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
Great quotes for a great blog!
Thank you so much JoHanna what a lovely message to read first thing in the morning. 🙂
You are welcom
Now the one thing I love most was your quotes out here 🙂 Some of them are really though provoking 🙂 And one similarity I found with you 😉 My hubby is also 6 feet tall 😉
Ah two tall hubbies! Glad you liked the quotes. I join in Writer’s Quotes Wednesday too from time to time. 😉
Thank you so much for reading and following … you’re just, a total treat!
Aw thank you so much how kind of you. 🙂
Hello! Just a message to say I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please feel free to take part, or ignore if you’ve done before. I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you and your blog. https://booksandbakes1.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/one-lovely-blog-award/
Thank you so much that’s very sweet of you. I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award twice, so I think this time if you don’t mind I won’t take part fully. Thanks for thinking about Kyrosmagica and nominating my blog. Appreciate it. :))
That’s ok. I just noticed that after I posted so I apologise!
That’s no problem, it’s always nice to be nominated!! 🙂
Hello! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award, I’m not sure whether or not you’ve done it, but I definitely think you deserve to! 😀 I hope you find time to do it, and have fun doing it! 😀 Thanks, Matt.
Hi, Matt, Charley just nominated me for this award too, and as I’ve been nominated several times before for this particular award I hope you don’t mind if I don’t participate. Thanks so much for thinking of me, I appreciate it. 🙂
Absolutely no worries at all, I didn’t realise! I look forward to seeing your post anyway, congrats!!
Thanks Matt, thanks for your understanding, congrats. Happy Sunday 🙂
Thank you so much for reading my work. Yours is fascinating!
Thank you Shelly, lovely poetry on your blog. 🙂
A pleasure to meet you Marje. We share a passion for writing and blogging it seems. You come from an interesting background, having lived in several different countries…lots there to write about! Good luck in finding an agent/publisher…they are hard to come by. The best way to meet one is to attend book conferences where agents and/or publishers are listed as guest speakers or attendees. Perhaps by now you have already found one to represent you. BTW…thanks for visiting and following my blog.
Thank you for your kind wishes. It’s a pleasure to meet you too Beverley. Yes agents and publishers are difficult to hook, so one of my goals is to self publish this year.
I self-published my last book and it was a good experience. The best way to get your book out there is to give talks to groups who share an interest in your book’s topic. Many libraries also feature authors and their books.
Thanks for the tip! Will bear that in mind. 🙂
Hi Marje, Just to let you know…I have named you on my blog as a woman blogger who inspires me. It’s part of a post responding to the Girllove challenge. No response from you is needed 🙂
Thank you so much Janice, I’m so touched by your naming me as a blogger who inspires you, that means so very much. I think you are amazing too.
Hello Marje. Thank you for the follow. Great blog. I’m still exploring it.
Diane Tibert, author of the Castle Keepers fantasy series
Thank you Diane, nice to hear from you, and for exploring my blog. 🙂
Marje, just to let you know I have included you in a list of favourite / recommended blogs in my latest post. https://annikaperry.wordpress.com It’s the Liebster Award! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and wanted to share it here through this award. Please do not feel under any obligation to accept, however should you wish the ‘rules’ are on my post.
Hi Annika. Thank you so much for including me. I don’t tend to do the awards posts now, though I did in the past, unless it is an award I have not had before, but thank you so much for thinking of me I really do appreciate it. 🙂
Hi Marje! Nice blog, I love your enthusiasm! Pleased to meet you, Marina
Hi Marina, nice to meet you too. Thanks for your lovely comment. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! Cool blog you have!
Thank you Rajiv. Your blog is awesome. Have a lovely Friday. 🙂
Hi Marje. Thank you so much for connecting. It’s lovely to meet you. Love your blog, which Is highly entertaining and informative. Look forward to reading more.
Thank you so much. Lovely to discover your blog too. Love the name of your blog – Pianomes… my favourite instrument is the piano.
Your introduction page has nothing to envy to mine! 🙂 I’m too much of a wuss to read really dark thrillers or horror stories. I blame Stephen King and Pet Sematary! I gave a shot at Asian literature when I was living in Japan, but the uncluttered style and often gloomy and chilling stories did not convince me. Maybe I did not find the right authors. If you love hot and sunny places, you should grab a ticket to Bordeaux, we are in the middle of a heatwave and I’d give anything to get some cold!
You have chosen some very inspiring quotes 🙂
I’m a complete wuss too so I surprised myself by getting involved in a Halloween spooky readalong last October. To my surprise and delight I really enjoyed it. But for some strange reason I can’t watch horror movies! I hide behind a pillow. I have some Asian literature recommends under my A – Z book review listing… Though I haven’t read any recently. 🙁 I adore hot and sunny places, and beaches…Thanks so much for commenting. 🙂
Horror movies are too much for me, too! I think the last one I watched was Rec and it scared me to death. I will check your review listing, I haven’t added anything to my TBR is 24h, it is time to find new books 🙂
Gr8! Let’s stay away from horror movies… Let me know if anything bookish appeals. 🙂
What an interesting profile. Good luck with the YA book and if you haven’t discovered her already, you might like to connect with Jane Dougherty’s blog https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/ – she is Irish, raised in Yorkshire (I think that’s right) and lives in Bordeaux. Crucially she has published quite a number of YA books and is a prolific poet. As for me, I like what I see and I am very glad that your doors featured on lovely Claudettes’ site brought you to my attention 🙂
Thank you so much for your good luck wishes. Yes I have connected with Jane, and have just started reading Abomination this week! Glad you found me via Claudette’s blog. Lovely to connect. Thanks for following, popping by and commenting. 🙂
Oh good … glad you are already in Jane’s fold. YA is not my genre so I always feel a bit helpless, though as a literary agent in a previous life, I can help most writers to some degree. Thank you in turn for following me. I hope not to disappoint 🙂
Those are some awesome quotes!! I’m happy that you found my blog, so that I could find yours!!
Thank you Maria. Likewise! 🙂
You are one busy woman, Marje! I’m still trying to figure out how to do it all. It’s a pleasure to meet 🙂
I read how you feature authors on Hugh’s blog. I published my e-book last year and I would love to be featured. Tell me how we proceed please. Looking forward to it!
Hi Janice, I would love to feature you. Could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go from there.
Thanks for liking my post. I appreciate it and your wonderful blog… jc
Thank you so much, that is so kind of you. 🙂
My name is Anna Poulimas and I am the PR Coordinator for Beacon Publishing Group. I would like the opportunity to share Joshua P. Warren’s exciting new book “Use the Force: A Jedi’s Guide to the Law of Attraction” with you for review consideration. For your convenience, please find the synopsis below. I would be happy to send you the pdf file of the book upon your request. The book is available now in paperback, Kindle, and audio book.
Ever since Star Wars first appeared on the silver screen, people have fantasized about being able to use the Force. But anyone–not just Jedis–can tap into its capabilities by using the Law of Attraction to harness the incredible power of the universe. Author Joshua P. Warren guides you through the lessons of legendary Jedi Masters to reveal how Jedi science encompasses the Law of Attraction and how you can draw on the universe’s energy to achieve your dreams. Each thought-provoking exercise shows you how to utilize this power to manifest your deepest desires and attract the life you’ve always wanted. You’ll also learn how to train your mind to hone in on your intention; enhance your connection to the universe; and ensure that your actions, words, and thoughts are in harmony with accomplishing your goals.
Do you want to break the negative energies holding you back from success?
Do you want to wake up each day excited and full of energy?
Do you want to use the real Jedi mind trick on others?
Do you want to channel the very power that binds the universe?
Do you want to truly create wealth and peace of mind in your life?
Complete with enlightening quotes from the series, Use the Force will help you master important Jedi teachings through the Law of Attraction and make every wish a reality.
For more information on Joshua P. Warren please visit http://www.joshuapwarren.com/
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your response.
Beacon Publishing Group
Hi Anna, thank you for the information. Yes I would be interested in receiving a pdf copy for review. My email is email@example.com. Look forward to
reading it. 🙂
Hi Marge, just wanted to say, do feel free to pop over and talk about your books on Book Talk. Kev.
Thanks Kev, that’s kind. I will be releasing my first book this summer, all being well so I will bear that in mind, and get back to you nearer the time. It’s been a long haul journey but I think I am finally getting there. 🙂
Excellent. I’ll look forward to hearing from you then.
Thanks Kev. 🙂
Marje, your new blog design is fabulous. I love the color. Orange, coral – one of my favorites. You’re getting there my friend. <3
Ah, thank you so much Colleen, I wasn’t too sure about the coral colour to begin with but now I really like it!
Nice and sunny like you! <3
Thank you Colleen. 🙂 x
Marje, I have loved reading this page, every quote, every picture and your words.
I have nodded and been stimulated. Thank you so much.
Will save a number of these quoted and type them up for my pin board.
How kind. Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed it. Miriam. 🙂
Thanks for reaching out and leaving a comment on my blog. I really appreciate the visit. I look forward to diving into your posts as well!!
Hi Marje, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award – check it out here! https://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com/
Thank you Annabelle that is so sweet of you. 🙂
Do you blog somewhere else now?
No,this is my blog/author site as I will be publishing late this summer. I’m keeping Kyrosmagica as a publishing name/logo.
Ah I see! Just checking! 🙂
Winter with its art can be beautiful.
Snowman and snow art
Have a wonderful day!