Monday, 31 March 2014

"A" begins the Adventure with an Apple

Welcome to the Adventure of the Hope and Dreams A-Z Blog Challenge which begins with the Apple, eating them as a child, memories of family life, the mythology and traditions surrounding this fruit.

The apple has been grown for thousands of years on small deciduous trees whose beautiful white, pink tinged, blossom is produced in Spring. 

It's captured the hearts of many over the years. I remember when I was very young Dad used to sing to Mum, "I'll be with you in Apple Blossom Time", a popular old song from the 1920's, and the apple always was her favourite fruit.

It's played a part in the research I have been doing for the novel I'm writing about Durstan, a Monk in the eighth century. I've been dipping into a world of ancient stories and mythology, religious traditions, where it's often a mystical or forbidden fruit. 

It began in Genesis, the biblical Adam and Eve story, and with the result that the apple has now for some become a symbol for knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man into sin.

But a crisp red apple is wonderful to eat, and my favourite of the many varieties available.

Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog. I'll be reading as many blog posts as I can in April, and the Adventure will continue here tomorrow.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The A-Z Blog Challenge is almost here!

It's an exciting time taking part in my first A-Z Blog Challenge. I've been writing the posts at every opportunity over the last 3 weeks, finding photos, and trying to decide which subjects to include. 

There'll be bits and pieces about my childhood, things that I'm interested in, the novel I'm writing and a few poems too. I hope they'll give you more of an insight into me, the writing I do and the reasons I am passionate about it.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. The Challenge begins on Tuesday next with "A", the first post. In the meantime, have a great week, Google + Friends!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Writing, Blogging and being Published

I've had a busy few weeks, and have signed up to take part in the A-Z Blog Challenge which begins on 1st April. I'm aiming to do a short post every day of the month, except Sundays, and which will follow the letters of the alphabet.

I've carried on with the novel edit and have  had 6 poems accepted for publication by The Dawntreader quarterly poetry magazine, the first of which is in the Spring issue no: 025

I have 3 of my poems now on Kindle in the "Ballads" and "Passages" Charity Anthologies published by Dagda Publishing in aid of Shelter and Scope. The links are as follows if you would like to support these great causes:


I've written a number of poems over the last couple of years and have started to compile an Anthology of these, again for Kindle. 

And it's a lovely time of year. The days are lengthening. There's new growth on the trees, fresh foliage and flowers again as we move into spring. Nature's magic is everywhere if you enjoy walking, gardening or just being outdoors.

Have a great week, Google + Friends.