I’m leaving Orion

Mark Stay Writes

After fifteen years, three months and eighteen days I will be leaving the good ship Orion for the rocky shoals of freelance life.

Why? When? Who? What??

Well, long story short, there was a big sales restructure here and with it came the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy and I grabbed it with both hands. It was just too good a chance to pass up. I have a very long list of things I want to do and now is the time to do them. Like what? Well, the Bestseller Experiment podcast for a start. We’ve had a tricky second year to say of the least, but leaving Orion will afford me the time to do all the things we’ve been wanting to do in the last year, including REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED on a big stick with a sponge on the end.

Orion is an incredible publisher with a genuinely passionate team and…

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Tomboy – A 15 second horror film

Just the sort of film my daughter enjoys, plus she’s the star…..

Mark Stay Writes

Last weekend my friend and filmmaker Dom corralled myself, my daughter Emily and our friend Paul to make a 15 second horror film for the Raindance Film Festival competition. Paul provided the excellent props, Emily very gamely agreed to wear a tree trunk for a hat, and Dom had a very clear vision and showed me how to use his camera. We had an excellent time making it and the finished film brings horror joy to my black little heart…

Here is the extended director’s cut (22 seconds with credits). Enjoy!

Tomboy! from Dom Currie on Vimeo.

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It’s Pumpkin Time!!!!

Autumn is upon us and some of the plants are coming to an end. Now is the time to start harvesting your winter squashes and pumpkins. Here’s how mine got on this year.

Not quite sure why I look so scary and toothless in this picture…..

Lottie and Dottie would be proud. Click HERE to buy the book. So you can grow some next year.

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Harvesting the first of the brassicas…

It’s that time of year when you can start to harvest some of your brassicas. They’ve been growing really well all summer and your managed to keep the birds and most of the butterflies at bay. So now you get your reward.

Harvesting them is very easy, so let me show you how I harvest mine….

Remember to check for any caterpillars that managed to get through, it just takes a couple of minutes, but is worth the extra effort.

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Greenhouse Update….

“How’s everything getting on in the greenhouse?” I hear you cry…..

Well let’s have a look shall we…..

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Harvesting Tomatoes

It’s that wonderful time of year when you get to harvest your wonderful, warm, sweet tomatoes. Whether you are growing them in a greenhouse or out in the garden, they will taste amazing!!

Here’s how I harvest mine….

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Harvesting my Onions….

Please don’t cry it’s only onions….

Now the tops have gone all droopy it’s time to harvest my onions. Considering as they went in very late they’ve not done too bad….

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