Character building

Working on a future project and I came across this poem, written some time ago as very sadly one line isn’t true any more….This poem was written with a nod to character building, maybe the dreaded notion of regrets and perhaps the tip of the hat to life’s lessons learnt.

Life is full of hurdles and sometimes we don’t see silver linings or good from bad. However these hiccups, moments in life are the building blocks to who we are, yes that too could be when you’re skint.

The best thing about being poor

So today I have just

A few pennies in the meter

But I remain entrusted in life

As I have a Mother and Father

And Brother and Sister.

Tell me this!

Isn’t the best thing about

Being poor is the pancakes?

So yesterday work

Felt like a curse

Just to put coins in my purse.

Onward to home alone

But at least there’s

A home to go to.

Tell me this!

Isn’t the best thing about

Being poor is the pancakes?

Isn’t it character building

To fight through bad credit rating?

Then go on to fight through wars.

To fight for peace and rights

To lay calm at night.

Tell me this.

Isn’t the best thing about

Being poor is the pancakes?

Women who shelter from truths.

I have much more than this.

Today I feel safe in this world.

Today she’s out in the cold.

Tell me this!

Isn’t the best thing about

Being poor is the pancakes?

Laura

Through Bovine Irises

So here’s the thing I am a poet as well as a writer. I think perhaps a writer is a poet but that’s possibly the debate for #verseversusverses project but to put to rest any qualms or idiosyncrasies I am in fact chatting about my third poetry anthology “Through Bovine Irises”.

The third anthology is a far more light hearted look at life. My first two were of the theme of being self aware riffled with teen angst in “Between Devils and Goalposts” and then a little illicit in a coming of age type of way in “Exit in the Nunnery”.

“Through Bovine Irises” sees me poke fun at all things older, possibly wiser and whilst most definitely being fatter. With a bit more of a sense of humor I look at the important things in life like reality TV, football, coffee and technology.

A work in progress that’s finally seen the light of day and the trio of anthologies are complete. The pathway of poetry through my current journey is complete and new ones are to begin. Hooray for “Through Bovine Irises”, the excitement of being published and the amazement of being a writer, a poet and as the title suggests I am not bad at being a moody old cow either.

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How exciting……

 

 

 

“You win hands down”

You win hands down

For a few years it was good, sound.

I was never sad when you were around.

We had some good times, despite my protests.

We were good at winning, passed the test.

Relationship goals a must, won when set.

Working on it from the day we met.

Time gave out, it didn’t stay that way

And we’d take them forever and a day.

Memories make me hold on to this way

To what’s coming, to what’s owed,

To what’s due down the road.

You win hands down, being your own.

It’s just a shock to see that picture.

A tale differently told then, now here’s the kicker

One of us grew wings and had to fly.

It ended on a preciously gracious goodbye

(With me wearing tired eyes) from this lonely heart.

You won hands down in taking us apart

Time gave out, it didn’t stay that way

And we’d take them forever and a day

Memories make me hold on to this way

To what’s coming, to what’s owed

To what’s due down the road.

You win hands down, being your own

I think I’ve finally found it within me

To assess and let the past be free

 To wish you all the luck, I can carry on you see.

I hope whatever the way you feel the way you have to go

You’ll get what you want in the end I promise you

You won hands down, you made it so.

Time gave out, it didn’t stay that way

And we’d take them forever and a day

Memories make me hold on to this way

To what’s coming, to what’s owed

To what’s due down the road.

You win hands down, being your own

Written by Laura Sansom

(As featured as part of the Verse Versus Verses)

 

Join the debate

Shh but in case you didn’t know I am a writer and I call myself that now, no longer a label of “wannabe” or “aspiring” preface to the job title – I am for definite a writer.

However I actually started as a poet and I still am a poet along with all sorts of other creative career hats I tend to wear day to day. The poetry hat however has been put away on previous occasions just like a seasonal item of clothing. Recently I have decided to dust off the moth balls of my poetic side.

Sometime ago I was asked to write some lesson plans to present to a small group of wannabe creatives as part of a possible workshop. The thread of the idea was to discuss whether poetry is old hat, unfashionable or if in fact it still has its place in literature or even popular culture.

A few scribbles later and a few drafts and edits I ended up with a secondary idea of what makes any construct, format of words (in any genre) fit in the box of a song, piece of prose or poem. Is it as simple as a writer already deciding what box it falls in? What about the readers or listeners interpretation of the piece of work?

Recently I put this project into a presentation, script and put a call out for a presenter to help me get this project off the ground. The lovely Andy Anson stepped in to present and direct and magically the verseversusverses project was born. View on YouTube, follow us on social media but but most importantly join the debate.

Thank you and happy reading or listening!

 

Laura

Join “The Debate”

The debate

Poetry can be in the old style but isn’t all poetry worthwhile?

No matter the month or the year isn’t poetry universal my dear?

Keats, Shelley, Plath and Milton, Ayres, Zephaniah and Betjeman.

It’s a pic n mix to be proud to be shaken up and read aloud.

A show to go on and on so poetry can live and be learnt from.

A funny HA HA to amuse or a sad retrospect to bruise.

A scar to humanity or a slapstick rhyme of profanity.

Lyrically waxing poetry to your kin I hope there’s room to fit it all in, to

Or mates or dudes, laddies or her and him and their association

And see how they like this poetic revolution?

 

Exciting things happening in this debate…..

Laura

What’s on your reading wish list?

Lets escape from the Covid19 doldrums and be somewhere else……

So one of my many things on my to do list, wish list, bucket list or whatever time management guru you abide by is to have more time to read. Right now in this current climate most of us  have a lot more time on our clean and sanitized hands. So have you read any good books yet?

Recently I had the chance to speak to A.J Alexander about her book………………

The blurb for Demon Tracker

Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her.

She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames?

The interview

When did you first start writing?

I’m not sure there ever was “a start”. I learned to write at the age of four and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Writing is my passion. Writing is a way to focus my creativity on building a (hopefully) good story. Writing relaxes me, calms me, challenges me, and it makes me happy. It is a part of my life.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series and ‘Soul Taker’ is the first book of the series. Different books of the series are in different states of completed. Right now I’m writing the seventh and eighth book in the series while several are being edited or waiting with my editor.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love reading Eric van Lustbader, James Clavell, Clive Cussler, and many other famous writers. But: I read books by L.W. Smith, Merlin Fraser, Micki Peluso, Taylor Fulks, Jim Spencer, Allan Krummenacker, and many others who held me intrigued and entertained. There are so many fantastic new authors out there. I’m adding their books to my “to-read” pile. Every single one of their books can teach me a lot about writing.

What is your writing process?

The first draft is written by hand. By typing it into the computer I am able to catch the major flaws and can correct them. After that, the manuscript goes to editing, from there to filing for copyright. Then I send it out to Beta readers. That’s how I did it with the first book in the Series, ‘Soul Taker’. Let’s see how it works out and if the process will slightly change with the next books.
Of course, there are more things in between, marketing, book cover, writing blurbs, getting a trailer done, and so on.

How do you approach cover design?

I have KJ Magical Designs, Kathryn Jenkins, who does the covers for me. She is educated in graphic design and did a wonderful job with the first book of the series. I saw her work on other books and I’m happy I decided to pick her as my cover designer for that book series.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

The answer is no. If I wasn’t happy with the book the way it is I wouldn’t call it ‘completed’. My work is completed when I’m satisfied with the book, the characters, the plot and the entire story. How can I expect readers to like it if I don’t fully stand behind my work?

Find out more at http://www.aurorajeanalexander.com

Keep reading xxxx

Why not put yourself first?

So there’s a thing going on in the world and unless you are already living in self isolation in a cave or under a rock the current pandemic has had a big impact on us all. So “Put yourself first” by Marianne Killick’s is a good read when thinking about the things we are having to adjust to and still be looking after ourselves.

Dubbed a woman’s guide to thriving not surviving is probably the greatest survival guide for what’s occurring right now however its main focus in generic. The book reflects on past failings in our assumption of the female’s heavy burdened bag of tricks. The book is broken into several segments to reveal what’s wrong with our social, community, paternal and biological assumed and accustomed “contracts”, those we weren’t told we were allowed to ignore or perhaps bend our way.

Marianne talks of making ourselves a priority and gives advice on how to make this so. Delegation being one key as well as dispelling the myths of what is expected of us as the manager of the family unit or a working woman  – little exercises to make you mindful of assessing the situation you find yourself in to be too busy to enjoy life and never having energy or the calm to achieve your goals.

Think your health better too, no magical cure as some of it is common sense –  your 5 a day (should actually be 10) is obvious but realizing your hormones have a major part to play in achieving good health goals. If we could only listen to what our bodies our trying to tell us we might make some progress and good gut health is something we need to learn more about.

The simple things in life, exercise and good sleep are also discussed. Aim to get the right amount of sleep and get to achieve what you want to achieve, less of a health book, not a diet book and by no means a new age revelation soap box piece. This is authors Marianne’s permission to put yourself first. Her qualifications and experience in being a woman’s health coach and acupuncturist means we can listen and learn and take it as gospel that we are allowed to think about ourselves first.

Stay safe and be healthy.

Appreciative Diva

Time, a major factor in decisions and there’s never enough of it. How to guides are out there for everyone to find a comfortable way of making time no matter what commitments you may have and hopefully something helps.

Mindfulness is also important, so combining the two and being stubborn and deciding to be a bit of a diva in 2020 and hold down my own and get on with my own goals and achievements. To do what needs to be done as well as what I want to do.

Diva or no diva I would like to show my appreciation for those who assist me in trying to reach my goals. A long suffering partner who’s my Parker to my Penelope, often parked somewhere doing the crossword in the newspaper waiting for me to finish sitting in a talk, expo or meeting.

Recently I took my lovely 40th birthday present out with me to a film festival, I can’t say its a designer handbag but it’s gorgeous , functional and strong as well as big enough to facilitate my day out needs (especially if I am without Parker) and the girls that gave it to me understood that’s what it would be needed and used for.

I have many friends who help when they can, assist when they can or at the very least sit there and listen to my drivel, they probably regret joining me on WhatsApp. I also have a great little helper who recognizes I have talent with writing and other creative talents but not so much with the filing and keeping notes, research and all things office based tidy and organised.

So this diva is making the things she wants to achieve achievable and grasping at long lost, forgotten and perhaps too far away to seemingly reach dreams and holding no prisoners along the way. However many thanks to those who stand by me, it is a thankless task some days and I love you all for it.

Milestones marked on many balloons

 

balloon

Life can have a hurdle or two however we are all recovering and doing well regardless and celebrating the latest milestone as I reached my 40th birthday a weekend or two ago.

I had decided early that I will reach this age and grow older forever disgracefully there on after. So there was a theme set for the fancy dress to be of a sci fi, geeky or 80’s style encouraged greatly but optional for those not brave enough to visit the party and fancy dress shops (there weren’t many to choose from!).

There was Kermit the frog, Game of thrones warrior, Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, a few 80’s diva’s and obviously most of the pretend cast of Harry Potter including a future student of Hogwarts (which knowing my niece is a distinct possibility).

I am thankful for all those who turned up and more than thankful for all the cards, well wishes (social media was adorned with dancing old ladies – cheeky) and gifts. I have to thank all those who helped set up the hall, my sister who created a memory book and my other half for having to put up with my tantrums in the planning process as well as dashing about all day on the day of the party.

There was  an amazing Dalek statue birthday cake as a gift from a friend who enlisted help from http://www.facebook.com/madhatterbake which took pride and place at the party with a full 40 candles on it (my nephew pointing out I had only counted 39 before setting it alight, I blame old age). Thank you for those who worked that night too.

cake 1

There have been moments where I would wonder how I managed to get this far but I have had support from so many as well as my own creative fanciful desires that have been my therapy. Truly grateful and I am still as mad as a March hare and will be booking in for a blue rinse very soon.

Laura xxx

 

Amersham Martyrs 21

As a writer I get to meet a variety of people of all walks of life and I am able to chat, socialise and work with many from different backgrounds, cultures, ages, vocations and hobbies.

Recently, at last year’s Heritage day in Old Amersham I met with someone who was letting the public know of the now aptly titled Amersham Martyrs 21, a community based theatre project to put a play about the Amersham Martyrs into production in 2021 and were (and still are) looking for all sorts of volunteers to help with this local venture in which a promenade play will be acted reflecting the historical story of the Amersham Martyr’s.

Since Heritage day there have been a few committee meetings which I was lucky enough to invited too and also the odd chat over coffee to get things going in the wondrous build up to the 2021 production of this play.

coffees

I am glad to say I am grateful to be involved and hope others will come along and join our crew of volunteer costume designers, musicians, actors, Directors, prop makers and many more. If you are interested in helping or learning more please follow and better still like the pages on social media – https://www.facebook.com/Amersham-Martyrs-21  and https://twitter.com/AmershamMartyrs .

I invite you come join us on the 29th January 20:00 till 22:00 at the Old Amersham Market Hall to find out more and join our group of merry community theatre and history loving hopefuls.

See the tweet and posts for updates and details and very soon an Amersham Martyrs 21 official blog.

Laura xxx