#Orkney holiday – back to Neolithic times – #Maeshowe chambered cairn #Scotland

Deborah Jay’s visit to Maeshowe a truly awe-inspiring cairn.


I am happy to report that my creativity has returned following its 2019 enforced sojourn. I am currently writing the next in my Caledonian Sprite contemporary fantasy series, so I will be back to producing more writing-related posts soon. In the meantime, I still have a whole load to catch up on from my October visit to Orkney.

The Orkney islands are oozing with history that spans a vast range of time. Some of my favourite sites were from the Neolithic period – beginning some 10,000 years BC (the final part of the stone age) – and Orkney has plenty. In fact, they are still uncovering a new find near to Maeshowe, the subject of this post.

Maeshowe is a chambered cairn, or burial mound. At 35m wide and topping 7m tall, it’s a large structure, yet the 10m long entrance tunnel is only just over 1.2m high – quite…

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Streets Ahead Street Team – Colleen Chesebro

I thoroughly enjoyed Colleen’s book and recommend it for everyone.

Stevie Turner

This week on Streets Ahead we’re promoting Colleen Chesebro’s  ‘Fairies, Myths and Magic:  A Summer Celebration’, which is a collection of poems and short stories.

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the…

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The Australian Fires: Where You Can Donate

Suzie thank you so much for providing these links. They are so very important.

Suzie Speaks

I’ve watched in horror over the last few weeks as the fires in Australia have ravaged the country. With 24 people and 500 MILLION animals dead, millions of hectares of land burned and more than 1400 homes destroyed, I’ve been reduced to tears as the pictures of the devastation have been shared across the news and social media. Like the fires across the Amazon Rainforests and California there’s a feeling of helplessness, particularly in the fact that it is happening literally on the other side of the world.

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Submission Call: Haunts and Hellions, A Gothic Romance Anthology


Haunts & Hellions
a gothic romance anthology
edited by Emerian Rich

GOTHIC ROMANCES of old featured a female protagonist dealing with a terrifying ordeal while struggling to be with her true love. Set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins or haunted castles, the love interest was either a brooding handsome gentleman or a supernatural monster disguised as a gentleman. Following the example of such works as Northanger Abbey, Phantom of the Opera, The Grey Woman, Dracula, The Woman in White, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Witch House and the like, we want your darkest, creepiest horror love story. 

Although we crave gothic romance style, don’t feel the need to paint a damsel in distress. The woman may certainly be the one who saves the day. We are also open to LBGTQ love stories. The main plot should be horror and romance. We don’t like stories written specifically with social or political…

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Christmas Tree Séance

A fantastic and wonderful true story from Sue esp for Christmas.

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

As most of you know by now I often join workshops and physical mediumship séances. For a number of years now I have sat as a guest in Scott Milligan’s Physical Circles in various venues around the UK.

Today Sunday18th Dec 2011, I was privileged to join Scott again in his end of the year Séance in which we were asked to bring a small toy each (ones with no batteries ) for Spirit Children .. We wrapped them up in the séance room  and placed them around a very small tree in the centre of the circle..  there were 18 of us in the circle… I took a small tambourine, others had taken soft toys, squeaky ones and one  present was a tin of that spray string in a can.

The Séance was an end of the year thank you to the spirit world and was a special opportunity…

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Ani’s Advent 2019! A Mystery… and a letter from Dante-Dawg

Dante Dawg’s letter to Santa to help his greatest friend, Ani. xxx

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Okay, Santa,

Another week and I’m safe from the antlers!

So many friends have come to my rescue…it’s wonderful!

And so many of them are not asking for much for themselves either. They all seem to be thinking about others. So… I don’t get it.

You fly all around the world…see all kinds of two-legses and four-legses…in fact all the numbers of legses… and if so many of them care about others, of their own species or different species, how come there are still so many going without the basic things like food, clean water and a warm bed at night?

It doesn’t add up.

If the ordinary folk… not that anyone is ordinary… want things to change, how come they don’t?

I’m not asking you to give away trade secrets here, but, if you know who’s responsible for it not happening… would you have a word please?


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