Since forever I’ve been a writer. As of June 2013, I will be a published writer.

First book out with be ‘The Dark Citadel’, first volume of ‘The Green Woman’ trilogy. The second and third volumes are all ready to go, so the cliffhanger endings won’t be too painful.

‘Wormholes’ is a different kettle of fish entirely and will have to wait in the wings awhile. It’s a two part story, again it’s all finished bar the shouting so readers won’t have to wait for me to write another book to find out what happens next.

Finding the time to write has always been the major problem. Children have been the inspiration and the incentive to write. They have also been the main obstacle. Now they are old enough to fend for themselves, and despite the growing numbers of feline and canine time-consumers, I have the luxury of some time to myself.

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      1. Fully agree 😉 Especially when you KNOW you’ll still find things you want to change years later! :O

    1. Wow! That is a great compliment, Laura. I feel very honoured you thought of me. Please don’t be offended if I don’t accept though, as I decided after the Liebster Award that I wasn’t going to accept any more. The acceptance rules take me an age to get through as I’m not very rapid with links, and thinking up questions etc. The only other award I have is the Inner Peace which is just that—an award that gives you a warm glow without having to do any extra work 🙂

      1. LOL That’s OK I can understand that – although this one has no questions – just nominate a few people and put the lovely pickies on your wall. Anyway it’s up to you hun – I still think you’re awesome 😉

  1. Hi from Toulouse! 🙂 I’ve landed here via:


    I have translated some of David’s Romanian poems into French and English these past weeks… 🙂 He’d mentioned it: Translated by :Mélanie @New Playground http://balauru.wordpress.com/ 🙂
    – – –
    Your blog is really awesome and interesting… I’ll try to surf over as often as possible. Amitiés toulousaines, bonne chance et à+! Cheers, Mélanie

      1. Bonjour Jane! if you ever need a “coup de main”, I’ll be glad to help you out, O.K. even though I don’t translate for a living… 🙂 You can see my email address in case of… 🙂

        Wish u the 3 “b”: bonne santé, bonne soirée et bonne chance!
        Friendly thoughts, Mélanie

  2. Thank you for following my poetry blog. I feel everyone who reads my poems is a gift, hopefully that will keep on giving, and I look forward to a leisurely walk in your garden of words.

    1. Oh Laura, that’s sweet of you. I already have the Leibster though, it’s the first one I was ever nominated for. I think the button got lost when I changed the theme on my blog. Thanks for thinking of me though. I’ll be visiting the well 🙂

      1. No problem – I have this award too on another blog so I view it as an opportunity to acknowledge and share other people’s blogs now. Consider yourself appreciated and your blog shared 🙂

  3. Jane, I did some research. The name Guider sounded familiar and then I remembered my former colleague, Colette Guidera. I googled both surnames and there are three links for you ( there were more!) . I omit www otherwise your spam filter won’t let the comment through:

    …..houseofnames.com/guider-history/Irish – exactly North Tipp!

    …..vicryan.com/JMR_Web_Root/genes/bryden.htm English guy’s research

    …….northtippsoccerleague.com/index.php/match-reports/20122013-cup-shield-final-reports/second-division-shield-final-14th-april-2013/ some guys still living in NT.

    Hope it helps.

    1. Thanks for that! I have seen the name Guidera somewhere else, must be the same root. I’ll have a look at those links. My mother was forever digging away at family tree stuff and always drew a blank with the Guiders.

      1. I have tried myself and I think I came across the American this man Ryan mentions. Funny that he has the same story of them being Huguenot stock and not finding traces back further than the seventeenth century.

      2. I don’t know how we managed without Google. Lots of trips to the library and hours trawling through big fat books 🙂 Glad that’s a thing of the past.

  4. I’ve just arrived here, I’m thoroughly enjoying what I’ve found so far. I also couldn’t help but notice that our blogs bear a similar resemblance. 🙂

    1. I see what you mean about the resemblance. Yours hasn’t got quite so cluttered yet though. I’m a sucker for pretty pictures 🙂 Are the excerpts from your book? I love your writing style, for grown-ups 🙂

  5. Hi Jane, I hope all is going well with you and that you had a lovely holiday season. If you would like to take part again this year, then I would love it if you could set the first writing prompt for 2015 as previous winner. All the best, Elizabeth. 🙂

    1. 2015 has started off with a frenzy of writing activity for me. I hope once you get Christmas and birthdays out of the way you’ll be hitting the ground running too 🙂
      For the prompt, how about a story (500 words maximum) or poem ispired by the line from the Christina Rossetti poem: In the bleak midwinter ?

    1. What a lovely thought! I’m humbled that you thought of me. As a rule I don’t accept awards because it takes me so long to get round to passing them on. I’ll accept the flowers with pleasure though, and if I can work out how to download them, I’ll give them a blog post 🙂

    1. I wrote that intro around two years ago. Since then most of the children have reached autonomy. Unfortunately they are all still here, noisy, slobby, and show no signs of leaving the nest. I am beginning to panic. What if they never do?

      1. You have car keys. (But I am lucky as mine did leave…but now if they would just find someone else to dog sit their pets…and no , it’s not a dog training school or a assisted living home for ancient-it’s-too sad-to-watch cats….oh, leave the poor thing. Will an orderly house every happen? – orderly, no hope of spic and span…too boring that…but these boxes of kid stuff/hobbies/memories that could live else where so I could have a space of my own out of the flight paths…) Sigh.

      2. No car keys for us, I’m afraid. It’s round the clock round the year cat, dog and kid-sitting. I just dream of them learning at least how to cook so the house won’t be permanently filled with stink of the appalling messes they produce that they call food.

    1. That’s very kind of you Marjory! Would it be okay if I take up the challenge in a week or so? Next week I might well kill myself, but if I don’t and I get all the stuff done I have to do, I’ll gladly accept.

      1. I think we are all blossoming. The day we decide we are fully satisfied with we have produced, that there is no improvement to be made, nothing more to say, is the day we stop being a writer. Keep blossoming!


      2. Thanks 🙂 You reminded me of verses from David Whyte’s poem called Santiago:
        …so that one day you realized that what you wanted
        had already happened long ago and in the dwelling place
        you had lived in before you began,
        and that every step along the way, you had carried
        the heart and the mind and the promise
        that first set you off and drew you on and that you were
        more marvelous in your simple wish to find a way
        than the gilded roofs of any destination you could reach…

      3. It’s quite a common theme that it’s the striving that’s important, not the getting there. I imagine it’s common because so many people have discovered the truth in it 🙂 x


  6. I have included on a new page on blog called “20 Worthy Blogs”. The inspiration to create this page came from being nominated for two different award (challenges), which of course require me to nominate other bloggers. I am one of those that feels uneasy nominating people in large part because I don’t want them to feel obligated or unpleasant because they have to turn the challenge down. Another reason is many of the people I would like to nominate have blogs in which the challenge would not blend well with the intent and/or content of the blog.

    Any someone whose is listed on this page, you can considered yourself nominated or not nominated depending on your preference.. You could also just use 1 fact about yourself (from The Versatile Blogger or one (or more) of the 11 questions listed (from the Sunshine Blogger Award) as a prompt or inspiration for a post (with no need to link back to this post or mention the award).

    1. I’m honoured to be included Doug. As a rule I don’t accept blog awards because, like you, I’m uncomfortable with the idea of being obliged to pass it on. I usually turn them down with thanks to the person who nominated me. Your idea is different. I’ll certainly write a post and link back to you. Much better idea than just handing out random stickers. Thank you 🙂

  7. Lovely to read more about the lady behind the lines that intrigue me. I will be looking to check out your book Jane. Congratulations on being published, a huge step for a writer. Pleasure to find and read your blog.

    1. Thanks so much! You know, I think I get more fun out of blogging than writing novels. Writing them is one thing, but then you have to do something with them, and that’s soul-destroying.

      1. I know Jane, its like when people ridicule our children, we feel so much anger and hurt, the novel is like the baby too, I am still on the hedge with putting mine totally out there, its a big brave step on your part and there must always be a start! I am new to both blogging and writing, a lot of things I have suppressed for years I finally have time to do now. I am very inspired by you.

      2. It’s been four years since I took the first step, and it turned out to be the wrong one—crumby publisher. I’ve self-published since then and that’s a lot of work. The jury’s out on my new publisher. I’m still waiting for results from their efforts but that’s what it’s like. You can never be sure you’ve done the right thing. You just have to take the plunge and hope for the best 🙂

      3. sorry to hear of your sad encounters with crumby publishers, I have read that self publishing is hard too but at least you have some control over what happens, still Jane its tough to give up even a smidgen of control over something we have laboured over. I respect that you have not given up and learn from mistakes to be even stronger and determined. I like your attitude!

      4. I don’t feel very strong, to be honest. I have such a lot of projects on the go, some finished, others only just started, and I really don’t know what to do with them. The idea is to get an agent who will sell the books to decent publishers, but how do you get an agent? There’s the rub 🙂

      5. i wish i could be of some help, all sounds very daunting to me and would be different in another country from where i am. Here most publishing houses get you hooked up with their reps who will have a few meetings to suss up your work and move from there. But you are strong to have come this far. I still work full time and hope to retire in 5 years once the last kid has finished college and then write to my heart’s content, whether I make something out of that, well that’s left to be seen. my eldest daughter is in publishing so i might get some pointers there but its a hard market to break into, but we have to believe right and love the stories we write and then others will too. I totally understand about the many projects! I have like 3 stories in my head and I only managed to write 2 down! I wish you all the very best Jane!

      6. Thank you! I hope your enthusiasm keeps you going. It is hard to break into, and I find I’m spending more and more time writing short fiction and poetry because I just can’t face plugging away at a novel I’m not certain anyone will ever see but me. Promoting the finished novels is equally wearying—writing synopses, contacting agents, then waiting for months and months for them to reply, or not. I used to have more hope that I’d somehow wear them down, but it’s more likely that i’ll just back off. Maybe thought, just maybe…

      1. I thought so too, especially as I’ve been following you for a while and you’ve often commented here. I’ve lost a few people by unfollows, including Hubby, and he wouldn’t dare!!!!!!

      2. I’ve been back checking setting recently because I wasn’t getting notifications from the usual people, just people I wasn’t sure I’d ever heard of before. Notifications were on but I’ve no idea who was getting them!

      1. You just dangle a little—
        I’m so old
        so ugly
        so uninteresting
        and wait for someone to grab the bait and reply—
        Of course you’re not! You’re
        incredibly interesting.
        Get the idea?

      2. All to well,

        nonetheless darling,
        there is always
        opposite side of every human coin?

        For i follow the first blood contract,

        to be me…

      1. Those that walk within the stillness of night are the fathers of lies…

        Within my innocent childlike self,
        i was trapped by my own greed…

      2. Found thing about this true story,

        i waited the better part of the day,

        thinking i was getting a car…

        They watched me for two years, before
        coming to me,
        to create the contract…

      3. No, then gave those i promised, had to steal it from the airport, in-which said that it was not there, until it was gone, then they informed me that it was missing…

        i moved it to the states, back by back using addict from the street in-which they had no idea, what they were doing, a little trick the family showed me..

      4. By an By trapped in the blood contract to be me…

        Which was me before, those billions in gold..

        The day waiting for the car, was the date of the blood contract, blood for blood signing the deal…

        Hence forth, i am me…

        Penniless, except for a five million dollar house on Wall Street, in-which by canadian law i must wait until the maid moves out or dies..

      5. True story,

        nonetheless very unbelievable…

        There you go one wombat in control of thousand an more VAMPIRES…

        You say that word, an people become very uneasy…

        Funny since they say there is no such creature…

        They don’t see the point, one must be human before becoming a Vampire, an they have not forgotten where they have come from…

        They know we’re behind, throughout the far reaches of space…

        Have you ever heard the expression “The Library!”

        A model of an Apple computer…

      6. Yeah, there are many, whom want,
        but only one with the power!

        A science project, a touch of the mind?

        Soft magickal wind, one eye blind…
        A warmth, only in your mind…

      7. Not, me darling,

        i found a higher plain…

        It’s not blood, but lifeforce…

        Something i learned from those coming from a distant star..

        Twice as many ships this time..

      8. France!

        My daughter spends a lot of time,

        within that part of the world…

        i have no idea,

        Possibly since i’ve been chatting with more
        women from the other-side of the world,

        may help me understand..

      9. Does she have a job here or just visits. I like it here because it’s a good place to be and I don’t have the possibility of visiting other places or taking holidays.

      10. Here a missing piece, which land 0n anther blogger Oops!

        Then when i move it back, the person, whom moved it the first time stolen it… Some how keeping it from me, when i found out i moved it back to families care,

        hidden by nightwalkers…

        Canadian government would let me make any exchanges…

      11. i was telling you a piece of my life,
        only i was not making the comment,
        in someone else’s comment box!

        No matter it ended up, within another faithful blogger i follow,

        kind of shocked him just a little..

  8. Hi, Jane – I’m planning a poetry Advent Calender, in the run up to your midwinter festival of choice. I would love to use one of your poems – all properly credited and linked, of course. It doesn’t have to be especially written for this. I’m hoping for a glorious hodge-podge of views and voices. My email address is sarahsouthwest@hotmail.co.uk, if you are interested.

  9. Hi Jane, I’ve been following your blog for a while and love your writing and poetry! I recently just published my own debut poetry book on amazon and it would mean a lot to me if you checked it out and gave it a reviews as I look up to your writing so much! I’ll leave the link here! Thank you for everything so far! https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1973226332/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518214547&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=aishah+rani&dpPl=1&dpID=51gGu4o4%2BpL&ref=plSrch

    1. Dear Aishah, I’m flattered that you say you look up to my writing and apologies if I don’t recall seeing you here before. You want me to buy your book and leave a review? I looked at your poetry on your blog as there is no sample text on Amazon and I’m afraid it is not my cup of tea at all. Just a bit of ‘free’ advice—if you want people who don’t know you to review your book, the best thing is to ask them would they like to receive a review copy. I’d make a kindle version so review copies won’t cost you anything to send out. Best of luck. Jane.

  10. I always spent time using reader on the mobile so i never really visited your website, I’m sorry. Wormholes sound so interesting. I’m excited to read it! Also your website looks lovely!

    1. Thanks Jeren 🙂 I like the website and should update it, but whenever I try to edit, I get tied in knots that it takes me hours to unravel. I keep promising that as soon as I get an agent interested in my work I’ll sort it.

  11. On another website you commented about Jake Thackray “His family lived in the flat above my Aunty Winnie in Leeds.” I am trying to find pictures of Jake, or stories about him, to add to his profile on WikiTree (One Family Tree website). Can you help me at all? (You can delete this if you wish)

    1. I’m sorry. I remember she had a photograph of him on her mantle piece and thought he was a lovely young man. She was my great aunt, older sister of my great grandmother and she died when I was about eight or nine years old. I have no idea what happened to her things. Everything went to her direct family as far as I know.

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