Writing

I’m a practitioner and also a professional writer of Tarot, astrology and mythology related features and articles, with other writing published; short fiction, flash fiction and verse.

I’ve always been a bookworm. Books are flying carpets. Reading is a form of travel.

Fiction. Non-fiction. Books. A Tarot deck is also a book; a 78 page story book of human history and the human condition. Books and Art History drew me to the storybook medium that is a Tarot card deck, but what drove me to learn o read the Tarot was a question to do with a challenging health problem, a form of autoimmune arthritis, for which I had had varying diagnoses, but no meaningful explanations or sufficiently effective treatment from health professionals. A dream gave me a back-story and a diagnosis which later checked out by lab report, and I began studying the Tarot to find out more about the way the mind works, the unconscious and the subconscious, waking and sleeping.

Psychic divination, Reading and writing. Story-finding, story-telling and story- processing, it all comes from the same place within us all.

Besides my paid writing work, I have had non-fiction, short fiction and verse published digitally and in print, in anthologies and magazines, including, but not exhaustively, Ask Astrology, Attune Magazine, Crack The Spine Magazine, Litro Magazine, The Literary Review, and others.

I have written a novel, a modern ghost story, inspired by ancient Greek myth and the story of Charon the Ferryman. A grieving young policeman is desperate to move on with his life, but first he must find the Ferryman, to carry home the dead.

Ancient legends do not lie.

Source: Wikipedia: Charon on the Styx, Joachim Patinir, 1520-24, Prado, Madrid.

I have another novel in progress, and as per usual with this novel writing activity, there are files containing failed or parked experiments.

Writing fiction has been a largely solitary activity. However I am actively involved in one writing hangout, the very friendly, easy-going…and increasingly international writing community at Litopia. I scout for special guests for a weekly video podcast show hosted by London literary agent Peter Cox, Pop-Up Submissions, and make regular appearances as a supporting panellist.

See Links at the bottom of the page.

Poems

I have had poems published in a number of book anthologies and regional magazines and online publications. Below is my first published poem, Compute Awe, published in the Literary Review.

Compute-Awe

God@pearlygatesdotcom

Designed a World in RAM and ROM

The Programme’s called Till Kingdom Come

No viruses have crashed it yet

Designed by TheDevil@Helldotnet

Old Nick the Hacker means to win

So far he’s failed; we’re still plugged in

And hear the God-computer hum

The universal sound of ‘Om’

Creation real and unpretending

In countless files with files still pending

From here to nebulas most far

 From single cell to giant star

For all a life from birth to death

And in-between its every breath

Our highest inspiration

And spirit’s destination

The ROM His Universal Laws

The RAM means; choices, chances, flaws

And Life that cannot be destroyed

Its bits and bytes just re-deployed

In awe we stand, in hope we pray

The Programme runs till Judgment Day.

Published Non- Fiction 2019 (selection)

Perfect work with a lot of research. High quality work – we can only recommend- Ask Astrology, Helloo A.S, Luxembourg

December: Capricorn The Cosmic-Sea-Goat

December’s Tarot Tuesday Feature, Jessica Adams Astrology

October: Article for Tarot Tuesday with Astrologer Jessica Adams

Hey Toro- Star Bull Taurus

Cancer: The Starry Crab in the Zodiac Sea

Leo: Salutations to The Star Lion

The Timeless Magic of Runes

Astrology, Prediction and Politics

Prediction versus Forecasting

Published Fiction

“The Greatest Leap,” Crack The Spine Digital Literary Magazine, Lucid Press.  Click To Read

“Joe’s Ark,”Litro Magazine Online: Click To Read

“Tales of Our Times”, Thatcher, Whyte & Hazeldine, Pentland Press.

‘Funny, witty and apt” – letter from Doris Lessing.

Co- author and illustrator: Click for Info

Pop-Up Submissions: Stories and Writing: in Live Discussion with literary agent Peter Cox and special guests, authors Shaun Curry & Daisy Waugh.

Panellist on Writer’s Podcast, Pop- Up Submissions