Just to comment, with becoming modesty, that since publication this story has won an award. A not inconsiderable achievement for a story featuring a story featuring haemorrhoid cream so now, back to our tale I remember chatting to old Varsung Baldwig. Given he was, in some way, a mage; I asked why there were … More A Magic all of its own.
It is one of the paltry niceties of modern literary life that somehow irritate me. Have you noticed how long novels can be! They go on for ever, and nothing ever happens. Not only that but if by some oversight the novelist allows themselves the frisson of excitement that comes from allowing something to happen, … More An unreliable epitomator
As I walk the streets of Port Naain, it strikes me how people try and look the part. Setting aside the mercenary horseman cantering by, you have the butcher with his blood spattered apron. You have the professional mourner with his dark clothing and his hair artistically disarranged. Then there is the dunnykin diver over … More Looking the part.
The foolishness of love. Have you noticed how there are some men who seem to be fated to be a sad disappointment to their wives yet if they behaved as their wife seems to demand, then they’d end up divorced in short order? It was the intriguing story of Caster Jessip which reminded me … More Guest Post – The Foolishness of Love, by Jim Webster.
The exhibition of works by the renowned Andeal Willnoton Quillabin was judged by those who know these things to be a success. Andeal sold a number of paintings, was commissioned to produce a number more, and more to the point my unpaid labours in his service produced for me two useful patrons and … More The Locksmith and the Harlot
Michael and I are absolutely delighted to welcome talented author Jim Webster to Robbies Inspiration today. Jim has provided a wonderful story about a delicious fruit cake for the blog and I can tell you that it is a real treat. The surname, Gates, is not an uncommon one in Port Naain; everybody will know … More The Bogat Street Gates
I love these stories from Tallis Steelyard and the amazingly beautiful paintings that always accompany them. This story, , is the second story in this collection of stories about the art exhibition Tallis and his friends create for their friend, the artist Andeal Willnoton Quillabin. Who, in their opinion, was not as well regarded as … More The Gnome
We return to a culinary theme with this picture that our artist painted of Blinia Crole. The picture is from Blinia’s own collection and is displayed with grateful thanks to her. Andeal chose to paint her seated in her old home working as she always had. Blinia drifted into being a cook, but was … More Chicken Legs
Guest Writer Spot Posted on April 13, 2018by Esther Chilton This week, my Guest Writer is Jim Webster who is currently on a blog tour. As he says, “The theme for this one is ‘Pictures from an Exhibition’ where a friend of Tallis, who is an artist, has painted eleven pictures and to help out, Tallis is taking people round them … More 9) The Catacombs
(Today our tour takes us to the blog of Judy E Matin, so click on the link at the bottom to go across there and have a look round) Something entirely different from me today. I am extremely thrilled and delighted to be a part of Tallis Steelyard’s blog tour am proud to be hosting … More Tallis Steelyard: Pictures From an Exhibition Blog Tour – The Market