2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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My Short Story for teenagers ‘Abandoned’ is now for sale on Kindle.

Yes, I have finally pulled everything together and published Abandoned after 3 years of drafting.

I began it in the summer of 2009 while I was living in Salonika (Thessaloniki) in Greece. I was all alone with 2 months ahead of me, trying to think how I could creatively enjoy my time off school as an English teacher. I had always loved writing stories and illustrating, and I had been utilising this passion for my Greek students, making up stories for them to help them contextualise vocabulary that we were learning in class, and how to use grammatical structures correctly. It proved to be fun and soon I was writing more and more for them, which made me really happy as I was encouraging them to read and also to be creative as homework tasks were set such as write your own conclusion to this story.

So I spent a lot of time in my study planning the plot and drawing sketches of the characters. I became utterly absorbed in my new fantasy world and would type away from the hours of 9pm to 4am every night; the balcony doors wide open, a gentle summer night breeze bellowing the curtains and my favourite Rock Radio Station playing  in the background. It was the ONLY time that the city was quiet and cool enough for me to focus so I became a night owl. I loved it!

this is typical of my nightly sky views from my apartment

The City streets where I would walk

it was a very inspiring city for the writer

Thessaloniki will always be my Muse. It’s my heart (kardia in Greek) and soul (psihi) and I miss it terribly.

Here is the front cover of my book. I designed it myself using Photoshop.

The Synopsis

Casey is a spoiled sixteen year old. She does not appreciate her parents, her privileged life or anyone who doesn’t adhere to her beliefs or passions. When her father accepts a post as a village Doctor and they move into a beautiful old mansion in the countryside, she is determined to rebel. Bored and angry to have left her friends back in the city she decides to defy her selfish parents, refusing to make friends with neighbours Lee and Lisa, and determined to spend her days alone.
But her bad attitude is about to change.
It all begins with Eliza. She discovers her punk rag doll under her bed, but there is something sinister about her. This doll is sad and torn and makes Casey uneasy and afraid. On a solitary walk she comes across a house that looks exactly like her own, but is deserted and burned out. It haunts her with terrifying feelings which draw her back there again and again. This begins a rollercoaster ride of fear, sadness, love and self-discovery. The house weaves the web which entangles Casey into a series of events connecting the doll, the boy called Lee and her fated future.
Why does Eliza, her doll, keep appearing in that house?
Who is the handsome boy wearing her favourite t-shirt who hangs out in the burnt out attic bedroom. Why is he petrified of her?
Gradually, Casey begins to piece together the sinister clues from her journal entries and sketchbooks that manifest themselves in that house. Eventually they lead her to a terrifying discovery. Can she look deep into herself and mend her selfish ways before she destroys herself and the people she loves?

~*~

You can read two ‘taster’ chapters on my website:

http://www.birdsbecomefishes.co.uk/storiesforyoungchildren.html

 or look inside the book on the Amazon Website. It can also be purchased here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abandoned-ebook/dp/B00A1D1E3I/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1352313789&sr=1-1-catcorr

Casey’s life, loves and encounters with the paranormal can also be followed on her WordPress Blog:

caseyepapadaki.wordpress.com

I really hope that my first short story resonates with young readers and adults alike.

There are two main themes running through the plot; Don’t judge people on appearances and Every action has a consequence.

Enjoy, and please leave a review on the Amazon site if you are kind enough to purchase it, or leave a comment.

If you haven’t got Kindle and would like a copy of the story, I can send either a PDF file or Word document file to your email address for the same price as on Amazon~£2. 55 ($4)

Please email me (serenajane72@yahoo.co.uk) or leave a comment and I will get get back to you with payment detail.

Bright Blessings to All!

~S~

Please take time to answer this quick quezzie

Hi Everyone,

As you know, I am in the process of getting ideas together to develop my little Arts & Crafts business. As my two passions are Arts & Crafts and Natural Healing, I am looking at a fusion of these disciplines to create ‘Healing Arts and Crafts’ that are both functional and beautiful to look at.

To start with, I would like to know what people are using in the world of Alternative Therapies. There are some disciplines here that I would like to work with, but I am open to others that are not on the list.

I have already created some pieces using Crystals, Aromatherapy, Colour therapy, Ancient symbols & Wicca and Angel Healing but obviously I need to gauge what’s popular out there so I can focus on fusing the right disciplines with my Art. Win-win for me as a business and the customer for their Holistic and Spiritual needs in life!

Thank you for clicking!

                                   

Calling kindred spirits…

Reiki written in Shinjitai Japanese.

Reiki written in Shinjitai Japanese. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aromatic candle

Aromatic candle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am in the process of doing a lot of research into a variety of subjects around Natural Therapies, Holistic Treatments and the use of Amulets and Talismans.

I am fascinated by fusing these ancient practices with my art and craft making, to create pieces with meaning and real healing properties. Not just pretty pictures or cards to put on the mantel. Pieces that use colour to uplift your mood or aromas to relax your body of stress. Jewellery that works with the body and mind to offer protection,  encourage creativity or aid a restful night.

I want to get back to the connection we once had with Nature and all that Mother Earth offers and at the same time show gratitude for this by using environmentally friendly materials and recycled metals.

I have already written pages on the subjects of Angels, Goddesses and Spirit Guides and Colour Therapy. There will always be more to add, but so far I have researched the basics. Please use the following links to see these pages:

http://www.birdsbecomefishes.co.uk/colourtherapyandhealing.html

http://www.birdsbecomefishes.co.uk/angelsandspiritguides.html

The following pages are yet to be started. I have pieces for sale already such as healing jewellery using Crystals, and textile pieces using Aromatherapy to aid relaxation and alleviate insomnia.

 
  • Crystals & Chakras
  • Aromatherapy
  • Talismans & Amulets
  • Reiki
So here is my suggestion. I am wondering if people with expertise, skills, knowledge or fascination with any of the above subjects, would like to contribute to my site. I am not an expert in any of these subjects, so it would be great to work with anyone who is! It will benefit all of us as my site gets around 100 visits a day on average, so your work would be out there for people to see. I would of  course, link anything anyone did on my site, BACK TO THEIR WEBSITE OR BLOG. It would be win-win!
Please contact me here as a comment or email me on serenajaneturner@yahoo.com if you are interested!
Waiting with excitement!
Blessings and Light
~xx S xx~
Amulets and talismans

Amulets and talismans (Photo credit: Nathaniel_U)