’s a fascinating topic.
My kids think it’s some kind of problem.
They snigger at me openly, talking about “Dad’s werewolf phase.” Like it’s some sort of mid-life crisis and not a smart career move. Continue reading
It was my 50th birthday in January, but I had to wait until yesterday to receive my birthday present. For my 30th birthday I took a trip in a hot air balloon; for my 40th I flew a helicopter; for my 50th, my wife Margarita took me to London, where we dined in Sky Garden, London’s third highest restaurant.
Apologies for the image quality – these photos were taken with a camera phone. Continue reading
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It’s snowing today, and it was snowing fifty years ago too. I know that, because fifty years ago I was born. (Actually my birthday was January 19, but I’ve been too busy to blog – sorry!) Continue reading
The first day of 2018 will be marked by a full moon, but not just any full moon. It’s a supermoon, meaning that the moon will be at its closest to the Earth, and will appear larger and brighter than normal. It’s also a wolf moon, the name given to the first moon in January.
Coincidentally, the day of the supermoon also marks the publication of my new werewolf novel, Wolf Blood (available from Amazon). Continue reading
The preparations are all done.
We’ve sent the cards, just in time to catch the last posting dates. An online grocery delivery is scheduled for 23 December. Christmas gifts are on their way or already delivered, courtesy of Amazon.
The tree went up yesterday. Carols have been sung. We’re streaming Mariah Carey on YouTube.
We had snow last week, and the lonely stump of a snowman still lingers in our garden.
Love Actually and the The Lego Movie are lined up for Christmas TV viewing.
So, go Christmas!
And may I take this opportunity to wish you all the best this Christmas and for the New Year!
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I’ve never thought of myself as a confident person. Yet sometimes people ask me where I get my confidence from, so I must be projecting the illusion of confidence at some level.
I don’t feel confident right now. I feel vulnerable. Continue reading
June is my favourite month. Spring has drifted quietly into Summer, and the days are nearly at their longest. The weather can only continue to get better, and there’s everything still to look forward to.
Some days may bring storms, but at this time of year it’s much easier to remember that on the whole, life is good.
The world my children inhabit looks superficially like the world I grew up in during the 1970s. The house they live in, the clothes they wear and the food they eat – none of these would be very strange to the kids of a generation ago (although even here there are notable differences.) But the way they spend their time is completely different to anything I dreamed of doing.
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We all know that salt in our diet contributes to stroke and coronary artery disease. What I didn’t realize until very recently was just how important it is. But a BBC Radio 4 interview with Graham MacGregor yesterday quickly fixed my misunderstanding. Continue reading