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Second January Blog


Second January Blog.

Perspective, Relative.

Distance changes how we see,
Three high mountains, far away.
Their majesty, their awesome shapes.
But closer to, eyes discern
Not pinnacles, symmetrical,
Rising High, near-allegorical.
Their shapes undefined,
Like fat Bhudha figurines.
Covered in forests,
Green, uninviting.
Filling the skyline
Where white clouds
Fall as mists.
Raindrops blur vision,
All becomes a single
Colour, misty green.
Nothing separated,
Nothing moving.

Yet, knowledge dictates
There is life encompassed within.
Birds, their bodies hunched
Against the wet,
Feathers, umbrellas
Where rivulets run,
Sliding down the oiled
Tips, falling to the branch
Or ground, onto the
Shaggy beaver or bear.
Into the marmot’s eye
As he gazes at the tree above.
The doe, shakes. Raindrops
Shower onto the warm
Furry rabbit.

All this surmised,
Not one stands out
Nor parts the branches to spy.
Like a puffball,
Its seed barely discerned
Through the hazy white
Outer shell, the down
Blown windwards,
Seeking a home
In the forest floor.

The mountains we view,
Lost in veils of vapour,
Are the home,
The surrounding forest,
The green puffball.
Creatures within,
The heart, the seed
Searching for a home
To embed, to grow, become.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward. January, 2015.

I have just posted this new poem twice, but not on this blog. So, here it is. I was inspired by the misty rain outside this morning. And it would not be me if I did not comment on the weather, here in beautiful Blighty. Blow me, if the sun has not come out now!!! Just to make a mockery of all the thoughts and feelings I have expressed about rain and miserable weather. Still, rather have the sun shining than not.

Other than the above poem, I am suffering from a lassitude, brought on by the end of the holiday. Taking down decorations. Deciding where to put the lit displays we bought this year, because we will want them next year and storage can be a problem. They are not large, but serpentine in shape. Luckly I have found a large Lock and Lock box ( should be for cakes) where they may fit and can be found eleven months hence. Always a problem. Now where did I put those decorations?

I am reading a new book by C. J. Sansom called ‘Lamentation’. This is nunber six in this series and is about Sargeant Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer in the time of Henry 8th. Every book, as you would hope, is different but follows a pattern where Shardlake gets unwittingly involved in murder and treasonable events. I was given a gift voucher and bought the Kindle version, meaning to save it for a later date. Not good. I had to just have a little look, and am now on chapter 9. Very naughty of me. If you like this era and like this kind of story, then I heartily recommend these books.

What this means is, that my TBR list has been pushed further along. So, cannot be helped. When a known ( to me ) author publishes a new book, I at least check it out, and in this case, buy it and start reading. It’s a failing I know.

Take good care, my friends,


Fourth October Blog. – First Books.

Peace, tranquility, soul

Fourth October Blog. – 8/10/14

When I was a child, there was a World War going on. Things were hard to get, money was even tighter. I cannot remember when I got my first book. All I know is that Dad went out of his way to give me books that broadened my mind, even though I might not have been old enough to read them myself.

Cannot remember which books were first or second etc. i do know that I read or was read too but still have those books, LITTLE WOMEN, TREASURE ISLAND, THE WATER BABIES, and others of that ilk. I had a book from school for being top, not only of my class, but that school year. It was called STORM OF DANCERWOOD. Have no idea who wrote it and although I still have the book, I cannot actually get to it at this monent. It was not the only book prize I recieved from school. One was a book all about the kings and queens of England. A thick tome. As they reigned, probably starting with William the Conquerer up to George 6th.

My dad was sent to a childrens’ home at a very early age himself but, the teachers there or wherever they did their schooling, were of the old type. One of the pieces dad had to learn was from THE LAYS OF ANCIENT ROME, yeah! that is about what I thought! The piece dad often quoted was ‘How Horatio Kept the Bridge’. I recently picked up this book on Amazon, but have yet to open its pages.

It got me to thinking about what books have been momentous in your lives? In my teens to early twenties, I was hooked on sci fi. I cannot say that I read all the most prominent sci fi authors of the today. I tended to go for long short stories, or longush short stories. Many authors are now very well known in the sfi fi field. Perhaps I have not had time to look them all up. Perhaps that will be something to do on a quiet day.

Mostly I read Golanz. Lots of famous writers with short stories, and I do not by any means, think that I read every one of their editions, but I do know I read through a lot of them. Stories like ‘I Robot’, very well known now. ‘Make Room, Make Room’ (otherwise known as Soylent Green). Then there was a series about “slow glass” and another titled ‘Cities in Flight’, other titles I have now forgotten. I think there were other anthologies that I also read but their names escape me. Those books were easier to read than whole books, at the time.

Since going to Creative Writing classes a few years ago, my horizons have been broadened. Then of course, the Internet adds fuel to the mix, and now I read Historical fiction as well as fact. Romance novels, chosen well. Now I have started reading Vampire and Zombie novels. So you see, there are all types of books out there and apart from those I have mentioned, I try something, totally out if left field and if the sample grabs me, then at some point I buy the book and read on, surprising myself at what I choose. Surprise and enjoyment, fulfilling my reading needs, expanding my horizons even further.

I hope into the future, I will explore more and different novels, become better informed, lighter of heart. This way I get to explore more Indie Authors too. Not. Bad thing!

Be careful out there people.


Eleventh September Blog


Eleventh September Blog. – 29-9-14. Still time to get another blog in – just!

How many books have you read, good people, that have been made into films?

Lots more than you think! I also include here, t.v. Films and series. There are those well known ones like the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner. And I have not finished there. But there are others where the film/series is better known than the books they come from. And I can be just as ignorant as anyone else on this matter. Some films from books, are actually revelations. There will be more on those later.

There are those films where the books are obvious, or so well known, that most people are aware of what the heritage of the film is. I can quote such films and books as “Gone With the Wind”, “Twilight”, “Macbeth”, ( ok so that was a play rather than a book), “Jane Eyre”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Bridget Jones”, “Brideshead Revisited”, “Jaws”, “The Color Purple”, “The Godfather”, “The Shining”, and so on.

And then there are films/t,v. Plays etc. that many people do not know come from books, and I may be doing you an injustice here but thus is something of an enlightenment, should you wish it to be. Films like “Bladerunner” which actially comes from a Philip K Dick book called ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

I have made a very, very short list of books made into films. Problem is, i wanted to list here films where the title does not match up with the book title. Like ‘Rum Punch’ by Elmore Leonard which came out as a Taratino film “Jackie Brown”.
The part novella called ‘The Body’ came out as “Stand by Me”.
’58 Minutes was made as “Diehard 2 “.
‘Addie Pray’. Came out as “Paper Moon”.
‘After Hours’ found screen fame as “Carlito’s Way”.
‘The American Tragedy’ found fame as “A Place in the Sun” and so on, you get my drift.
How many more films mascarading as just. ..films, have been taken from books and are not widely known as osuch???

So you see, when watching a film, it is always interesting to view the credits with a more than usual, ooen eye. You might find its background will take you on a voyage of discovery, to a book that you would never have guessed to be revealed as the heritage of a popular film/t.v. series.

On the films-from-books score, there are some films, made from books, that are popular. For instance, “Planet of the Apes”. Everyone knows P of the Apes, but did many of you know that another famous film was made of a book by the same author. Not unusual, I hear you say, she must be off her trolley. But wait, I say, this second film, possibly made before the other, though I am not positive in that score, is totally different. Different genre, different type of film, but the same author wrote each book. I know, I have read both and seen both films many times. The author I am referring to is a Frenchman called. Pierre Boulle. The other film I refer to is called “Bridge Over the River Kwai!”

I am sure some of you will do your own research which is time-consuming, but a revelation it could be for anyone checking up.

Take care you lovely people,

See you next month. ( alright, in a few days, ha!)