Stepped my daily run back up to 7km. This week I’ve been heading out when it’s dark (with a head lamp to light the way). Totally different atmosphere, whether I’m tramping across Tooting Common or trundling through open countryside, seeing the occasional walker emerge from the gloom like a ghost.

Running has been an integral part of my creative process since I was in my early teens.  Every footstep thumps up a fragment of a story.  It’s meditative too.  As you head out, you also go in.

Connecting with nature, that’s a big part of it, and the seasons as they turn around you.  And anyone who’s read the author’s notes in Pendragon and Dark Age knows venturing out like this is also the way I like to connect with the past. Old drovers’ routes, Roman roads, ancient pathways that date back to pre-history. Following in the footsteps of the people who’ve gone before is a grounding experience.

Writing: The Bear King

Reading: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music by Rob Young (Faber & Faber)

Watching House of Cards (Netflix)

Listening to: The Haunting of Hill House Original Soundtrack – The Newton Brothers