Ashen is active as poet, philosopher, 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 treasure 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. In 2007 I started a novel, ‘Course of Mirrors,’ but it is only during the last seven 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 in 2011, and was picked up by a small and devoted publisher, who loved the story. Plans to launch the novel stretched my patience, until in 2016 through unforeseen circumstances the publishing side of the business became nonviable … sigh. At least I was released from my contract, while the promise had kept me writing. A sequel is being polished with the help of a wonderful beta reader and editor.
Course of Mirrors was self-published (at the risk of losing my home) in paperback and e-book formats through Metador/Troubador in spring 2017. It had some 5 star reviews, but but needs more …
The theme of the story is timeless – about the engaging quest of a young woman in search of the real. A mythopoetic, page-turning adventure with a memorable cast of characters …
Click here to find out more …
In the meantime I need to save up funds to publish Shapers, the sequel to Course of Mirrors, moving into SF, and I’ve started writing the third book in the series.
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Some notes on copyright etc. …
Be inspired. If you are tempted to lift writings or images from my blog, please ask before you infringe my rights. We may come to an agreement. Thanks.
Almost all 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 fail, 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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In addition, you can spot me at patreon where I recently dared to ask for support. My heartfelt thanks to anyone who can afford to support me there, even in a small way. – Ashen