Hunkering Down in the Writing Cave

loch: a walk away from the writing cave

The Writing Cave

The loch continues to inspire awe with its reflected beauty. But the writing cave has me now. I don’t want to leave it. I want to write and write and write. Even when my brain is too tired to do it well anymore, that’s where I want to be.

It’s all the fault of TENDU. This intense and obsessive behavior always happens when I’m working on it. But I’m nearly there now. I’m on the last pages of the final edit. It’ll be off to the proofreader soon. And then I’ll be diving into the second book in the series, CABRIOLE. I suspect it’s going to have the same effect. I can already feel the emotional pull of the first chapters.

Remnants of Autumn

beech tree in its autumn garb. From the writing cave.

There are still some wonderful autumn colours around, in places that are sheltered from the frost. I stare at their brilliance before rushing back home. To the cave. That last sex scene is not going to rewrite itself… These are somewhat naughtier books than my others.

I intend getting all three titles ready and rapid releasing them next year, a month apart. So, the schedule of the writing cave is all set for winter.

Book Recommendations

Terry Tyler, a writer I really admire, has named SISTERS as one of her three book recommendations of 2022 over on the damppebbles book blog. “I loved this book because it so cleverly shows us a picture of life in the times of the Roman Conquest…” See the whole write-up and the other recommended books here.


I’m over on Mastodon here. So far, it seems quite nice. Rather like Twitter was years ago with people sharing interesting things and chatting. No algorithm. Less drama.

A Deer

There was a deer in the frosty field this morning. It’s to the far left of the picture and is small and blurred. You might be able to see it if you click to enlarge.

frosty field near the writing cave


When Morragh speaks to another person for the very first time, she has no idea that he is an invader in her land.

What she does next constitutes a huge betrayal of her people, threatening her closest relationships and even her way of life itself.

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Set in 1st century Scotland, SISTERS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is a story of chosen sisters, fierce warriors, divided loyalties and love.



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25 Replies to “Hunkering Down in the Writing Cave”

  1. Congratulations I can only hope that one day, I’ll be able to have a writing cave and find a good publisher for my novels. I’m in the middle of writing my first novel. Thank you for sharing with us!

    1. My cave is metaphorical, actually just a desk in the corner of a room. Wonderful place to be, writing that first one. The most raw, I found. Treasure it. Worry about the publishing later 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for this advice! I was stressing so much about the publishing aspect because I’m worried that I won’t be able to find a publisher to publish it. I keep forgetting that I have to write it and enjoy the process first before stressing about publishing

        1. I got stressed too when people would ask: how are you going to get it published?

          There’s so many paths open to us now. See what feels right once you’re at that stage.

  2. How exciting that you are almost done!! What a great feeling that must be. I’m also glad that Mastadon has been a good experience.

  3. Thank you for following my fledgling blog! I see you’ve joined Mastodon. I was thinking about it and then have seen some less positive experiences. I rejoined Twitter after years of leaving it behind for Instagram but couldn’t deal with all the words any more. I’m guessing Mastodon looks similar to a Twitter feed? I think the pictures on Instagram help give my chronic fatigue brain some soothing in between words!

    1. Yes, the feed is similar to Twitter. It seems a friendlier place to me just now, but I suppose it’s all about who you follow. I like Instagram too 🙂

  4. Second pointer to Mastodon this morning – from writers I’ve read. – and bought their books. Now a maybe..
    After experiencing ID and other fraud, I gave up all social media.
    hid in my own cave. Time to come outside again ? .

    1. Do what feels right for you. Mastodon is different from the big tech socials in that it has many different servers, so can’t be owned by one person or business. You can interact with all of Mastodon regardless of the server you choose, but they do all have slightly different rules.

  5. The hunger to write is such a wonderful thing. Congrats on coming to the end of editing for book one, and all the best with book two. I’ve been intrigued by Mastodon … I’ll have to check it out. Good post!

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