A, B, C of Christmas Day (inspired by Edward Gorey)

A is for the Angst of whether Santa has been

B is for Bilious Burning sensations, eating all that you’ve seen

C is for Cranky and Cabin fever Cold sweats

D is for Disappointment and credit card Debts

E is for Exorbitance and unbridled Excess

F is for Face-filling, and Flagitious Faith-less-ness

G is for Grasping, Gluttony and Greed

H is for Heathens, proud of all their misdeeds

I is for Infidels hijacking the Holiest of Days

J is for Jesus turning in his tomb at blatant paganistic ways

K is for Karmic acknowledgment piled under the tree

L is for Languorously getting over the spree

M is for Mentally Matriculating amounts having spent

N is for drunken Nonsense weakly denying the Nastiness meant

O is for Overt Opulence, Overspending again

P is for Petulant Pouting and being Profane

Q is for Quagswaggling packages and Quackling on cake

R is for Recoiling from Reprobate ‘Uncle’, the Rake

S is for Swiftly Scarfing down Savouries and Sweets

T is for Tremendously Tacky Tat and TV repeats

U is for the Ungrateful and Ungracious within our midst

V is for the Violation of the Virgin Verging on dismissed

W is for Whinging, Whining and Whimpering

X is for over Xenodochial simpering

Y is for Yapness, immoderately fed

Z is for sheer exhaustion and catching some Zzzzzzz’s

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We Make Plans, God Laughs


You know that old Yiddish proverb, “We make plans, God laughs”? Well, I just had one of those moments of clarity that sums that up entirely.

In 2014, we created and published three books: one novel – Mortal End, one book of alliteration – Pocketful of Poesies and one coffee table book – 100% Simply Perfect Photographs.

We had every intention of following that up with Mortal End, Too (it’s a work in progress – much of which has been written or planned  – there’s that word again!), more alliterative stories in Poesies 2 and a photographic book “100% Simply Portland.”

And yep, you’ve guessed it – none of those have been completed for various reasons – the biggest one being that life happened and God laughed.

I won’t go into the boring details but we had to move country, started jobs, spent spare time with Mum….and before we knew it time had truly flown.

The plans to create further books is always a priority.

Spare time is spent researching, plotting, chasing for various permissions, drafting but we were being too hard on ourselves – trying to do too much in too little time.

God was laughing at our plans.

Until now.

Or at least that’s what I hope.

God may now chuckle and we will chuckle too, but laugh? No.

This time we are just following our hearts. No plans.

The next book we ‘hope’ to bring to you will be the story and images of our extremely recent Wild West Road Trip. It’s something that is fresh in our hearts and minds, including jet-lag. It was so mind-blowing that whilst our minds are wide open and filled with inspiration, we will do all that we can to get those thoughts and recollections down on paper and published asap to share with you.

Fortunately, I have learned that when we live spontaneously and follow our hearts magic happens.






FREE Excerpt – Mortal End, Too [working title]

They say that everyone has a book in them. Having already published Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, I am now working on finding another book that does justice to the original and breathes more life into our detective duo: Aenus P. Wordsworth and Savant Poe.

Mortal End, Too [working title] is coming to life. I have written a number of the first chapters and am plotting out the rest of the book. I got caught up in research – I was warned that might happen, ahem – and life happened so it is taking longer than I had anticipated.

It’s not an easy thing to do – write a book. To write a second book is even harder BUT when each word appears on the page and the pages multiply, the sense of achievement is almost as profound as leaving that last square of chocolate.

I’d value your support, so please feel free to read the early chapters and join me on this journey to Mortal End.

FREE Excerpt of Mortal End, Too

FREE Excerpt – Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery



Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery is the first in a series of gothic horror ‘whodunnits.’

Detective duo Aenus P. Wordsworth and Savant Poe uncover the mystery of the fire in Phooka Wood and many unsavoury surprises along the way. The story, a romp through true crime and fairytale, has achieved consistently high ratings and fabulous reviews.

If you enjoy the Grimm world of Dickens, Pratchett and Monty Python and the visual worlds of Tim Burton, this is definitely a read for you.

FREE Excerpt of Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery