Do you believe in a muse?

This is for all the inspired and creative type out there!

Here is the question: do you believe in a muse?

What do I mean? That person or thing that makes you inspired to write, paint or by what any creative means. For me I believe in this. The reason why is because I have written poetry about someone and how they made me feel. I have done this in a situation where I have had a dream, struggled to sleep.

A muse for me is that spark of imagination.

What do you think?

Inspiration comes from anywhere

Currently I am on holiday, but there is always inspiration for a writer.

I find on holiday you will come across people you will never meet in everyday life. People from other places, languages, cultures and customs.

I find as a writer being in a different environment helps the mind to not go stale or in essence suffer writers block. Which I have had often before this break.

Even the activities are diverse from home. You seek adventure more. You find passions anew or rejuvenate old ones.

For me it has been an eye opener to freshen the mind and once again have a crystal clear clarity!

Nature is beautiful

For today’s post I am going to share a picture that I did not take that long ago. It is of a sunset and I just thought it was so beautiful, that I had to share it with you all. Hope you appreciate it as much as I did taking the picture.



I have found poetry rather therapeutic when I am thinking too much, or just need to relieve a feeling or an emotion.

This is a poem I wrote a while ago when I struggled to sleep. It is called Through my mind.

 I lie here wide awake

In my bed.

Tossing and turning

A steam rollers through my head.

All is so unclear.

I wish I had clarity.

But I cannot,

As thoughts rage through my mind.

The clock keeps ticking away.

I hope soon I snooze

With a crystal clear mind.




Escapism of the classics

As far as I can remember and was old enough to be able to read, I have always loved classical literature with the likes of Jane Austen, Bronte sisters and even the works of Shakespeare.

As a child I loved the myths and legends of Norse and Greek origins. It is an area of literature that has always fascinated me. So when I knew Marvel were bringing out Thor, of course I was excited as I knew the characters from Norse mythology. I loved it that much that at college I took the subject classical civilisation that concentrated on Roman and Greek roots of history. In this subject I chose Greek literature and specifically speaking Homer’s Iliad. I loved the film Troy because of the fantastic actors in it, that reading the work was exciting for me. I was not disappointed either.

But back to the classical literature of Austen and the Bronte sisters in particular. There work has been reimagined in television and film countless times, that we all have a favourite adaptation. I find my fascination with the worlds they write is because it is a world and a society that no longer exist in modern culture. The elements of social class, gender, the social norms and values of the times are a time forgotten in some ways a good thing, especially with women marrying for advantageous marriages out of financial security and not love. Even though Austen shows us many love marriages in Pride and Prejudice with Jane and Mr Bingley as well as Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Nowadays they are a good escapism of romance, chivalry and the outfits of corsets and bonnets. As well as pomp and ceremony of how things were done, some may argue how they would still like to be done.

I found the same with the Bronte sisters with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Both gothic, dark and yet endearing. For me these novels just give an insight into the mind of the authors as well as the period in time they were set. I adore Jane Eyre with the innocence and the brooding, mysterious Mr Rochester. I did love the film adaptions with Michael Fassbender who for me did the character a justice.

I find that the women in the classical literature are written as strong, yet underestimated and undervalued in the beginning, but as the story evolves they become their own and drive the story forward. But that is just my opinion.

This literature is something that ha always fascinated me and impassioned the imagination of romance, survival and loyalty. Loyalty to oneself and to the family and friends the characters relies on throughout the novel.

On the other hand I do love the adaption that come from the origins of these authors. Best of these and I do recommend is the Jane Austen book club and Austen land. Both very loving and funny films that are inspired by these wonderful writers.

My Drummer boy

In my last post I mentioned my great-grandfather Thomas Alfred Oakes was a private with the 6th Cheshire regiment and how because of him I got my middle name.

Since then that bubble of the story I was told since I was young has been burst.

On the genealogy websites of Ancestry and Find My Past from the 11th to the 13th November there is free access to the military records. So with this opportunity I took my chance in looking for relatives and what other information I could find on them.

Originally I could not find much on Thomas, but looking over the weekend I found a Silver War badge transcription which stated Thomas did NOT serve overseas. I was a little gutted after the story I was told, but in a way relieved as if he had then who knows what would have happened. The favourite words of What if? A scenario which can be ignored as he was home, had other children and therefore cousins of mine who are alive and living life.

The part that fascinated me on the transcript was the part of occupation. I always knew he was a private. The transcript clearly stated he was a drummer. I was very happy. The reason for this happiness is that the musicality passed on from father to son. As Thomas’ father also with the same namesake was a theatre musician. For me to see the fact he was a drummer gave me a glimpse into my great grandfather’s life with questions.

Questions of:

  1. Did his father teach his son instruments?
  2. Was music a key part of Thomas Alfred Oakes childhood?
  3. Was he any good as a drummer?
  4. How many instruments could he or his father play?
  5. What music did they like or dislike?

These are questions that will never be answered of course, as there needs to be someone living to answer these which there is not. However it is nice to see how music passed on from one generation to the other.