One of the few…

I’ve been wondering whether to release this or not. One of the few photographs from Archie’s camera which survived. Just an indistinct lump over to the left. Make up your own mind…or read Windigo.

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Archie Update

I suppose it’s about time I gave you an update about what’s going on in Archie’s World. Well, he’s currently revising madly for his school exams, GCSE’s next year and then on to 6th form. He’s already planning his post 6th form trip. He’s aiming to go to the Himalayas with some pals, not sure why yet but I don’t think it’ll be an Everest attempt. I’m currently writing up his experiences from last autumn with his friend Ben…look out for a new book called The Monster Factory soon!

What about Seq you ask? Well, she’s out in British Columbia with her mother’s family and having some very interesting experiences there. She emails me regularly with updates. You never know, one day I may write them up.

I hate to be a name dropper but the other day Ray Mears told me something very interesting. Something I had not heard before. He told me that in the Algonquin world of the North East of America the word Windigo is taboo, it simply must not be uttered. As to why, well, I’m not even going to say here.

Don’t forget, you can now order a proper printed version of Windigo from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windigo-ebook/dp/B00D3RCBKE/ref%3Dsr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370377895&sr=1-2&keywords=windigo

Archie Update

Just a little update about Archie and what he’s been up to recently. As you know, we still have no word on the whereabouts of Magnus so with great sadness we have to presume the worst. Archie is bearing up very well, he’s being very diligent with his school work, not to mention the extra curricular activities. He has recently spent time in Norway ice climbing and time in the Cairngorms learning winter skills. He is developing a real love of the mountains and is already making noises about a trip to the Himalayas in his gap year. A real chip of the old block.

He did have a bit of an adventure back in October here in the Highlands, in fact it was next door to Strathnuin, right here on Loch Ness. He and his new friend Ben (who I’m currently writing about in The Owl Memory) had a bit of a kerfuffle with some bad types who had a dirty scam going. He has given me permission to write it all down so it will come in the form of ‘The Monster Factory’ as soon as I can get it written!

Huge Thanks!

A huge thanks to the lovely folks who braved atrocious weather last night on the beautiful Isle of Skye to come and listen to my ramblings. Much appreciated. I should add that I was humbled to be on a bill with the wonderful Mandy Haggith whose gorgeous poetry anthology on the subject of trees is a must have.

On the way home the weirdness began to emerge once more. It was clear that there was a presence in the car with me, I don’t know who, or even what. It was benign, possibly benevolent and I felt no threat from it. But never-the-less, it was a spooky and strange experience.

A Magnus Update

I hate to say it but there is still no word on Magnus. He remains missing at sea. Strathnuin seems covered by a black pall, Mrs Urquhart keeps bursting into tears and Georgie is even more dour than usual. As for Archie, well, who knows? He keeps himself to himself and resolutely says school is the best place for him. He will be home for half term in a week or so so I’d better find something uplifting for him to do. Hey ho, life goes on.