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Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood

“The path itself was narrow and wound in and out among the trunks. Soon the light at the gate was like a little bright hole far behind, and the quiet was so deep that their feet seemed to thump along while all the trees leaned over them and listened.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien describing Mirkwood in The Hobbit

A few weeks ago, I went to the Forest of Dean for a weekend. It was bliss, staying in a shepherds’ hut away from the city and in the middle of nature. The isolation was relaxing and peaceful.

Whilst there, I had the pleasure of going to Puzzlewood,  a unique forest just outside Coleford. It was like walking onto a set. The whole wood, with its picturesque paths over and under the many embankments, was like a fantasy  version of a forest. It was no surprise to learn it was supposedly the inspiration for Middle Earth, as well as where Merlin and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filmed.
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On Writing and Publishing a Book

On Writing and Publishing a Book

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Last Good Friday, I found myself hunched over the computer, fiddling with styles and formatting while outside was bright sunshine. It was all in aid of getting my first collection of short stories published, Amber Stars.

The book started as a couple of stories and ideas I was playing around with in private. I wrote ‘Welcome Home’ & ‘The Underworld’ mostly for myself. It was an exercise in keeping my fingers busy. I often have quite a few writing projects on the go and these stories were just another one I was going to keep to myself. My tendency is to write lots and share little, which is probably the wrong way round.
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