About

My name is Sammi Cox and I love to write and make things.

I live in the UK and find an immense amount of inspiration in the British countryside.  Other sources of inspiration and interest include: history, archaeology, geography, geology, religion, spirituality, folklore, myths and legends, fairytales, and the occult.  I am fascinated by the tarot and have made a poor attempt to start a tarot deck collection.  My book collection, on the other hand, is huge.  I write book reviews on my other blog, Sammi Loves Books.

One day I hope to be a traditionally-published author.  However, until that day I am more than happy to muddle my way along this writing journey, self-publishing a story here and there and submitting my work to magazines and journals as I try to improve my craft and widen my knowledge.

When I am not writing, I am often reading or making things – knitting, crocheting and baking, usually.  When I am not doing any of those, I am probably out in the natural world, listening to music or watching a film.

My self-published stories can be found and read for free via my Smashword author page and my Wattpad profile.

If you have a spare minute or two, and have had the chance to read one of my stories, please let me know if you’ve enjoyed by rating it, leaving a comment or writing a review.  Feedback and encouragement is always welcome!

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

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  2. Hey Sammi Scribbles,

    I recall once taking a ride on the back of a wildly flapping Crow seeking a path to warm Welsh Cakes fresh on the griddle cooling on the windowsill. This morning I was carried airborne by Raven’s 12 to your site – those homeless scarecrows and rapscallions inhabiting the poetry at Gallybloggers – to thank you for sharing your time and good company over the weekend reading through our humble wares. Your support is most welcome and gratefully appreciated.

    Spending a little time here at Dewin’s suggestion, we seem to have a rising star’s blog site to now visit and reflect upon. Thank you, your work is highly imaginative, your stories always full of surprise and shifting shadows. We Raven’s enjoy the shade, the dusk and the dawn, and hiding in the silhouette of trees in bright sunlight. Your blog is a pleasure to read and a safe haven to rest awhile. We were at Sue Dreamwalker’s site the other morning having feasted on her poem Ravens and Dragons and slept in a branch until dawn. Perhaps we might do the same here, find a nearby tree and wait for sunrise to crow a little before departing for home.

    Should fair fortune prevail and a poem be exchanged for a cup of coffee by a homeless person, please feel free to pass it on to Gallybloggers. Dewin Nefol has left contact details on the site for contributions. All we ask is the name of the person contributing – their street name, or author name, or better still their scarecrow name – and the name of the town or city they are from.

    Thank you again Sammi Scribbles for visiting Gallybloggers. Your company will always be welcome in our green and pleasant field.

    Until next time…take care, enjoy a wonderful week.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN and Raven’s 12

    https://bwbachandtheraven.wordpress.com/

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    • Hey Dewin and Raven’s 12 🙂

      You’re so very welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed what I read and am looking forward to reading more 🙂

      From what I have seen so far, it’s an amazing, empowering project and as I read the first handful of poems yesterday I couldn’t help but be inspired and moved by such talent.

      Wishing you all the Brightest of Blessings! 🙂

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  3. Good morning Sammi,

    Kind words of encouragement stated with sincerity are music to our ears. You are very considerate Sammi and your praise most welcome…it will put smiles on dials and slices of warmth back into tired hearts. Thank you, I’ll be sure to ensure your comments reach their destinations, eventually….Raven’s 12 come and go with complete absence of either an agenda or a plan and contact with them is always a little random, but kind views are being passed onto to one and all, and their appreciation shines in their eyes. It’s wonderful to see a little happiness lift the veil of grey just an inch or two.

    We do like the word empowering for it highlights the ultimate intention of Raven’s 12 and Gallybloggers: to provide a small space with opportunity for the Homeless to share their creative voice with the wider world and in so doing provide a little purpose to promote/elevate self-esteem, encourage self-reflection, and give presence to thoughts that may have been a long time inside of them. It is surprising how quickly the people I have met will open up to me when encouraged by a little trust, conversation, kindness and sweet coffee. I have heard stories taking me to higher places and those that have pulled me into darkness like I have never before imagined, such is the range of their life experiences lived at extreme ends of the same spectrum. I am left reeling, fleeing, flying, or smiling, there is never any middle ground. I like the displacement of that, the deviation from the norm, the way it leaves me unsettled, disquieted, stirred. Their stories are profound reminders of their plight and suffering and real measure of the depth and wonder of truly wonderful people: there are some fascinating characters to be enthralled by.

    It costs nothing to ask how a Homeless person is when passing them by in City streets, doorways and alleyways, and only £1.50 for a coffee to exchange for a poem. I think it a fair deal for both parties, but the true worth of our minimal participation in their lives is priceless. To leave a smile on the face of someone who sometimes forgets how to smile is heart-warming and personally effecting. Our participation leaves us changed as well inside as people….I feel humbled by them as human beings, appreciative to them for their time and company, and ever more grateful for the simple life I have chosen, the good health I am blessed with thus far, and the love and friendship of family. Everything else above and beyond that pales into insignificance and seems irrelevant somehow, as if the constructs we put in place once we have stability are but a veneer on what is already beautiful wood beneath.

    Thank you for visiting Sammi, you’ll always be welcome. If you wander by again, and we hope you do, bring your notebook and we’ll hang a while waxing lyrically and admiring the scenery and passing clouds with poetic words. Until then we shall bid thee farewell and make haste under cover of night to arrive in he land of Red Dragons before dawn.

    Wishing you brightest blessings and a week full of wonder.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN and Raven’s 12

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    • Hey Dewin and Raven’s 12 🙂

      Empowering was the first word that came to mind when I read your email about this project. And, as I began reading the poems, I quickly learned how powerful were the words they contained and the images they conjured. A number brought a tear to my eye (Torn is one which still lingers 😦 ) So yes, empowering describes it perfectly. Humbling, too.

      I’m pleased that Raven’s 12 are enjoying sharing their poems. I’m certainly enjoying reading them. To see the clouds lifting, if even for a moment or two, must be a joy to see. And rewarding for you, Dewin, knowing that you’ve helped to bring it about – though I know that’s not why you do it, it’s just an wonderful by-product 🙂 To read your thoughts on it, one can easily see how you’ve been inspired 🙂

      Wishing you all the Brightest of Blessings. Take care one and all 🙂

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  4. Hey Sammi,

    Thank you for further delineating your thoughts, and the understanding with which you do so.

    Torn is a very moving poem and when first hearing of the back-story, We were also left feeling a sense of loss. It was not just the words written, which are effecting in themselves, but more the sudden realisation of how precious is the worth of something as opposed to the value of an object. The author had items stolen and destroyed whilst they slept including their poetry notebook. When one has so little, to have taken something of such intrinsic worth is heart breaking. They will feel empowered by having been mentioned specifically here by you Sammi, grateful indeed that a caring soul shared a moment to hear them cry. Thank you so much 🙂

    All at Raven’s 12 who have contributed warm with appreciation at the interest and encouragement people have shown. They are truly delighted to be so well thought of and always very grateful for all readership and comments. Dewin’s participation was in response to the bequest of a fellow called Jason, a Homeless man living within his City. He and Jason thought Gallybloggers would be an attractive proposition for one and all. As Dewin, I have been rewarded many times over with friendship, miles of smiles and insights into life I would never have imagined. Raven’s 12 are amongst some of the most inspiring people I know, and I feel really privileged to have been welcomed into a small circle and trusted with their crafted words. Jason has yet to write for Gallybloggers but I hope he will do so shortly, the Blog needs Ragger Man 🙂

    Thanking you again Sammi. We’ll look forward to sharing your company again soon. Until then, happy scribbling, best wishes with continued writing success. (Did you ever push on with the novel? 🙂 )

    Take care in allways.

    DN and Raven’s 12

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    • Hey Dewin,

      Stories like this just serve as reminders that there is both cruelty and beauty in the world, just not in equal measure, and those who deserve one are often given more of the other 😦 It’s heartbreaking.

      As for the novel, it’s in its final read through at the moment. After that I’ll be searching out a few readers to have a look through it to see if it has any merit in it. The very idea terrifies me lol 🙂

      Hope you are having a great week, and wishing you the brightest of blessings for the coming weekend 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        It is indeed on occasion a heat-breaking world that appears to be unending in its suffering at the hands of greed.

        Great news about the novel! Very pleased to hear of such superb progress…you must be delighted? 🙂 Many congratulations on getting this far, it’s a superb achievement. Proof readers should be honest, sincere and unmerciful. It is the only way to get the level of response that you need. Friends shouldn’t apply for the job.

        And you too Sammi, enjoy the latter half of the week. I hope it brings whatever you wish for.

        Take care.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin 🙂

        I hope this Friday evening finds you well. Welcome to the weekend! 🙂

        Greed, indifference and lack of compassion – they all have a lot to answer for 😦

        Delighted and terrified and amazed – this one project seems to have been going on for a long time and I’m getting to the stage where I think I’ll be happy to soon draw a line underneath it. I have so many projects that are waiting to be finished – and I am starting more all the time…It will be nice to move on to something new 🙂

        Yes, friends on the whole do not make the best critics. I’ve a few who I adore because they have the strength of character to be brutally honest with me when I need it. I myself lack that trait, though I came across a free writing course that starts on Monday where one of the things covered is critiquing. I’ve just completed two courses via that platform (one on archaeology and another on Ancient Rome) and they were fantastic, so perhaps the creative writing course is just what I need at this time 🙂

        Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings for a Blessedly Bright Weekend! 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        Thank you, I’m fine. How you doing? Imagine you are pleased to see the weekend? Have you enjoyed your week?

        Long-term projects hang with us don’t they? The Muse, she works a mind so hard and relentlessly. You have done so well to hold on to it love it and nurture it…it is a labour of love from opening word to last mark on the page. I am so pleased you decided to push on with it…I recall small l reservations from past comments we’ve shared here. I trust you have/are emerging from the experience wiser and more confident of your skill-set and ability? I always said you had a writer’s name 🙂

        I trust your friends will enrich the book with their views and thoughts. You still retain full control and can implement or reject the notions and ideas of others. Be bold, you always knew the proof reading was coming! Good luck and sincere best wishes.

        So you enjoyed the critiquing classes. I think it really worth while to engage with that…not only does it support your own ‘investigation’ into your work, but allows you to read and comprehend material on different levels and with differing perspectives. I recall Sindy shared some of her college work with me, and I found a basic understanding through reading her work. Archaeology and Ancient Rome…now there’s a complimentary pairing to disappear into….both I imagine a fascination for you….so much depth for exploration and digging. I wish you well in using and applying your learning.

        Warm wishes for a wonderful weekend. Take care of you and the felidae. I hope they are well.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin,

        I hope your weekend treated you well. I am fine, thank you for asking. And the cats are too. True to form, they are both curled up asleep at this moment, though no doubt, it won’t be long before they wake and start demanding cuddles. It’s a hard life Lol

        Long-term projects hang with us and haunt us, as you know well with your Merlin poem. They tend to have a presence all their own. How is the final chapter coming along?

        I recall you saying I had a writers name. Which, I think, is one of the nicest things you can say to a writer 😀 Hopefully, it’s fate then that I manage to become an established writer lol I’ll keep my fingers crossed all the same though, just in case.

        Wishing you the brightest blessings for the coming week, and on through the bank holiday weekend 🙂

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  5. Hey Sammi,

    Thank you for the reply and accompanying smiles. It’s great to hear all is well with you and also with the moggies. Asleep as always? Hmmm, you know it a ploy to lull you into a false sense of security before mischief-mongering. I read a wonderfully humorous blog post today regarding the Writer’s Pet. Actually it’s a job description for a Writer’s ‘familiar’…may I share it with you here?

    https://blondewritemore.com/2017/04/24/job-description-the-writers-pet/?c=28953#comment-28953

    Long-term projects…a double edged sword, at once a bane as much a passion, it is a beast to be slain through guile and cunning and outright show of force! I think you have done a far better job than I at maintaining momentum. Thank you for asking, the poem is pretty much done, last edits to do, and still the artwork outstanding. I have been spending a lot of time, effort and energy supporting Gallybloggers and making new friends across WP, particularly groups of people in Canada of all places. Wonderful people and all of them gifted writers with sharp quills, intellects and wit. The closing chapter of the Merlin post will happen soon, I hope!

    Fate, kismet, destiny, call it what you will, you were born to write and flutter your feather! Hard work, crossed fingers, tenacity and determination are already your bed-fellows, your name the signature that empowers them all.

    I just had a quick peek at your name meaning….I thought the following name meaning quite charming: Samantha, of English and Hebrew origin, most accurately means “God Heard”. In Aramaic, it means “Listener”. In Greek, it may mean “Flower”. (www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name/girl/samantha)

    Thank you for brightest blessings and best wishes for my week. I have a feeling I may just need them! And you Sammi, have a wonderful week with wishes fulfilled and dreams coming true. Take care of you and the moggies, and one and all.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin,

      I checked out the link. So funny! I’m going to print off a copy for Bast and Khepri so they can learn what is expected of them! Lol 🙂

      Not entirely sure about the whole “maintaining momentum” thing. This particular project (which I’ve now completed the final edit for – I hope!) is nearly five years old! And for a good long while, I didn’t even look at it, let alone work on it! Lol

      My! It sounds like you’ve been busy. Looking forward to the closing chapter of the poem – can’t wait to read it 🙂

      When I usually come across my name meaning all it says is “the feminine version of Samuel” so to learn it also means ‘listener’ and ‘flower’ is quite enchanting. It’s given me a different perspective on myself…

      Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings! Enjoy your week!

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  6. Hey Sammi,

    On the back of the ‘Writer’s Pet’ wanted post, have the moggies been motivated to pick up their game any? 🙂

    One wonders how a fuller appreciation of your name might influence your work? Perhaps a poem under the title, ‘The Listening Flower’ would get the ball rolling? I’ll leave you decide.

    Hoping all is well Sammi and your evening providing the necessary chill to take the edge off the day. Have a great week!

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin!

      How are you? I hope you are well, and that your Woden’s Day is not as wet as mine!

      Have the cats picked up their game? You must be joking! It’s still the same “We’re the boss, we’re in charge, now give us treats and cuddles before it’s time for another catnap!” And, if I ignore them and try to get on with my writing (which is nearly impossible), they proceed to lay across my work, as if it’s the most comfortable blanket in all the world and not paper and notebooks at all, and then fall asleep.

      That’s a great title for a poem. I will certainly have to give it a go, though quite off the cuff, I’m even sure where to begin lol It probably doesn’t help that currently I’m stuck in “ghost-story-writing” mood, which doesn’t really mesh well with what I think of “The Listening Flower” lol 🙂

      Wishing you bright blessings for a great week 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        It seems we are both bound to the home by adverse soggy weather. Woeful wet Woden has unleashed his fury here as well and all is drowning under a layer of rushing water. The moat is back around the flats and for all intents and purposes I am stuck in the highest room in the tallest tower once again waiting for a dry spell to escape the castle. Oh the joys of UK weather! 🙂

        You always write with such affection about your moggies and I do enjoy picturing the scene unfolding in your home. I recall past comments of cake theft and other felidae naughtiness that only adds to the picture now forming in my mind. How you must love them for them to feel so free to be around you. It’s quite charming to know you have such a symbiotic relationship with them. Little doubt they assist and aide your work despite your playful misgivings of them…they adore you that’s why they cannot keep away. I still wish I had a little kitty all of my own, but the time is not right at the moment to contemplate ownership. I am getting itchy feet again and a hungering to move. I’ve no idea where I want to go only that I feel stirred to do so and it really wouldn’t be fair on a little furball to up-sticks whilst they are settling into a new home. It’ll be my 50th address when I go. I am tramp at heart.

        So you are back in ghost-writing mode and teasing dark tendrils of night into chilling words of a shivering story. You do the ghost-theme, and the macabre, so well. I enjoyed The Love Spell: the mention of plunging a knife into the visitors chest sent a chill up my spine! Good luck with the writing, I hope the ink is flowing nicely. As to The Listening Flower and being in ghost-mode…it could always be a Black Rose or a flower associated with death or light and dark rather than a flower cast in brilliant sunshine? http://www.flowermeaning.com/flower-of-death/

        The Listening Flower is a good title, one that expands in every which way with a little thought and imagination. I might even have a go at writing something myself.

        Well, I’ll leave you to the enjoyment of two grimalkins and an evening cosy dry and warm. Best wishes with the writing! 🙂

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin,

        I always said I would never become a crazy cat lady but it just sort of crept up on me lol. One day I hope to add a dog or two to the menagerie, but that won’t be any time soon, I think.

        50th address? You are a wandering soul 🙂 I can see why now is not a great time to get a cat; moving with them is stressful for everyone. But I hope you get one when you are ready and settled wherever it is your itchy feet lead you to 🙂

        I’m so glad you enjoyed The Love Spell. I was pleased with the way that story came together, quickly and off-the-cuff. I’ve been challenging myself this month to post a post every day and I’m finding it a bit of a struggle (two of the posts this week have been a day late – oops), and The Love Spell was just one of those stories that wrote itself without requiring too much input from me lol 🙂

        I hadn’t considered flowers that have dark connotations – perhaps they would reflect my personality better than a sun-loving sunflower or a bright, exuberant daisy 😀 I’ll have to check out the link. But, yes, you should have a go at writing something under the title of The Listening Flower. After all, you were inspired to come up with it. My own poem currently stands at three lines long…Hopefully you will have better luck, but then almost everything you write is poetry 🙂

        Enjoy your evening, and Brightest Blessings for coming weekend 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        As the words of the singer/songwriter Seal suggest, we’d never survive this world unless we get a little crazy! I am therefore happy to hear you accepted a literal translation of his words and enjoy abstraction and dislocation of thought. There are many who would pay handsomely for a vial of craziness…indeed it was not that long ago historically when certain of the greatest poets and writers would frequent opium dens in a bid to obtain the illusive dream-state. Thankfully, the presence of two adoring cats provides much the same influence; such is the magic of grimalkins.

        As for dogs…hmm, as much as I dearly love all animals, dogs are not really my cup of tea, they are too demanding and far too reliant on their owner for my liking whereas cats just do their own thing and seek us out when they feel we need their loving attention, which is by far more congenial to ease of living without obligation and responsibility interrupting the flow of life. I’ll wish you well when deciding that time is right for dog-ownership for you. What breed might you consider?

        Yep, my 50th address: almost one new location for each year of my life. My friend tells me I am too old to perpetuate my transient ways and should consider settling into some form of quiet domesticity and enjoying the stability of more traditional living. I am mindful of their words and consider them occasionally but remain unconvinced at this time, imagining it would feel similarly to caging a raptor. (lol) As to where I’ll head next…who can say quite where the wind will carry me and lay me down: that in itself is one the pleasures to always be revealed when drifting. I go where it is intended and meet who I am destined to meet along the way: all will be players on the stage of my life, and me an added extra in theirs. Let the story unfold!

        The Love Spell was enjoyed thank you, as too other posts posted as part of your self-imposed challenge, which is quite a feat in itself, and one I wish you well with. You must have a bottomless well of ideas to draw on…would that be your well or the moggies? Sometimes the best material we write is that which flows unimpeded by over thinking the text and letting it surprise us.

        You wrote: ‘I hadn’t considered flowers that have dark connotations – perhaps they would reflect my personality better than a sun-loving sunflower or a bright, exuberant daisy.’ Really Sammi or is that just a red herring and a veil to be worn by a writer? Personally, I imagine you to be someone who shines in both Moonlight and Sunlight and enjoys inspiration at opposite ends of the same spectrum. Quite a gift you are blessed with Sammi C.

        I may yet have a go at writing a line or two under the title The Listening Flower and fluttering the feather…I haven’t written anything since finishing the Merlin poem and really should if only to climb out of the narrative structure and embrace something different. You are very kind with your comments, thank you…it was definition of your name that actually gave rise to the title rather than it having been plucked from my brow…a mutual sharing of magic perhaps?

        Friday was thankfully rain free and adorned with a little warmth and sunshine. I am hoping that will last for a couple of days yet so that we all might endeavour to venture for adventure beyond confining castle walls and watery moats. I trust you will enjoy your two days of freedom away from whatever it is you might do Monday to Friday?

        Take care of you and the two crazy grimalkins!

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin,

        I hope this week finds you well. Sorry for the delay in replying…it’s just been one of those weeks lol. I imagine that you are enjoying the sunshine and warm, dry weather currently gracing the UK?

        I always got the impression that there was something kind of restive mixed in with the craziness of opium dens, unlike the moggy-induced craziness I am *blessed* with lol. Even though I have the two cats, everyone around me describes me as a dog person. My friends and family were very surprised when I got Bast and Khepri, and I think to a certain extent, so was I. But, they are irreplaceable and because of that I know in my heart that I am unlikely to have more cats, unless something drastic happens. As to dog breeds, as a family we’ve had all kinds of spaniels, so I do have a soft spot for spaniels, but then I’m a fan of pretty much any kind of big dog, especially if they’ve got a hint of wolf in them. I’ll just have to see what the future brings, and perhaps what dogs need rehoming in my area when I feel the time is right.

        It’s great to hear how eager you are to embrace change and the next chapter. There is something exciting and fresh about moving, whether its just moving home or moving to somewhere new entirely. A new page, full of possibilities. And also, to have no firm ideas as to where, again, that also holds a freshness free of expectations, that I had not considered before and reinforces the idea that anything is possible. So, I wish you well as destiny unfolds, and as you wander wherever and meet whoever you will. 🙂

        As to a bottomless well of ideas…I think I have the problem of often being too inspired and having too many ideas, instead of being able to concentrate on whatever it is I’m supposed to be working on at that moment. That’s why my computer, phone and notebooks are full of half-finished projects lol

        So have you been scribbling away at a poem or two? Or perhaps a story. I remember you once mentioned that you had an idea for a sci-fi novel…

        Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings for the rest of the week, Dewin. Take care!

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      • Hey Sammi,

        Ah, so you’ve had a busy week and been kept away from WP whilst endeavouring elsewhere…I wondered where you had disappeared off to. You sound happy, so I imagine all is well and your busy week successful. That’s great to hear. Indeed the weather has been warm, sunny and bright and brought smiles and good cheer to one and all…no doubt it eased your week as it did for most. I am still curious to know what you do between Monday and Friday jobwise, but I guess it’s your business and not mine to enquire.

        So you may be seeking a large dog with a spot of wolf included in the mix uh? Well that makes sense to me, I too couldn’t entertain the prospect of a yappy lappy little breed of dog (however charmingly cute) and if I had to choose would go for something bigger. I’ve been the owner of a Samoyed in the past, a beautiful and wonderfully passive breed of dog, so very gentle and sincere. They are however high maintenance what with all the bathing, brushing, grooming and specialist feed. I also took charge of a mixed breed dog one summer whilst at university….a Lurcher crossed with heaven only knows what other breed/s…called Taz, short for Tasmanian Devil. He lived up to his name and reputation, being totally mad, un-trainable, and as gently wild as one could imagine. He was so very loving. I recall he had a large perfect circle of black fur on his back, and so I called him Plato, which he answered to without hesitation. Taz arrived one morning around 6am after having scaled fences, walked across shed roofs, tightrope walked the tops of walls and broken into our student house through a window accidently left open downstairs. I awoke to his licks on my face and a furry paw pinning down each shoulder. I adored him from the outset and looked after him for three months with the owners permission. They worked extended hours and would leave Taz tied up outside in their garden for the duration of their 12 hour day. Needless to say, come the end of Summer I was devastated at seeing him go, knowing I’d never see him again as his owner was moving to Liverpool. I think about him a lot and hope he is well, happy and looked after properly. He was a dear friend. Shortly after Taz left, I was visited by the most exquisite black cat I have ever known who lived several doors down on the same row of terrace housing as I. She was oil-slick blue/black with emerald eyes and a lovingly affectionate temperament. She pretty much moved in with me for the remainder of my student year, and when she wasn’t in the house, she’d wait on the wall outside and fairly leap into my arms every time I saw her, often ignoring her owner to come and have a cutch with me instead. It felt wonderful to be so loved unconditionally. The curious aspect to all of this was that she appeared soon after I started to read a book called the Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings, which features a talking black cat with emerald eyes who leads the hero on a quest to reclaim a book of magic.

        I also recall the day I left the student house and had borrowed a car from my friend to journey with my possessions to Bedfordshire. It was a very stormy rain-drenched day, with high winds and low visibility. I’d parked outside the house to load up, and prior to leaving made the usual checks of the car to make sure all was in order, including checking oil and water levels. Having conducted all necessary checks I started the car and was about to set off, when the black cat jumped onto the hood of the car (during a thunderstorm) and refused to leave. Three of four times I got out of the car and gave her a cuddle as I set her down on a neighbours wall only to have her return to the bonnet of the car and stay there. On the last occasion I carried her to the wall I noticed that the bonnet locking mechanism bonnet was not properly engaged. I closed the bonnet securely and having one last cuddle with the cat drove away unimpeded. What is perhaps more curious still, is that whilst crossing the Severn Bridge a car some 200 meters ahead suddenly swerved violently across two lanes of traffic to collide with the safety railings after the bonnet blew open and obscured the drivers view. Of course, my mind raced to the events just prior to my leaving the house and the actions of that loving cat, who quite possibly saved my life. Amazing uh? It’s a true story without embellishment or lie.

        Transience does bring fresh opportunity, fresh sights and sounds, and the promise of paths crossing others. I do believe that all meetings between people are destined to happen and that chance serves no purpose. We meet who we are intended to meet and go where we are intended to go. I’ve no idea where i’ll head next, or where the call of the wild takes me. I know only that it’ll be purposeful on some deeper level and bring me into contact with those I am meant to meet. Invariably those people are not there for me, but I am meant to be there for them. Ce la vie as they say here in Wales 🙂

        As to being inspired Sammi, surely it’s far better to have half-written stories than to have none at all! At least you then have opportunity at a later date to return and finish rather than starting afresh each time.

        As for me, no I’ve not done any writing at all or considered any poems of late. My focus is on other matters at the moment….the writing is there to return to when it’s right to do so. I feel detached from any specific intention to write or do any art at this time. Perhaps that is something that will change in the near future, who knows. The sci-fi novel has a very vague blue-print but that is all, I’ve not progressed that either. I am apathetic at this time regards writing and don’t have the motivation. I wish you better luck and continued enjoyment.

        3am and I’m heading for Zzzzz, so will bid thee a good morning and catch up next time. Until then enjoy the sunshine. Take care.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin!

        How are you? I hope you are well and enjoying your bank holiday weekend 🙂

        I’m sorry I didn’t answer your question. I hope you’re not offended. Only, I’m a very private person and don’t feel able to post such “real life” things like that here on the blog for all the world to see, alongside everything else. That’s just the way I am. I hope you understand?

        Samoyeds are beautiful dogs, and Taz sounds like he was an amazing creature. No wonder you missed him when his owner took him to Liverpool. The black cat with emerald eyes…sounds like another amazing creature, and one that saved your life. I believe your story, wholeheartedly. Animals are so perceptive and aware and they can pick up on things that humans can’t or miss. And for her to be so determined to let you know something wasn’t right with the car…what a blessing 🙂

        “those people are not there for me, but I am meant to be there for them” – That’s a great way to view things, a very selfless way to view things. Something quite out of place in this modern world where many people are only looking out for themselves. You are so very kind 🙂

        That is very true, and I do try to return to unfinished projects, if I can, but sometimes it can be harder to pick up the dropped threads of a story than to start a new one. Or perhaps, that’s just my excuse, to allow myself to indulge in my liking for new tales and poems 🙂

        “My focus is on other matters at the moment” – I don’t know if this was to read as ominous as I read it, but I hope it’s not and that all is well with you and yours 🙂

        Posting comments on here at 3am – when do you sleep??? lol 🙂

        Always wishing you the Brightest of Blessings 🙂

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  7. Hey Sammi,

    Stirred by the merry chirp of songbirds and warmed by a flush of humid air, Sunday evening arrives to commence a new week but not end an extended weekend. Three days of bliss away from the coal-face…what a shame it doesn’t happen every week!

    How ya doing Sammi C? Hoping you’ve enjoyed Saturday and Sunday and will enjoy bank holiday Monday just as much. Regards your privacy, no I’m not offended at all, ’tis your business what is revealed and what you choose to hold close…curiosity always gets the better of me….it’s like when your posts change from ‘I’ to ‘we’….it just makes me wonder that’s all. There’s never a need to apologise to me…blogging friendships are built on firmer foundations than that 🙂

    Pleased to know you appreciated and accepted the truth in the story about the cat…being an animal lover yourself, and sensitive to the world intuited and not seen, I had reason to suspect you’d discern truth at the heart of the tale. No doubt you too would be able to relate to similar moments when animals and pets brought magic into your life and/or prompted you towards new discovery for yourself. Animals have that power because unlike the majority of human beings they have the capacity to give and receive love unconditionally. It is what truly separates them from us.

    I’m not sure it’s solely kindness that impels me to strive to be selfless, it’s more a sense of duty and responsibility driven by an innate desire to always want to help. It’s what all good wizards do, isn’t it? People tell me that I can sometimes be a little intense in how I go about helping….but I never involve myself un-necessarily or with any expectation for friendship o be reciprocated. It is normal for people I encounter to be distrusting of me, for many judge me either by their own standards or by experiences they have had previously. Love in whatever form it takes is not a common commodity in this world and people still distrust those who try to help and support. I am one of those people in life who is wholly independent and can survive for extended periods without requiring help or support, and I think people are distrusting of those that live and breathe outside of their traditional world view. To many I am an ‘outsider’, and people fear difference.

    Have you ever read ‘The Greatest Miracle In The World’ by OG Mandino? It is a small book I first read back in 1977 and returned to again in 1993 when the sequel ‘The Return of the Ragpicker’ was published. I think of these two books as finest treasures, and they have travelled with me for nigh on 80% of my life. I think there are other titles in the set, but I have never encountered those as yet. Perhaps one day they will find a way onto my bookshelf.

    I hear what you say about returning to unfinished stories, and acknowledge the fact one ‘moves on’ in ones thinking to become inspired or appreciative of something new. Returning can be problematic, and yet somewhere within what once was is often something that has been forgotten, a small seed still to be watered, nurtured and grown. Writing ahead in the Merlin poem for example meant that I had to back-pedal when thinking of images, and I found it very difficult indeed to occupy the same space in my thoughts to that which was present at time of writing months ago. I imagine many writers feel similarly to you, especially those who like yourself are inundated with ideas and constantly motivated to express what is current.

    “My focus is on other matters at the moment” – I don’t know if this was to read as ominous as I read it, but I hope it’s not and that all is well with you and yours I hope all will be well as well! I don’t mind idle distractions but when something kind of takes over my thinking I feel threatened by being so un-necessarily distracted. Suffice to say I have a loathing for selfishness and ignorance, and a considerable dislike of ego-centric behaviour and blatant disrespect. Should I start writing again shortly, then you’ll know that all is well….and if I don’t, then you’ll know that distraction prevails. Fingers crossed for the former.

    I am a wizard Sammi, and we keep very strange hours because time is not ours alone to decide what to do with it. The best magik occurs during the wee small hours when the Earth stills momentarily on the turn of another new day.

    Thank you as always for brightest blessings and best wishes. They are entirely reciprocated and added to with a dizzy dash of good luck and fair fortune! Take care of you and the Grimalkins.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin,

      I hope you are well and the start to your week has been an enchanting one.

      So you’ve noticed that my posts change from “I” to “we”…how very perceptive of you 🙂 I’m not sure anyone else has yet lol You’re far too observant! Of course, when I say “we”, it is the royal “we” I’m referring to 😉

      So you’re the Mary Poppins of the wizarding world 😉 Moving from place to place, helping people as you go. It might be a sense of duty and responsibility that drives you to help others, but I can’t help but see that in terms of kindness too. I can see why others might question your motives as it is very rare to find people willing to do something for nothing. Let’s hope that in time, the world will become a more compassionate, kinder place, filled with more people who are willing to help those who need it out of a sense of responsibility. I can see why you were moved to start gallybloggers 🙂

      I’ve never come across “The Greatest Miracle in the World” before. It certainly sounds interesting. And to have had such a book for so long (and to be able to recall when you first read it and then returned to it) it must mean a lot to you. I’m now wondering if I’ve had any books for 80% of my life…I suppose first I would have to work out how old I would have been 80% of my life ago and go from there…lol

      Wishing your the brightest of blessings for the rest of the week 🙂

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      • Good morning to you, the cats and the royal ‘we’ 🙂

        Thank you for replying as you do and for adding a little enchantment to the early part of my week. I do enjoy our discussions, our banter and our exchanges very much.

        The Mary Poppins of the wizarding world lol 🙂 That’s an awesome phrase. I’d contest its validity if not for the outsized umbrella I own that I have used once or twice, in a moment of youthful exuberance, to catch high winds and see just how far I could run and leap! I am not alone in my endeavours to help, many millions of socially minded and caring people do far more than I all over the world, and no doubt to far better effect than I as well. But there is as you say room for everyone to do more than live without compassion and kindness for their fellow man. I think we all carry the responsibility to be kind and supportive citizens, and all should share to some small degree a willingness to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I am no different to anyone else, but I am very sensitive to the needs of others, and to doing what I can with the meagre resources I have to offer help and support where it is needed. My involvement with Gallybloggers was motivated by a desire and a willingness to support, and makes best use of the limited resources I have at my disposal. My income is not sufficient so as to be able to afford financial contribution and donation, so I adopted a different role instead, and in so doing I can help a little, and I can participate in the lives of the Homeless, even with small effect, and encourage them to express and share with me their thoughts. Just to be a friend is sometimes sufficient to help initiate change or encourage trust back into lives where love and trust no longer really exist. And to be honest with you, it takes no effort to just sit and talk with someone and share a cup of tea costing 50p. What is returned is worth far more than money ever could be and to me this is what is more important in life. People have worth not value.

        Regards the book I mentioned…I recall the details clearly because it was my 10th year and I was due to start senior school at the end of it, and really didn’t want to go to the school I was expected to attend. I used to go the local library very regularly at that time, both to borrow books and to sit for long periods reading. The library would advertise new titles and have provide new letters on new releases or books that had received good reviews. It was one of these leaflets that referenced the book I mention and has me raiding the piggy-bank for money to buy it. Not sure why it appealed, maybe because it was the smallest book I had ever seen but had the biggest title I had ever known! maybe it was because I wanted a miracle so as not to have attend the school I had to attend. Either way, I managed to get a copy and loved the story of this mysterious stranger who brought wisdom, love and friendship with him to those he would meet and change lives before then departing in a puff of smoke. I found it a magical book and made promise to myself to keep it as a treasure. It is one of only a few items that I have held onto since childhood and I treasure it still. The other book mentioned, acquired in 1993…well there is a story there to be told as well, but not one I will share here, as I too have certain secrets to keep just for me. Had I been more attentive to its contents my life would have been very different to the way it turned out. But I was young and foolish and perused a different end only to discover years later what I should have considered then. We live and we learn as they say.

        Well I have no idea how old you are, and won’t dare ask for fearing of receiving a short reply written in capital letters and containing exclamation marks lol 🙂 But I doubt that you that old that you can’t remember your own age or remember what treasures you have hidden away from childhood days. My mum retains bits and pieces appertaining to my formative years, as too my sister, but I have very few possessions from that time I choose to keep. I hope you’ll fare better than I in that regard and find many more keep-sakes and memorable items than I. I guess because I have moved so many times over the years I have either cast-off or lost many items yet I’ve few memories remaining to suggest I had any real attachment to those items. I’m just grateful for the books and one or two other bits ‘n’ pieces that I own and still enjoy.

        Perhaps you’ll come across a trinket or treasure from a long time ago and share it here or in a story one day. A little bit of reminiscing never did anyone any harm, and it’d be good to add a snippet of detail to you Sammi without revealing the enjoyable mystery that is you. 🙂

        Thank you for best wishes for the remainder of the week. I trust you will also be blessed with good fortune, happiness and luck! 🙂

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Good evening, Dewin!

        How are you on this warm, sunny, summery evening? Well, I hope. 🙂 I also enjoy our discussions, banter and our exchanges very much. They add a dash of enchantment to the week. 🙂

        I’m so glad you liked the Mary Poppins comment. I was a little worried when I posted the reply; not everyone gets my sense of humour.

        Thanks for sharing your story with me. Libraries were special places; they’re not quite the same today. I visited one I used to frequent as a child a few years ago and was dismayed to see that there were far fewer books, the stacks having made way for computers. I know they provide a very valuable service, don’t get me wrong, but I was disappointed as I had gone in there for books. But there is limited space and limited resources, and computer access is probably more important today because so much is done online.

        I don’t expect you to share your secrets with me after my little “I’m a very private person” tantrum. lol Life looks very different when we’re young, and pivotal moments don’t necessarily appear as consequential as they ought. It reminds me of another discussion we had a few weeks ago about how one notices opportunities…

        “Well I have no idea how old you are, and won’t dare ask for fearing of receiving a short reply written in capital letters and containing exclamation marks lol” This had me in stitches. A couple of books on my shelves have been with me for a long time, and plenty have their own tales wrapped up with them. My copy of The Lord of the Rings, which I had from aged 10 – it is completely battered and falling to pieces, it’s been read so many time. I have read it at least once a year since then. Also I have a volume of Daphne du Maurier stories (Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek, Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel) that I was given around the same time, and which I love too, especially Jamaica Inn. Another book series that comes to mind is the Earth’s Children books by Jean Auel. It was my first summer at university and I walked into one of the bookshops in Aberystwyth and just saw this display of four books with the most amazing covers. I didn’t even read the back, just picked up a copy of each book in the series and bought them. I just knew I would love them, and this tied in to when I first realised that I actually wanted to be a writer, as a job. Up until this point, I had written only for myself, and that summer I sat down and wrote my first *complete* novel. I might have to see if I can dig it out just to compare to how I write now and see how far I’ve come…

        Brightest Blessings, Dewin. Have a great Friday! 🙂

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  8. Good morning Sammi 🙂

    Welcome to a bright and wonderfully sunny Monday morning and another new week bursting with anticipation to reveal its course and your destiny to you. I trust you (all) are well and thriving in beautiful warm weather: and with summers fervent promise paused ready waiting on the horizon. Some say it will be a sizzling summer so my fingers are crossed hoping such a notion will manifest.

    Thank you so much for a fun filled response. I enjoy our chats and sharing a smile as much as you, it’s enchanting. I enjoy too the snippets and insights into your moulding as an authoress: your love of writing fantasy, witchcraft and magic particularly. The stories we read, especially during our early years, and the books we were drawn to (and are still regularly drawn to) can be more influential than we might imagine. The characters, their stories, even their personal life situations find some small way to linger within us don’t they? Your battered, dog-eared highly treasured copy of LofTR for example (read since age 10, awww)…one of the greatest stories ever told: what keeps you going back to its thumbed much loved pages? What is the single impelling reason you repeatedly read it? What is the magic you find there? Who is your favourite female character? (Me I like Éowyn…her quiet steely strength, her depth of passion, he honest heart, her simplicity and vulnerability: she is a very human character to relate to…perhaps an anchor of some kind to the wildness of adventure.)

    The Jean Auel books are largely a mystery to me and I don’t recall ever having read the stories you cite. I do however recall seeing the book covers before and indeed on many occasions pausing to browse the images further. Certainly a prolific author! I am a great admirer of good fantasy art and certain of the covers are excellent…the panoramic visions and landscapes are especially hypnotic. Growing up in the 70’s there was a lot of fantasy artwork around, or at least it seemed that way at the time, and I grew quickly to like the work of artists like Jim Burns, Tim White, and Boris Vallejo. I still collect the odd book when funds allow but mainly my viewing is now online…digital rendering having replaced the mastery of intricate painting and spray-gun art. I will seek to acquire a copy of something by Jean Auel…perhaps you can recommend a title to be a good first port of call when exploring this new author. I have credits on Audible to treat myself to an audio copy, and will let you know what I think. Thank you.

    Certain books seem to mark landmark occasions in our life and appear to us when time is right for them to do so. I like the coincidence of your Aberystwyth book-shop story…you starting out at university seeking academic qualification when all along you harboured the writer inside you. Do you think in hindsight you’d have benefited more by taking a ‘Creative Writing’ degree instead of the one you did? Would it have made any difference to you had you done so? Perhaps it is an academic question to ask when you completed the writing of a novel in one summer! Good grief Charlie Brown, as Snoopy once said, that is an amazing achievement. (It took me 9 months to write the 10,000 words for the dissertation never mind writing a novel in 7 or 8 weeks!) Indeed you must dig it out of the archives Sammi and contemplate the change in your writing. It would be a fascinating and revealing exercise and without doubt fabulously rewarding. 🙂

    You wrote: ‘I just knew I would love them, and this tied in to when I first realised that I actually wanted to be a writer, as a job.’ Have you been successful in achieving your dream? I’m not probing, but would love to know you have been and still are living the dream! 🙂

    My apologies for a tardy reply. I’ve been off-line recently pursuing thoughts with the Merlin poem. Concluding the first story left a little hollow of sorts within me – a space once filled with the poem emptied when the last line was written – and personal time was needed to find something certain to fill it with. By the way, thanks for liking ‘Buckle Down’ (I’ve now added 7 Nations) Writing as Jake Sweeny (an artful scrounger lol) will open up all sorts of merry mischief making (in the nicest possible way of course) and offer opportunity to delineate storylines and tangible tales Master Scribe may have omitted or choose not to include in the final tale. A third person perspective is also a new toy for me to play about with, so it offers a challenge of sorts as well. Jake Sweeny is a ‘scrounger’…his business not dissimilar to that of James Garner’s character in The Great Escape, but I want him to be far darker and a little more mysterious than our Jim, after-all he is inhabiting a totally different world, one clung to the edge of darkness.

    A passing last thought. I have sticking keys on my computer keyboard and have been making frequent spelling errors wherever I tread. I thought at first I was losing the plot and the ability to spell (never been a strength of mine anyway) but it seems it was keyboard error all along. I can breath again safe in the knowing I was not fading away. Which begs the question, “Is it better to burn out than fade away?”

    On which note, I will fade away into the dawn and leave you to enjoy your toast or cereals. Have a wonderful day and a fantastic week. Take care.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin!

      How are you? Hope you’re well. Are you enjoying this blisteringly hot weather? You’re fingers are crossed for a sizzling summer? I’m praying for winter to arrive after the summer solstice passes lol 🙂 Ok, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but lots of sunshine at a few degrees cooler and I will be a happy bunny 🙂

      Why do I keep rereading Lord of the Rings? Ooo, there are so many reasons! Because it’s magnificent. Because each time I read it I noticed something I have missed before or have forgotten and that makes it almost new again. Because the characters are wonderful. Because many of the locations are captivating. Because I feel like I’m there, living the story. I often wonder if I could only visit one place in Middle Earth where would it be? Or meet one character, who would I chose? My favourite female character would also be Eowyn; she is strong, powerful, compassionate, clever and a warrior and exists in a space where others try to limit her (out of love for her), yet she overcomes. I agree, she is a very human character to relate to.

      Some of the Jean Auel covers are amazing – my favourites are the ones that have the Palaeolithic-style art on them. The Palaeolithic is one of the eras I find most interesting. First, I would check out some spoiler-free reviews of Auel’s books to see if they might interest you, as opinion on them is quite divided (a little like marmite) from what I can gather on goodreads. I wouldn’t want you to waste your audible credits on my recommendation if it turns out you would hate these books! If you do decide that they sound interesting, I would suggest you start with the first book, The Clan of the Cave Bear. I would definitely be interested to hear what you think to it 🙂

      Would I have benefitted from taking a creative writing degree? I don’t think so, and I wouldn’t change my geography degree for anything. I’m not even sure I would have done well on that sort of course. And this way, I at least got to develop my own voice and style, free of the restrictions of people saying you should do it this way or that would be better. Whether this is the right approach or not, I don’t know. I know my grammar could be better but I look at it this way: I can teach myself to fix some of it and the rest, well, if I ever get a novel accepted and published, the publisher will pay someone else to worry about that 🙂 lol

      Am I living the dream? I think it depends on what the dream is. Writing doesn’t provide me with a source of income, so in that sense, no, it’s not my job. Yet, I do love writing and I do acknowledge what I have achieved so far. Although I’ve been writing since uni, it is only since 2015 that I actually started to actively work on getting things published. I have over 30 publishing credits to my name in just over two years, and about 16 (I think…) of those are short stories in anthologies. And, hopefully by the end of the year, my first solo flash fiction collection will be released (to be published by Three Drops Press), called One Turn of The Wheel. Even if I achieve nothing else, I will be content with these little triumphs 🙂 It’s a dream to have people reading my work, even if it’s just on the blog 🙂

      I enjoyed reading Buckle Down and am looking forward to reading 7 Nations. I like the idea of outtakes and extras. When I first wrote the short stories for my Andromache Jones collection, The Fortune-Teller Detective (which is another project that is complete but waiting in limbo while I try and work out what to do with it), I wrote an “extra” for each story. Great idea to change perspective and keep the narrative of what was included in the poem separate from what you decided to leave out. Jake Sweeny sounds like a fabulous character – his own story sounds intriguing!

      Is it better to burn out or fade away? What a question! My answer is…well, I don’t know. I picked one and then the other, and then switched back, before changing my mind again. Only then did I realise I’m not sure. Fade away sounds far more slow and gentle, whilst burn out almost implies something far quicker and more intense…More thought is required, methinks!

      Wishing you the Brightest Midsummer Blessings 🙂

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  9. Hey Sammi,

    How are you? Hot, bothered, and warmed by this burst of heat or celebrating it as a joyous heat-wave? lol It sounds the former and of no surprise at all as you love autumn and the roll-over into winter. I love the sunshine: it’s the humidity that always stifles, I enjoy a dryer heat myself and feel less claustrophobic as a result – a little less like warm food wrapped up in Clingfilm and left cooking all day in a sealed lunchbox on the rear parcel shelf of a locked car – or feeling a little less like being on the inside of a Brazen Bull being slowly oven roasted by an evil overlord. Indeed, a little too arm. 🙂

    Thank you for a wonderful reply: newsy, jam packed with detail and comment…it made for a fascinating read. Firstly, thanks for advising on Auel and guiding me towards Goodreads etc for personal reflection. Sometimes it is worth taking a pot-shot at trying a new author – you seem enthralled – and discovering something to the liking. I have three credits waiting…it’s easy to fall behind with my listening when credits arrive each month and time is so restricted to enjoy them end to end…so rolling the dice is not a problem. If I purchase, I shall start with the book mentioned and perhaps we’ll have occasion to reflect on it here at a later time?

    Your voice comes alive with passion and pleasure when you talk of both LoTR and your writing…both are so inextricably interwoven into your life, both ‘devices’ tailored to suit the cut of your creative cloth and wordy disposition. Your love and deep interest in writing is as obvious as your talent. Reading your work it is difficult to accept you have been writing for publication for a relatively short time…the tall tally being testament to your skill, endeavour and prolific output. I have always enjoyed your imaginative writing….the weave of your wizard;s wave as Merlin might say and your energy and commitment. One Turn Of The Wheel – a great title for an anthology of flash fiction, perfectly descriptive – it sounds a treat to look forward to…you must be thrilled at your achievement! Clever girl! 🙂 I am still waiting on news of the novel being published as well? 🙂

    In regard to the question of degrees…I respect the approach you have to your writing, it is honest and sincere and I can understand and appreciate that. I can also understand why it has been retained as a cherished pleasure since Uni and how it has escalated to become almost central in your life. I got to wondering if you were encouraged to start writing, if there was a significant individual who believed in your ability and promoted your interest and passion further? Like great books that enthral us, I think sometimes there are great people who do so as well. I am just curious to ask. Thanks 🙂 You’ve spoken before of the value, nay worth, of obtaining the Geography degree and its importance both as a time and place in your life and as academic achievement of course. I recall you share a close affinity with the land and found immense pleasure in exploring it through the degree itself. Your love of the landscape influences your storytelling…your settings are always shifting, lifting, moving and changing as you build relationships to and with them and the characters you portray. It creates realism and depth and has the reader engage and immerse within the story. I think of my animation degree and ask what value and worth it provided. And I would like to think it had something to do with reflecting on ‘the illusion of life’, although I have no idea where that thought goes, but in some way it linked to Geography…perhaps by way that Geography is empirical, theoretical, logical, nature natural, spiritual and mystical. It somehow presents a summation of animation: the story, hand production, sequencing, watching, engagement and immersion in the illusion of the empirical.

    Your description of Eowyn is excellent. I had not appreciated the full extent of her ‘entrapment’ through love, but upon reflection I can see that in her. would you suggest that her ‘infatuation’ with Aragorn was borne from desire to escape the confines of Rohan or borne from love? Does her ‘partnership’ with Faramir result from a marriage of convenience, sealing two Kingdoms, or arise through Love?

    Thank you for visiting my Blog and providing comment on the work of Jake Sweeny. I am not certain where I am going with him as a character, but he will have his uses or he’d have not popped up in the tale 🙂 He offers a different perspective and chance to write some back-stories to the characters as well, perhaps more as notes to me as well as adding angle to the tale. Glad you liked the artwork, it took a while to get the pieces photographed, posed, poised, composed, and composited, so your appreciation is most welcome. I have been thinking of cover illustration for Book 1 of the Wizard of Wands. It’s a while off completion yet, I’ve not really started with the self-publishing thing yet, but I have a few ideas. I think simplicity and being selective would work better than something complex. Ideas are slowly forming but the writing has to come first at this time whilst the energy to do so is there lol 🙂 The Muse likes to flog me to death, and Merlin is a task master, so together I am kept both honest and sincere, on track, on time, and on schedule. But I must get more done more quickly. On which note I sat for an age last night adding and editing the proposed storyline. I have to remain flexible with it but need anchor points to write to. Last night was about setting anchor points but not boundaries on how they will manifest: that’ll be down to the Soothsayer to decide at time of writing. (Thankfully, Merlin will be there to advise)

    Good luck with thinking more on the ‘burn out or fade away’ question. I went with fade away after burning out. It suggests that one can have a riot in life and still continue to party-on slowly to a fading demise lol 🙂 Every night should be lived like it was the weekend 🙂

    Before I head off to Zzzzz…I’ll leave another question: this a little dark and macabre. If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be? Do you have a fantasy death scenario? Hmm, something to ponder…outside of the peaceful and restful yet mundane answer, the options are infinite, and perhaps dependant on the activity being undertaken at time of departure? I’ve got my thinking cap on, we’ll trade notes.

    Wishing you a pleasant end to your evening and happiness for the week ahead. Sweet dreams for when you get there.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin,

      I hope your Midsummer’s Day was full of Midsummer blessings 🙂 As to the weather: it’s the humidity I dislike. Sunshine and a gentle breeze and I’ll happily enjoy the summer 🙂

      If you do decide to pick up one of Auel’s novels I would *love* to discuss your thoughts on it 🙂 Thanks to this little chat about the series, I’ve just started to reread The Clan of the Cave Bear, myself. It’s been a couple of years since I last read these books, so I think its high time for a revisit 🙂

      “You’re love and deep interest in writing is as obvious as your talent.” You are far too kind and far too generous, but thank you 🙂 I’m also glad that you enjoy my imaginative writing 🙂 So pleased that you like the title of One Turn of The Wheel. It’s a collection of flash fiction pieces inspired by witchcraft, folklore, myth and legend, that are set at different times of the year, though the era itself changes. I still can’t believe the publisher was interested in it enough to want to publish it…

      As for the novel I was working on, it will be sometime before you hear anything about that. I had thought that I was happy with the length. It currently is only around the 53,000 word mark which is all right for a short novel and many small presses do accept novels of that length. However, for the genre it falls into, it needs to be at least 80,000 words if I want a shot at getting it traditionally published, which I realise I do. So I’m facing a bit of a conundrum over what to do…

      “The illusion of life.” That’s very interesting and very deep. Life is, to some degree, an illusion. We only see what we want to see, and project what we want others to see. Also I guess, animation is about layering (is it? This is really quite beyond the scope of my knowledge, lol) and life too is full of layers that come together to build the whole, though we don’t necessarily register each layer, only the sum of the parts. Which is like geography and landscape evolution 🙂

      I imagine that Aragorn would appear a very charismatic and attractive choice to anyone, especially one in Eowyn’s position when she first meets him, because he is a symbol of hope. But does she love him? For the time they are in Rohan, I think she does, though perhaps it’s a more whimsical, childish form of love, and of course, she wants to be in love. However, I don’t think it’s until she is recuperating in the Houses of Healing in Gondor that she begins to understand that it wasn’t true love. Healing in both mind and spirit alongside Faramir, something that brings them close together, especially when it’s his care for her that brings her out of the darkness she has fallen into, allows her to see that. Theirs is a relationship of shared experience, compassion, companionship as well as heartfelt emotion. So, Eowyn’s marriage to Faramir is one of love, a deep love, I think. I’m not sure that it would be in Eowyn’s nature to do very much out of convenience, especially if there is a chance that her wings may be clipped even further, and marriage would possibly present such an outcome, unless she married a man who loved her enough, and was strong enough, to allow her the freedom that she craves.

      Well it sounds like you’ve got your planning process sorted 🙂 And your Muse and Merlin will ensure you are doing what, and going where, you must. I agree, characters pop up for a reason, and it’s fun having a few moments to explore the background of main characters outside of the restrictions of the main storyline. Not to mention, it maintains your readers interest between books 🙂

      A fantasy death scenario? :-/ Wow! What a question! One, I must say, I’ve not given much thought to. But for the purpose of our often enlightening discussions, I will ponder on it and see where it leads…So what are your thoughts on this? I’m *dying* to know lol

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Dewin. Brightest Blessings 🙂

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