About Kyrosmagica: Books, Writing, Photography, Magic Haiku and Inspiration.


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 a wannabe writer who has finished my first middle grade/YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge, UK.  I’m currently in the process of final edits…  In the meantime, to keep me occupied, and out of mischief, I’m writing a second novel, and blogging, of course, writing book reviews here, and on Goodreads, and Amazon, and in fact anywhere else that will have me!  Being an open minded type of gal, I like to review a wide a range of genres as possible, including YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Asian Literature, Detective, LBGTQ, and from time to time when I’m feeling brave I read dark thriller, or perhaps a horror story..

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 now award free. After blogging for nearly two years I have now made the decision to go 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.


Just recently I’ve started getting much more involved with all sorts of blogging challenges, here’s a brief guide to the ones that I like to join in from time to time:

Rachael Ritchey’s fun writing blog battle:http://rachaelritchey.com/blogbattle/

Colleen at Silver Threading’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday: http://silverthreading.com/category/writers-quote-wednesday/

Colleen has a new challenge now, which has replaced the one above:  http://silverthreading.com/2016/03/23/wqwwc-writers-quote-wednesday-writing-challenge-magic/

Ron at Ronovan Writes, Haiku poetry prompt challenge: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/category/haiku-prompt-challenge/

I recently had a go at Trent’s Weekly smile:


And Diana at Part Time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share:


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 challenges, notably:



Check out my photography headers to find out more.

Oh and my biggest challenge and highlight in 2015 was without a doubt going along to the Annual Bloggers Bash on 1st of August, 2015 in London, and chatting to fellow bloggers in person. What an experience!

I shall be going to this year’s Bloggers Bash in June 2016, more about that here:


Here’s my perspective about the bash in 2015 if you’d like to read all about it:

Perhaps you would like to come along this year?



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.
~Lewis Carroll

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



  1. 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.

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  2. 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 🙂

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    • 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. 🙂

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  3. 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 🙂

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    • 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. 🙂


  4. 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 🙂

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    • 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. 🙂

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      • 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 🙂

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  5. Hello!
    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.

    Best regards,

    Anna Poulimas
    PR Coordinator
    Beacon Publishing Group

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  6. 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.

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