A little bit of change does you good…

And I hope that’s true for blogs as well as people.

I’ve been working jolly hard over the past few days to change quite a lot in these pages. First and foremost – the title. This blog used to be called Reclaim The Romance – now it’s Borderway Productions.BORDERWAY LOGO

That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the old hearts and flowers – far from it! I’m a romantic novelist, so romance will always be right at the heart of everything.

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However – as a freelance I do all sorts of things and I want to reflect all of them in this blog. Borderway Productions is the name of the company I own and run with my husband Malcolm Mason. It’s probably best described as multi-media, and you can see examples of the video work we do together on the Borderway Production pages.

This blog is still very much a work in progress and I’m spending a fair amount of time stumbling around in the dark trying to work out how to do stuff, so bear with me if it doesn’t all go according to plan! But please – have a look around and let me know what you think. You’ll be a very welcome visitor!

 

 

All stitched up…

…but in the nicest possible way. I am playing a starring role today (thursday December 13) on the very excellent blog Stitch-Read-Cook.  http://www.stitchreadcook.com  It gives writers the chance to tell the world a little bit more about themselves by outlining a typical day in their lives. Needless to say – there’s no such thing as a typical day in my life – I reckon the only thing all of my days have in common is a theme of mild chaos. However – I really enjoyed putting my guest blog post together for Stitch-Read-Cook – and I hope people will enjoy reading it!

Please do pop over and visit the site if you can find a few spare moments in your own very busy day – and please, please, please leave a comment. Please?

That was quite a week that was!

Some weeks tiddle along nicely without really involving much of note – but sometimes that can be a real pleasure and they’re none the worse for being unremarkable.

Then however – you get weeks like last week – which must have laid claim to other weeks’ quotas because it had far more than its own fair share of busy-ness and activity and just all-round stuff.

First of all – the week saw a personal triumph for me – because for the second year running I managed to cross the NaNoWriMo finishing line with 50,000 words intact.

This year’s offering is a book about my life and times at Border Television. It’s called BUSK IT! for reasons explained in the book – but also because that phrase pretty much sums up my 22 years with the station. The book’s nowhere near finished – a few former colleagues have kindly contributed stories already but I’ve got many more still to chase, and many more stories of my own to recall before I’m done.

The book’s definitely not intended to be a history of Border TV – nor is it really a warts-and-all though the odd pimple might appear here and there… Watch this space for progress reports.

The second major happening of the week – was the Dumfries and Galloway Life People of the Year Awards. This glitzy occasion is held annually at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries – and for the second year in a row I was invited to present the awards.

Can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it is to do that job. It’s a lot of work –  I did a bit of research into all of the finalists, and attended the judging so I could include some of the judge’s comments in my scripts. But hearing the stories of the nominees and seeing the absolute delight on the faces of the winners – that takes some beating.

The week concluded with the Farmers Market at Langholm in Dumfriesshire.  My great chum Wendy Patterson goes to farmers markets and craft fairs regularly to sell her beautiful wildlife paintings on slate – and I’ve started tagging along to a few. I set up a little stall alongside Wendy’s, with my books whose cover illustrations are of course by the one and only Ms Patterson.

 

We also now have a new co-production line. I am by no means a poet, but after I did the Great Clydesdale Migration, riding beautiful and magnificent Clydesdale horses from the Isle of Skye to the south of Cumbria (450 miles) I fell so heavily in love with the Clydies, I had to capture my feelings in words and somehow a poem seemed most appropriate. Wendy drew a fantastic picture of a Clydie and we put the two together in the form of a greetings card, a printed mount – and a teatowel.

Here we are together at Langholm with the teatowel – I am mega chuffed with the way the poem and drawing work so well together. And lots of people can look forward to finding that poem in their Christmas stocking this year – so I hope they all enjoy it.

Reclaim the Romance!

 

Hi – Welcome to my brand new blog and thank you for taking the time to stop by.

This blog is dedicated to romance. I’m calling it Reclaim the Romance – because I think people are sometimes reluctant to admit they like romance – whether it’s a romantic novel or a rom-com or a big blockbuster movie.  For some reason it seems to be acceptable to be fascinated by blood and gore and vampires and serial killers – yet if you say you prefer hearts and flowers and a happy ending – people can look at you as if you’re a little bit odd.  Well – if that’s the case – then let’s celebrate the odd!

Let me tell you straight away that I’m a romantic novelist and so I will use this blog to tell you about my latest books and audiobooks – but it won’t ever become just one big advert or shop window.  At the moment I don’t even have any books or audiobooks to sell (they’re on the way but not quite ready yet) so the first few instalments of this blog will be a chance to introduce myself – and to get to know you, so please don’t be shy – leave a comment and tell me who you are!