Monthly Archives: October 2013

Seeking writing inspiration? Look at this Pinterest board for writers

I really like Pinterest and I’m planning on doing more with it writing-wise, like collecting visual inspiration for my novels/short stories (ah, the time to do everything we want to, need to, have to…where does it go? 🙂

However it’s not as if I don’t collect visual inspiration anyway, it’s more a matter of sharing it on my Pinterest boards.

For the moment, if you’re looking for Writing Inspiration (from the Write Life) quotes and such, with pretty colours (it may sound like an invitation to procrastinate, but it isn’t!) look here and enjoy:

Writing Inspiration Quotes

Let me know what you think, and feel free to share your Pinterest address, I’d love to follow your boards 🙂

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A cover I drew presented at the Narrative and Science event ‘Brave New Words’ (Edinburgh)

More precisely, a cover I drew for the Creative Non Fiction competition “Tales from Within” (CNF on Stem Cells)

Book Cover by Silvia Barlaam - for Imaginative Fiction on Stem Cells

Book Cover by Silvia Barlaam – “Tales from Within” CNF on Stem Cells

The event will be on Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

“Brave New Words: a celebration of words and science

For millennia, the sciences have fired the imagination. We react to the world around us with awe and curiosity. In order to understand and experience it, we tell ourselves stories. Some of these stories we describe as fiction and some as non-fiction. But all stories, just like all science, can teach.

These stories, once spread as myths and folklore, now come in the form of prose, comics, blogs and poems. But questions arise about how best to communicate science. How accurate must writers of fiction be? Can non-fiction authors be inventive or poetic? What forms are most effective at imparting knowledge and which are best at gripping the imagination?”

For more info, refer to the adorable Barbara Melville of Illicit Ink (and other things!) at

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48hr Mental Health Scotland Film Challenge

I wrote a script for the 48hr Film Challenge organised by Mental Health Scotland…and seeing it filmed in the space of 48hr was an amazing experience.

I’ll put up a link from YouTube as soon as the panel makes a decision, but all films will be shown in a ceremony at the end of October 🙂

Still very hectic around here, a few stories submitted, now waiting for results, but more importantly, more writing!

Hope your writing plans are going well, feel free to share!

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