Linlithgow Palace

When I started writing this blog post of my recent visit to Linlithgow Palace, I paused to wonder why it was a “palace” and not a “castle”. What is the difference? Google to the rescue! According to this post, castles’ main objective was to be a fortification in preparation for battle, whereas palaces were purpose…

The first draft. It’s done!

Funny story. You remember how I said my goal was to write 50 pages a week, aiming to be done with my first cozy mystery in about five weeks? Yeah, about that. It turns out I was counting Mac Pages, not book pages. One Mac Page has about 550 words with my formatting, whereas a…

The first hundred pages

My second week of actually writing, not planning or researching it, and I managed to get another fifty pages down! This is about the halfway point of my first draft. As I mentioned in my blog post about the first fifty pages, I am aiming for about 250 pages of finished novel. With a goal…

Edinburgh peaks: Calton Hill

You know, they really should re-name it to Carlton Hill, as that is what I keep typing. That said, Calton Hill is one of the main peaks in Edinburgh, with two remnants of extinct volcanoes,¬†Arthur’s Seat and Castle Hill. I will likely write a separate post about Salisbury Crags someday even thought it is part…

The first fifty pages

Being a novice writer, I am still finding my writing process, but I am finally making progress. In fact, I just completed the first 50 pages of my first draft! As they say, the first fifty pages are the most difficult (actually, I do. I say that). They do also represent a good 20-25 %…

The Whisky Experience

With an old friend in town, I finally had company to go on the Whisky Experience tour near Edinburgh Castle. We opted for the Gold tour, costing 26 GBP, which included a dram on the tour plus four different whiskies to taste at the end of the tour. Our tour started with a barrel ride,…

War museums in Edinburgh Castle

I intended to include all of Edinburgh Castle in one post, but there was just so much to explore that the post got overly long. This post includes only the war and military related museums on site, so if war is not your jam, get thee from hence! There aren’t many photos from inside the…

Finally, Edinburgh Castle

After all these weeks in Edinburgh, I finally made it to the eponymous castle. And then it took me three tries to explore it all. On the first day I spent most of the day at the castle and saw most of it, but when I got home I realized I had only seen part…

Reading about writing, part 2

This is the second part about the research I have done prior to writing my first book. The first part focused on general writing tips, research into writing a book series, and finding my genre. This part focuses on research into the specifics of that genre, cozy mysteries, and other odds and ends. Cozy mystery…