Archive for November, 2014

The Mystical Hexagram – Countdown Deal

For the first week of December, we have set up an Amazon countdown deal for the kindle version of The Mystical Hexagram. It will start at 50% off on the 1st December. The book explores a symbol. Not from some scholarly or deeply complex perspective, but seeing it as a representation relating to life and living. The forces and pressures that are associated with the hexagram are, after all the forces of life at both practical and Universal levels. By exploring and beginning to understand the symbol, we are able to learn and discover more about ourselves. The meditations throughout the book take you on an inner journey of exploration, discovering the parallels between the self and the greater reality within which we live our lives. They illustrate the connection

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Finally, A Hit?

Recently, I decided to experiment a bit with writing and publishing. I decided to try to broaden my audience a bit and see what worked in terms of covers and content and so on. In writing this blog, I actually generate a lot of material that eventually gets buried and lost in time but is eminently re-usable. I also had the weirdest experiences growing up with ghosts, poltergeist and all sorts of strange paranormal phenomena. I hit upon an idea and wrote My Haunted Life as a small book, primarily designed for the Kindle paranormal and supernatural market. I took some blog articles and turned them into short stories and added several new short stories – all true. I topped and tailed it with some thoughts about reality as it

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A Year Has Gone

A year seems like along time but looking back to this time last year, it seems to have passed in a flash. This time last year, I was living in Prague and I was worried about my weight gain having quit smoking months earlier. I remember buying the indoor bike and with good intentions, starting a weight loss and exercise program. Today, I weighed myself and blast it, I weigh exactly the same as I did a year ago! The bike has been well used and still is and if anything, my diet is better than ever yet I have not shed a pound. I suppose looking on the bright side, I haven’t gained any weight either! Of course, we are now back in Brno too. I packed all of

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Tall Story

Afloat and at sea Bobbing like a cork On the widest of widest ocean Comedy in perpetual motion White tips go surfing by Water, lots of bloody water and Yet not a drop to drink Only time to sit and think A rocky shore lies off to the west Fiery dragons reside to the north Things are going south though Thats not a place I want to go Tall ships passing me by Rowing now faster and ever faster Tidal currents are hard to beat Especially where pressures meet Directionless, I move onwards east I am following a lonely star Shining brightly in the night sky All I can do now is sit and sigh As we drift on inner currents Mapping the inner tides Charting uncharted territory Writing Act

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Cosmic Dancer

On Friday I will be going to see Slade. Yes – Slade. Without Noddy Holder but the rest of them including slimy Dave Hill will be playing. I didn’t much like Slade back in the 1970’s. I was into the more gentle magic of Marc Bolan and T.Rex and Slade seemed raucous and too down to earth. There was no magic, no white swans or Wizards with Slade – just poor spelling and loud music. I moved from T.Rex to Status Quo. Corkscrew hair and spandex was replaced by greasy hair and denim. Fantasy was replaced with a gritty, monotonous reality of life in the north. Of course, now I look back and enjoy a lot of the music of that era. Even stuff I detested at the time now

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The Art

In the silence I can hear As I watch my heartfelt prayer In the stillness of the inner I ask forgiveness and renewal The Sea is still and deep Reflections there to keep Aqua fluidly accepts ideas Smoothes and refines, purifies And throws them on the Fire Flaming through intense desire To work the Art of magic The inner to the outer flows Water steams as ember glows I see, I hope, I know That from my uttered words will grow The qualities that I seek I am, stillness, eternal A presence in the space A fluctuating lighted face Flickering half-formed in the first light I imagine that it will grow so very bright Consuming, boiling, generating Between the darkness and the light And everything is simply just right As

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A Tale of Two Cities

I was born in the city of Kingston Upon Hull known by all and sundry as just plain Hull (‘Ull). In 2011, the population of Hull was 256,000 although the Hull area must be significantly more. Today, I live in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic. It too is a working-class city with a heavily industrialized past and it is a bit bigger coming in at 371,000. I like both cities in terms of their location, attractions and so on. Brno is a bit more attractive but likely that is simply because it is a bit more varied in its architectural styles and it has many more green spaces and parks. What utterly amazes me is the difference in an aspect of city life and that is personal

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Confusion Ends

Sleepless Lying prone And quite alone Breathless Images forming Arising, slinking I hear the words I see the signs I know it all means something I watch the faces I travel afar In my astral car Still seeking, looking Restless So tired Really wired Listless Images rise Under indigo skies I listen to the sounds I explore the horizon I know it all means something I follow leads And look for clues In my astral shoes Still seeking, searching Questless Did I arrive? A story to contrive Lifeless Did it just end? A permanent ascend likeheartlaughterwowsadangry0

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Best Laid Plans – Review

It’s not often I get a review for one of my poetry collections but this one for Best Laid Plans is one I really very much appreciate and so I am reproducing it here. It is on the Barnes & Noble website here. It is by LillyLee. I personally, loved this unique and genuine glimpse into the authors mind; his thoughts and processes of the modern world as we know it and the emotions that come with it. His writings are something we can all connect with and relate to. The book speaks with great voice and character and makes you feel as if you have slipped into his mind to take a walk in his shoes. I would call it modern poetry maybe. If you are looking for something

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TGIF

It is Friday already. The week shot by didn’t it? Since it is Friday and for 1-day ONLY, My Haunted Life is FREE on Kindle. After that, it will be back to 99cents or even more. So now is your one and only chance to save money. If you do download it, do me a favor back would you please? Write a review and if you enjoy it, tell your friends, the postman, the guys down the pub and the women at work – anyone who will listen in fact! I am busy at work on My Haunted Life Too. It will be out before Christmas. Of course, I had intended to keep working on the prequel tho The Last Observer but…. I got distracted. I find I quite like

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