P is for…

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P is for…..

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Pandora.

Or Persephone, or Poseidon…

 

The point for me is the ancient greeks.
All the mythology, and the stories and lessons.

I love them, always have.

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And it all stems to a point that I can actually name..
Mr street, primary 6, back in the 90’s. And one term of studying the ancient greeks and I was hooked.
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I am so fascinated by the various tales.
From the Odyseus, to Troy. From Medusa and sirens, the minotaur and Herecules…….

O if for…

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O is for….

OHANA

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But it also needs to be for all the other nice thoughts that Disney gave us.
I know there are those who see only the negative but sometimes yoou just need to look a little closely at the messages and morals….
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M is for…

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M is for…

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Music!

 

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There isn’tany music, any genre, that doesn’t make you think. Every note and melody resonates something within you. All music touches people in various ways, it means something different to each and every one of us.
I love it all!
I don’t have a favourite genre, or a favourite song because I love it all!
Music touches me in ways words can’t explain. Not my words anyway…

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So many talented musicians are out there. I respect them all.
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K is for…

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K is for….

Kingdom

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I’m a big history nerd, I admit it! The history of Scotland is close to my heart. I love it.

 

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By the end of the seventh century, the four kingdoms of Alban were united in the Christian faith, but not much else.

Even the constant raids of the Norsemen, beginning in the eighth century and culminating in the conquest of Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, Caithness and Sutherland, (where, in many areas, the non-Celtic Pictish tongue was replaced by the Scandinavian Norn), could not bring the four kingdoms together in a common cause.

Picts and Scots, with their own separate languages, were still enemies; and the Welsh-speaking Britons of Strathclyde were desperately trying to hold on to their culture in the face of ever-increasing hostility from the Angles of Lothian and Northumbria.

A semblance of unity among the warring societies of the Picts, Scots, Britons and Angles did eventually arrive, however, by the year 843, thanks to the determined efforts of Kenneth MacAlpin, King of the Scots of Dalriada, who claimed the throne of the Picts after he had defeated them in battle. He created his capital at Forteviot, in Pictish territory; moved his religious center to Dunkeld, on the River Tay, in present-day Perthshire, where he transferred the remains of St. Columba from Iona.

According to the Huntingdon Chronicle, MacAlpin “was the first of the Scots to obtain the monarchy of the whole of Albania, which is now called Scotia.” From that time on, the Picts, the tattooed or painted people, have remained a shadowy, poorly documented race. It is a pity that no Pictish literature has survived. All we have are the sculptured stones with their remarkable designs incised that show warriors, huntsmen and churchmen.

In 1018, under MacAlpin’s descendant Malcolm II, the Angles were finally defeated in this northerly part of Britain and Lothian came under Scottish rule. In the same year, the British (Celtic) King of Strathclyde died leaving no heir; his throne went to Malcolm’s grandson Duncan. In 1034, Duncan became King of a much-expanded Scotland that included Pict-land, Scotland, Lothian, Cumbria and Strathclyde. It excluded large tracts in the north, the Shetlands, Orkneys and the Western Isles, which were held by the Scandinavians.

When David died in 1153, the kingdom of Scotland had been extended to include the Modern English counties of Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmoreland, territories that were in future to be held by the kings of Scotland.

At the Treaty of Perth, 1266, the Western Isles and the Isle of Man were ceded to Scotland.

Orkney and Shetland remained under the control of the Norwegians until 1468 when James II of Scotland married Margaret, daughter of Christian I of Denmark. Orkney and Shetland were part of the dowry. Further, in 1470, the Earl of Orkney resigned his territories in exchange for lands in Fife, thus giving James II all the lands and rights in the northern isles.

Scotland was very much a different place than it is today!

H is for…

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H is for

Husband

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Mine is called Mark. He is wonderful, helps proof read, type, suplies an endless stream of pens and paper.
In Scotland he carried my little dog to the top of a castle so she wouldn’t whine for me at the bottom.

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He also tested and then described the feelings of every device/machine at the Crannog aswell as making sure I had brilliant, detailed photos.

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F is for….

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Facebook

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I hear you as you go, what? But it’s true.
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Facebook has been a  miracle for me. It allows me to communicate with fans. And it also set me up with many novelist friends. I wouldn’t have had the guts to push ahead without the wonderful people I’ve met and became friends with.

E is for…

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E is for Ebha.

The daughter of Alasdair and Ina, Ebha features as Book two’s heroine.
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The above picture is how she looks in my mind, it’s how I imagine here when I’m writing.
She is a lot more complex a character than I initially thought. I’m really enjoying her story but it’s hard work!!

D is for…

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D is for….

Dreams

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So as corny as it sounds that is exactly how it started for me with the Highland Fairling series.
I know people say it countless times but it really is how it all happened. I  was at the top of Benmore, admiring the veiw, pretending to be healthy and basically praying my unfit body wouldn’t explode when the daydream of the initial battle came to me.
After that the imagry became the prologue for Book One of the Highland Fairling series and the rest built from there.