Category Archives: Symington Byrd Mysteries

Apr 13

The things that obsessed me – Yesterday

I did not blog yesterday, not because I did not want to. I did. Not because I forgot. I did not. Every so often my brain reminded me, but because I’d got to the point in the WIP – current title The Terrified Tailor – where three things obsessed me. The first was a knife […]

Apr 09

William Melville Returns

Currently sitting in the inbox, or possibly now on the desktop of my poor publisher, is a copy of Symington Byrd’s third adventure. Set during Byrd’s sojourn in Fournier Street, its a tale of revenge. However, more importantly it sees the return of one of the historical figures from my time travel trilogy: William Melville. […]

Aug 13

Akouphones & Sign Language

…An early electric hearing aid to the rest of us, has been the focus of today’s research. Invented by Miller Reece Hutchinson in 1898, it used carbon transmitters to convert a weak electrical signal. It was bulky by all accounts – needing to be housed on a table – and thus cumbersome to transport. It […]

Aug 09

A day of research and learning

Today has been a bizarre day.  A creative procrastination day – if you will. So to get over it, I created a scapple to try and marshall my thoughts. The result was productive. I have a character: a Doctor Peter Welney; an archaeologist returning from India.  He was a blank canvas. He breaks up a […]

Jan 13

Clean Slate 13/1

In london, the East End to be precise. Down a notorious street, near a market is a house. A double fronted place. Behind a well painted door lies a corridor, with rooms of business hiving off. The biggest acts as the jewellers. A large glass display counter dominates the room, and is tastefully laid out […]

A strange day

Today has been a strange day – writing wise. It’s also been a strange day weather-wise. We woke to hail, which turned to snow, which melted into a trecherous kind of slush. Getting up the drive was fun. Festa, the Fiesta didn’t want to know, kept stalling on the bend. We gave up after the […]

Apr 17

Waving NOT Drowning

For the last few months, I’ve been drowning in a sea of not achieving. I am not going to call this the “Block” word. Because I don’t think, in my heart of heart it is. Let me explain. To me “block” means:  Day after day of a blank page Characters refusing to talk to you […]

Jan 12

Verdict!

Symington Byrd makes a convincing ‘gentleman detective’

Dec 17

#QBYRD

Am doing a.twitter Q&A session on my @Symington_Byrd  handle tomorrow,  18th Dec from 18:30 GMT. Feel free to ask a question or 2, or follow it on #QBYRD

Jul 25

Emily: A Metamorphosis

I have been having a look at this blog in the last few days, making a few changes here – tweaking there; preparing for the summmer when I can blog and post to my heart’s content. Doing so, I came across an old post – It’s all in the clothes. This post contained my initial […]