About Me

the blog

I had written a novel. By now I’d written many, but this one… this one was special. After a multiple of drafts, revisions, amendments and rewrites, I thought it now fit for revealing. I would post it in instalments. That’s how Charles Dickens began, and I didn’t want to go the traditional route (my health at the time wouldn’t stand it).

That was back in November 2012, the ‘novel’ comprised the five books of The Spinner’s Game (posted as Feast Fables).

Since then I have posted other novel-length stories in instalment form.

  • Roots of Rookeri. An off-world fantasy.
  • Chronicles of Mideer. A secondary-world fantasy.

And the Asaric Tales – which will follow The Spinner’s Game series into e-publication:

  • Neve. Another time-slip mythical fantasy.
  • Alsalda. Mythic fantasy.
  • King’s Wife. Mythic fantasy.
  • Priory Project. Yet another a time-slip sci-fi/fantasy.
  • Can of Worms. A time-slip mythical fantasy.

the writer

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For a shy child with a speech problem, the written word came as a release, enabling me to express myself without being asked, ‘Eh? What did you say? Say again?’ I wrote my first ‘proper’ story when I was nine. A gothic offering to scare my friends. Since then, I don’t remember a day when I haven’t been busy writing. Novels. The short story form doesn’t appeal. Although over the past year I have posted several micro-fictions.

In my early teens I visited Grimes Graves, the Neolithic flint mines in Norfolk. The following summer, I visited Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Thence began a life-long interest in the archaeology of prehistory. The study of myths and legends seemed a natural progression, so too linguistics (despite my inability to pronounce the words).

During my later teens I formed a desire to ‘boldly go’, to take the road less travelled, to explore. But failing to gain a place on the Space Programme 😊 I turned my sights inward, to the givens of the human species: i.e. psychology, anthropology, spirituality, and combined with the love of archaeology, I ventured far into the past.

My writing reflects the treasure I found there. And what is treasure if not shared?

It’s said a writer writes best in his/her most-read genre. Well, I cut my teeth on Michael Moorcock before moving on to the sci-fi giants in which genre I encountered the sci-fi/fantasy writer Orson Scott Card under whose spell for a while I fell.

Robert Jordan enticed me away and showed me I wasn’t a freak with my attention to fabrics and garments. And more recently there has been Patrick Rothfuss.

Between Moorcock and Rothfuss there have been many others – as they say, too many to mention. Yet I will pay homage to Jean Auel who set her novels even deeper in prehistory than my own. Frank Yerby, who enchanted me with his tangled plots. Then let’s not forget Anne Rice and her vampires. And the Gentleman Bastards of Scott Lynch… But I must stop somewhere.

the person

Resident in Norfolk where my roots dig deep, my regular rambles into the surrounding countryside provide balance to the cerebral… and ample subjects for my camera. You’ll find a few of those photos posted here, along with micro-fiction and poetry.

Keep reading, keep following, keep liking.

I thank you

Camp-2018-Winner-Certificate

 

72 Responses to About Me

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    Decided it was time to read your blog from start to finish.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. mischievouseyez says:

    Your stories and posts are awesome!! I’m enjoying reading them..!! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. xelaardan says:

    I’ve only just brushed the surface of your writing, and I must say, it’s lovely — articulate and engaging! I also really enjoy all your historical linguistic and etymological references. I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. We love reading your blog! Your prose in honest, raw, and engaging. We wish you luck on your publishing journey!

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  5. yakinamac says:

    So pleased to have found this! Love your nonsense verse, in particular. And thanks so much for dropping by my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • crimsonprose says:

      I’m glad you’re delighted. When I started this blog, I said if only one person . . . I’ve somewhat exceeded that.
      The nonsense verses, in particular, stem from my love of words. Their sounds, their rhythm, their (often) multiple definitions, their versatility, how we can take a noun and make it a verb, an adjective, adverb, how we can combine them . . . see how obsessed I am by them. Yet I cannot produce the verses upon demand. I have to wait for inspiration to take,

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  6. Judy says:

    http://janthinaimages.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/a-personal-thank-you-to-the-very-inspiring-bloggers-in-my-life/

    I do want you to have the Very Inspiring Blogger award if you want to have it!! Just grab it off my site. Regardless of being sick for awhile, I find your writing and accomplishments completely inspiring. CFS gives you crazy challenges and look at the work you produce!! Not just work but wonderful, magical stories!! I love your writing!!

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  7. Hi there,
    Following your contribution on the WordPress forum about the recent problems, I have written to the CEO’s Office at TalkTalk asking them to look into the way TT blocks sites after an alert about inappropriate material. I’ll let you know when/if I receive a response! Best wishes, Martin.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Yea, I’ve been keeping track of discussions, but getting through to TalkTalk is beyond me. But, good timing, the day connection resumed I had an email from a company doing a customer satisfaction survey for TalkTalk. Reasons please, it asked, when I said no way, now, would I recommend TalkTalk to a friend. So I gave it to them in detail. Who knows, if TalkTalk gets enough rough feedback they might start pulling up their socks and seeking a way to avoid this 4 monthly disruption.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Just to let you know that I nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award – see my post at https://talesofeneana.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/blog-award-time/. I know not everyone participates in blogging awards, but I wanted to give you a big fat gold star, even if you decide not to accept the award.

    Cheers!
    Joy

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you for the nomination. I’m not sure yet if I’ll accept it. Though I do believe these awards are a valid means of forming establishing new networks between WP bloggers, and are vital encouragement for (especially) new bloggers, yet it does require quite a lot of work. And that’s where I’m stumbling at the moment. But though I hesitate for now, I probably shall accept. Just needs time to absorb and settle, and for me to form a plan of action. But, whether I accept or not, I do appreciate the nominations, and I’m so pleased that you received the award. 🙂

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  9. grdtobin says:

    Crimson, the PASE Domesday reference to Alan pre-1066 is this:

    http://domesday.pase.ac.uk/?SearchField_1=normalisedName&Text_1=Alan&TenantType_1=1066+holder&SearchField_2=&Text_2=&grouping=&sizeGroup=Default&qr=1&tab=tbl&col=c1

    Just one property: Wyken in Suffolk.

    On another topic, one of Alan’s military associates was Miles Crispin.

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  10. crimsonprose says:

    I’d like to continue this thread, but feel the About page of crimsonprose isn’t the place. I have your email address on the notifications. Might I use it to email you?

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  11. grdtobin says:

    An excellent suggestion! Please do.

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  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Over from Dale’s. Cheers to your determination!

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  13. I’m so glad Frank sent me over here. You are a terrific long-time blogger, writer, and spirit. Keep ’em coming!

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  14. Dale says:

    How wonderful to finally see you, Crispina! And what a cozy nook to write in. I would probably never leave it except for the necessaries 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Ennle Madresan says:

    Took a little “break” to come over here and see your marvelous photos–WOW!

    Liked by 1 person

    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you. They were the photos entered for the PicOfTheWeek, which I guess you’ve worked out. I keep taking the photos. I have to do somehting with them

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        There was one which reminded me of the abandoned church image I have as a header–I really liked it…and truly, I loved them all. I also liked looking at your lovely face–it reflects the same friendly warmth as your words.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        I am totally photo-phobic. But … after 6 years of hiding, I thought it time the readers got a look at me.
        I thank you for your likes and comments. 🙂

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        Well, you have zero reason to be photo phobic–you’re very attractive in that “approachable” way, you know? I only had my pic up for a few hours before I had to take it down…I bet you wouldn’t believe people used to say I looked like Natalie Wood! Lost my looks right after I hit 50, oh well…there’s more to life than outward beauty.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        I’ll allow that I’m on the right side of presentable. And I thank you for your comment.
        Oddly,when my oldest daughter was in her teens, she, too, looked like Natalie Wood. So she changed her name …
        And age does nasty things to us all. Hells, I used to pass for at least 20 years younger than my biological age. Now my hair is thinning … and that’s the first of the changes I could (but won’t) list.

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        How interesting that your daughter also resembled the lovely actress–fun similarity! Yes, I won’t go into my long list of “losses” either 🙂 Let’s just focus on our “positives” 🙂

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      • Ennle Madresan says:

        🙂

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  16. Kim Smyth says:

    I like your about page and congrats for being a winner of nanowrimo!

    Liked by 1 person

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  18. Ben Naga says:

    I see an absence of Sheri S, Tepper. One – if present – one to remedy I believe.

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  19. Congratulations on your achievements, your book covers are gorgeous 😀

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  21. MythRider says:

    I just realized this was here. It’s like finding a jewel I didn’t know was available. You certainly do sound like a prolific and well prepared author. Congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished and not letting your speech impairment hold you back. Keep it up.

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  22. Jen Goldie says:

    Crispina when I saw your new photo I thought WOW! She looks great! relaxed and so happy!
    It’s the best photo I’ve ever seen of you!!!
    Take good care and be safe! ☺🌼

    Liked by 1 person

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