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Poetry Inspiration

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

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Milestone and Me!

Wow! I have just reached the 100 followers milestone. I’m feeling the love and support right now, and it makes all the time spent writing and blogging worthwhile. I have loved every minute of my blogging experience, and the community vibe from other bloggers is fantastic. I hope to support others as much as they have supported me on my journey. Thank you folks!

I haven’t done an introductory post of sorts for a while, so for all my new followers, and some of my older followers, this is me, Kayleigh, (K.J.Chapman):

I’m a twenty-nine year old, mother, fiancé, writer, author, book lover, blogger, tea drinker, housekeeper, daydreamer, recycler, thrift shopper, the list can be infinite. I am a born and bred Cornish girl and have been told I have an accent to match. Yep, I do say ‘bleddy ansum’, ‘dreckly’, and ‘alright arr ee.’ Cornwall is my favourite place in the whole world. We’re friendly folk overall, and I enjoy the pace of life.

My passion is writing. I have a particular interest in writing young and new adult, science fiction and fantasy novels. I self-published my first eBook, EVO Nation, in June 2015 ( please check it out via the link below), and I am currently writing book two in the EVO Nation series, EVO Shift.

My second passion is reading. I have an eclectic reading taste; picking one genre would be like asking a mother to pick her favourite child. I have recently started book review posts as part of my blog. It seemed like a natural progression considering the amount of time I spend reading. I am particularly eager to help spread the word on obscure eBooks, helping to bring them into the mainstream.

Finally, I’m a fan girl! Dr Who, Game of Thrones, Firefly, The Walking dead, and anything Marvel. I’m a self-proclaimed geek and proud of it.

Connect with me! I’m like horse poo in Cornwall, you can find me everywhere if you look hard enough:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

PINTEREST

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

GOODREADS

Thanks again for the support, and here’s to many more posts to come…


K.J.Chapman’s novel: EVO Nation

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Inspiration in the Charts

As you may well know, I am a big music fan, and I get a lot of inspiration from songs. My latest fixation is a chart song, Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Naughty Boy ft Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin:

Watch the music video to Runnin’ here.

These four lonely walls have changed the way I feel
The way I feel, I’m standing still
And nothing else matters now, you’re not here
So where are you? I’ve been calling you, I’m missing you

Where else can I go? Where else can I go?
Chasing you, chasing you
Memories turn to dust, please don’t bury us
I got you, I got you

Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
Together we’ll win it all
I ain’t runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
I’m ready to face it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all

I’ve outrun the fears that chased, they’re standing still
I’m running still, I’m running still
And every voice that cries inside my head, forever drives
Forever drives, I kill the lights

Where else can I go? Where else can I go?
Chasing you, chasing you

Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
Together we’ll win it all
I ain’t runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
I’m ready to face it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, September 28th 2015

I’m doing this week’s quotes of the week a little differently today. Usually, I choose a theme or topic and choose two quotes that inspire or motivate me in relation to that theme or topic. Today, however, I am choosing two quotes from the author John Green. Both quotes comes from his ‘The Fault in our Stars’ novel, and I am in love with them.

‘I fell in the love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.’  ~ Hazel Grace, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

In my humble opinion, this is the perfect surmise of falling in love. I wanted so badly to be able to capture love in a sentence just like Green, and I have had this quote written in my inspiration notebook for a long, long time.

‘You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.’ ~ Augustus Waters, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

A true quote if ever there was one. Love is about jumping in head first. It’s about placing your trust and heart into someone else’s hand, hoping they treat it kindly.

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, September 14th 2015

‘Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring or cruel? Not to me.’ ~ JK Rowling

This week’s quotes relate to positive body image, self-confidence, and the beauty that comes from both. I totally agree with JK Rowling’s quote. I think generosity and kindness are truly the most beautiful qualities a person can have.

“If someone even tries to whisper the word diet, I’m like, ‘you can go f**k yourself.’ ~ Jennifer Lawrence

Good on you, girl!  Never allow another person to influence the way you feel about yourself. You can lose weight, tan, wax, dye your hair, but do it for you, not because you think that is what is expected of you.

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Playlist for EVO Shift

EVO Shift is book two in the EVO Nation Series. When writing book one, EVO Nation, I used music as my motivation and inspiration. I am a lover of music, so it felt natural that I would write accompanied by a playlist to draw on certain emotions, or recall past memories.

I have previously blogged about my playlist for EVO Nation, and now that I’m fully absorbed in the writing of EVO Shift, I thought it only natural to compile my playlist for my current writing process.

It’s illuminating to see my playlist written down. I note definite tones and messages that relate to the tones and messages in my novel. The power of music in relation to creativity is almighty.

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William Blake 1757-1827

Love’s Secret by William Blake

Never seek to tell thy love,

Love that never told can be;

For the gentle wind doth move

Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,

I told her all my heart,

Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.

Ah! She did depart!

Soon after she was gone from me,

A traveller came by,

Silently, invisibly:

He took her with a sigh.

Poetry is a powerful, emotional thing. As you can tell by my frequent poetry inspiration posts, poetry never fails to inspire and motivate my in my writing. It is almost like getting a peek into another perspective; it may not be my own perspective, but correlates to that of one of my characters.

Books and Me

Gifts for the Bookworm

My birthday is fast approaching, and I’ve been asked if there is anything I need. I’m terrible at suggesting gift ideas for myself, so I just shrug and say, ‘You don’t have to get me anything.’ That is true, and I quite literally have no idea what gifts I want/ need.

I’m a bookworm, and yes, a little geeky in my love of all things fantasy, SciFi, and whimsical. Gifts in any of these areas will always be spot on. However, I find it just as hard to buy gifts for other people.

I have decided to do a little research into gift ideas for the bookworms in my life… I might even buy myself some pre-birthday presents of my own.

Book Bag:

Buy this bag from CafePress

Bookmark:

Buy this bookmark from PeggysPassions over at ETSY

398.2 Pendant:

pendant

Buy this pendant from Zazzle

Dr Seuss Wall Art:

Buy these canvases from OneLessMoon over at ETSY

Bookends:

Buy this bookend from KatansDesigns over at ETSY

These are my top favourite gift ideas. I’m in love with the pendant in particular- we should all still believe in fairy-tales, right?

Have you ever received a perfect bookworm gift? Or do you have a particular gift you’d like to receive?

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A Week In My Shoes

The holidays are much more exciting than school runs and word counts, so I decided to share a glimpse of my life over the course of seven days.

My weekly word count posts are now to become my Sunday feature posts, hence why there is not a single mention of my writing in this post. This is all family fun, and my real life.

Monday:

Today was a family day. The sun came out for us… eventually. We went to Porthleven (Cornwall) to visit family, and took Sophie rock pooling and crabbing. We only caught a shell… but we had fun all the same.

My daughter’s new favourite thing is ‘Pom Pom Wars’. It all started when we were crafting, and she chucked a pom pom at me. Two hundred pom poms later, we were in hysterics, and my house was covered. She requested another pom pom wars game on Monday, and we obliged. I would recommend this game for little kids and big kids. You heard it here first!

Tuesday:

We had our Notice of Marriage appointment at 11.30, and got to look around the wedding venue after. The registrar even put music on, so my daughter could get the feel for walking down the aisle as a bridesmaid. It is all so exciting- eeekkk!

Tuesday was an exciting day in more ways than one. We added two new faces to our little family. Meet Juno and Lavender, our dwarf hamsters-

These miniature sweethearts have a love hate relationship. They sleep entwined with each other, enjoy each other’s company, and then push each other down the tunnels, and the vertical pipes. Definitely siblings!

Date night was on Tuesday this week. We’re saving money for our wedding, so we stayed in, put Sophie to bed, and watched Insurgent. I was, of course, in batman pyjamas.

Wednesday:

Wednesday was another family day. We went to my Nana’s house for tea like we do every Wednesday during the school holidays. It was cloudy, but humid, so we decided to get productive, well, semi-productive. We painted my Nana’s garden furniture, and then realised we used the wrong outside paint…<deep breath>

Thursday:

Cornwall woke up to rain on Thursday, but that didn’t stop us. A soggy outing to our local boating lake kept Sophie entertained for the morning. I think the ducks and swans liked our choice of bread. It was like a scene from ‘The Birds’ at one point.

The afternoon was quiet and lazy as the weather steadily got worse. We watched films, played Lego, and got crafty to pass the day away.

Friday:

Today was mine and Mr O’s fourteen year anniversary. We decided on a trip to Roskillys, Cornwall. It’s a beautiful farm with free petting facilities, a restaurant, homemade Cornish ice cream, bee hives, nature walks, and much more. We spent the whole morning there and spent no more than £6.80! Roskillys is nestled in the Cornish countryside, and is a must- see for visitors to Cornwall.

Friday’s are our library days. Sophie was especially excited this week because she has finished another two books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. She was particularly happy with this week’s stickers for her wall chart. Only another two books (two weeks) and she’ll have completed this years challenge.

I just have to share a photo of my anniversary treats from Mr O. Check out my new mug. He knows me too well… and of course, there is a massive bar of Galaxy to dip in the tea I shall fill my new mug with. Proper job, Mr O.

Saturday:

Sophie has been desperate to help with the wedding plans, and I gave her her first official bridesmaid duty today. What’s more important than the wedding fund? It definitely deserves a pretty pot of its own. I think she did a brilliant job.

Today we saw family members who have travelled to Cornwall from Kent for a weeks holiday. Of course, the conversation was all about weddings! Fingers crossed that the weather plays ball for them.

Sunday:

Dump day! Not in the bowel movement sense, but in the refuse and recycling centre sense. We have been waiting for ages to clear our garage, and Sunday was the day. I’m not one for waste, but our centre has fantastic recycling facilities… <Happy K.J>

Sophie got to pick the activity for Sunday, and she settled on scooting through the National Trust estate – Penrose.  The weather remained dry for us, and I think everyone had the same idea. There were lots of children on bikes and scooters, lots of dogs, and Sophie even saw an enormous beetle. It was a morning well spent.


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Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, August 17th 2015

It would be a heinous crime to do quotes of the week every Monday and not dedicate a post to the legend that is Dr Seuss.

‘I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.’ ~ Dr Seuss

As a writer, I particularly like this quote. I sometimes feel like the chaos in my head is a load of nonsensical whimsy, but I agree that fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. Looking at life through a different perspective can be enlightening.

‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.’ ~ Dr Seuss

Because I love this quote so much, I made it into a wall hanging for my daughter’s bedroom. It is a positive message for children and teenagers to be themselves and appreciate their individuality.