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And time goes by…

A day’s work feels like five.
I am so tired, yet still alive.
Struggling to think,
My glasses aren’t pink,
Longing for distance, longing for peace.

Morning will seem fresh,
Then some old, some rehash,
Till evening the mill will work,
Kindness will seem like a perk,
Longing for joy, longing for release.

Just a normal day – such a pity.
Should be more than the nitty-gritty.
Maybe I am not looking right,
Might be I have issues with my sight,
Longing for peace, longing for release.


This is just me blowing off some tired steam and frustration. No literary value added tax, don’t worry;)

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Take your time. Feel it.


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Courage through fear

Plenty of everyday heroes out there. Look around and look in the mirror.
#courage #life



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Keep wondering…


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BLOG BOOK BLAST TOUR – Exigency (Protectors of the Elemental Magic Book 2)

One of the amazing new authors I met through working with the #Awethors is also Marnie Cate, whose new book is coming out soon!


Exigency (Protectors of the Elemental Magic Book 2)


Author: Marnie Cate
Title:  Exigency
Series: The Protectors of the Elemental Magic Series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

There is a world around us that most people don’t take the time to see.

Mara Stone’s world was shaken, but she is a fighter. Facing new adversaries, Mara is learning what it truly means to protect the magic. As she starts to rebuild her life, the web of her family’s secrets continues to unravel. Mara is forced to face her fear of losing everything she holds dear.

She said that you would be a challenge to my children. I thought I had made the right choice when I selected Eliza. If only Mae had not interfered. But, enough of those sad thoughts, I think the two of you will be perfect replacements.

When Mara and Cole find themselves in the cold world of Snowstrum, they will have to choose either to be true to their promise to protect the magic, or to follow their desires. Magic may not be enough to free them from the icy fortress they are trapped in.

The second book in the Protectors of the Elemental Magic series, Exigency is a compelling, magical young adult fantasy tale.


As I continued walking, the air died down but I quickly found myself encompassed by a dense fog. My hair was no longer blinding me but I could barely see my hand in front of me. A soft voice in me told me to just to keep walking and I listened until I stepped into cold water.

“Damn it,” I cried out.

Not sure where I was I stopped and called, “Air, please blow away this fog and let me see where I am.”
Sitting down, I waited while the moist vapor drifted away showing me that I was on the rocky shore of Sparrow Lake. Sitting down, I wrapped my arms around my legs and gently began to rock myself. How did I get so far from home? I felt as if I was losing a connection with reality. I kept telling myself that if I just listened to my heart everything would be as planned. As I questioned my recent behavior and my faith that the Goddess would guide me, I heard a crackling sound behind me. Turning to the direction of the noise, I saw a shadow quickly dart through the tree line.

Calling out, I said, “Stop! Who are you? Why are you following me?”

No response came from the forest. Standing to face the unknown, the cold breeze off the lake picked up and covered my arms with goosebumps. Rubbing my arms frantically to warm up, I called out again.

“Whoever is out there, show yourself,” I said.

“With all the magic you hold, you could easily climb up the mountain and give them what they deserve,” said the bewitching voice of a woman.

“You could start a little fire. One little ball of your magic could ignite the forest surrounding them. It would grow and grow until it would burn the mansion down. Or you could call a great wind and bring everything and everyone inside down into a crumbling ruin.”

With more anger, the voice said, “And there is always my favorite. You can call the rain and demand it to pour down. Calling more and more of your magic until you finally send everything off the mountain. Mudslides happen all the time.”

“Or if you wanted to be lazy, you can just ask the ground to shake and shake and shake until you have created dust out of them all.”

The voice taunted, “Wouldn’t it be so easy? Don’t you think they deserve to be punished for what they did…?”



Amazon Book link

Marnie Cate Biography

Marnie Cate was born and raised in Montana before adventuring to the warmer states of Arizona and California. Her love of Dame Judi Dench and dreams of caticorns and rainbows inspired her to chase her dreams. One great sentence came to mind and the world of elemental magic and the humans they lived amongst filled her mind. With her first book Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic, the story has just begun.


Marnie Cate’s website
Amazon page

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A Readers’ Dare


Dear fellow human,

I have been an ill-fated prisoner of this extravagant house of mine for longer than I care to remember. It enchanted and entrapped me even while I was having it built. I now know just how much I sacrificed for it, and I will never be able to make up for that, to myself or to others.

But once I entered its premises, I simply couldn’t get out! The hold of this enchanted threshold was just too strong for me, and I have remained within my beautifully gilded cage till this day – the day of my death. ‘Why?’ you may ask yourself. Well, there is treasure here, in the heart of the house – shiny, cold, smooth and astonishing – a secret treasure of life! I found it a long time ago, but I didn’t want to share it with anyone… ever. So I stayed here, with my deepest secret, turning my wonderful blessing into my fatal curse…

This is an excerpt from The Threshold, my e-novella. Dare you read? It’s just a book… no harm ever came from reading a book…


The Threshold on Amazon
On Lulu
On iTunes
On Barnes&Noble

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THE DINOSAUR WHO LOST HIS ROAR by Russell Punter – my review no. 47


Lovely illustrations and a positive message

A friend of mine lent me this neat little book and I just read it to my child.

The illustrations are quite charming; I like the vivid colours and character definition. The text itself is in rhyme, which I find very useful in teaching children to enjoy reading, intonation and drama.

I will definitely use this in my English lessons with my little students to teach them about nature, colours, actions, role-play; but also the importance of being kind, brave and a good friend.

And they will have a blast playing dinosaurs, no doubt there!

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Filling the void


The paper is empty.
It looks at me blank.
I feel I have nothing to give.

Then letters come pouring.
Stories unwind.
The book people begin to live.


The canvas is white.
It looks like a shroud.
Will my colours help it survive?

I pick up a brush.
The strokes reveal all.
Emotions and dreams are alive.


The room is so silent.
It haunts me to pain.
If only a sound helped it heal.

My thoughts echo sounds.
My lyrics are true.
I know what I want and feel.

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