‘The name Etive is believed to mean little ugly one from the Gaelic Goddess associated with the loch. A road along Glen Etive makes the head of the loch accessible from Glen Coe. The narrow mouth of the loch results in its most unusual feature, the Falls of Lora.”
‘A short distance down the glen, keep a look out for the remarkable little “bucket bridge” intended to allow brave souls to cross the River Etive. You’d need to want to cross very badly to trust yourself to it…’
though really, what would be the purpose of taking stones across when there’s nothing on the other side but mountains? It just goes to show you that looks can be deceptive. That path, for example, may have looked a bit mossy…that was because it was a bog. Quite a deep one too.
Here and now, I will say I have never been any good at following paths but I can assure you my friend Lora did not fall in a river last weekend, requiring the services of Sir Galahad, although I did have a slight run in with a Glen Etive bog. Glen Etive is a fascinating place.
For a start it was fascinating to know so many tree trunks were down because the ground is too boggy to support them.
It would have been more fascinating had I known in advance, but there. A small bit of Skyfall was filmed along the road. We just fancied a little change from Glencoe itself, although Glencoe being home to my new hero, the Black Wolf, I was delighted to see Dug his dog busily guarding it…
All right so it’s a sort of plastic white one..
This one too.
Yes, an upturned tree-trunk. I’ve said before I don’t plot. And I don’t follow paths either. What I do is I throw something down on the paper and then I see where it takes me. Just like I did with that path on Saturday. There was a lot of party resistance. Mr Shey got quite shirty. I don’t think he likes my aversion to maps and things. And true enough I did get bogged down. But the important thing was getting myself out.
That is how I have always found writing without any clear idea of the plot, or where it is going next. I will get there. However I have just started writing a new book and for the first time ever I have a plot, so this will be interesting, a sort of write by numbers for me, although I am ready to throw it out the window if it doesn’t work and you can forget any detailed storyboarding. Now, let me give you some pantsers.
Tonia Kappes (But she does use character worksheets)
And now some Plotters.
Apparently there’s also pantiless…
Please feel free to let me know what you are.