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You Guessed Right!!!

Well…some of you did…sort of…halfway there at least.

Yes…yes…the answer is New York, or more specifically Manhattan. But I am not physically there. Let me explain.

You may have detected over the past few months that I have had moments when the unfulfilling paid job I have, and the very fulfilling but also very very busy unpaid work I do has contributed to me feeling tired.

I have written about it at times. I also received some lovely suggestions from other bloggers and writers on how to switch off to all that has been on my mind. Paula Light made the suggestion at one stage “write another book”. I loved that suggestion, but realistically that is not in the pipeline right now. I am still editing my first three and polishing up the dialogue and descriptions, and eliminating every single grammatical error.

But I thought to myself…I can still write shorter fictional pieces. There is something I have wanted to write about for some time, and while Jack is away (he is South East Asia at the moment) I realized I allow myself the luxury of letting my mind wander.

So…I am finally letting myself work out Annabelle Riley’s time in New York….

Photo by Quintin Gellar on Pexels.com

….after Dean and her break up…how dark her thoughts turn for the few months she is alone, how she met Robin, why she fell for him so quickly and so completely, how Robin reacted to this gorgeous caramel blonde who is ten years younger than him, working for a major record label and living in a stunning apartment.

In my head…I am in Manhatten. I am having so much fun! The conversations between Annabelle and Robin, the places they go, the fun they have, the food they eat, the people they meet. I forgot how enjoyable it is to imagine your characters as they grow and adventure.

A New Dawn, A New Day, A New Life

I have been trying to guess what the theme would be for Helen Vahdati’s SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY. However, all my guesses were wrong!

The theme is: NEW as you can see from Helen’s post below:


Ten songs about New York popped into my head, but I wanted to go down a different route. New as in fresh, exciting, starting over, new dawn, news day, new life.

Whatever your plans for the new year, I hope you enjoy this anthem to new beginnings!

Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me
Yeah, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, ooooooooh
And I’m feelin’ good

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River runnin’ free, you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me
And I’m feelin’ good

Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun, you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done: that’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world and a bold world for me

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Oh, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me

And I’m feelin’… good


SONGWRITERS: Anthony Newley and Leslie Bruicusse

Throbbing With Life And Excitement

The WORD OF THE DAY today was riparian.  A word I have never heard of before.  I had to look up the definition and learnt that it means:

“relating to or situated on the banks of a river”

Very kindly the wonderful Tales from the mind of Kristian rigged up a post for me to showcase my poem:

But I had this song in mind as well.  I was just watching it because I always loved this song, my Dadda loved this film when I was growing up.

However, it was so strange watching as the camera swings around and there you see the two enormous towers of the World Trade Center.  Normally I don’t think I would have posted this video, but I have read about two hundred different posts from bloggers remembering “the day the modern would changed” or “the day we lost our innocence”…as many bloggers have described it, and it has been fascinating and deeply moving to read the personal accounts of some who were right there on the day.

It was undoubtedly one of the worst events we have witnessed in our life-time and I do think it is appropriate that so many have remembered and recorded their sentiments.

But as in the case of the incidents we have seen here in London, there is something incredibly special about people and their extraordinary spirit to overcome horrendous challenges.  New York today is as it always has been, throbbing with life and excitement. A tremendous testimony to the ability people, families and communities have to heal.

Despite the unthinkable events of 2001…New York is still that incredible…

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you

Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York