Black Rose Poem

Black Rose Poem

[source] Here’s a little poem I wrote for my Mum for Mother’s Day, because she has a real love of black roses. There are many flowers that you can buy With vibrant colours that catch the eye But the most alluring flower in sight Is the rose with petals black as night. She bewitches all with her dark aroma, Her modest hue speaks of gothic glamour. But whilst other roses disguise their thorns, ‘Beware my deadly spikes’ she warns. Many have eyes for the crimson rose, She cries ‘look at me!’ with a boastful pose, But the black rose needs […]

Posted 10th March 2010 in Poetry
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Tess and the Priceless Treasure Poem

Tess and the Priceless Treasure Poem

One morning, Tess from Little Dell Was washing clothes beside the well, When Anne and Jane and Cecily Ran towards her full of glee. Look upon our golden rings! See our shiny, handsome things. The market stalls are filled with gold, Hurry, before the rest is sold! Tess, excited, ran on down, To see the fair from out of town. Travelers advertised their wares- Their shining, sparkling traps and snares. Some were pearl (so overrated), Others gold (most likely plated). Yet they did not catch her eye, So with a shrug she passed on by. Later that day upon the […]

Posted 8th March 2010 in Poetry
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Love Lessons Poem

Love Lessons Poem

There you stand, eyes twinkling in the sunshine, That reassuring smile lighting up your face, Totally oblivious to what you do to me. You’re conversing eloquently as usual, But I catch only a word or two- The aroma of black coffee and fusty books Opening doors in my imagination. I watch as the others pass with solemn faces, Knowing that I see in you what they never can: The heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet. There’s an endearing eccentricity about you, From your quintessential dress Right down to the simple crispness of your name, Which sounds […]

Posted 8th March 2010 in Poetry
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Writing Therapy Poem

Writing Therapy Poem

I write when the dark veil obscures my sight, I write when I lie awake at night, When a heavy guilt burdens my soul- I write in the hope it will make me whole. I write when I doubt what I really desire, I write when anger engulfs me like fire, When nothing at all seems to matter to me, I write ’cause I can’t afford therapy. ~Written 28/02/10

Posted 8th March 2010 in Poetry
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Personality Graveyard Poem

Personality Graveyard Poem

Each time she looks me in the eyes And sprouts her filthy, selfish lies, Another part of me is slain, Never to return again. Love and pride and joy and trust She has vanquished all to dust, They lie beneath six feet of dirt Where no more can they be hurt. My hopes and dreams were slaughtered too And now they’re hidden out of view Buried in an unmarked grave There’s nothing left of me to save. ~Written 28/02/10

Posted 8th March 2010 in Poetry
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An Extra Place at The Table: a Harry Potter Fan Fic

An Extra Place at The Table: a Harry Potter Fan Fic

This is my original first draft of a Harry Potter fan fiction story for Michael’s Harry Potter blogfest, Dec 2010. The rules stated it had to be no more than 500 words, but my first draft ended up being 1200 words. So I eventually cut it down and posted the shorter version here, but if you’re interested here is the full length, unedited version. To be honest I’m not very good at editing, so I’d be interested in which version you think is better, and whether you think I cut out the right things. The story is set several years […]

Posted 12th December 2009 in Short Stories
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Publishing Process Resources

Publishing Process Resources

Here is a list of links to articles, blog posts and sites about querying and publishing that I found really interesting and informative. Last updated: 27/01/2013 10 Common Query Mistakes Query Flowchart Query Shark 10 Common Query Questions and Their Answers The Query Querying In Hindsight Kiersten White’s Guide to Getting Published Analog Breakfast Agent Query Connect

Posted 24th September 2009 in Me and My Life, Publishing
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Quotes to Help with Grief

Quotes to Help with Grief

Over the years, like most people, I’ve lost quite a few people I’ve loved. When bereavement strikes it can be incredibly hard to cope with and grief is something we may have to deal with for many years. I’ve found many passages from books and quotes from authors to be of comfort to me when I feel upset so I decide to gather my favourites together to share with you. “For it might end, you know,’ said Alice to herself, `in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?’ And she tried to […]

Posted 15th June 2009 in Philosophy, Quotes
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