Writing Update March 2017

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Big decisions time, I think I’ve gone as far as I can go with publishing my own work on Amazon (I will still be using Amazon from some books/projects) so in the market for a mainstream publisher for all new books, including: Murder on the Alpha Centauri Express, Adventures with Upstairs Cat (children’s book) and my 2017 Poetry Collection, An Ageless Landscape.  Also in the market for an agent, taking my time with that and trying to find the right one for me.

Writing-wise, it’s been a good start to the year, half-way through my new #scifi #comedy novel The Deaths of Guner Zoon and really loving writing it.  Hoping to have more publishing news for you all soon.

Thank you for your readership


World Poetry Day

3 poems from my work-in-progress

Walking the Track


Stuttering with symbolism

seems silly

almost superfluous

to the everyday situation

starting out on the stretch

a sustained effort

both you and I

a willing struggle

with the stipulations

of betrothment


the long stride

strode in unison

following a set track

into the sweep of unknown

spaces unexplored


stuttering with symbolism

almost superfluous

but still suggestively symbolic

of hopes and dreams

Walking the Track

The Naked King

Proleek Tomb


Four millennia has stripped more than

a pound of flesh from your bones

the naked king is exposed to all

wanderers and weather

well-wishers and the wicked alike

bask in your ancient silhouette


by moderia


by the creep of crass chronologies

created by curious caretakers of faiths


The naked king reigns

the metaphoric monarch of imaginations

imagines all of us

our fleeting lives like dragonflies around

a stagnant pool


as he has stayed and will stay

until the wanderers and weather

wear his form from bone to stone

from stone to memory

from memory to


the Naked King

A Snail’s Progress


The weight is wearisome

the way is vertical

but the little creature wanders

along this pathway anyway


it was safer on the surface

could have cliqued into the cluster

there was order in the ordinary

but the little creature

choose to climb


I am a snail

halfway up

halfway down


weighted down with the baggage

of a tardy bard

could have sat at the foot of the wall

sluggishly watched it all


as it unfolded

the little creature

choose to climb any way

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A Very Irish Holocaust


A silence penetrates all

goes through all

permeates what has been heard

what has been seen

what has been known about

a gilded guilt raised above the alters

of power

making the suffering masses invisible


It did not happen

It could not happen

It did not happen


The mantra of the massed mislead


It happened

in the unmarked fields

beneath the graceful gardens

under the concreted carpark

the dead

the murdered

the inviable children

of a very Irish holocaust

Writing Update January 2017

It’s been a stuttering start to the year, a minor injury meant I was housebound for the first few weeks of the year, you would think that would mean more writing but sadly not.  In publishing news; my novel Murder on the Alpha Centauri Express is ready to go out to mainstream publishers, a long and short list has been drawn up, wish it luck.  My first Children’s book Adventures with Upstairs Cat will be next to begin the long process of finding a publisher.

Writing projects for 2017 are in full swing; a comedy sci-fi adventure (novel), a channelling collection of poems and the beginnings of a screenplay.  I’ve posted one poem to Youtube from the new material, more will follow.

Once again, thank you for your readership