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Say a prayer for those who we’ve lost or are fighting cancer

Friends, I’ve still not heard from my buddy’s widow; whether she’s received my poetry or not? Please continue to pray that I’ve made the right choice sharing my prose, written from the heart about her tragic loss, with her?
Steve X

Steve Clarke's Diary

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago I lost a buddy to cancer – had to say goodbye at the crematorium along with his close family and hundreds of his other friends.

That evening, the words ‘A castle in sky…’ whispered away in my mind.  I have lots of whisperings in my head, words, plots, voices of characters from many genres and story lines I’m working on – I’m not psychotic – well at least I don’t think so??

I kept the order of service, have it pinned to the wall in my office, so my buddy can cast his smile over me.  And yesterday I felt so compelled to write, it happened very quickly, and when I read it back I was moved to tears; for it’s as if I’d written it on his behalf.

I deliberated before taking the decision to send my prose to his widow and now I’m anxious…

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Posted by on June 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Another Faithful review – Intrigued; kept my attention.

Many thanks to Florence, for giving such a great review on Amazon! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed reading.

Faithful is the first in the series of a ‘Mid-life crisis’ and as you can see, in more detail below, Florence has said she’s intrigued and wants to know more about the main characters when more books in the series are released.

I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Fidelity, the second book in the series – delving deeply into Steve’s’ past, is due for release later in the summer.

Steve X

p.s The images below are of Matthew Faithful and Liz (not Mrs Faithful…)

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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in Reviews

 

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Faithful review – ‘Compelling and well written humorous short story about mid life crisis’

Many thanks to LucieB, for giving such a great review on Amazon! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the experience.

Faithful is the first in the series of a ‘Mid-life crisis’ and as you can see, in more detail below, Lucie has said, ‘Faithful was entertaining and fun to read. The characters in the story are engaging, clever and funny. I like and highly recommend this book. I look forward to the sequel.”

I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Fidelity, the second book in the series – delving into Steve Clarke’s’ past, is due for release later in the summer.

Steve X

p.s The images below are of Matthew Faithful and Liz (not Mrs Faithful…)

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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Reviews

 

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Say a prayer for those who we’ve lost or are fighting cancer

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago I lost a buddy to cancer – had to say goodbye at the crematorium along with his close family and hundreds of his other friends.

That evening, the words ‘A castle in sky…’ whispered away in my mind.  I have lots of whisperings in my head, words, plots, voices of characters from many genres and story lines I’m working on – I’m not psychotic – well at least I don’t think so??

I kept the order of service, have it pinned to the wall in my office, so my buddy can cast his smile over me.  And yesterday I felt so compelled to write, it happened very quickly, and when I read it back I was moved to tears; for it’s as if I’d written it on his behalf.

I deliberated before taking the decision to send my prose to his widow and now I’m anxious that my words, spoken from the heart, will stir her sorrow instead of healing her soul as intended.  She will surely know that my friend Bob has had a hand in the poetry;  Bob and his wife regularly enjoyed tropical holidays together and one of the verses reads; ‘Where the turtles play – dragging the fresh sand all day.’

May we all say a prayer for those who’ve lost or are fighting a fierce battle against cancer.

Steve X

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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Sweet honey blonde, with lips like plums – ripe for the picking…

Do you know men who fantasise? Maybe you fantasise yourself? Maybe like me, you’re suffering from a mid-life crisis?

Or do you suspect a fantasist? Is he really staying late to finish a report? Do you really know his secretary that well? How do they behave at the Christmas part – too familiar maybe or is it just the drink talking?

Do you, all to often, dismiss the excuses…?

Extracted, with pleasure, from Chapter 3 – My first glimpse of Annabelle.

Suddenly, the front door opens, just a crack, but releasing gallons of emotions, torrents of tears and pent up frustration, gushing out over the lawn and smacking me around the face with a soul-stirring tsunami.

As I wipe the Faithful family’s sorrow from my eyes, I catch my first glimpse of Annabelle – not the black widow I was expecting, but a vision of loveliness wrapped up, like a fancy gift, in a sheer summer dress. Her dignity saved by a bold print of large crimson-yellow sunflowers, strategically placed over the cotton garment, creased like crepe paper, hugging her mid-term bump and stretched over her enhanced double dee breasts. Her sweet honey blonde, flowing naturally over slender shoulders, with lips like plums – ripe for the picking and the sweet enticing scent of ‘Euphoria’ brought to me by the hazy heat wave…

Faithful is available for download on Amazon Kindle, dig into my blog for some very good reviews. Why not purchase a copy for yourself it’s enlightening and entertaining.

Fidelity, my second adventure in the series, will be coming soon!

Steve X

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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Faithful extract

 

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I’m usually naked but more commonly wiped with a glossy smudge…What am I?

I’m usually naked but more commonly wiped with a glossy red smudge…What am I?

I come as a pair – I can be black, I can be white
But certainly not prejudiced or known to cause a fight.
I can be swollen, toothless, or even paid for shiny white.

I’m contagious and outrageous, but I don’t crave a cure or even bear a grudge.
I’m often naked but more commonly wearing a glossy red smudge.
I don’t require a translator
But I do say, “See you later!”

I always leave a tell-tale sign of a good time
A kiss may be amiss in this rhyme?
But a happy line or two is just fine.

For rest assured, as night follows day
I’ll have the last say.
As along with laughter
I can help you live forever-after!

Happiness starts with a SMILE, please pass one on!

Steve X

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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Poetry

 

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A few words – often so hard to say…

Remember to turn to your nearest and dearest, smile and say, “I love you!”

Steve Clarke's Diary

A few words – often so hard to say…

I was thinking about how fast life passes us by – maybe it’s my age? – but it really does. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the mundane: going to work, getting the kids off to school, shopping etc etc. And not to stop and say as few important words…

Hi, Hello, single words – so easily roll off the tongue.

Thank you; one word or two? Make no sense unless joined together and should be so easy to say?

We take each other for granted: dinner on the table, dirty washing returned washed, ironed and folded back in the drawer. A hard day at work, money in the bank – the mortgage paid!

Saying thank you is a bit like saying sorry; another word that all too often gets stuck in the throat…”No! they should say sorry first!”……

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

A few words – often so hard to say…

A few words – often so hard to say…

I was thinking about how fast life passes us by – maybe it’s my age? – but it really does. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the mundane: going to work, getting the kids off to school, shopping etc etc. And not to stop and say as few important words…

Hi, Hello, single words – so easily roll off the tongue.

Thank you; one word or two? Make no sense unless joined together and should be so easy to say?

We take each other for granted: dinner on the table, dirty washing returned washed, ironed and folded back in the drawer. A hard day at work, money in the bank – the mortgage paid!

Saying thank you is a bit like saying sorry; another word that all too often gets stuck in the throat…”No! they should say sorry first!”… maybe sorry and stubborn should go together like thank-you?

I love you…Now we’re moving on to three words! Again neither word makes any sense on its own, or indeed as a pair. They need to roll off the tongue I-love-you, but sadly they rarely do.

Everyday we should remember to smile and say. “Thank you (for all you do) Sorry (If I’ve upset you) and most importantly I really do love you!”

Steve X

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Thoughts

 

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I gaze lustfully at my sexy reversing assistant, in her scarlet lingerie, still sprawled out over the back seat.

Welcome back fellow readers, authors and fantasists, are you enjoying the ride of your life; on my roller coaster of a mid-life crisis?

How many men to you know who fantasise? Do you? Or do you suspect someone who does? Is your / his secretary really a blonde-bombshell, coming on to you / him at every opportunity, or is she really just suffering from a similar mid-life crisis? Certainly not flashing her cleavage or sticking her arse out when picking up something from the floor? It’s probably be just your imagination or is it..?

Extracted, with pleasure, from Chapter 2 – Vigorous vibrations

As I rehearse my introduction, tightening my tie in the rear view mirror, taking in deep breaths of Olga’s honey and vanilla fragrance and convincing what’s left of the greying hair to cover my rapidly receding hairline, I gaze lustfully at my sexy reversing assistant, in her scarlet lingerie, still sprawled out over the back seat. “Now now girls!” I intervene reprimanding Rebecca as she gives Olga a one-fingered salute.

“Sorry to hear… How you coping?” No, that’s too personal.

Guilty dulcet tones accompany a vigorous vibration from between my legs. Aw, Shirl, aw…I leave her lingering for a moment, captured on my smartphone, the photograph taken at our last Christmas party: ash-blonde highlighted with silly string, hair draped with exploded party poppers and such piercing blue eyes. She’s my rock, my terrier against telephone time wasters. “Shirley, what am I going to say?”…

Faithful is available for download on Amazon Kindle, dig deep into my blog for some very good reviews. Why not purchase a copy for yourself it’s enlightening and entertaining.

Fidelity, the second adventure in the series, will be coming soon!

Steve X

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Faithful extract

 

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“And just in time,” I moan with a squirt of hand-wash – Fortunately the leather’s so forgiving…

Hello again fellow readers, authors and fantasists, join me for the ride of your life; on a roller coaster of a mid-life crisis.

How many men to you know who fantasise? Do you? Or do you suspect someone who does? Is your / his secretary really a blonde-bombshell, coming on to you / him at every opportunity, or is she really just suffering from a similar mid-life crisis? Certainly not flashing her cleavage or sticking her arse out when picking up something from the floor? It’s probably be just your imagination or is it..?

Extracted, with pleasure, from Chapter 2 – Vigorous vibrations

…“We’ve reached our destination,” she groans ejecting the cigarette lighter from the centre console and right on cue.

“And just in time,” I moan with a squirt of hand-wash – Fortunately the leather’s so forgiving… “You’re very welcome my sweet,” she purrs.

As I exhale a perfect smoke ring, its attracted, like a powerful magnet, towards number sixty-nine with curtains drawn and radiating such pure desolation. The picture postcard property appears well maintained, but is looking so forlorn; emanating such deep sorrow with its red roof tiles frowning and yellow bricks and mortar presenting an upturned smile. Pretty ‘Rose Cottage’ seems unloved and unkempt, with the contents of a fallen wheelie bin: plastic bottles and discarded envelopes scattered across the drive…

Faithful is available for download on Amazon Kindle, dig deep into my blog for some very good reviews. Why not purchase a copy for yourself it’s enlightening and entertaining.

Fidelity, the second adventure in the series, will be coming soon!

Steve X

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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Faithful extract

 

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