The Melody

The river stilled – water’s fair inflection

gently tripping over rock held static.

The tear in the tapestry of time shook only my soul.

The moon, the stars, the land of the living,

Became bleak and terribly still, since you flew.


A final flutter and you ascended hereafter,

Taking with you our love, leaving the husk

that held you. Broken but still lovely,

Too great and too precious for this world,

The mundane could not hold you – angels called you home.


Often I whisper your name, with solemn

declarations of love in tune with silent music.

Your essence – the bow that pulls the string,

creates the melody that sings

your loveliness and grace.


You will ever be the rhythm and the rhyme to our song.




2017 Reading Challenge!

If anyone follows Modern Mrs Darcy, hopefully you will have seen the fabulous reading challenge that has been set for this year. Two lists: one for fun, and one for growth.

I really had to think hard about my choices for these and finally (after about three hours of research!) I put together a list.

Now this is not final (think Ross and his laminated list in Friends), I may or may not change some of these titles if I come across something I find more interesting. I filled a lot of the spaces out blindly and going with recommendations rather than things that are interesting to me.

On top of these lists, I also have a ‘Read Your Bookshelf’ challenge that I am participating in in an online Facebook community. Given that I think I read one book last year in between breastfeeding and hospital appointments, this is a big change from the norm.

Back in the day, I would easily read three books in a week. Sometimes more. It is time to get back to that.


o   Barnes and Noble leather bound edition of The Snow Queen and other stories

o   Game of Thrones: Book 1 – George R.R. Martin

o   Shark Dialogues- Kiana Davenport

o   Oksa Pollok Book 1: by  Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

o   The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

o   Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

o   The Red Queen Trilogy – Mark Lawrence

o   Grey – E.L. James

o   Wild – Cheryl Strayed

o   The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

o   Hawaiian Folk Tales – Thomas G Thrum


o   The War That Saved My Life – Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

o   Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Linquist

o   The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Also a book on my shelf)

o   Debriefing the President – John Nixon

o   Girl in Translation – Jean Kwak

o   Persuasion – Jane Austen (another of my shelve books!)

o   The Gender Game series – Bella Forrest

o   The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

o   Black Eyed Susan’s – Julia Heaberlin

o   The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

o   In The Heart of the Sea – Nathanial Philbrick



o   If Chins Could Kill – Bruce Campbell

o   Jack The Ripper – MJ Trow

o   Wolfsbane and Mistletoe – Charlaine Harris

o   Pirates – Celia Rees

o   The Silmarillion – JRR Tolkien

o   The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivy

o   The Whale Rider – Witi Ihimaera

o   Leaving Time- Jodi Picoult

o   One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

o   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling.
Plus a whole bunch of others….not listed….dear god what have I done?!!


Is it Persuasive?

So the first week of the New Year is definitely over and the following weeks and months are stretched out like a blank canvas over a frame…

So for January, I am reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. I am easing into it this year as it has dawned on me that I have at least 30 books between my bookshelf and on my Kindle that have slowly been building up.

Also, anyone who follows Modern Mrs Darcy will have seen the reading challenge lists she has presented us with this year. I have made my own, a sort of amalgamation of them all. At the moment, my current unread list stands at 36….but I have another thirty to add to that, so I guess the goal is to read at least one book a week.

If anyone would be interested in the MMD Reading Challenge, check out the blog and website at She also updates you with Kindle Deals (these are US only but usually, if they are on special in the USA they are similarly priced in the UK) and various book related news. There is also a great article posted up recently abut bullet journaling for book lovers; super helpful if you are into bullet journaling (I certainly am!)


Robert Burns

As many people may know, January 25th is Burn’s Night here in Scotland. It is where we celebrate the life and works of our national bard, and partake in the traditional Burn’s Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. I highly recommend reading at least some of his work in its original form using the Scottish dialect. It’s hard to understand but it’s fascinating to see the language in action!

Looking Ahead…

February’s main reading material will be “When Breath Becomes Air”. This has been on my “to read” list for around a year now and I finally ordered a copy. Catch y’all in February…

Welcome to 2017!

Happy  New Year!

December has been an absolute whirlwind! I’ve no idea where the time went or how I became so overwhelmed but there we have it, an absolute mad house for four solid weeks and now I am on such a come down that I can barely keep my eyes open!

What to expect from 2017

Expect a lot more traffic coming from myself, I have a full blown plan for the year ahead, which will be outlined in brief in the next few weeks. I also have to let you all know that the second book I was published in has been released!

Tailfins and Sealskins is a collection of wonderful sea themed tales and poetry, based on myths and legends of the ocean – think selkies, kelpies, mermaids, the whole shebang.

The link for this beautiful compendium is below, and if you order before January 4th you get 25% off!

Please also look for Three Drops Press on Facebook to be kept up to date with other publications and calls for submissions.

2016 was wonderful and tragic on so many levels. Let’s grab 2017 by the balls and do this year right!

Have a wonderful January everyone!

x C x