A Chat with the Author Michael Campling – 10 September 2021 – Indoors and thinking about pacing

A Chat with the Author Michael Campling – 10 September 2021 – Indoors and thinking about pacing

Beaten by the unpredictable weather, I’m inside for this chat.

There’s no Lottie panting alongside me, and no pesky wind either. I talk a bit about the pacing of my work in progress, i.e. keeping the story, and importantly, the mystery, rolling along at a reasonable speed.

Also, in response to a question from a site member (thank you, Randolph) I’m chatting about allotments, which are mentioned in Mystery in May.

I hope you find it interesting, and if you’d like your questions answered, please let me know by commenting or dropping me a line, and I’ll do my best.

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Featured Photos – 7 September 2021

Featured Photos – 7 September 2021

As autumn approaches we have the season of swirling mists and mellow fruitfulness that the Bard told us about.

The mist seems to dampen the sound, and our walk was very peaceful and calming.

I hope that you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Photos – 1 September 2021

Featured Photos – 1 September 2021

My adventures in mountain biking are coming along. I’m a member of a group of mountain bike enthusiasts, and at the weekend we went on a ride up on Dartmoor.

We couldn’t always find the trail, but that’s the way it is with bridlepaths and footpaths on Dartmoor: they may be marked on a map, but that doesn’t mean that they’re still used.

We trundled through bracken and gorse, explored some pretty lanes, and rolled up and down rocky paths.

Great fun, good exercise, and lots of fresh air.

We set off from the picturesque village of North Bovey, but I didn’t have the time (or the energy) to take many pics. I must go back soon with a camera.

I hope you enjoy the pics, and thanks to Chris Chapman of Chris Chapman Creative Media for allowing me to include a landscape that he captured.

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Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

It’s time to share a snippet of the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

The finished version of this book still feels like it’s some way off, but I thought you might like to see how it’s shaping up. Sharing it now will also help to keep me accountable.

The new novel still doesn’t have a title, but much of the action takes place in Exeter, so the picture is a snap I took of Exeter Cathedral.

I hope you like the look of the snippet. As always when I share an advance snippet, it’s very much a work in progress. I may well change it when I redraft the novel, and it will also be run past an editor.

If this leaves you wanting more, then I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to be patient. I’m writing it as fast as I can.

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