My first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’ is now available!

My poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’ is now avaliable for download as an eBook on Amazon 😀 Please download if you have a Kindle/appropriate software, only £2.99 🙂 🙂

So please have a read and let me know what you think! The buzz I’m feeling from getting published really is unreal right now 🙂

P.S. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download a free app on that page – for phones, tablets or computers 🙂


Weds poetry prompt: ‘Bottled Sunlight’ (‘You should’ poem prompt)

Didn't think I'd find a pic on Google images that captured the title so perfectly!
Didn’t think I’d find a pic on Google images that captured the title so perfectly!

Another week, and another poetry prompt from the Writer’s Digest site (see page here), once again a day late 😛 But I digress – the prompt this week was to simply write a ‘You should’ poem, and this is what resulted from my grey matter. This kind of ended up being me giving advice to myself, I guess – a few things have gotten me down this week, but knowing I had a day to just chill and write today was keeping me going; I suppose this is somewhat the result of these feelings. Hope it’s motivational for others too! Enjoy…

Bottled Sunlight

You should take every chance,
Snatch each of the sunny days
And bottle that light up tight
For days when it’s needed the most.

You should pursue the dreams
That keep blackness at bay
And force out the doubters
That threaten your burning vision.

You should not stay in a place
Where your voice is met with silence
And your passion is paid no mind,
To stay is to let it turn to bitter poison.

You should stare fear in the face
And fight against the ‘however’,
Obliterate all the nagging ‘buts’
That hold back wishes of the heart.

You should find the courage
To take control of the roaring fire
That sparks your deepest desires,
And forge your way in this frightful land.

You should make life your own
In spite of the struggle and strife
And tread with no trailing fear
With head held up to an infinite sky.

Weds poetry prompt: The Nightmare Before Christmas (‘Movie’ poem prompt)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

So yesterday’s prompt on the Writer’s Digest site (see here) was to write a movie-inspired poem. After a bit of deliberation and cursory glance at my DVD collection, I decided to write one about the age old question of whether Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie, as I’d been talking about this with my other half the other day when I saw an article where the director had answered the former. This poem is my thoughts on the issue – what do you think, dear reader? Enjoy the poem either way 🙂

The Nightmare Before Christmas

It’s an argument endured year after year,
When that classic film should be seen
That caused so much childhood fear,
The age old dilemma – Christmas or Halloween?

Yes, no one can quite really decide
If Jack Skellington’s spooky tale
Is one you simply must watch at Yuletide,
Or rather the night ghouls and ghosts prevail.

The director squarely insists on the latter,
Some may say with perfectly good reason,
But, truly, does it even really matter
When to watch it, or for which season?

For it is a story that can be spun
On both or either holiday alike,
After all, when all is said and done
It will still please the little tykes.

So please, let us all now just agree
That ‘both’ is the best answer
And enjoy a classic either way.

The Proper Reem Journal of Joey Essex (writing from the perspective of someone you HATE!!)

This is a piece I wrote for an exercise for the writing group I attend, which I made reference to in a previous post (see here). The idea was to write a piece that is from the perspective of someone you HATE – be it someone you personally know, or a famous person. I opted for the loathsome specimen known as Joey Essex, however through writing it was interesting to see how I found myself sympathising with him in some ways! Anyway, dear followers and fellow writers viewing this post – I would like you to give this exercise a try yourself too! (linking back to this post, if you don’t mind ;-)) Will be interesting to see what others come up with. Anyway, without further ado, I present to you:

The Proper Reem Journal of Joey Essex

Some people reckon I’m a bit thick. And, y’know, I guess I know where they’re coming from and that. I ain’t the sharpest knife in the shed. Continue reading

The Mist of Madness (‘Spooky’ poem prompt)

Just a little poem that came from a prompt on the Writers Digest website; a couple of weeks late on this one, in fact (see post here:

Halloween is approaching however so I thought I’d give this ‘write a spooky poem’ prompt a try. Enjoy 🙂

The Mist of Madness

They say loneliness is the worst part
Of being surrounded by the dark.
With no voice of reason to guide
And no stubborn non-believers
To pry us from our paranoia.

The merest whisper of noise
Or even the slightest stir,
Becomes an invisible menace
To a mind that fears the worst,
But would still embrace the chill.

They secretly want to find them
The spirits that hide in the dust,
Skeletons that rattle in the storm,
The beasts that howl and scream
To the darkest side of the moon.

For they were all like you, once.
Lost souls roaming a cruel maze,
Sinking into a life-sucking swamp
That stole their sight and senses,
Condemned to an eternal blindness.

Companionship is the only comfort
In this house of horror and hysteria.

How to write realistic, three dimensional characters

This is a little piece I prepared for a local writing group I attend regularly, part of a workshop about the subject of writing three dimensional characters. I hope people find it useful 🙂

How to write realistic, three-dimensional characters

So, how does one go about writing their characters as three-dimensional and realistic? You could have the greatest idea for a story ever, an epic so amazing and sprawling that it makes Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter seem piddling in comparison; but this could all fall flat if your characterisation skills are not up to snuff. This is ultimately what makes a story engaging and a real ‘page-turner’ – the characters themselves. As American science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury quite rightly says, “Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations”. [1]

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