Monthly Archives: December 2013

Losing my marbled leaves (the environment of dementia)

Losing my marbled leaves
(the environment of dementia)

(Kirsty Stanley)

Another mottled, marbled leaf
detached, dropped and traced
its own vain veins in mud.

Mud squelches,
formed from leaves that fell before.
Mushy mud mind you.

Each tiny stem of the
booming, no
blooming, no
blossoming, no. Yes…blossoming
tree creates it.
Each lost leaf nurtures on, but,
there remains a leaf lost.

What causes the leaves to fall?
Age and time weaken the bough.
Ravage winds cause hidden splits,
once, landed a heavy bird,
a heavy load to bear.

Then sometimes it snaps;
Sudden and severe.
Silence in the forest,
as the tree is felled.

More often it floats away,
flying like the sycamore
on the breeze.
You see it fleeing toward
the horizon, watching it, knowing it
will disappear…

you can’t catch it
on the tip of your tongue.
Instead you poke it out and
down sinks a freezing, frosted
flake of snow that ices
the core.

The rings tell its age;
at 55 felled too soon.
It started with one
measly, mottled, marbled leaf.

This was previously shared in a more hidden way on this blog here.

Inspired to share this poem on the theme of Dementia after talking to @tommyNtour on Twitter.
Will be sharing this blog post of his with students tomorrow.
Also found out, again via Twitter (thanks @HISCfresno) about this film I’d like to see.

Geek Girl 3: Picture Perfect (Cover Reveal) and Happy Birthday Holly

On twitter on Thursday, Geek Girl author Holly Smale revealed the cover for the third Geek Girl book.

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Did you eye up the USA hint?

And then to show how Picture Perfect the trilogy would look together we got this.

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Today (Saturday 7th Dec) is Holly’s Birthday, sooo here’s a Happy Birthday to her and Geeky Christmas wishes to everyone.

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Geek Girl 3: Picture Perfect will be released on June 14th 2014. A little over six months to wait. Who else is counting down the days?


Winning #NaNoWriMo 2013


After my first NaNoWriMo win in 2010 the following two years I did write, but not the whole 50,000 words. But hurrah 2013 has seen me winning again. At just over 50,000 I think I’ve nearly completed my first draft (just a couple of scenes still to write). What I’m most impressed about though was, this year, I wrote nearly every day (until I ‘won’ and then I crashed and have done nothing since – oops).

Huge congrats go to all my NaNo buddies who won or wrote anything – great job guys.

For those of you who would like to know a little more about my novel Tetrana – here’s the link to the extract on the NaNoWriMo website and here’s my Pinterest inspirations board (I really want some of those clothes!).

Now I need to edit up to a fuller novel count, so any advice on how to do this without the extra words merely becoming padding would be gratefully received.

NaNo cert




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