When The Best You Can Do Is Breathe

I am on a journey, for which there is no map. Others have walked similar routes, but none has been quite the same, nor will they be. I am trying to record what I am learning as I make my way through this journey, but there is only so much I can share. On a day when feelings have come out sideways, as four letter words, I offer this. I don’t pretend to speak for anybody else with these words, they are simply my notes. Continue reading

An Unintended Eulogy: On Saying Goodbye

The fondest farewells linger long in the memory of those who are present. Freddie Kemp was a dear friend to me and many others, and well-known locally as somebody who would not let anything get in his way. He passed away suddenly on the 27th of November, which explains the radio silence here. The world has not been quite the same since he left. Continue reading

Latest news on ‘Stones in the Road’ and thanks

Dear friends,

Thank you to all those who supported Stones in the Road on the first day. Seventeen physical copies have been pre-sold, and so far four digital copies have been sold. This is quite a ride. I must say that if somebody had sat me down seven years ago, and said ‘You can’t see the reason for this now, but one day you’re going to write a book out of this experience’ I would not have believed them.

As I watch things fall into place, and hear people’s kind words about the poems, I can do little more than bow my head in gratitude. It is a gift to be able to do this, and share some of the journey with you through the poems. Yesterday, I collected the first couple of physical copies, and I still can’t believe it.

I’ll post again on Friday, because there’s more news, and a date for your diaries.

Thanks for your support,


Announcing Stones in the Road

Hi, friends.

I hope you are well. The past week has been a flurry of frenzied activity. Alongside starting my Masters in Professional Writing, I have begun the groundwork for a project which will be here sooner than you think.

All being well, I plan to launch the e-book Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth on the 13th of October. I chose the date as it is designated as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer is the only stage at which the disease is ultimately fatal.

Pricing information will follow, and I will explain the title and the story behind the project in two later posts leading up to the launch. I intend to sell the e-book to raise funds for Stage IV breast cancer research, donating all monies to METAvivor.

For further updates on the project, please like Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth on Facebook.

I’m also tweeting about the project.

If you’re interested in taking part in a promotional blog tour for the e-book, please contact me through one of the above means, or leave a comment below. I’m looking forward to taking you with me on this journey.


Thoughts on joy

Hi, friends.

I’d hoped to offer something more along the lines of an essay, but instead this spilled forth.  It is a heartfelt attempt to articulate my state of being at this moment.

This is Bliss

I live in the midst of relentless joy
Which shows no sign of abating
Only deepening with each new day.
Beyond contentment, this is bliss.

Peace crept in;
A softly spoken stranger
Now my constant companion.
At last, at long last, I am free.

I had been encumbered
By chains I’d made for myself
Walking in forbidden places,
Thinking thoughts reserved
For the darkest of moments.

Now, all that slips away,
I flex my wings and test.
Yes, they will hold.
And this will remain

Thank you for following along with me through this journey.