In folkloric terms, Dartmoor has it all. Legends abound in this area; from red-eyed demon dogs, to eerie knockers, luring miners to their death in the tin-mines. Little wonder then that I so often turn to Dartmoor for inspiration!
Today’s focus is on the rather unusual legend of Crazywell Pool.
Here’s a lesser-known fact about me – I LOVE writing for children. Don’t get me wrong, I equally enjoy penning books for adults, but there’s something hugely satisfying about writing for kids.
Cryptozoology is a weird and wonderful area of study. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s basically concerned with examining creatures whose existence is disputed. Famous examples of cryptozoological animals include the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot.
I’ve just finished reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. I absolutely loved it for a variety of reasons, but one thing that really stuck out was her exploration of a relationship between a young man and woman, and its evolution over time. It went a lot deeper than many other books I’ve read recently, and really got me thinking about the art of writing relationships in literature.
We writers, for the most part, are driven by one goal. The hallowed prize to beat all others… to be published! If writing was a journey, it’d be fair to say that most people regard getting a book published as the final destination. Only the reality, when it happens, feels very different.