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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