The Healing Paths of Fife by Diana Jackson

I LOVE this book by Diana Jackson very highly recommended

Rainne's Ramblings

The Healing Paths of Fife_Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry – beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge – to St Andrews. On her way she ‘met’ some fascinating characters – from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo.

9780993260810.jpgAs she paused to have a ‘wee blether’ with those she ‘met,’ she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a way forward for the next stage in her life.

The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew.

As you read ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ you may find yourself ‘walking beside Diana’ along this beautiful coast of East Scotland. Her experiences might help you with some of the challenges you face in your own life, or they may inspire you to visit this region…

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Father’s Day

The Magic of Stories

Open to Everybody.

Father’s Day is in June and here at Magic of Stories, we would like your ‘Dad Stories’.

For the whole of the month, we shall publish different stories about different dads.

We all have many memories about our father’s and I would like just one or two contained in 500-700 words. It can be anything, funny or sad things, wishful things, or just something about your dad you would really like to share.

You can include up to three photographs and also a link back to yourself, if you wish, such as a web or Facebook page.

If you are interested, send your story in an emailand I’ll let you know the day yours will be featured and give you a link when it is written.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 05

#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 05 today has been quite a challenge and with work being so busy and stressful I decided I would return to this poem at a later day. I did and after re-reading and receiving lots of positive encouragement I decided to stick with what I had.

Day 05 Prompt:- Write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! For example, you could have a poem about sadness that describes that emotion as “a rowboat tethered with fishing line to a willow that leans over a pond. Rainwater collects in the bottom, and mosquito eggs.” Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happens. Prompts can be seen by clicking HERE.

Road Rage

Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window). Abstract poems can be very confusing so if you are unsure of it’s meaning I will put a description at the end of the post.

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Road Rage Translation

This poem, as the title states is about road rage. This arises from a broken temporary traffic light stuck on red, at  roadworks. ‘Vibrant red, permenant fixture on a temporary sculpture’. (Happens a lot in the UK).  It’s a hot day and the sun is glaring down on the ‘black ribbon’ road.

Beasts (humans) in burnished metal (cars) are becoming irritable. Their blood begins to boil (molten lava) and their anger is rising about to burst. A stampede threatens (more and more people are getting hot and frustrated) they begin to blast their horns (staccato gun shots) all at different times so it is one heck of a racket ‘A cacophony of sound erupts’ like an orchestra out of tune with no conductor to guide them.

‘A whale calls to her young calf. The giants of the sea’ (police force arriving with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing). As soon as they pull up at the roadworks silence descends they begin to conduct the traffic through the roadworks and all becomes calm.

Hope this helped? Did you understand it the first reading or did you need to check the meaning? Love to know your thoughts.

Thank you all, for your support and encouragement. Happy Writing if you are taking part. Remember as one of my lovely poetry friends told me, we are not being marked for this so Have Fun.

Thanks for visiting.



#NaPoWriMo Day 03

#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 03 and for me a bit of a difficult one today. Prompt write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Click HERE to see the prompts. Click the image to enlarge (opens in another window).

The Journey

NaPoWriMo Day 03 The Journey

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 I hope this is what the prompt was speaking of?

Any tips will be greatly received.

Thanks for visiting.


UK Indie Lit Fest 2018 International Author Friends 04

So excited to have these two wonderful Indie Authors featured on our International Friends Table at this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest

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International Author Table

International TableThe 3rd UK Indie Lit Fest is on 28/07/2018

At the third UK Indie Lit Fest FREE Book Event the Roses & Dreams author table is being expanded to include our International Indie Army Family. Today I would like to introduce you to two of our wonderful members  from the USA.

Sherri A. Wingler

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Sherri is one of our original Indie Army Family members, a wonderful author and great mentor to many. She offers constant encouragement and is such a beautiful and inspiring soul it is always a pleasure to share her phenomenal YA books. ‘Wings of Darkness‘ ~ The Immortal Sorrows Series Book 1 comes very highly recommended. This and other books by the author will be available to order in advance or order on the day.  Click the PC logo to visit Sherri’s website.

Marias website

Click HERE to see our interview with Sherri…

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