Archive | Dec 2018

Islands of Hope Update – 29/12/2018

I always forget how hectic the festive period is, so much so I have lost track of which day it is and almost forgotten to write the ‘Islands of Hope’ update for this week. It was a bit of a mad dash yesterday but I got it done. It is another short chapter, this time we are back with Johanna in the second cage. Will she get bought this time? Can she get free to find her daughter? You’ll have to head over to wattpad to find out. You can get to Chapter 33 by going here, or start from the beginning here. Also, I want to say a huge thanks for reading my stuff in 2018, I hope you continue to join me for updates in 2019, got some really exciting things lined up.

New Poem: The Boy who Saved Christmas

santa-claus-3806346_640Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas. What a treat, you get another of my really bad poems in time for Christmas. This one is dedicated to my son, and sprang into my head when we visited Santa this year. His hat fell off and my son picked it up for him, I therefore wonder if my son inadvertently saved Christmas. Anyway, you can read ‘The Boy who Saved Christmas’ below or, if you want to read any of my other poems, head over to wattpad and my poetry collection entitled ‘Bad Poetry You probably never want to read.


The Boy who Saved Christmas

The wild blew wild in the chilly night

To anyone else it would give a big fright

But Father Christmas had to go

High above the blanket of snow

The icy air may make bone chilled

But children’s stockings had to be filled

Suddenly a gust of wind blew fast

And grasped his hat as it went past

An image in red dropped to the ground

Spinning like a sycamore seed going round

With a whip of the reigns the sleigh plummeted down

“My hat, my hat,” Santa moaned with a frown

They landed and searched, high and low

In trees, on houses, under lamps that glow

But no matter how hard, they could not find the crown

“Without it I can’t deliver the presents to town,”

Father Christmas uttered with a tear

It would not be such a magical year

But a little way away, coming from church

Slumped a tired boy, who walked with a lurch

He saw a beacon, as bright as the sun

Towards this wonder he decided to run

It looked like a Santa hat you bought from a shop

But the pompon glowed bright, right at the top

He knew in an instance it was no ordinary hat

No second rate knock-off, no cheap piece of tat

It was Santa’s himself and he must get it back

But where was he now, how could he track?

He could use his phone, an amazing app

That would tell where Santa was on the map

But he knew that was not the Christmas way

It would not bring Santa here on his sleigh

He closed his eyes, made a Christmas wish

That Santa would come, quick, sharpish

As if he wished upon a travelling star

He heard the noise of sleigh bells afar

Coming closer, they came at amazing speed

Reindeers of the most fantastic breed

Flying on magic, with a jolly elf behind

Happiness and kindness to them was enshrined

Despite the snow, they landed not with a skid

Then Santa stood there right in front of that kid

He moved in a flash, like a great sprinter

And his glow stopped the biting cold of midwinter

“I see you have found my hat,” he said

“As a reward, tonight you can ride in my sled

Travel the world, give presents galore

Feel the spirit of Christmas and much more.”

The boy was so shocked he barely could speak

Slowly walking to the sled, a magic antique

Although hand painted and flow through the night

There was not a scratch, no sign of a fight

Santa helped him upon a cushion in front of a sack

All manner of toys were contained in that pack

Calling the names of every reindeer

They flew up in the air with a great cheer

The red and white hat now firmly on Santa’s head

They flew to places, about the boy had only read

From the plains of Kenya to the trails of Peru

From the lakes in Italy all the way to Timbuktu

He saw things he never dreamed he would

All of the wonders that currently still stood

And although the icy wind did blow

His heart was warmed by hot cocoa

And all the way round Santa made such a fuss

But then he was ‘The boy who saved Christmas’


Picture: Pixabay

Islands of Hope Update – 22/12/18

Now I have finished school for Christmas and all the family visits are done I am able to write. We are back to Saturday updates and back to short whole chapter updates. This week the story moves back to Kira, or rather Eliana who has managed to contact Kira at last. It is the morning after the night before and Kira and her new friend have slept in a cave. It might seem like a bit of a filler chapter but will serve a purpose later on, you just need to wait. Right, you can read Chapter 32 here, or start from the beginning here. Oh yes, Merry Christmas as well!

Early Islands of Hope Update – 13/12/2018

Some of the eagle-eyed among you will notice that it is not Saturday yet you are getting an ‘Islands of Hope’ update. The reason? We are into the Christmas season and therefore I am away visiting family and the like, I leave tomorrow night (at the time this is published!) so need to update today (Thursday, or the date in the post title if you are reading this weeks from now, now being the time I am posting this, not writing it as it is now Wednesday to me, that is Wednesday 12th December 2018, not some other Wednesday, you get the gist!), my previous early updates have been on a Friday but this time you get a Thursday. Anyway, on to the good news, Chapter 31 is finished (cue cheering sound track – I don’t have one here so you will have to play it in your head or find one on YouTube!). The reason it is done is not due to me finding loads of extra time, but more that my car broke down and I needed to get the train to work, then the train was delayed so I sat on my phone and hammered out the rest of the chapter. In this update Martha finds some interesting evidence about the recent vote, she thinks Ukrit is involved. Is he? We know Kendra is, but how did Ukrit get the evidence from a network that is not connected to Princips? That is a question for later, for now you can head over to wattpad for the completed Chapter 31, just click here. Alternatively start from the beginning here. Sorry for the jokey tone this week, just starting to feel a bit festive, to quote the Coke advert (sorry to the people who actually wrote the song, I mean I could have looked it up but couldn’t be bothered) ‘holidays are coming.’

Islands of Hope Update – 08/12/2018

As the school term winds to an end we have events of every kind going on, which affects the time I have to write massively. So this week I am still plugging away with Chapter 31 of ‘Islands of Hope.’ Martha has managed to get into Ukrit’s tablet but what will she find? I had hoped to give you that information but ran out of time. For the moment you can read Chapter 31 on wattpad here, or start from the beginning here. If you come back next week I may even have completed Chapter 31, don’t hold your breath though!

Karmathaur Review

I510xjaFhKnL do not very often do book reviews, but recently I stumbled across the author Grady P. Brown. Like me his stories focus around science fiction and fantasy (also he writes about superheroes). On his blog was a request to read his novella ‘Karmathaur’ for free in exchange for a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Never one to turn down a free book in a genre I love, and having just finished another book, I jumped at the chance. Here is a slightly longer review of the book, I did get it for free so it is only fair!

Karmathaur is a kaiju story. Kaiju is Japanese for ‘strange beast,’ and is a genre of films about large monsters that often take over cities. The most famous of all these being Godzilla. From the first line to the first echoing roar of Karmathaur itself, it is clear where the inspiration for the story lies. The story starts with a genetic experiment that is almost thwarted by the police, then moves on a few years later to when the genetically modified and radiation filled zygote (a fertilized egg) has hatched into the monster Karmathaur. We follow a set of friends as they find out about the cult behind the creature’s creation while they battle for survival. The story very much plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, and like a Hollywood movie it is fast paced, action filled but low on character development. Interestingly the characters start to develop but the one problem with the story halts that, the fact that it is so short. It really follows the blockbuster formula that it is about gruesome deaths and high-octane set pieces. Whilst I am happy with this and soon became aware that this was where the book was heading, there is a sense of loss, that by making it potentially twice the length it could make you feel more for the characters. That said, for a book that costs 99p on Kindle you can not go far wrong, and it could easily be made into a film to rival that of Godzilla or Pacific Rim. The writing is a bit stilted at times but it gets its message across, maybe using other words that Karmathaur (i.e. the beast, the monster etc.) would make it flow better. The book played out in my mind like a film, exactly like the blockbuster I deem it is meant to be. In fact, the one thing that sets this story apart from those films is the end, the hint that this beast, created to destroy the world so we can begin again, created to be ‘The Promised Child,’ might just be more than the sum of its parts. The end was indeed a bit of a shock, not so much a twist but a thought-provoking set piece on what we consider to be monsters. Maybe, just maybe, it is us and not them.

If you want to read Karmathaur you can get it on Kindle in the UK here, or US here. For more information about Grady P. Brown, checking out his blog here.

Islands of Hope Update- 01/12/2018

Can you believe it is December already? Time to get Christmassy! Before all that there are some ‘Islands of Hope’ updates to worry about. I had hoped to complete Chapter 31 this week, but in my job Christmas means loads of extras. I did manage a bigger update than the last few weeks though, about four hundred and fifty words. Martha has made it into Ukrit’s office, but he’s not there. What can she do while she waits? You’ll have to read to find out. You can read Chapter 31 on wattpad by going here, or start from the beginning here.