Projects in the pipeline...

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From Manchester to the Arctic

My first attempt at writing something longer than a short story is proving challenging, but it's getting there now that I've got my head around the fact that I need to do fairly detailed planning in advance of actually writing it, unlike the way in which I've approached short stories. Several of you have mentioned that the stories in Shifting Horizons could be made into longer pieces, so I guess that's the next step on my writing journey - learning how to write in more depth and detail! Bear with me...

Okay, back to From Manchester to the Arctic: A young, recently qualified nurse from Manchester, in an impetuous moment, applies for a job as the nurse in a remote settlement in the Canadian Arctic. The story is set in the 1970s when conditions were still very challenging for westerners, and Connie soon realises that she has taken on something far beyond her romantic notions of life in the north.

Although the book is entirely fictional, it is loosely based on the adventures of my wife, Glen, who was that young, romantic and impetuous nurse! Having said that, Connie is very different to Glen in many ways, but the detail of Arctic small-settlement life in the early 1970s, however, is very much based on Glen's recollections in her journals from that time. They provide a snapshot of a way of life that no longer exists in the 21st century.

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The Woman Who Wrote in Green Ink

Several years ago we were in an antiques/collectables centre and we came across a set of holiday journals with beautiful water-colour illustrations. We never found out who the author was, only that she was a teacher and that the holidays took place in the 1930s. 

It got me wondering:  What if someone came across diaries in a junk shop with more sinister content, and the person who found them became obssessed with uncovering the author's story?

The diary entries are always written in green ink - hence the title.

Still in the thinking-about-it-stage, but this could well evolve into my third book!