Wild & Improbable Tales – Map of Days

She looked at me with earnest, curious eyes. "Where did you get them, Grandmother?" "Oh, they came from all over. From different times and places, different moments and feelings. I carved them from tears and laughter, joy and worry, time and remembering. Each is as precious to me as the last because they show I [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Dream Catcher

Your fairy tales have it all wrong. I am the Master of the Spindle and I spin not from straw but from magic. My silks are not of gold but of stardust. I spin nets to catch dreams from the night and jewels from the morning air. I spin swathes of silken lace fine enough [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Prayer

Dawn mist creeps up the valley, diffusing the gentle warmth of early day across the ochre earth. The Adhan dances from mountain to mountain, carrying softly, coaxingly through the still, sleepy air. I am a stranger in this land but it calls me still. A tender hand on my brow, my shoulder, welcoming me home. [...]

Indie Author Life: Getting The Word Out

Dear readers, I still can not describe to you the joy of knowing my work is out in the world. The thrill I get when I see the little book I put so much of myself into in the hands of others. It is a dream come true and I am so grateful for all [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – This Too Shall Pass

Frost clings to the ground. The cold still holding the world in its grip. Breath plumes in clouds from the mouths of passersby and tears freeze on cheeks. These are the days of deepest sorrow. But look - there - a glimmer in the blackness. A gleam of starlight reflected in ice, the twinkle of [...]

What It Is To Thrive

Well, friends. Here we are at the end of another year. It's been nearly two months since I last posted anything on here and what a two months it's been! I suppose there have been two major events since my last post: I had fairly significant. abdominal surgery (thankfully all successful and will hopefully mean [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Play On

The record had played itself out hours ago but it spun tunelessly on. The rhythmic scratch and bump of the needle a counter point to their slow and steady breathing, whispering through the quiet dark. No words passed their lips, no flitting shadow broke their gaze. Gentle fingers on warm skin was all the language [...]

Achieving the Impossible – The NaNo Adventure

With November fast approaching and another #preptober well underway, it occurred to me that I never did write anything about my experience of completing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last year. I've watched from the sidelines for many years as writers all over the world took the plunge - I even create a NaNoWriMo account [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Unseen

He passes, unseen, through the early morning market. Cloaked in shadow, slipping between the stalls, none mark him for what he is. Only the dead eyes of the morning's catch notice that he is more than shade - but their time for talking is long gone, and so it doesn't matter. Even he doesn't know [...]

#WriteUpJuly – Week 4 (and a bit)

I can't quite believe July has been and gone (where is the year disappearing to?!). Before I share my final round up post for week 4 (and a bit) of the #writeupjuly challenge I want to give a huge shout out to the lovely Emily Morgan of Write Up for hosting it. It's been a brilliant challenge to [...]