The Bluebirds Blog

News and musings about the writing and publication of The Bluebirds Trilogy

Me, my novel and the proverbial "long weight"...  

15th October 2016

It started in a grubby cinema seat in a grubby cinema in a grubby seaside town in 1970... Read more...

Heed your submission deadline...  

28th March 2017

It's difficult to describe the feeling of vindication and relief when the hard copy of your publishing contract drops through the door for you to sign... Read more... 

Those Chapter Headings...  

28th March 2017

The chapter headings in Bluebirds are inspired by the RAF's motto, "Per Ardua Ad Astra". I've been asked many times exactly what they mean, so here are the translations:

Part 1 - Evolutio = Development

Chapter 1 Innocentia = Innocence

Chapter 2 - Signi = Signposts

Chapter 3 Semino = Seedlings

Chapter 4 Portentum Portent

Chapter 5 - Expecto = Waiting

Chapter 6 - Terra = Ground

Chapter 7 - Initium Beginnings

Part 2 - Arduum = Challenge

Chapter 8 Amans = Lover

Chapter 9 -  Totum = Whole

Chapter 10 -  Silva = Forest

Chapter 11 - Receptus Retreat

Chapter 12 - Circumvorto = Pivot

Chapter 13 Trajectus = Crossing

Chapter 14 - Patris = Father

Chapter 15 - Mater = Mother

Chapter 16 - Ignis = Fire

Chapter 17 - Vastatio = Ravaged

Chapter 18 - Bilis = Wrath

Chapter 19 Pugna = Battle

Chapter 20 Grando = Hailstorm

Chapter 21 - Agnus Lamb

Chapter 22 - Hostia = Sacrifice

Chapter 23 Consummatio Conclusion

Chapter 24 Astrum Stars

Chapter 25 Luctus Mourning

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