An anniversary, and new work…

Three years ago today, I celebrated the launch of Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth with family and friends at The Melting Pot Café, Redruth. Since then, events transpired which left me at a loss for words. From within that storm, I found these. I’m still finding my way out, but I will be back.  My thanks to Jon Duncan for his encouragement, and eagerness to help me share this piece with the wider world.

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Thriller author Mark Tilbury reviews ‘Stones in the Road’

I’m delighted to share the latest review of Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth

Mark Tilbury writes:

This collection of poems is Casey’s journey through difficult periods of grief.

Putting words down on paper can help in many situations, and here trying to cope with her loss, Casey is eloquent and honest. Her emotions fill the pages, and at times it is quite difficult to read. There are a range of emotions. Grief, anger, but at times also some hope that life can become more manageable again.

I believe that this collection of poetry could be a useful support for people in similar places of loss and grief. I’ve seen other accounts of illness and grief written as biographies and aimed at people going through the same things. They are selling well are getting their cause more exposure. I hope this book can do the same.

Mark Tilbury is a thriller and mystery writer, who blogs regularly at his website http://www.marktilbury.com. His début novel, The Revelation Room is available now. Further details can be found on his website.

Latest review of Stones in the Road

My inbox has been full of surprises over the last couple of days. In March I submitted a Review Request to The Online Book Club so that they could take a look over Stones in the Road  and potentially help me reach a new audience. 

I wasn’t sure how long this would take, especially seeing as I could not provide any traditional purchase outlets. I informed the owner of the site about this, and he assured me that I would be fine. I duly submitted my book information without purchase links as he suggested. It wasn’t long before a reviewer expressed an interest, and today the review was posted on the website. 

3/4* – not too shabby, in my opinion. 

If you’re interested, you can check out the review here

Remember that you can still purchase Stones in the Road from the Publications link above. Just £1.50 a copy, with all proceeds going to METAvivor. If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, you can also add it to your Goodreads library. 

Thank you for your support. 

Post radio show thoughts

Hi, friends.

I hope this post finds you well. I promised I’d write after the radio show, but I wanted to wait until you could actually hear it online. My unending gratitude must go to Tony Leamon, the presenter of the One and All show, and his colleagues Dave Youlden and Mike Chappell. All three went above and beyond the call of duty to make me feel welcome and make my ‘job’ as easy as possible whilst I worked with them.

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss the motivation behind Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth with Tony, and sharing the two pieces I did.

Tony was very gracious and kind, and allowed me the space to say exactly what I needed to. Mostly, I came away feeling like I’d done my friends and myself proud. Raising awareness of and money for stage IV breast cancer is still near the top of my list of priorities, but in that context, doing my best by my friends was all that mattered. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.

I also appreciated the music that was played either side of my appearance on the show. Probably through years of experience, but Tony has a real ear for songs and context.

I think I’ve kept you waiting long enough – nearly a whole post, so here’s the link to the podcast. I come in at about 39 minutes into the programme.

If you want to purchase your very own digital copy of Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth, please click on the link on the top bar. You’ll be taken to a page where there are both instructions for payment and downloading the book.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. I’m always open to good conversation. Thanks so much for being a vital part of this journey. I’m sure I couldn’t do this if not for this little community.

Take care,

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Freewriting on a coach trip

Hi, friends.

I hope this post finds you well. I know I said I wouldn’t post until after the broadcast on Monday, but I wanted to afford you a glimpse of what happens inside a writer’s head when sitting on a coach for seven hours. The opening paragraph of the piece below was pecked out on my Kindle whilst travelling back from Somerset late this afternoon. I could have an ethical discussion about people watching, but I’m not entirely sure this is the place or the time. Feel free in the comments, though.

A woman sits, three rows ahead, in an Excel spreadsheet of a shirt. Green, purple and white, each “cell” clearly separate from the others. It’s a new one on me, and I don’t know what to make of it. I find myself hoping it isn’t a harbinger of trends to come. There’s no way I could wear something like that without somebody calling the Fashion Police. That being said, I am the last person qualified to comment on taste. Hitherto, my penchant was for check shirts which didn’t flatter, and the occasional dark blue number. Never a dress or a skirt…I would have to perfect levitation for a skirt to become even a remote possibility.

On the outbound journey, I studied the shirt intently, wondering what exactly must have been the motivation behind the design. It’s certainly quirky, and individual. I didn’t come to any conclusions, though…and after what felt like an eternity, we were finally permitted to disembark the coach. Four hours’ travelling is not fun at the best of times, pretty much regardless of the destination.
My other significant discoveries at this time were that reading whilst in motion does make me feel nauseous. Previously, I’d thought it didn’t…that I was somehow impervious to something that seemed to plague the rest of the non-driving population.
Hillary Rettig’s excellent book The Seven Secrets of The Prolific is well worth feeling nauseous for, though. I will write a longer review soon, after I have had a chance to digest and implement some of her thoughts.

If you want to hear more about Stones in the Road take a listen to Source FM this coming Monday, when I will be discussing the book and the story behind the project with the presenters of the One and All show from 9.30am BST. (Find your local time here.)

Take care,

Casey

Spreading the word about ‘Stones in the Road’

Dear friends,

I hope this post finds you well. I’m enjoying the ride with regard to Stones in the Road at the moment. Seems to be taking on a life of its own.

You can hear the first mention of the book on Source FM here – from about 30 minutes in.

There is further news, however. I will be speaking about Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth on the programme at 9.30am on Monday 20th October. I’ll read a couple of poems, and speak a little about the book and the story behind it.

Meanwhile, if you’ve read and enjoyed the book, may I ask you to share the link with somebody who might enjoy it just as much? I’m also tweeting and posting on Facebook about the book, using the hashtag #stonesintheroad

It would be fantastic if any social sharing could use the same hashtag.

Looking forward to posting after Monday’s show.

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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,

Casey

Thoughts ahead of the launch of ‘Stones in the Road’

Dear friends,

I hope this post finds you well. I wanted to write a few words prior to tomorrow’s big event.

Firstly, I want to thank all of those who have supported me on this journey, and offered a safe space for me to speak up when the road got rough.

On another note, I want to thank dear Chris, and Kim…wherever they may be. Without them, these poems would not be. There would be no reason for their existence.

Another vote of thanks goes to METAvivor, who have kindly allowed me to launch this project for their benefit.

I’ve received a lot of help to get this far with the project, and now both the local newspaper and radio are on board.

It is my sincere hope that the work reaches where it’s needed, and the funds make some difference to the currently less than favourable situation of Stage IV breast cancer.

£1.37 from each copy will go to METAvivor, and the page will be up from 12:00pm BST tomorrow.

I look forward to sharing the project with you at last,

Casey