I see my mind as a tapestry woven through with memories, dreams and thoughts.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Sky Watch Friday

The beauty of a sunset to conclude the year 2011.

May the New Year bring untold creativity to each of your blogs!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Saturday, 24 December 2011

¡Feliz Navidad!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas from Spain.
The Town Hall (ajuntamiento)lit for the occasion.

A time to hope for peace, for the protection of others and for family ... and moments of reflection and thankfulness for those special and beautiful occasions this year.

And from me .... thank you fellow bloggers - just for being you!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Sky Watch Friday

This I could not resist ... clouds painting in swathes on the sky.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

'Writers Pencil' Lunch

Maybe you have visited 'The Oliva Reader' already and have seen Spangle's post. If not, do visit for her perspective.

The story goes like this ....... two 'girls' with much in common love to chat about writing, art, books and whatever else takes our fancy ... solving the world's problems and that sort of thing?
Now, every group in town was lunching out this Christmas but, as we are only two, we do not constitute a group. 'We could have a name', we thought, 'a name to take us out to lunch'. We giggled a lot and 'Writers Pencil' scribbled itself. 'Agreed!' And we became 'Writers Pencil', telling everyone that we were going to the 'Writers Pencil' lunch.

And here we are, complete with Christmas tree -

- resplendent in our 'glad rags' - not often seen!

- all set to lunch -


¿Feliz navidad!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Tuesday Taster

'I divide my life into two parts, not really a Before and After, more as if they are bookends, holding together flacid years of empty musings, years of the late adolescent twentysomething whose coat of adulthood simply does not fit. Wandering years I waste no time in recalling.'

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Snippet

'“Are we going to Memory Bank?” asks Pansy Soup. She feels excited. In her mind she sees Memory Bank as a large cave echoing with memories, “but it probably isn’t like that at all,” she thinks and shivers. She turns to Larry.
“I wouldn't like to find bad memories,” she whispers to him, “especially not in a cave.”
“Then we won’t look for them,” whispers back Larry. “I think that it’s a bank. If it is, the memories will be locked away.”
“I don’t want to travel on another watermelon, Violet Jelly,” shudders Lavender, interrupting Pansy Soup’s thoughts about memories. “That situation was far too sticky and striped.”
“Let us see what Laptop suggests,” answers Violet Jelly. She types in ‘MEMORY BANK’ and presses ‘RETURN’.
A soft, damp mist comes down. It is refreshing and cool. The middle of the mist turns warm and feels cosy. They each become drowsy and light - so light that they float.
“I,” thinks Pansy Soup, but she is too drowsy to finish her thought and she drifts in the mist, mind and body.
“Lull - a - bye....,” Lavender's voice sounds out softly and slowly through the mist.
“Bye,” whispers back Violet Jelly.
“Zzzzzzzz....” Larry is snoring, until...
“Oyez! Oyez!” bellows a deep voice.
‘Clang! Clang!’ sounds a large, brass hand bell.
The cacophony of noise brings Larry to his senses. He rubs his eyes and thinks, “It’s my ears that are sore. I should be rubbing those.”'

To be published soon: 'Violet and Lavender' by Ann Sharples


Friday, 16 December 2011

¡Viernes Feliz! Happy Friday!

At Last! At last! I have completed the illustrations for 'Violet and Lavender' - the second book in the 'Violet Jelly' trilogy!
Not only that; I have placed them into the book, so it will soon be ready to go onto Amazon, along with 'Violet Jelly'

I plan for each book to be in three formats:


This caters for all tastes and pockets.

My hope is that children will enjoy reading this fun Cyberspace adventure - written for ages 8 - 10.
So far, I am happy as children have given me positive feedback, some of whom have written their thoughts, which I have posted on my web site.

Have a look, because there are free downloads, too, including 'Atchoo!' - a book for ages 3 - 5 - about a giant with a cold.
Also, there is help with Number Bonds, which often cause problems and this method can help.
There are bookmarks which can be downloaded and printed onto card and a school year calendar with illustrations from 'Violet and Lavender'.

So, stop by and browse, or tell others to look if they have young children. BUT I do need to add that adults have enjoyed 'Violet Jelly' and are awaiting the sequel.

Now, I am free to complete 'Discovering Jasmine T' - the third and final book ... and to illustrate it, of course.

My illustrations are a combinationn of my drawings and my photographs. The joy for me is that I know the location of each one. The locations are widespread and my husband can verify the urgent, "Stop the car, I want to get out here!!" knowing that I have seen the ideal scene and lighting for an illustration. In this, he indulges me.

No more of me ... but feel free to go to www.annsharples.com ..... and browse!

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

Muse for Monday

Stage Set

Vestiges of Winter,
Skeletal lacework,
Emergent brush,
Veiled hills,
Pristine sky;

Day breaks away
Pulsing, living; performance.


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Sunday Snippet

A quote:

'Only the hand that erases can write the true thing'

Meister Eckhart

Friday, 9 December 2011

Sky Watch Friday

Each day, at this time of the year, I am in awe of the sun rising over Montgo.
Enjoy it with me.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

I have not written much lately, nor caught up with all of your posts, as I was unwell for much of November and seem to have been catching up ever since.

I have made my Christmas Calendars, for friends and family, and a picture book for a friend which is advice from our cats to her new kitten; a fun Christmas present.

Twice, I have been out and about playing my bodhrán, which brought forth some encouraging comments, so I feel a little more confident as I am not a person who feels easy performing (better in the back room) but love playing.

I shall now turn my attention to blogland and wish to say what pleasure those of you who follow my blog, and those whose blogs I follow, have brought to me this year. I so appreciate the work that you put into your posts and the comments you leave for me. Thank you, each and every one!

A double page from the book:

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Monday, 5 December 2011

Formas y Ritmos del Mar

Shapes and Rhythms of the Sea

This is my latest 'compuesto' drawing; very soothing to create.