Covid 19 News 1st April

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Global corona virus suspension order

In light of the corona virus pandemic, governments around the world have got together and made an important declaration. The Coordinated Global Governmental Announcement (CGGA) is being made in response to the rapid spread of the virus. The devastating contagion has caused a variety of national lockdowns, forbidden civil sniffling and coughing in public, banned…

For fans of Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Dear All,

If you’re keen to read the Mirror and the Light, the final part in the Wolf Hall trilogy about Thomas Cromwell’s life and times, it’s now out and already the UK’s number 1. Buy it! But maybe do a few bicep curls to warm up before you try to read it. It is 904 pages of dense beautifully composed text, in every sense.

Last Friday at the Royal Festival Hall Hilary Mantel was in conversation…

Publication date has been set!

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Dear All,


After much superfluous faffing I can report that the Draftsman is now in the hands of an editor, doing structural edits and then copy edits. It’s also undergoing some sort of design treatment. It all takes a while and in the meantime I am trying to learn more about how the distribution and marketing work.

I have also started on the next book, The Ashes in the Boot. I’ll post excerpts…

New website launched

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Thanks to Paul’s sterling efforts we now have a Laurel Lindstrom website: https://laurellindstrom.org

I’ll be posting a regular blog keeping you informed of The Draftsman’s progress as it moves through the editing and production phases.

I will also be posting new Three Bees stories and other writings there, plus excerpts from The Ashes in the Boot, a story of identity confusion, that is a light…

The Three Bees: When Mother Leaves Home

Friday, 17 January 2020

When Mother Leaves Home

It was hot and stuffy and Burly was squashing Curly uncomfortably into the side of the frame. Soft spring light washed gently over Curly’s enormous eyes and Twirly was twitching slowly coming out of sleep. He was anxious that Curly would be cross at the fidgety disturbance and at the squashing, but Curly’s mind was elsewhere. He shoved as best he could at his brother and…

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Next chapter in the Three Bees stories -- Any feedback welcome!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Three Bees and the Giant Grub

The light was pushing in far too brightly thought Curly, as he turned away from the morning. Gentle murmuring sounds and tiny whistling snores told him that his brothers were still asleep. As he turned to shade his large eyes from the sunrise Curly was aware of a draft coming from the other side of the comb. They had settled down some hours before near to the uncapped…

Next chapter

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Dear All, 

Thanks so much for your support. I have now handed over the manuscript to the Unbound people who are taking things to the next stage. This means editing, design and production.

I am working on another Three Bees story, but other work commitments are taking over. Ever was it thus. Once I get caught up I will be working on the Ashes in the Boot. 

Also, I had hoped to set up a FaceBook…

Nearly there, can you help?

Friday, 20 September 2019

Dear Everyone,

I am thrilled that we are at 77% of target, and to tell you that for any additional pledges people would like to make, even tiny additions, that UNbound are offering a 10%.

This means that if you add twenty pounds to what you’ve already pledged, it only costs you £18.

Use this code: OVER75

I know it is really very cheeky to ask you to add to the pot, but the sooner we make…

Invitation to Afternoon Tea at the National Liberal Club

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

This is a blatant inducement to ask you to pledge more cash for the Draftsman. But I think it could be pretty cool for people who fancy a bit of old world traditional English hospitality. The National Liberal Club is one of London’s poshest, and the first such club to admit women. Check it out here http://www.nlc.org.uk

Would you like to join me there for tea as my guest? It’s the full Monty of…

Three Bees Under Attack (Nothing to do with the Draftsman, but you might enjoy this little story.)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Part two of many

Three Bees Under Attack

The comb was barely pressed soft and cosy to their shapes, before the boys woke to a terrific buzzing and the choking fug of bee commotion. A wild storm of pheromones clogged the air and all about them was frantic motion. A nanny bee bustled up, antennae akimbo and sticky with fresh nectar from a minor collision with an incoming worker. “Get out,…

Thank you to you wonderful people for supporting the Draftsman

Friday, 23 August 2019

Dear All,

Just a quick note to say thank you to all the wonderful people who have pledged to support the Draftsman. I have been deeply touched by the contributions and especially from so many people I haven’t been in touch with in years.

Having droodled about on holiday for three weeks, offline and spending much time in the sea training for the Hydra Swimrun (www.hydraswimrun.com and can now…

Thank you to everyone

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

I cannot express (of course I can) how much I appreciate the support everyone has given for this project.

A massive THANKYOU to everyone! I hope I don’t let you down.



PS Next episode of Three Bees on the way.

By way of a thank you to the people who have supported the Draftsman, here is something silly to enjoy.

Monday, 8 July 2019

The first in a multipart series: Three Bees

Burly, Curly & Twirly

“It tastes like crap this wax. And just because they told me I have to eat my way out, doesn’t mean I have to.” An oversized drone honey bee spat out some half chewed wax, smearing it against the wall of his cell as he did so. He paused a moment, peering through the tiny hole in the hatch at the mass of bees crawling back and…

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