Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Finding Titles: Tyger, Tyger.

Finding titles for books can be quite a challenge. Many people turn to Shakespeare or the Bible for quotations, but for my Secret Of TheJournal series, poetry provided the inspiration.

The strong historical links to the Seventeenth-century in the series had me hunting among my favourite Metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. Not only did Donne provide the titles for the first three books – Mortal Fire; Death Be Not Proud; and Rope of Sand, but his – and other poets – feature and is referenced throughout the series.

I loved studying Metaphysical poetry at college. I enjoyed the subtlety of Donne and the self-deprecating piety of Herbert, while Marvell provided sly humour and memorable one-liners.  In To His Coy Mistress, he manages to juggle a rather acidic, earthy remark, with one of sublime beauty, the latter made more poignant by its juxtaposition with the temporal subject of the poem.

‘My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;’

and

‘But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.’

 

By book 4 – Realm of Darkness – I had moved through the centuries and found a quote in Longfellow to reflect Matthew’s development and change. How apt that Longfellow was also a resident of Portland, Maine, near where much of the story is set.

 

By the last book – Fearful Symmetry – I went back in time again, this time to William Blake, whose poetry often reflects a mind seeking answers in nature for the mysteries of heart and soul. Given Matthew’s unique status, it seemed fitting somehow, to finish with a poet who understood the sublime and divine in Creation.

History In The Making: Abbotsbury & St Catherine’s Chapel

Sitting alone on the crest of a hill, St Catherine's Chapel is one of only a few survivors like it left in the country. Fortress-like and sturdy, it overlooks Chesil Bank - that lethal stretch of shingle stretching fourteen miles from the Isle of Portland to Golden...

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake - one of them had...

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...