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Birds, and other stories

Anyone who follows my blog may get the impression I’m obsessed by garden birds. Well, this is true to an extent! After all, they are beautiful and provide top-quality free entertainment, right outside my study window. Correction – hardly ‘free’, as they are all eating their body-weight in bird food every day. A couple of weeks ago, we replaced our ancient bird table with a new bird feeding station and it’s been a roaring success! Or should I say a squawking, squabbling success, where the starlings are concerned. We had to stop hanging up fat balls in case the neighbours complained about the noise…

I’m feeling smug, though, because I’ve managed to entice goldfinches to the garden by providing a special feeder full of niger seed. We’re also getting greenfinches and lots of sparrows, as well as a healthy number of blackbirds and way too many starlings. It’s fantastic to see so many sparrows, because their numbers have declined and, only a few weeks ago, we were seeing none at all. Just a few minutes ago I counted fourteen, most of them fluttering around the edge of the birdbath! I’m a little concerned that our robin has disappeared. Nor have I seen a wagtail or chaffinches for a long, long time. But the goldfinches and greenfinches are fantastic, and I hear a thrush singing most mornings.

Meanwhile, what was I meant to be blogging about? Oh yes. Writing! Well, I’ve written a piece about ELFLAND for the ‘BSC Review’ site, and I’ve also been asked to do one for the Tor newsletter. I’ll post links, when I have them. I’m also chipping away at this vampire short story, which is based on one of the characters from The Dark Blood of Poppies, Sebastian. He’s appeared in a couple of other stories I’ve written, too. He just seems to lend himself naturally to short fiction as he wanders through the world, brooding and getting himself into tangles with humans.

And I got my tooth fixed. Took ages, didn’t hurt though.

July 17, 2009 Posted by | Authors, Books, Fantasy fiction, Urban fantasy, Writing | 1 Comment