Happy New Year to you from a cold and snowy Edinburgh!

Like most people I am getting back into the swing of things after the festive season; this week I’ve been designing and editing the LMA magazine (30th anniversary issue!), doing research and collecting oral histories with volunteers for the Saughton Park project, and finishing my second book.

The book features words and photos collected during my trip through east USA, from Maine to Florida (with a bit of Canada thrown in), offering a wee snapshot of places, people and experiences (mostly) off the tourist trail. I took more than a thousand photos so have been reviewing them to decide which will go in, and editing the already short stories. I feel it’s easy to write tons of words and produce pages and pages of photos…but I’m interested in experimenting with how to keep something simple while still being engaging.

It was great to see Show Me Colour recommended by Toni Jenkins, author of The Sender, in this interview. I published this book a little over two years and love hearing of satisfied readers who have only recently discovered it.

Finally, I’ve posted pics of this before but I don’t think I could ever tire of the ‘Edinburgh chimney’ view from my flat! I just love it and the different colours and atmospheres produced at different times of the day and in different seasons.

P.s I mentioned snow but couldn’t photograph it…it doesn’t stay for long in the city centre!