Fried egg on a shovel

I fulfilled a dream today to fry an egg with only fire and a shovel.

Ever since I was a child and saw the fire stoker of a steam engine. They fried an egg on a shovel.

I cannot remember where I was at the time, I must have been quite young maybe six or seven. A large steam engine shunted it’s way up the platform, smoke enveloping us all filling our nostrils with smoke leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. I remember thinking It might not stop, afraid that I might miss the train, My brothers told me when heading for the platform that we had missed the train, so seeing it go past filled me with dread ( I was very young). I think they did this just to wind me up. The train did stop, we climbed aboard, we sat in a compartment with six seats not the rows of two you get now.

I imagine you would have had great conversations and could have met people of many varieties over long distances. Or it could have been equally as bad if you got a seat next to a boring person or some nasty old man. (sorry I didn’t mean to stereotype here)

There was a sliding door which led to a corridor, me and my brothers would run up and down from one end of the carriage to the other. My mother would come out and find us standing leaning out the windows waiting for another train to come the other way. My brothers also told me if a train came the other way it would chop off my head. (I still don’t put my head out of train windows)

It really was Great fun.

I apologise for my digression, back to the egg and the shovel, tonight I fried the egg on a shovel, below is the proof.

(Kids don’t try this at home, like I did)


Ok I admit it’s a garden burner not a steam engine. But the concept is the same, well I think it is.




Fire is a very intoxicating thing it always makes me want to feed it more.

Character development.

I had a conversation the other day with a friend of mine, it involved my take on character development.
I know there are many ways of doing this, like writing down the characters life in great detail, give the character a life story on paper. Where they were born, when they got and so on picking out all the life changing events. So you have a sense of what this character would do in any give situation.

Now I may be wrong here so this is not advice more like my experience so far. In other words I withhold the right to change my mind.

Someone has asked me if they can read my novel called Purple.(working title) So before handing it over to someone who has edited a book for someone before. (in other words her opinion has weight)

I could not help but go through the novel again, Just to iron out any spelling mistakes and minor issues. I think it best to leave it in its raw form until i get feed back.It seems each time I go through words I can find more and more stuff.
Now I came across a character that I could not remember, I know gosh horror what should it be a cut throat or hung from the rafters. My friend asked me, did I not right a character profile about all the characters first? My answer was no I did not.
And this is why.
I write of the cuff, let’s say I have an idea. Then I will sit down and begin to write, not plot development or characters. Just stat with the place and person, then work through the situation. Other characters might come, new situations will develop or they may not. Then it becomes one of the tens of other two or three thousand word files. Some have a much higher word count.
The thing is each and every one of these characters I know inside and out from the start. Each character is fully formed I know what they will do and how they will do it.

As for plot that’s a different issue. I will when I work out how I do it tell you. Up to now I don’t know If my plots are worthy. That’s until I get something published.