Ashen is active as poet, writer, therapist, photographer …
Welcome to my quirky isle. May the wind carry my wavelengths to receptive minds.
Me … child, hu-man wo-man, inconvenienced by a semi-free and inquisitive spirit, a speculator who plays with ideas – so if you are a scientist don’t be offended, play along.
I like solitude and eccentric company, enjoy the arts , myth, archetypal psychology, sciences, and the wild strawberries in my garden.
A cliché, I know, but I love walking barefoot on grass and sandy beaches, smell salt and thyme on Mediterranean islands, drink spicy wine round a fire with friends, enjoy magic theatre, story-telling, music, ideas, humour, photography, travelling, alternative realities … I believe we are are legion inside and every person we meet reflects a potential in us, pleasant or not. Step back and ponder.
Poetry, writing and photography are my creative witnessing. I started a novel, ‘Course of Mirrors,’ in 2007, but it is only during the last six years that I committed daily time to writing. Initially I battled with guilt for indulging in the joy of it. I stopped the battle, having come to the conclusion that living with guilt is preferable to the shame of not taking the plunge into the unknown.
My blog is here to inspire you.
What about you? How do you share your world and engage with others?
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Course of Mirrors, my first novel, has been sitting ready for many years. It was to be launched by a small and devoted publisher, who loved the story, in 2013, then in 2014, then in 2016 … but through unforeseen circumstances the publishing side of the business became unviable … sigh. Still, the promise kept me writing. A sequel is in the process of being polished with the help of a wonderful beta reader and editor.
Course of Mirrors … will now be published in paperback and e-book formats through Metador/Troubador in spring 2017.
The story is about the engaging quest of a young woman in search for the real, a page-turning adventure with a memorable cast of characters …
Click here to find out more …
In the meantime I finished Shapers, a sequel to Course of Mirrors, and have started writing the third book.
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Some notes on copyright etc. …
Be inspired. If you are tempted to lift writings or images from here, please ask before you infringe my rights. We may come to an agreement. Thanks.
Most images on this site are my own. On the rare occasion when I use an image that is not my own, I try my best to link it back to its source. Where I failed, please let me know so I can set it right.
Re: Blog rewards. I’ve been tempted to respond to rewards but found them to be very time-consuming, so forgive me, well-meaning friends, but this blog is reward-free.
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