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May 1, 2016

Last Post - New Writing of the Month for May ~ Intimate Snowflakes

EVE (looking at the writing)
(smiling) It says ‘I wish I had the courage to believe in my dreams’ ... (smiling at Izzy) ... I have come full circle ...

However far away they seem - however steeped in magic – mystery - or fallen red leaves and scattered with well meaning madness they are - they are yours and yours only and they should be as precious to you as old black and white photos and childhood keepsakes.
Put them carefully away and remember them with joy - love them with honesty and keep them close to your fingertips.

Hi everyone
It's May and this will be my last blog post for the foreseeable future. 
I am taking maternity leave lol, I have just a few weeks left before my due date - 5 weeks and 3 days exactly according to my pregnancy app - scary stuff. She is growing well. kicking like mad and enjoys getting hiccups! We are all so excited to meet her.
I have shared the last lines of our (me and my Mum's) play 'Dragonflies in Amber' - all about dreaming and that dreams should be important to all of us. We wanted the play to be like having a celestial experience for the audience.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated since I don't know when I'll be back, or if I'll be back. This blog has been up and running for 4 years now, my first post was back on 30th April 2012! How things have changed! I have to admit a lot of the time I have felt I've been talking to the wall but I would like to thank all those that have commented and interacted with me, thank you for taking the time to read my work! :)

The synopsis for the play is;
‘Dragonflies in Amber’  explores the inner world of a woman named Eve.  It sets out to question her beliefs on love, hate, desires, longings, childhood events, hidden talents, confidence etc. through the world of lucid dreaming. When we are young we are naturally connected with our emotional and spiritual selves but slowly lose touch with this aspect of ourselves as we ‘grow up’. This play questions what women may have lost by ignoring their inner world.
The play is set over five nights dreaming and each dream sequence (scene) is a ‘vignette’.  Eve is looking to reconnect with her dreaming to find meaning to her life once more. As she meets up again with Izzy, her co-creator of reality in the Dreamworld, she finds that there are many dark secrets and forgotten traumas that she must finally face and understand in order to bring vitality back into her life, therefore finding meaning and purpose once more.

It's a very spiritual play with some beautiful lines that really make you think (even if I do say so myself) which brings me on to happily say that two of my poems are in the latest issue of 'Kindred Spirit' magazine. They are available to buy from their stand at the huge Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in London this weekend (29th-2nd) as well as specialist stockists :) I'm delighted to be included. 
I've also had two of my flash fiction pieces featured on 'Three Drops from a Cauldron' - 'Old Norse' and 'Old Perfume' - it's a lovely website and I'm really happy to be a part of it.
Since this is my last post I have to include another link to my ebook 'Alchemy' - it was such a joy to write and put together. I would like to give another heartfelt thank you to everyone who has read, loved and given 'Alchemy' a fantastic review! It has meant so much to this humble little indie author :)
So it's goodbye for now, I have to get all the last minute baby things and prepare to meet my little girl! 

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend 

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Published on May 01, 2016 08:46

April 2, 2016

New Writing of the Month for April ~ Minutes & Seconds

Time is so tedious and tactile,it sits with me and holds my handcounting off the secondson my fingers like a mother and child, blowing on my palmand chasing the fallen seconds away.

Hi everyone, 
Sorry this month's new writing is late (all due to pregnancy stuff yesterday) - I am getting pretty big now, I've only got 10 weeks to go! 
I hope you enjoy 'Minutes & Seconds' - it's a short poem but I thought it was beautiful, it has lovely imagery.
'Alchemy' has received a fantastic review on Linda's Book Bag! It made my week! 
'It’s a huge shame that this kind of writing is so underrated as talents like Jade Kennedy’s are in danger of being lost in the face of the huge publishing houses and big name authors. I think she deserves recognition and praise for her writing as she really has ‘fingers tinted in poetry’.'
I couldn't thank her enough! It really gave me hope :)

Have a lovely weekend

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Published on April 02, 2016 06:58

March 1, 2016

New Writing of the Month for March ~ Loss

If I could make poppies flower wherever I wishedI would make them flower in the darkest places, red and dark with my blood, but who would want my blood? Thicker than others, oily and heavywith suppression, passed up for common dirty water.Poppies would flower from dirty carpetsand in between the mortar of old houses, they would flower in all their glory during the dayshrivelling into pools of blood at night unique and wonderful, lost to the world before they could be discovered

Hi everyone - it's the first day of Spring!
A bit of a dark-ish poem to start off Spring but who cares lol. I wrote this in November inspired by all the poppies that were around for memorial day, it's not inspired by war but they kept coming into my thoughts as I wrote and this poem came about. I think it's my need/want to see the beauty in dark situations and that if I could I would make happiness come from nothing. I also think it's partly to do with my own relationship with writing.
I've had my flash fiction pieces 'Old Norse' and 'Old Perfume' accepted by the webzine 'Three Drops from a Cauldron' (great name eh?) They will be featured in April and I'll let you know at the time. 
I'm getting bigger and bigger and the baby's kicks are getting stronger! :) I had my second scan in early February and the midwife got to see everything she needed to - all perfectly healthy. 

Happy Tuesday and Happy St David's Day to any Welsh readers!

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Published on March 01, 2016 11:03

February 1, 2016

New Writing of the Month for February ~ Fragments of Winter

How mesmerising my dreams have been
the power of light and desires fed into the fire, my soul is but a fewfragments of silenceborn into a world of noise.I dream dreams of friendships that cannot be,of colours on wallsthat morph into whatever I am thinking.As I press my hands into the paintit claims my fingers and stains my skin forever.I dream of escapes and laughter,of things I long to see in my waking hoursfor winter is the quiet season.

Hi everyone and hello freezing February!
I hope you like 'Fragments of Winter' - it's obviously inspired by dreams, and I've been having some very vivid strange dreams fuelled by my hormones. I've had dreams of pulling out my own teeth, some have had celebrities in and another one was about being taken hostage! I really love some of the lines in this poem - 'the power of light and desires fed into the fire'. The gorgeous artwork is by my amazing Mum.

I feel somewhere along the way I've lost the rawness and passion of writing (one too many rejections will do that!).  I really hope to get it back.
I have been interviewed for a section on the blog 'Emily Reads Everything' called 'Awesome Indies' - I talk about 'Alchemy', my writing process and even share a very snazzy photo of my writing buddy Tomas. 
I was hoping to be able to share with you all whether the baby is a boy or girl but the baby had other plans and during my scan kept his/her legs tightly together - I have seriously never seen a straighter pair of legs on a scan photo! lol. Stubborn already. I have another scan tomorrow so maybe I can tell you all in my next post. The baby has also now moved on from wriggling to kicks and I'm getting kicked on a regular basis. 

Happy Monday 

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Published on February 01, 2016 05:11

January 1, 2016

New Writing of the Month for January ~ Light & Shadow

The light has being stolen away                           bit by bit each day
Once the tide turnsa small handful of lightwill be returned each dayevery piece as small                            as a grain of sand
until then we hold as much light as we canin all colours and shapes
casting long shadows
to stand guard for us                             against the chill.

Hello 2016! 
Hello everyone, I hope you had a great time celebrating the New Year last night. No hangover for me since it was an entirely sober festive season - I don't really care, I've never been much of a drinker and being pregnant is better anyway :) 
We welcomed in 2016 last night and I lit my first firework! - I couldn't believe it but I realised the other day that I've never lit one before. Then we were in bed by 1! lol Some party people we are. 
I hope you all enjoy 'Light & Shadow' it was inspired by the return of the daylight, the longest day has been and gone - the days will get longer and warmer now. Nature is amazing :)
Have you made any New Year's Resolutions? I'm not really a fan of making them but something I really want to do this year is write my socks off and really knuckle down and promote 'Alchemy' - I'm not going to have much time after June! 

Happy Friday and have a wonderful start to 2016.

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Published on January 01, 2016 05:10

December 23, 2015

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! 

I hope you all have a wonderful festive season whatever you're doing :) 

As I write this I'm having a coffee with some homemade gingerbread... how very Christmassy! 

'Alchemy' has received a wonderful review on Portobello Book Blog -

'Jade Kennedy’s writing was very atmospheric, filled with emotion and at times mystical.'

It's so heartwarming as a writer to hear how much someone enjoyed your work, it makes it all worthwhile. It's a great defense for those days when you want to throw everything in the bin. So thank you from the bottom of heart to all my readers and reviewers! 
In other news I'm now in my 16th week of pregnancy and starting to feel the little one move about - I know it might be early but it's a weird but wonderful sensation that I've never felt before. It feels more like bubbles then fluttering and it is very active at night! lol I'm also still waiting for a present in the post for Carl that I ordered from Amazon - which they think has been delivered ... I beg to differ!

Have a lovely Wednesday and a fantastic Christmas... looking forward to begin back in the New Year!

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Published on December 23, 2015 05:15

December 1, 2015

New Writing of the Month for December - 'Selene'

The light that obscuredthe falling leaves of autumn,has become the guiding light of winter nightsLaying beside the stars and the soft lights of home, they become a part of my soulreflected in the darknessand in my eyes as I grow moon shaped Light is everlasting and exudes a much needed calmalways carrying a hope or a wish of mine to burn within released into the air like smoke. 

Hi everyone and welcome to December - I can't believe how fast the year has gone! (maybe that's a consequence of getting old!)
I hope you enjoy 'Selene' - she is the goddess of the moon in Greek Mythology. I don't write much poetry anymore, I seem to want to expand on my ideas and writing to make a longer prose/flash fiction piece so I am happy to be returning to poetry and its purity. I think this is a beautiful poem with a lovely atmosphere and as always with my writing has a element of the seasons throughout.
This poem also has a personal significance and this is why I've shared it today, especially including the line 'as I grow moon shaped' ... me and Carl have done something bonkers... we've made a baby!! I've already had my first scan and the baby is lovely and healthy and already doesn't enjoy being poked! lol :) 
It's a lovely surprise - and it definitely was a surprise, he/she wasn't planned. I'm due in June and my Mum is already making a baby blanket, she is so excited and I know she will be an amazing grandmother (she wants to be called Nan).
Hopefully 'Alchemy' should be getting some reviews soon! :) I'll keep you informed and also on the developments of the bump. 

Happy Tuesday 

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Published on December 01, 2015 11:04

November 17, 2015

Automatic Writing #16

'If I let my mind wander I find myself within a thorn bush, the thorns inches from my skin. Cold and shining with moisture they are joyfully enriched with a green and red blush. 
Thick stems dig deep into the earth, forcing the earth apart, spreading its roots far underground. I meditate in this place feeling safe touching the aura of nature. Returning to the ghost I left behind years ago I wonder if she knew I was leaving. Did she try to cling to the tea set as I walked out of the door for the final time. Did she ever want to find me? 
Sunlight breaks through the tangle of thorns creating a halo around each eyelash, as if my eyes are shrouded in golden frost.  No sounds of people,  just birds and the distant greeting of a fox. My breath is misting in front of me warming my face and gathering on the downward facing thorns to drip a trail down my bare arms.
The sharp aroma of stringent greenery, dark spiced earth and a ripe bitterness is intoxicating and lulls me to sleep. I awake to watch the sun sliding to the horizon and I think about my own roots, my past that stays with me like a burn, ridged and white, all down my back. I know the taste of poison and the heaviness of lies but as I sit in this cradle of thorns nothing is of any value any more. The faces of people are nothing, all that is, is here and now and the moon above me carrying my thoughts away.'

Hi everyone, 
It's a very wet mid November day here in Yorkshire and I thought this piece was very apt - not that I'm complaining I quiet like the cold. 
I wrote this last year, last November actually. I tried to mold this piece which I called 'Thorn Bush' into a flash fiction or poem for 'Alchemy' but it refused to be tamed so I thought I'd share it in it's raw state (with a tiny bit of editing) as an Automatic Writing and see what you all thought. 
I recently did an interview for a blog with a feature called 'Awesome Indies' - I'll let you know when that's on. 
Last Tuesday I went to watch 'Bill Bailey - Limboland' :D it was a fantastic night and a lovely night out with the hubby. Are there any other Bill Bailey fans that read my blog?

Also I realised that I haven't shared a picture of Tomas for a while so here you go... enjoy! I've named it 'Mr November' lol

Happy Tuesday 

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Published on November 17, 2015 13:24

November 1, 2015

New Writing of the Month for November ~ Our Slumbering Oak Tree

'There was an area of my village where a tall and ancient oak tree slept. As far back as anyone could remember the tree had leaned and so it was always known as the slumbering oak. It stood next to the church which was just as ancient.
Our slumbering oak had a wonderful atmosphere, its gift was that whenever the sun shone - and no matter from which direction - it would illuminate the oak tree casting its shadow on the wall of the church. In summer with its amber sunlight, the leaves bowing and turning in the breeze it turned the church wall into a silhouette of a fairy-tale wood. 
All the children would come and stare in amazement at the scene, pointing out running rabbits and stalking wolves. A woman running with a stolen crown - then the scene would turn to rippling water as the breeze took hold and a new scene would play;  two children hand in hand carrying baskets, then a fluttering of snow and ice as a bear with her cubs ambled across the wall.
It delighted children for generations. Sometimes when the sun had set and the moon was at its brightest more scenes would play out unseen in silvers and whites. A couple sneaking away to keep their forbidden love a secret;  broken glass shattering and cutting the shadowy leaves. A woman, perhaps the one that stole the crown in the daytime, returned with a crown all of her own holding her hands towards the tree suddenly knowing she could be seen.  A cloud would cover the moon, blacking out the scene and the night would turn eerie and heavy. 
Many times churches where built upon places of old faiths and they in turn chose that spot for a reason. Our slumbering oak and the church where older than anyone knew. How old the magic was that they rested upon would probably never be known.'

Hello everyone and welcome to November! 
It's now time for dark nights, morning frosts and a multi-coloured display of falling leaves. I just love everything about Autumn! 
I hope you all had a lovely time yesterday if you celebrated Halloween, for all the effort Carl put into decorating the front garden we only had two Trick or Treaters! It's not all bad - it means there's a lot of leftover sweets that Carl is slowly munching through. I did get to carve some bats into a pumpkin and Carl did a Jack Skellington design on one :) 
I was inspired to write 'Our Slumbering Oak Tree' while watching the silhouettes of trees on the side of a building. To me, as a mad writer, it seemed magical - some parts flowed like water while others stayed the same and like cloud watching I could see many different shapes and images. I even took a photo! Anyway I hope you enjoyed it.

Happy Sunday 

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Published on November 01, 2015 10:03

October 31, 2015

The Last Dream

'I heard that when we die our brain activity increases - visions, smells and stories fill our mind.  Maybe this is what we see when we die. Maybe this is what forms the tales of those that cheat death.  Is this our last dream, something to prepare us for the vast unknown that comes to us all? 

Unlike the hauntings of  ghosts that don’t know or refuse to accept that they are dead … I knew.
A loved one didn't come for me and my life didn't unravel before me - just an endless falling through darkness. I watched my hands desperately grasp for something to cling to, my body's reflexes refusing accept they were no longer real.

Feeling less and less complete the further I fell, I let go of everything that made me flesh and blood; human - my thoughts, my ego, all beliefs flew upwards as I fell fluttering like cloth.

Hearing a ripping rippling sound my fears and last words poured from my open mouth like a held breath. My tears and grief seeped out from under my eyelashes. My last thoughts before all thought left me was of those I had left behind and the simple pleasures I would miss.
The Light filled the space effortlessly ... it came to me.'

Happy Halloween everyone! 

I hope you all enjoy 'The Last Dream'. I've been looking forward to sharing it for Halloween. It's not really scary but it's definitely a dark piece about death, I don't think I wanted to go down the horror route this year. I think this is a piece that gets you wondering. I hope some of you think of the real meaning of Halloween or Samhain and remember those that have passed away and can't be with us, lit some candles and think of some happy memories with them.

I want to share Alchemy again (I know, shameless - but I'm so pleased I have some of my lovely reviews on there now :) 

Carl as usual is going Halloween mad! He's heading out to decorate the front garden soon, I hope I get a pumpkin to carve.

Have a wonderful weekend...

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Published on October 31, 2015 08:24