What the Nature Spirits (Elves, fairies, more) want us to know:

Having recently read The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird and having also re-read The Secret Life of Nature by Peter Tompkins I find this most interesting. I recommend sceptics read the two mentioned books before dismissing it.

Messages from Mother (TM)

[This list came as a very specific request from the Elves and Nature Spirit realms a week ago. They have asked me to distribute this. Thus I am. You are invited to share it also. xoxox]

What the Nature Spirits (Elves, fairies, more) want us to know:

  • They can’t stand leaf blowers. Lawn mowers are loud enough.
  • They ask that we PLEASE leave wild spaces on our properties. Even small corners. Respect these spaces as theirs’.
  • You are welcome to gift them with tobacco and sparkly things. But please leave them on the edge of their wild spaces and not come in.
  • They are wiser than humans.
  • They have been around longer than humans.

  • They want us to know they exist.
  • They are waiting for us to remember who we are and how we are meant to be in sacred balance with them, and all other sacred beings here on…

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Silver Fire

Any book by Freya Pickard is worth reading, especially if you enjoy Fantasy with a difference. Better still – this one is FREE so what’s to lose?

Dragonscale Clippings

Silver Fire is Volume One in my epic fantasy series, The Kaerling. It’s FREE!
When Otta finds Weird Stones on Weird Day, she is tasked with following the unicorn’s trail by an invisible yet powerful presence in the Shrine.
Her twin brother, Erl, loses his memory whilst hunting and can remember very little. Although Otta seems familiar, he cannot recall who she is.
Banished from their home and village, Otta and Erl follow the unicorn’s trail, seeking to evade those sent to pursue them. As they travel further away from home, their characters change and both must overcome the evil within them if they are to stay together.
In this volume, I explore how memory defines us. This narrative thread is not resolved by the end of the book but will continue into subsequent volumes. Erl’s loss of memory puts a strain on the twins’ relationship and Otta discovers that…

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I would like to share with you my Haiku that appeared on Pure Haiku yesterday under the topic ‘Ocean’.


Wind-whipped white horses
gallop atop the wild waves.
Spume-wraiths pound the shore.
Elizabeth Leaper 2018

Elizabeth Leaper loves words and the sounds they make; she just hasn’t decided on the best way to use them yet!

The imagery these words convey struck a chord with me – I particularly love the last line.
This haiku is part of my OCEAN series.

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How to Make an Old Plot New

Having been out all day with little time left to write something myself I am re-blogging this as it may be of interest to my writer friends.

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

Plots have been recycled ever since stories have been told, reusing themes like sacrificial death, the poor becoming rich, the ugly becoming beautiful, and other archetypes. Even great works like those of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can be traced to other influences, ideas, and concepts, but how do you make an old plot new? How do you avoid making it seem like fanfiction or a warmed-over version of something that’s already been done?

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warm enough
to thaw frost
but not my un-gloved


confetti. Trees
cast their riches.
Nature’s blessings on Autumn

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I love Autumn with its richness of colour. Coming up through France, back to the UK after seven weeks away, I admired the autumn trees and felt sure I would have missed the ones back home. I was thrilled to discover all was not lost, there is still plenty to see, plenty of leaves yet to fall. Golden in the sunlight they seem to fall like confetti.

Are You Invested in Your Book?

I’m back, but not yet ready to write so just thought I would share this with you. Would be writers read and take note, it’s a bleak outlook but sadly holds much truth! The writing is the easiest part. There is no easy way to getting published and selling books.

A Writer's Path

by John Briggs

When you finish writing your book, few people will doubt you’re committed to your writing. You’ve spent months or years putting it on paper, and hopefully poured your heart into every word. If the work is personal enough, you’ve invested a great deal of yourself. If nothing else, you’ve invested your time and talent.

But now that it’s done, are you truly invested in making your book a success?

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Write Your Way To Success in the Literary Industry

Another excellent article for my writer friends.

A Writer's Path

Are you interested in becoming a writer? Well, the bad news is that you’re about to enter an incredibly competitive industry. The good news is that there are ways to make things a little easier for you, ensure that you do stand out and who knows, maybe even get a publisher. The first step is making sure that you pick the right genre and subgenre for your book.

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Six Sites That Pay For Flash Fiction and Poetry

This is not one of my usual blogging days but my writing friends may be interested in this article.

A Writer's Path

by Robert Turner

List is current for July 2017.

If like a lot of struggling authors you are desperate to get your work sold, why not downscale a little? Try your hand at writing flash fiction or short stories.

The sites listed below will pay you for your submissions if they are accepted, you’ll get yourself published and you might even be able to afford ribbon for your typewriter.

The sites vary in their submission requirements, so do spend the time looking through these carefully before you submit. Up to 20 percent of submissions don’t comply and get binned immediately. The links will take you to the submission pages.

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Cover Draft

I posted a preview of my cover draft on Simply Elfje today.

Simply Elfje

Simply Elfje Book Cover Draft

So here it is at last – the draft cover for my Simply Elfje book, I hope you like it. It is not fully finalised yet and I may play with the colour scheme a bit – my aim is to reflect the theme of the blog and now I see it here this is a bit too blue at the top!

The book itself is also progressing well and will soon be somewhere near ready to submit for printing. As I mentioned before, this is a whole new learning process as I have never used CreateSpace before. There have been a few glitches along the way but I am getting to grips with it now so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly from here on. It won’t be long now!

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