In Green Abandon

The weather hasn’t been favourable for long walks along green lanes. But I found this lurking nearby…

Cranesbill-geranium and possibly narcissus: 14th Feb 2020

Greenery, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek

 

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Afternoon Tea with Crispina Kemp — Sammi Loves Books

My latest author interview over afternoon tea is with Crispina Kemp. Crispina is a very talented author whose amazing stories I’ve had the opportunity to beta read. With her epic five-book historical fantasy series due for release next month, I was excited to be able to put my ten questions to her. So grab a […]

via Afternoon Tea with Crispina Kemp — Sammi Loves Books

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CCC#66: Gaoler, Gaoler

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #66

Gaoler, Gaoler, with your ring of keys
Gaoler, Gaoler, with your scorn of thieves
Gaoler, with that greed in your eyes
Gaoler, with your slippery lies
Gaoler, with your hand held out
thinking from me that you’ll get aught
Gaoler, Gaoler, ditch your hopes
The Crown peels your pay
Not the prisoners you take for dopes

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #66

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.


Tolhouse Museum in Great Yarmouth… the former gaol.

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In Fields Elysian

image by Enrique Meseguer on pixabay

Oh, that I was a poet, Greek
That I would not feel such a freak
When on a beach I stretch all day
And those grapes I hurl away
So ripe, so sweet, they arouse me
Rather suck upon the yew tree
Hemlock, why not, welcome, take me
Let me bask, careless, carefree
In fields Elysian


56 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Elysian

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The Spinner’s Game e-book FINAL Update

February… and it’s done.

The five books of The Spinner’s Game are uploaded to Amazon. Although they won’t be published until 21st March, with the POD paperbacks available 1-3 days later, the Kindles are available now on Pre-Order and…

FREEBIES FREEBIES FREEBIES

Send me proof of your Pre-Order and I will send you a high resolution (2048 x 1536 px) full-colour fantasy map on pdf

You can contact me here

Marketing. Promotions.

While I am slowly recovering from that last push, my relative idleness won’t last for long. Over the past week, I have assembled a rather long list of book-bloggers and in the coming weeks I shall send out emails in the hope that at least a few will agree to read and review The Spinner’s Child on their blogs, on Goodreads, on Amazon, on social media, on anywhere… and if not that, then to host a Q&A interview.

Meanwhile…

Learning to Fly

My critique partner Lauren is already tackling the new book and sending me far too many comments that this, and that, and t’other, needs reworking. And yes, she’s quite right. So that’s the next item on my agenda: To restructure the opening chapters of Learning to Fly.


And there I conclude. No, the journey isn’t over. I doubt it ever will be. These past two years I’ve learned much about the process of self-publishing, including that it cannot be accomplished alone. My heartfelt thanks to all who have helped me along the way. And those months of hard slog have reinforced what I already knew: That I am a writer; it’s required for my sanity.

I shall leave with the opening lines of The Spinner’s Child..

Gut the fish, scrape the scales, shell the nuts, pound the seeds. And what else could her mother find to stop her from idling and making up tales? But she wasn’t lazy; she preferred to be busy. And neither were her stories fancies. They were truths, had direct from clansfolk’s heads. She ought to learn it was best to say nothing. She was different, others hadn’t her tricks.

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Sunday Fungi: Tough as Old Logs

Ever wondered what happens to fallen trees; why our woodlands are not piled high with them? They’re eaten – by insects and fungi such as these

Another nameless species, could be one of many, sprung up here to munch upon the tree

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Distant Towers

On a misty winter’s morning, I peer into the distance… and what towers are these?

Wind turbines in the making: 31st Dec 2019 

Construction, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek

 

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CCC#65: Dicing with Death

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #65

Dear Lord, forgive my sin
This one last time as they lay me in
To change my bet
On whose protection I can get
Reminded when I rolled the dice
I prefer the devil with his snake-eyes!

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #65

CCC#65

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

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