Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Sing - a poem for Christmas

I used to write these poems to be read as the last lesson at our Christmas Morning Carol Service, but my father, who was the Vicar, retired last year, so we're at a new church, who don't need it. So, I thought I'd share it with you. My inspiration this year came from the wonderful tradition of carol singing that I've been joining in as Christmas has approached.


Sing of shepherds sleeping in lonely fields.
Sing of poor men who heard the good news.
Join in chorus for the joy of those who heard that night
Of the birth of Our Salvation.

Sing of Bethlehem, little town unknowing.
Sing of a star shining in the East.
Trill out its beauty to all those who will listen
To our message of Joy and Peace.

Sing of a mother, young and blesséd.
Sing of her love for her holy child.
Whisper a lullaby for the babe in her arms,
Who is God Among Us All.

Sing of a child, lying in a manger.
Sing of God in human form.
Soar your voices in triumph of the Infant King,
Saviour and Lord of All

Merry Christmas

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

This is probably the last day I'll be online until after Boxing Day, so I'd just like to wish all my friends all the joys of the season. :)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Death In The Family 2 UPDATE

I haven't written more than a couple of thousand words since NaNo ended thanks to having other stuff to do, like making presents for friends for Christmas and mundane tasks like taking the cat to the vet for his yearly checkup. However, crafting has left my mind free to wander from time to time and I think I have worked out the spark that was missing from Death In The Family 2, or at least part of it. :D

It means rewriting my notes for the end scenes, but since I haven't got there yet, it's no big deal! The old climax had pace, but not enough build up, this twist on the same situation will build the tension nicely so that the payoff at the end feels all the bigger. It will also allow me to show Tom's developing vampire, which is what underlies the whole second book - discovery and experimentation.

I've also had some ideas for additional pointers throughout the story that will make the subtext stronger, which I'm off to note down before they drift efemerally away. Then it's back to present making - only 3 more to go now. :)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012