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A place to be, for you and me.

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 29, 2017 by Kate Jack

What kind of people are you and me?

Where do we come from, what caused us to be?

We’re all the same, under the skin,

in what we are and how we begin.

We are citizens of the world, 

we’re all kith and kin.

We should not be enemies, you and I.

We belong to humanity, under the same sky.

So let’s  join hands and support the cause,

of one for all without any pause.

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… meetings – poem …

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 by Kate Jack

Course of Mirrors

At times, our inner landscapes allow for communing with nature’s elements. Ana has this knack in Course of Mirrors. As long as she remembers to calm her heart, she senses invisible presences, the timeless spirit within things – telling her that nothing dies, only reforms. She also picks up thoughts forms from uncluttered minds, and some animals talk to her.

Aspects of my protagonist’s receptive traits are based on my own experiences, expressed in a poem I composed during the 1970s. The poem, as such, does not feature in the novel but I like to share it here, with minor tweaks insisted upon by my inner editor.

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earth –

you swallow my hand

giving way with fluid grace

to this dream of flesh and bone

yet as I recall the form

you allow me to retrieve it

tree –

circling round and round

spun by the mesh of…

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Why do people do it?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 14, 2017 by Kate Jack

Why is that when you follow someone on Twitter, who’s just followed you, some of them immediately send spam messages, asking you to read/promote their books or products? Some even positively demand you like their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram with no hint of reciprocating. For instance, I received a message from one such person, asking that I “share the love” by liking them on Facebook. What love? Yes, they’d followed me, and because I liked the look of their tweets, I followed back; I always do if I like what I see. But there was no offer of reciprocation, Facebook wise, and no enquiry as to whether I had an Instagram account.

If someone retweets my tweets, or asks for a mutual exchange of likes on Facebook, I always return the favour. If I would like to hopefully engage with someone, I will like and retweet, without messaging them. If they return the favour, great, if they don’t that’s fine. I was always taught to offer something first and to never, ever demand that someone does something for me first; it’s just good manners.

It also drives me mad how many “buy twitter follower” follows I get. I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on such rubbish. I want genuine followers, not phantoms who may, or more likely not, follow me. I always, without exception, block these con artists. Almost as bad, are people who follow me and then a short time later unfollow me, once I’ve followed them back. My theory on this is that some of them, not all, do this to increase the number of followers they have. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that keeps me informed of my twitter stats and if anyone does the above, I also block them.

Twitter has been a mostly positive experience for me and I get on very well with the majority of people I engage with. I try to be generous with my retweets, but regrettably there will always be the few that try to take advantage. However, I will continue to engage with those happy to engage with me, but I will never allow anyone to try and use  me solely for their own ends. So people, share and share alike, it’s to our mutual benefit after all. 🙂

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The freedom to write!

Posted in General with tags , , , on April 8, 2017 by Kate Jack

Most authors don’t earn enough from their writing to survive without going to work. This can have a detrimental effect, in that sometimes there’s a lack of energy and motivation to indulge in the creative process. It’s also very difficult to get in the right mindset too, when for most of the day dull routine saps the imagination and the writer finds themselves bogged down, their wits and imagination stuck at rock bottom.

This is a rut in which I’ve been stuck for a long, long time. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as I’m now taking early retirement. I will have the time, the energy, and hopefully, the inspiration to at last begin writing seriously again. I can’t wait to free my brain from the excruciating miasma of paid employment. Of having the use of the majority of my time dictated by my, soon to be, ex employers. I can’t wait to walk the streets of my imagination and bring to life new characters, new worlds and new stories – I can’t think of anything better. 🙂

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Are you afraid of success…

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 5, 2017 by Kate Jack

… as a writer?

I remember when I first got the email from my publisher , saying that they were prepared to publish my Books , a feeling of elation almost overwhelmed me, along with – of all things – emotions of fear and sheer panic!

I suppose it was fear of the unknown and a natural disinclination to draw attention to myself. But on the other hand, I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was a very young child. The big difference is, though, that most of my childhood stories were for my consumption alone. The thought of taking my ideas and dreams into a public forum was scary!  Making up stories for oneself is very different from sharing them with others: fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, and last, but not least, fear of failure.

Fear of failure can stop people from even trying to achieve their dreams and it’s such a shame. Yes, it can be a tremendous blow when we don’t succeed, but surely it’s better to try than just bury our heads in the sand and never know what would have happened if we’d just tried?

As a writer, I’ve yet to become a roaring success and I almost stalled when I received that email, but I took a deep breath, signed the contract and a few months later, almost wet myself when I saw my first book on Amazon 😀

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So, even if I never have another book or story published, I will continue to write, and yes, continue to dream my dreams 🙂

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