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Faulty Marrow

Yes, I know, the long version of that title is “7 ways you can be as healthy as a woman whose body doesn’t make enough blood to keep her alive”.

Whyon earthshould you read on? What could you possibly learn?

Let me explain…

When I was last at King’s College Hospital, the nurse took a dozen vials of blood from my arm.

It was the marathon of blood tests.

When we were halfway through, to cut the atmosphere, he quipped: “Aplastic anaemia patients areso protective of their blood. Isn’t itmeanfor me to take this much out of you?”

I heard him clearly but continued to look blankly at the wall.

After all these months, I never look at the needle. When someone has a needle in my vein, Ialwaysstare stone-faced in the opposite direction.

The nurse took my expressionlessness as a sign that…

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Dare To Be Happier

Whistle through your comb.

Do a loony-goony dance

‘Cross the kitchen floor,

Put something silly in the world

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totally out there and inspirational, but what else from Sensei Jane. Cannot wait to have a go at this and if you even remotely feel a tickle of anticipation or curiosity then yes, you go for it too!

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big renga projectI’m sure you may have realised  by now that I’m a bit of a haiku fan 🙂 . As part of the research for my book Seventeen Syllables ~ Cultivating Presence Through Poetry, I looked at the origins of the haiku form. What is now known as haiku was originally known as hokku, the first verse of a collaborative linked- verse poem called a renga.

The renga form has been around since the thirteenth century, and you can find out more about it here. In a nutshell, groups of poets works together to create a linked poem. The first stanza follows a 3-line 5-7-5 syllable format, just like the haiku. It also contains a kigo (season word) and a kireji (cutting word). The second stanza responds to the first stanza, but this time in a 2-line 7-7 syllable format. The renga then gets handed back to the…

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‘ and ‘Midsommer Murder’s meets Quentin Tarantino – so you cannot say you have not been warned this is most definitely adults only

thrilling writing

Haunted by his past and the memories he thought he’d suppressed, forgotten, or denied our dark man stands on the threshold of destruction. Yet, somehow, something drives him on.

What can be so bad that he contemplates his chosen path?

What is The Truth and where will he find it?

How deep is it buried?

So many questions, yet, the road to ruination is laid out before him, one horrific step after another.

How far would you go to see justice served?


Free from 14 to 18 September 2014.

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transitions in pictures as one walks, how to capture the magic of nature and see it as another does….perhaps

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Portglenone Forest, Northern IrelandFor today’s adventure, I took my dog for a walk through Portglenone Forest. I recorded my walk by taking photographs of things that caught my eye and then used the images to make a short film.

My dog didn’t like all the stopping ; he was very keen to get on. The “Sparky Effect” is evident in some of the pictures (the ones which are a little blurred are the ones where Sparky was pulling hard on the lead, and I was having a little trouble keeping still!)

I’ve kept in all of the pictures, and I’ve maintained the sequence too. This way, you get to experience the walk as I experienced it. Watching the film, I’m amazed how much there is to see in a forest at this time of year.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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So simple and yet simply stunning

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poem about school uniformFor me, the things that really mark the changing of the season are the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of the school term. The first full day of school for my son was this monday and seeing him in his uniform again reminded me :

  • How quickly we, as humans, move through our own seasons
  • How tied I really am to my own heritage (I come from a family of school teachers)
  • How I can already see in my son’s Spring, the seeds of his Autumn (I think the leaves will be spectacular)

For today’s poetic adventure, I’ve written a haiku called “Back to school”. You can read it here , and I read it out loud in today’s video-blog too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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this has all to do with whether you choose to fall at the first hurdle. Failure is a big country and you can still map your way across it to the island of success…so many authors have rejection slips and for works that when someone took them on finally they made such a success they hit the stratosphere, the Beatles also were rejected at first and look what happened there.

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J K Rowling quoteToday I received my first reply from a literary agent about my children’s story, The Faerie Thorn. It was a standard email – and it wasn’t a “yes”.

In today’s video, I explore my reaction to the email : it’s probably worth watching if  you think fear of failure may be holding you back (or if you’re worried about what others may think if you don’t succeed).

The “take-away” from today’s adventure is : “failure” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 😛 (and if you’ve got things that you really want to do, go right ahead and do them!) .. oh … and whatever you do…  hold your nerve!

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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blowing the cobwebs away as the wheel turns again

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Rushes blown over in the windHaving camped out last night, I feel very close to the essence of the wind (it roared at me for most of the night 😛 ). To me, it sounded like a winter warning, a song of things to come ~ perfect material for today’s poetic adventure.

You can read my haiku about wind here. I read it out loud (in very windy conditions!) on todays video too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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This is how it works, something springs to mind and from that has sprung a whole ocean of good things….what do you think you could do. Read Jane’s adventures – indeed watch the Vlogs, and see what you might try and where it might take you.

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Dog Rose Berries AugustOut on my walk with my dog this morning, the jiggling dog rose bushes caught my eye. They’re not in flower yet here in Northern Ireland, but their berries look fit to burst!

When I stood still and observed the berries, I noticed that I had quite an unexpected (and powerful) emotional reaction to them. I hope that today’s haiku captures the energy of the emotion :).

In today’s video, I talk about how I experience the dog rose (sometimes known as the briar rose), and I read my poem out loud. You can read today’s haiku here.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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As ever, amazing and evocative and right on the spoke of the Wheel, for Lughnassadh, for Autumn, for the change of season thank you Jane the words paint a beautiful picture.

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Sycamore Seed PodsInspired by my recent brushes with Nature, today I try my hand at writing a haiku . I explain a bit about what I’ve learned about haiku in today’s video; I also read out my first haiku!

You can read my haiku here.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


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