Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica.
All About Me.
What can I tell you? Well before we start I’d like to suggest that you might want to pull up a comfy chair, sit back and enjoy my blog, Kyrosmagica, which is all about the magic of writing, my love of books, crystals, laughter, and much, much, more!
I’m primarily a YA fantasy author, poet and keen photographer based in Cambridge, UK. I’m working on various projects at the moment: horror anthologies/ghostly stories and will soon be working on edits on my YA fantasy series – book two in the series The Curse of Time. I recently released my first collaborative anthology/compilation: This Is Lockdown, set during the initial months of COVID19.
Also, I released a poetry collection, Lockdown Innit, Poems about Absurdity on February 26th.
To keep me occupied, and out of mischief, I’m blogging, and of course, writing book reviews here, and on Goodreads, primarily.
I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a six foot hunk of a husband, who I met at the tender age of eighteen, who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Considering how long we’ve been together I could call him my swan, but I think black sheep kind of suits him, a charming black sheep! His title Black Sheep originated from a family joke, which you can read about in my post Mother in Laws and Black Sheep! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, art, photography and humour, I hope to keep you entertained.
My blog is award free. The awards were fun and a great way to connect with other bloggers in the early stages. But now writing has taken over and sadly I no longer have the time to dedicate to awards, so I do hope you won’t mind if I take a splash off my award surf board.
Here’s a brief guide to the blogging challenges that I would recommend, or have joined in the past:
Rachael Ritchey’s fun writing blog battle: https://blogbattlers.wordpress.com/
Colleen has a weekly poetry challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/
Ron at Ronovan Writes, poetry challenges: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/
Trent’s Weekly smile: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/the-weekly-smile-weeklysmile/
Weekend Coffee Share: https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/
I have been known to enjoy a couple of Bookish memes:
The Friday 56 from Fredas Voice: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2015/07/the-friday-56-with-instagram-56_24.html
and Book Beginnings from Rose City Reader: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2015/07/book-beginning-at-hearth-of-crossed.html
As well as this I have enjoyed taking part in some awesome photography challenge check out my photography headers to find out more.
I’ve enjoyed attending several blogger bash events from 1st of August, 2015 in London, and chatting to fellow bloggers in person. What an experience!
Here’s my perspective about the bash in 2015 if you’d like to read all about it:
These wonderful quotations sum up my raison d’etre:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
― Maya Angelou
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. ~Isaac Asimov
It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.- Isaac Asimov
When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. ~Anaïs Nin
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. ~W. Somerset Maugham, Summing Up, 1938
There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are.- Somerset Maugham
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. ~Franz Kafka
Writing is both mask and unveiling. ~E.B. White
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!- Ray Bradbury
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The historian records, but the novelist creates.- E. M. Forster
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.- Ernest Hemingway
Half my life is an act of revision.- John Irving
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.- Stephen King
William Faulkner’s observation: “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
After all of those inspiring and imaginative quotes what can I possibly add?
I’m loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
Photo credit – Silhouette and Dove http://pixabay.com
I enjoyed your interview! Good job!
Thanks Dan. I reckon it’s about time I updated this page. It’s on my to do list! A writers work is never done. Lol. 🙂
Kickin’ site! Do you still do YA fantasy book reviews?
Yes I do. Got a bit of a backlog of reviews to catch up with though.
Hey Marje isn’t it lovely to see each other here at Sally Cronin’s Easter Parade. 💜💜
Yes it is. Happy Easter Willow. <3 x
Enjoyed finding your blog today, Marje!
I don’t really understand how those awards work, on WordPress?
(Probably I’m too unpopular to ever be offered one, LOL!🙂)
I really enjoyed reading this page.Its amazing
Thank you so much. <3
Madam your blog is Awesome.I really enjoyed reading the about part.
Blessed to connect with you through this platform.
Thank you I am touched by your lovely comment. 🙂
Hi hi! I’m working on gathering writers for 2022 interviews, and I was wondering if you’d be up for chatting sometime. 🙂 Feel free to stop by my site and see if my interview style strikes your fancy!
Hi yes that sounds awesome would love to. Shall pop over. x
Awesome! Scheduling interviews and sending out questions is my big weekend project, so stay tuned for info. 🙂
Wonderful! Will do. I’m away at my parents from this coming weekend up in Scotland for a bit of a holiday but look forward to finding out more. 🙂
It’s great to visit your writing world and I look forward to reading more of your poetry. I love many of the quotes you included here, too, especially those of Maya Angelou and Stephen King. And it’s wonderful to meet you through Poetry Treasures 2.
Aww, thank you Lauren. Glad you enjoyed my small corner of the writing world. All the best for many more writing adventures! <3