We love walking up Britwell Drive to Dungy Head above the visitor centre near Lulworth Cove, it's such a special place.
I wrote a blog about it back in 2018 highlighting the amazing houses hidden among the trees (read the blog HERE).
I've just discovered that Weston, the spectacular Edwin Lutyens house I wrote about in my blog is now an art gallery, @knightwebbgallery - check out THEIR WEBSITE, the art on show is really fabulous (shown in the picture is Rufus Knight Webb's 2013 brilliant Moon Calf which we can now see outside the house. A gallery whose promo video features music by the legendary @youthmartin has to be a good one! Absolutely brilliant to have found a link between Dorset and @killingjokeband !
I still have my eyes on Stair House, the Gothic-looking hidden house which will be one of the inspiration for the vicarage in my fourth novel Hell Lane - a Barton Stacey mystery!
My dream House: the perfect writer's house, the Gothic-looking Stair House. The large plot on which it is located, which extends up to the very edge of the cliff, would make an ideal mini-nature reserve.
Do you think they'd accept an offer?
A rare "Arcane Publishing business day" for me today, finally managed to book a market in Bristol to sell my books (my own published by Arcane and my pre-loved, vintage and rare books). Can't say more about it at the moment!
I have also applied for a stall at a super local artisan market in May...
Two radically different events, but equally exciting!
I really need to do more of this in 2023 (and spend time on the manuscript of my third novel #therightplacenovel
Sadly I haven't been able to make any progress on the first draft of my third novel - Covid and day job have come in the way!
I hope to be able to make more announcement soon.
2023 is starting very slowly here in Dorset but I am quietly optimistic that this is the year I manage to develop Arcane Publishing further.
Slowly but surely...
So yesterday we went for our first walk for over a month and a half!
Obviously, we went back to Abbotsbury, the location of my much-delayed third novel, The Right Place. It is still my favourite place on Earth...
We checked out progress on the new art and craft hub @abbeyfarmabbotsbury - we had enquired about the price of having a unit there but predictably, it was way, way over our budget... Which is a shame as you can't wish for a more beautiful working environment... Still, we can't wait to come and visit when everything is open!
Inside St Catherine's Chapel, which plays a central role in my third novel:
I'm sad to report that progress on draft 1 of The Right Place, my third novel set in Abbotsbury, has been quasi non-existent over the past 12 months and I have now delayed the publication date to late 2024. I hope to be able to pick up the first draft around Spring time... Unfortunately, it's a sad fact of life that I have to prioritise money-earning activities at the moment - and writing is not one of them. It is frustrating and sometimes upsetting - and I really, really want to see this book published then get started in earnest on my Rural Noir detective novel Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery .
I have loads of plans for 2023, including the opening of the Arcane online bookshop, and I hope to do more markets/fairs than last year with my lovely stock of pre-loved, vintage and rare books (and my first two novels, of course!)!
Watch this space and keep an eye on updates on the ARCANE INSTA PAGE!
I will be hibernating early until 2023.
I thought I'd be able to post about the progress of Arcane's future plans and winter walks in the beautiful Dorset countryside but Covid's reared its ugly head (after 3 years of managing to avoid it!) and has thrown our plans into disarray... Not a great end of the year with a lot of work and Covid.
See you in 2023 and hopefully there will be more upbeat news about manuscripts, events and the online shop!
We had a great time at Exeter Library yesterday! Have a quick read at the Arcane blog about it HERE.
No event for Arcane publishing before Spring 2023, but we are working on getting the online bookshop up and running by Spring/Summer 2023... Watch this space!
I am still to complete the first draft of The Right Place, but we are still on track for a 2024 pub date.
Go to the Arcane instagram page for up-to-date news!
I am thrilled to announce that Arcane Publishing will have a stall at Exeter Library 's Christmas Library Bazaar on Saturday 3rd December, 10am to 4pm.
I will have a carefully hand-picked stock of beautiful pre-loved books: Cinema, music, fashion and art! Also, a small stock of lovely vintage books!
I have been posting about the stock on the Arcane INSTAGRAM PAGE.
Of course, I will also have copies of my two novels published on the Arcane Publishing imprint, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth. You will be able to buy the books individually or as a bundle!
" [...] I never wanted a full-time job.” This became clear to him after a visit to the careers office at the University of Sussex, when he was presented with a chart of civil service salary scales from 22 to retirement: “Just looking at that, I knew I could never do anything like that. Ever.”
Ian McEwan in The Guardian, 03/04/2022
I might still be (slowly) writing my third novel, The Right Place, but I am also increasingly thinking about my fourth novel, the Dorset-based Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery - a 1940s Rural Noir mystery novel, and a tribute to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. A bit of Classic Hollywood Glamour mixed with Folk Horror...
I'm going to enjoy writing this one immensely!
Watch this space for an event announcement in December!
Go to the Arcane Publishing Instagram page for stock, updates and more!
Home Sweet Home!
I can't day I am sorry to be back in Dorset after ten days in the middle of France without access to the sea!
And before going to France, I was stuck inside for almost two months...
After just one day in Swanage, I remember why I moved to the Dorset coast...
We always like to make a day of it: market and shops in the morning, and a walk in the stunning countryside - yesterday, we went back to Durlston Park and the lighthouse at Anvil Point via the coast path...
When in Swanage, I always pop to Swanage Bookshop and yesterday, as usual, I didn't come out empty-handed.
To join my private collection (my excuse is that I could use it as research for forthcoming novels, for example my fourth novel Hell Lane...), here's Stella Margetson's 1974 The Long Party - High Society in the twenties and thirties).
This could so easily have been a massive disaster!
It was the first time we were going to France with the car, and we travelled in the midst of a massive petrol shortage. As it happens, everything went smoothly and therefore, we'll do it again soon! :-)
Obviously, I have managed to find some inspiration and some new stock whilst there!
I think therefore I write.
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