Flower in the Desert – by Laura Crean

Published December 3, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Originally posted on The Well in the Garden:

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Lord above I implore you hear my cries

Lord in whatever dimension you are hiding behind these cold dark skies

I am dying day by day for intervention

I cannot cope without love, a kind word, some warm affection

My life is running by with no direction

No one cares, no one dares to offer up a helping hand

Isolation pulls me down like sinking sand

And here I stand…

I shout and cry with silent eye at all who walk my way

Why do you never answer when I pray?

I smile at all and talk with kindness too

I do my duties as a single mother and try to muddle through

But no one sees me no one hears me when I speak

My future more and more is looking ever distant and so bleak

But time and pressure beckons in a mounting stress

How much more can…

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Jimmy in the Jungle

Published December 2, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Laura Crean Author:

Are you a jungle fan? Catch up on the news in the jungle or if you want some jungly inspiration as a writer or for children’s jungly crafts and stories…

Originally posted on <3..........Laura Crean...........<3:

Well I have absolutely loved all the antics in the jungle this series and I have really enjoyed Jimmy’s cheeky banter and silliness.  He has made it very entertaining to watch, messing around in camp and screaming like a little girl during the tasks – he’s a bit of a coward really isn’t he?  He has had me in stitches when he has tried to cope with all the critters – and failed miserably!  His rather over the top bromance with Foggy has been interesting to watch too.  Although Jimmy didn’t quite bond with Jake to the same degree, did he?  What was all that bitchy ranting about on Saturday?  I was shocked when Jimmy appeared to completely overreact to Jake mistaking him for Michael and tore into poor Jake like a hound to a fox.  I think he realised he had overreacted but couldn’t seem to turn it around. …

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Jimmy in the Jungle

Published December 1, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Well I have absolutely loved all the antics in the jungle this series and I have really enjoyed Jimmy’s cheeky banter and silliness.  He has made it very entertaining to watch, messing around in camp and screaming like a little girl during the tasks – he’s a bit of a coward really isn’t he?  He has had me in stitches when he has tried to cope with all the critters – and failed miserably!  His rather over the top bromance with Foggy has been interesting to watch too.  Although Jimmy didn’t quite bond with Jake to the same degree, did he?  What was all that bitchy ranting about on Saturday?  I was shocked when Jimmy appeared to completely overreact to Jake mistaking him for Michael and tore into poor Jake like a hound to a fox.  I think he realised he had overreacted but couldn’t seem to turn it around.  Should we put it down to jungle stress?  Maybe.  Oh well, he’s gone now so let’s have a little look at Jimmy in the Jungle…

Can’t wait for the next episode.  Who will take over as the camp joker?

See you soon jungle fans and if you want your little ones to join in the jungle fun – my children’s workshops theme happens to be the jungle at the moment – purely coincidental I can assure you LOL http://rainbowruneblog.wordpress.com/   and if any grown ups would like some inspiration for some jungly creative writing – http://thewellinthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/deep-forest-deep-forest/

the adventure continues…

Jungle Jitters – Gemma’s gone already?

Published November 20, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Oh my goodness!  What’s going on in the jungle?  I can’t believe Gemma has given up already.  An avid camper she is not!  I really wanted her to give it a go and stretch herself in the jungle tasks and see her blossoming like the jungle bloom I thought she was going to be.  What a shame she has given up so quickly.  Oh well – you just never know how you are going to cope in a given situation until you are there living it.  But really – she was only there a few days – I’m shocked!  Such a lovely big personality and she fell apart so quickly.  I hope she doesn’t completely give up on her career in television because I think she could be amazing, still.  Still – I am excited to see who will be next to be dropped into the camp.

Let’s have a recap of Gemma’s short stint in the jungle…

So…yes…well… “can we have some eye candy?”  Sounds like a good idea to me.

See you soon jungle fans and if you want your little ones to join in the jungle fun – my children’s workshops theme happens to be the jungle at the moment – purely coincidental I can assure you LOL http://rainbowruneblog.wordpress.com/   and if any grown ups would like some inspiration for some jungly creative writing – http://thewellinthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/deep-forest-deep-forest/

the adventure continues…

You’re Not Alone – Tinchy Stryder – dedicated to the Celebrities in the jungle!

Published November 18, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

This is dedicated to the celebs in the jungle.  I’m falling in love with lil tiny Tinchy, he’s such a cutie.  He has a little light in his eyes, like he’s really on some kind of spiritual journey.  He’s kind and thoughtful and really cares for his new jungle buddies.  Bless him!  And Gemma – you’re not alone girl.  You can do it – you just need a bit of faith in yourself!  I don’t want to hear any of you saying: “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here!”

I might comment some more on this series of Celebrity cos it’s brilliant!

F*ck This! I Quit…Kind Of: On Poetry, Contests, and Opportunity Cost by Les Kay

Published November 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Originally posted on The Sundress Blog:

Last December, I received an urgent text from my father: CALL ME. My father, like most fathers, normally reserves the use of brief text messages in ALL CAPS for important news or emergencies. Since he’s retired now, well into his 70s, and his wife has been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer—a cancer that should have been caught much earlier and should have been curable with simple resection—I assumed the worse, something health-related and horrific.

When I phoned, my father told me about an advertisement he’d seen for a poetry contest, a Christian poetry contest with a small fee and cash prizes. Instead of counting my inevitable winnings, I imagine my brow furrowed as if I’d just heard the compensation package for an adjunct teaching position. I thought immediately of Poetry.com and similar scams, suspecting that if I were to enter such a contest, the only plausible response would be solicitation…

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How to Write a Sonnet

Published November 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Originally posted on Qwiklit:

The sonnet is perhaps the most misinterpreted style of poetry in the English language. For too long, it has been associated with Shakespearean dandyism and caricatures of half-witted Don Juans trying to woo their lovers with pithy flower metaphors. This myopic view has prevented many aspiring poets from honing their craft and incorporating structure to their unstructured verse. I’m here today to teach you how to write a sonnet, but I also want to explain how it can be beneficial for the average writer–and even the non-poet–to use the sonnet as a training ground for keeping ideas sound and cohesive.

OK. But what is a sonnet?

A sonnet is a 14-line poem developed by the Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) during the 14th century. Enamored by a lifelong love for a mysterious and elusive woman known as Laura, Petrarch composed 366 of these poems (for every day of a leap year) that…

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