Following Dreams, Living in the Moment

The Alchemist : Paulo Coelho : 9780062355300The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy ...

A very special friend gave me a copy of Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, The Fox, and the Horse for Christmas.  I have, as she suggested, dipped in and out of it since, but read it in order and in full today.  It followed on the heels of reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.  It too was a product of a kindness, as one of my readers made the very generous comment that she saw a similarity in my writing style and Coelho’s.

I was amazed at the similarities in the philosophy and sentiment of both books.  “Follow you dreams,” and “Make the most of the present moment” resound through both works.

In this time of isolation, and confinement, following dreams may well seem impossible.  But, not if the second principle is followed.  I have works I had wanted to read, and stories I have wanted to tell.  What better time than this to do so?

I have commented before, that in this time, I feel very much closer to my late wife, even as I am more cut-off from others.  I am having time to “relish the moment” when I prepare recipes she enjoyed, and admire the decorations in the home we made together.

So as both Coelho and Mackesy suggest, love does fill one’s life.  Let’s use this time to thank those who are dear to us, and to reiterate our love for them.

To Sophie and Christine, thank you for the love you have shown me.


Rounding Up The Once Crimson Crispina


Teresa Grabs has challenged us this week to: “shine the spotlight on another blogger. Sometimes people have difficulty seeing their own talent, and this is a way to boost the WP community. Write a post that spotlights another blogger.”

It was not difficult for me to immediately come up with my fellow East Anglian, Crispina Kemp to write about.  Crispina hails from the East Norfolk coast, and her photography and writing often capture the uniqueness of the coast and Broads near her Great Yarmouth home.

Her blog, Crispina Kemp the blog: Myths, legends, history, poems, photos… a creative miscellany, does all that it says on the tin and more.  Within her posts you will find samples of her own imaginative fiction, insightful poems, and features such as Sunday Fungi – quality photos of mushrooms, and kindred species.  Her photography really is impressive.  Within her posts you will also find creative writing prompts based on photos of her travels.

In addition to her blog-work, Crispina is a novelist, with a passion for fantasy writing.  Her Spinner’s series is now being published (Crispina Kemp on Amazon), and I look forward to the full series release.

Do pay her blog a visit, I am sure you won’t regret it.




Bed, Four Poster, Luxury, Bedroom

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

For some blogging is like being nude –

You expose your hidden self.

For others it’s like when the lights come on –

You try to evade with stealth.


Some blogs are factual, others mere jest,

Some rude, erotic, or obscene.

Some try to keep their words romantic,

Always wholesome and clean.


There is no saying which blog genre’s best –

Like this very post – which is beyond my usual daily-three,

I guess it must be romantic then –

What else could a four-poster be?



FOWC with Fandango — Nude

Padre’s Rambling: A Haibun


Though he was a “low churchman,” and preferred “brother” to any other title, the men of the battalion still tended to address him as Padre.  In time he came to recognise it as a term of endearment and respect, and as such he accepted it and then gradually adopted it.  Padre would wander among the troops telling stories, answering questions, and yes – giving spiritual guidance.  Though the uniforms may now be gone, the ramblings and mission still remain.

Padre – the chaplain

Observant through life rambles

Enlightening flock




Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 14th 2019, your penname or blogname

July Writing Projects Update

Bk 4 The Cousins Tales

The Locket and The Rosemen Tales are coming along, and I am now smoothing some continuity points. In addition, The Cousins Tales has been making demands on me to pen segments, even though it was envisioned to be the fourth book of the series. It may well end up racing ahead of the Dunes Wars prequel. While Wai Yen was originally intended to be the central character, the Elf twins, Arun and Uran are demanding sizable portions of the storyline, and Omar, a reluctant participant in the tale, is starting to tie sections of the plot together.

As The Locket nears completion, I am once again seeking cover advice from you all.  Please find three possible covers below please let me know your thoughts on each, and any preferences.


Thanks again for the support.



“I Am A Writer . . . ” Concept Prompt

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source: Mark Adams

How is this for a concept for a new “reality” television programme? A group of poets and novelists are stranded in a jungle encampment and must undergo a series of “bush-craft” challenges in order to secure their freedom and the opportunity to return to their beloved typewriters. I think a good working title would be “I am a writer, expedite my departure.”

What are your suggestions for a title or alternative rules?  Might it include writing challenges, or the eating of non-four and five-star cuisine?  I would love to know your ideas.

Alternatively, use the opportunity to write a short story about the events of an episode of the programme. Really it’s up to you – just have fun with it.


Please share this with anyone who might enjoy the challenge, and do cite this post so others can see your ideas in the ping backs.

Sunshine Blogger


I would like to thank LIBARAH for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I really appreciate the kindness of both the nomination and your support for my blog.

As part of the process, Libarah has asked the following questions:


1. Whom you are close to more Mom or Dad?

It is far too difficult to answer this one, as each has their own special place in my life.  But I am also separated from both of them by so many miles, that the relationships are not all I would hope them to be.

2. What is your favorite food?

I am a fish fan, and really enjoy dishes like gumbo.

3. Who is your idol of life?

As cliche as it might seem, I do have to say Jesus, though I am far from being a mirror of His model.

4. What do you consider your greatest weakness to be?

I am easily wearied, and procrastinate all too much.

5. What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day is one where I can lie in, and cuddle my wife, and just soak in any quality time together.

6. Do you consider yourself a good friend?

I try to be.  I think I am loyal, and strive to be kind and supportive.

7. What is your favorite thing to do?

I like good food, and the company of good friends.

8. Have you ever been heartbroken?

Yes, and dread when it shall come again.

9. Would you rather be rich or famous?

This is another difficult question as, I really don’t aspire to either. I would rather be loved and happy, than wealthy or famed.

10. What does the meaning of  love to you?

Love is to surrender yourself to the good and happiness of another or others.

11. What makes you feel most loved?

Being accepted for who I am, despite my flaws and shortcomings.



The Sunshine Blogger Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

My Nominees:


Sewskimo Gertz

Perfect Chaos

Santé Bon Viveur

The Questions:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. Has it achieved what you hoped?
  3. What role does faith play in your life?
  4. Would you rather be an important person or a respected one?
  5. What things are the most important in a friendship?
  6. What one thing would you change about yourself?
  7. What is your favourite film?
  8. And what is your favourite book?
  9. If you had to give up the book or the movie, which would it be?
  10. What recipe brings back childhood memories?
  11. What would be willing to risk for one you love?




The Track Set

three line tales, week 145: a steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct

photo by Jack Anstey via Unsplash

We really knew Granddad had too much time on his hands,

when he dug up the garden and constructed a valley like water feature;

just for his model trains.





  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

The Porter’s Bag


Abbey Gate, Bury St Edmunds


Brother Dominic had been Porter at the priory for nearly 18 years, now. He was proud (if that wasn’t too much of a sin) of the work he did. He was responsible for the dual role of welcoming pilgrims to the monastery, but also of securing it from the influences of the world.

All that stood between the holy sanctuary within and the sinful chaos without was the rough wooden gate, and himself.

Forty years before, he had entered that same gate himself for the first time. He was only ten then, an average farm lad but with a religious disposition. He was brought here by the village priest after his mother had died, and he was to become a novice. His worn clothes really not much more than rag, but now he would get a warm habit, and regular meals.

And novice he had become, then a full brother of the order. He was keen to help, and kept “the Rule” as well as any. He was rewarded for his efforts when at 32 he was appointed keeper of the gate.

That’s all there was to it, really. He had a cell in the gatehouse, and a small office. Three younger brothers assisted him. Days had become routine, but he liked the regime. Early prayers, breakfast, and mass which were followed by duties at the gate. Then more worship, vespers, and to bed. But within this routine, he had important duties. Dominic as the Porter was keeper of the keys. All of the keys! Every gate, storeroom, and door was in his charge.

A key at a time might be issued out to his subordinates, but the bag on his hip was sacrosanct. Only the Porter could lay hands upon it. Only he knew all which it contained. This was a point of envy (if such is not too much a sin) among his assistants.  They longed to have control of the bag, and to know all of its secrets.

Dominic smiled to himself as he thought of the curiosity of the younger monks about his bag. Still smiling he closed the door of his office and withdrew the flask of wine from the his mysterious bag.


This story was prompted by the challenge on The Secret Keeper’s page to use five prompt words to create a poem or story. This week’s words were:


The Arrow

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Hugh notched the shaft.  William had ordered the archers to shoot above the shield wall.   “What a daft thing to do,” he thought to himself, “It’s not how they told us to do it back in Falaise. But the Duke’s the Duke.”

As the battle raged before him, Hugh’s stomach grumbled. It wasn’t because of fear or anxiousness, but merely because breakfast on the beach that morning seemed so long ago.  It rumbled again as he strained to pull the string taut and waited for the command to “loose.”

When the order came, Hugh let the goose fletched rod fly. It arched upwards over the heads of the Saxons and their wall of shields. As it began its descent, drawn by the irresistible force of gravity, it found Harold’s unexpecting eye; England’s fate changed forever.



Here is a challenge from Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt



The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.