the blog

Created in answer to a certain one of my kids who bent my ear till it more resembled a cosh than a conch. Get it out there, get it out there. So here it is. Out. (Nov. 2012)

My intention at that time was to produce a blogged book. I had written it – first, second, third, fourth, fifth draft. I thought another ten years, it ought to be polished and gleaming, fit for revealing. In the meantime, like a driver finding his way around brakes, gears and the clutch, I would learn to use and navigate WordPress. From such small intents . . .

Crimson’s Announcement

I’m going to publish Feast Fables (aka Asaric Tales)  as an e-book

Taken from an update, 25th November 2017

I published the first episode of Feast Fables on Thursday 27th December 2012.
I published the last episode on Friday 26th May 2016, having increased the frequency to two episodes a week.

During that time I also posted:
Can of Worms— time-slip mythical fantasy (Asaric series)
Neve—time-slip mythical fantasy (Asaric series)
Priory Project—a time-slip sci-fi/fantasy (Asaric series)
Alsalda—mythical fantasy (Asaric series)
King’s Wife—mythical fantasy (Asaric series)
Roots of Rookeri—an off-world fantasy/romance
Chronicles of Mideer—fantasy

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. Then, of course, there was Robert Jordan, who made me more confident of my trilogy format and attention to fabrics and garments. But I also enjoy the fantasy adventures of e.g. Scott Lynch.

Crispina Kemp, aka Crimson

crispina-img_2933cpOn a more personal note

When I started this blog I had severe CFS. Occupational therapy had brought me down to my lowest (I had been warned that it would, it’s part of the healing process). It felt like I’d never recover, despite the assurances that if I followed this method . . . And I did recover. From barely being able to trek to the toilet I’m now able to walk 10-15 miles in a day, camera beside me, snap happy again.

I do not complain of what might seem to others like wasted years. For it was during that couch-and-computer bound period that I began to hone my writing skills, that I researched the world that my characters would inhabit, that I wrote the first drafts and multiple edits. (I also watched a whole load of movies, and listened to the commentaries, especially those by the writers. From these I also learned.)

Crispina Kemp, aka Crimson

a compact biog

Who am I? What am I?
Event organiser, theatre manager, with marketing and promotions; Information Officer, designer, publisher and main contributor, for a community-focused government-sponsored organisation; I was happy to take early retirement when my health plummeted into the ever-decreasing spiral that is CFS, it meant I’d now have more time to write!

Keep watching, keep following, keep liking.

I thank you


53 Responses to About

  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!

    Liked by 1 person

  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,


  6. Judy says:


    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!!

    Liked by 1 person

  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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.


  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.


    Liked by 1 person

    • 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. 🙂


  9. grdtobin says:

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


    Just one property: Wyken in Suffolk.

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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?


  11. grdtobin says:

    An excellent suggestion! Please do.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Over from Dale’s. Cheers to your determination!

    Liked by 2 people

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

    Liked by 3 people

  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. 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


      • 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.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 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. 🙂


      • 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.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 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.

        Liked by 1 person

      • 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” 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

  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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