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Posted By Michelle Birbeck

I have a new place to add to my list of inspirational places. Despite visiting Durham many times, and even walking a little around the town centre and the riverfront, I've never really paid much attention to the place. Other than to avoid getting knocked off my bike when trying to get out of the place.

However, yesterday I finally had the opportunity to head down to the riverside and have a walk. With no distractions, and nothing to keep from really looking around. The walk was one of my shorter ones, being only around an hour, but the scenery was stunning.

From the Weeping Willow trailing its summer green leaves in the river, to the ducks making the most of the ample food provided by passers by, the whole walk was a never-ending source of inspiration.

It's hard to look up into the trees, as they tower above you at strange angles, and not feel inspired by them. No two parts of the path looked exactly the same, even when I reached the end and turned around to head back. With various paths and stairs leading up the steep banks, there was plenty to explore, and even more to imagine with so few people on the paths. Hidden among the trees, the only thing to remind you that you are in modern day England is the path under your feet and the occasional bench. The rest seems to be as I imagine it was some hundred or so years ago.

But it wasn't just the ancient nature of the riverbanks that was inspirational; it was the variety of colour. All the trees were green, but no two greens were exactly the same. From the almost black green of one tree, to the almost white green of another, it was like looking at a rainbow whose speciality was the colour green.

The only fault that I found with the day was one of my own making. Of all the times to be without any for of writing material, I had to end up in the stunning greenery of Durham with nothing more than the notes on my mobile to write with.

Lesson learned, however, and a notebook has been added to my walking backpack.

Here are a couple of pictures of the dozens that I took to remind me of what I'd seen.

Durham Riverside
Durham Riverside

Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Hello everybody.

So, a friend of mine is starting a fanfiction contest and asked me to be a judge.

So here it goes:

You Can Quote Me On This” Contest

All you have to do is take one of the quotes below and turn it into a oneshot of your choosing. It can be smut or fluff or doom and gloom or anything that you like. Just make sure you include your chosen quote in the oneshot.

For full details go to:


Quote 1: Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wing’d cupid blind. -William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Quote 2: The spirit’s I summoned up I now can’t rid myself of. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorcerers Apprentice

Quote 3: If you’re at the end of your rope, then tie a knot and hold on. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Quote 4: You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul. -Julie de Lespinasse

So if you fancy having a go at some fanfiction and you want to enter, the just click the link above and go check it out.