Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy the writing here. There are stories, poems and reviews.
My first novel, The Truth Finder’ is now published. It’s the first book in a trilogy. I’m publishing the first ten chapters on this site to give you a taster. The book is available from Lulu and on Amazon Kindle. It will be available from Amazon soon.
What you’ll find on this website are often first drafts and I’d be happy to receive your comments. One of the pages contains a complete copy of my children’s book, The Green Book. You can get a hard copy from Amazon or Lulu. I keep revising the cover because I’m not quite happy with it, so if you’ve already bought it, I haven’t changed the content. The story is suitable for children from about 4 – 11. It’s about a magic book that helps Alana through the trials of everyday life. You get to know her family and friends. There are twelve short stories that make up the novel and it’s suitable to ‘share read’ with reluctant readers. The next in the series, ‘Tiny Tyrannosaurus’ is in the process of being published and is available from Lulu.
If you’re interested in poetry I’ve just published, ‘Nature’s Gold‘. Many of the poems celebrate the beauty of our world, but there is also a mixture of humorous and serious (but not heavy) poetry. It’s written to be accessible to everyone. I hope you enjoy it. Poetry is a particular passion of mine.
On this blog it is my intention to publish something every Wednesday. If you have ideas of what you’d like me to write or if you’d like to do a guest blog do get in contact.
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This week I went on a ‘Relax and Write’ writer’s weekend at Gladstone’s library, where Alison Chisholm gave us writing tasks. For one task she dealt out a pack of cards and each of us took one card. I had the three of hearts and this is the light-hearted (sorry about the pun) poem I wrote from that prompt.
She loved him with her simpering heart,
and sent him gifts and money.
She phoned him in the dark small hours,
and called him, ‘dear, sweet honey’.
He loved the man who made his suits;
the gentle voice entranced.
He loved the skill the man displayed
and even how he danced.
The tailor loved his Labrador,
and gave his heart completely.
She was his life, his everything.
She begged for food so sweetly.
This triangle of hoping hearts
fluttered on throughout the year.
Love flowed and ebbed its complex path,
showing neither favour or fear.
Tom Benson has written a blog about resource ideas for writers. You can take a look at the post here
The idea is that we all add our favourite resources in the comments. In this way there’ll be lots of writing resources available to us all. Why not take a look?
If you’d like to read about Martin Mere, the WWT site in the North West of England, check out my article published on All Things Girl www.allthingsgirl.com today. It’s one of my favourite places.
There she sat, straight backed, serene,
on her way to Camelot.
Weary of her shadow world,
once she’d seen Sir Lancelot.
So many years she’d sat there sewing,
in her cold and barren tower.
Recording life around the river
stitching fabric hour by hour.
What had she done to be so cursed?
Not to love and laugh and live.
In her heart her passions rose
and she longed, her love to give.
Inhaling sweet scent of grass;
mesmerised by water’s flow.
For just one moment with her knight,
the rest of life, she would forgo.
Wrapped in her woven tapestry;
her every sense alive, alert.
Proud to defy the cruel curse.
she would suffer no more hurt.
Her life now part of history,
sung in songs of Camelot.
She never met the man she loved,
but gave her life for Lancelot
This is the picture that inspired me.
This is the original poem.
How I love my dearest Grub.
I will remember you always.
Your gentle nature; your silky fur.
You welcomed me when I came home
and sat alongside me each morning.
You explored the garden
with one brother and then the other,
enjoying and needing their company;
rolling in soft earth with relish.
Finding spots of sun to rest in.
Food and cuddles were your delight.
Your purr brightened every day.
I listen for your little noises.
I look for your warm blackness.
You are in my heart and thoughts,
We had three beautiful cats. They were brothers. We called them Cuthbert (Bertie), Dibble and Grub. A few years ago we lost our lovely Dibble and two weeks ago we lost our beautiful Grub. Our hearts are sad, but we’ve been so lucky to have them in our lives. We treasure our last cat. He is missing Grub as much as we are.
Happy 2014! Thank you for following my blog. May I wish you happy reading in 2014. There’s lots of new writing coming this way soon. ;-)
Happy Christmas everyone. Next installment of the Truth Finder will be on Friday. Thanks for following and wish you all a great 2014.