Things I learned while writing The Caretaker.

As the gif above suggests, I’m stuck in jury duty this week (or at least for today if I’m lucky enough to be dismissed early). I scheduled this blog post early, so you have something to enjoy while I’m suffering in the sheer boredom of sitting in a room with a bunch of strangers. In any case, I thought I’d share a few things I learned while writing Freddie & Taine’s love story — The Caretaker.

  1. Welsh cursing is as creative as it is bizarre.  For example, Coc y gath (one of Freddie’s favourites) translates to The Cat’s Willy.
  2. Welsh cheesecake contains no cheese. 
  3. Sharpies can be used in fascinatingly naughty ways.
  4. Maori folklore is both vibrantly rich and fascinating.
  5. Nurses deal with heart breaking situations on a daily basis.

I think I learn something new with every story I write even if it’s accidental. I find myself falling into the trap of research. You know, you google something, and that leads you to about seven other things that have nothing to do with what you were trying to find in the first place.

Do you often find yourself learning new things while reading (or writing)?


Welsh It Up.

Most of my characters have favourite curse words. Freddie, from The Caretaker, he tends to swear in Welsh, which amuses me to no end. He loves the rare and often eccentric meaning behind them (and so do I.) Here are five of his personal favourites along with their translations:

  1. Twmffats – idiots
  2. Coc y gath – The Cat’s Willy (Or – Bollocks)
  3. Cachu hwch – Pig’s Poo (It’s all gone Wrong)
  4. Dim gwerth rhech dafad – not worth a sheep’s fart (completely useless)
  5. Cach – shit

Do you have a swear word you use more than others?

For the Love of Cheese.

Family and cat aside, Freddie (from The Caretaker) loves cheese almost more than life itself. Here are a few of his absolute favourites. Plus, at the end, a link to a recipe for Welsh cheesecake that contains no cheese.

  1. Clothbound Cheddar.
  2. Caerphilly.
  3. Llanboidy
  4. Comte
  5. Le Chevrot
  6. Red Windsor
  7. Danablue
  8. Cornish Yarg
  9. Wensleydale
  10. Connage Dunlop

Welsh Cheesecake — hold the cheese.

  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g butter, chilled (plus 65g, softened)
  • 100g raspberry jam
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 65g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp milk

Find the rest of the recipe here: Welsh Cheesecakes