Are you a Builder?

Life is a wonder to destroy or build;
Its beauty and shape for all to admire.
In this endeavour we don’t have to be skilled;
All we need is will and a burning desire.
Ignore the urge to cower and bow;
Our job is to build, that is our calling.
There’s no need to train or try to learn how;
The skills are ingrained so we need to stop stalling.
Procrastination, self-doubt and pity,
Tear down walls of our own clumsy making,
Emotions are wrecking balls in a world aready gritty;
A devastating ruin so vast and deflating.
Tools lay discarded, paralysed by rust,
Yet Utopia’s a paradise so easily erected;
When we look into our soul and find self-trust;
Faith and belief are the gateways selected;
Brave the path, it’s your world your shaping;
Temples, roads and neighbourhoods in a personal map;
The world at your feet is now so engaging;
Because life is our own – the world rests in our lap.

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Life, As I See It.

A merry-go-round forever spinning in high gear,
A playground for all to love and to fear,
A new road branches behind every bend,
A devil’s delight or a true God-send?
Instructions and rules are broken and discarded,
The grim reaper stays close though often disregarded,
Angels tread lightly without making a sound;
Silent watchers of the merry-go-round.
Some will jump off, others ride for the duration,
The former labelled ‘weak’, the latter praised for ‘dedication’,
Pace never changes yet each ride is unique,
Scenery swirls past but you can find what you seek,
For open minds have widely opened eyes,
While closed hearts mourn nothing but sad goodbyes. 

London In Pics – Sight-Seeing Here Never Stops!

As a Londoner, there’s a real danger of walking around in a haze, huffing and puffing my way through life in a blind rush. As I get older, my eyes become more open and my senses are permanently on red alert … Because when something beautiful or provocative suddenly appears in my path, it would be tragic to miss it because I’m simply in a hurry!

London as a city never ceases to amaze me. I’ve walked through its streets my entire life, getting from A to B, sucking in the energy, the atmosphere, the colours, the emotions and the contrasting beauty of one location to the next. I love that. I love the feeling of being a tourist in my own hometown. It means I can’t ever stop learning and I can’t ever get bored. The surprises are endless. The sights are limitless. The vibrancy of life here embraces me whether I want it to or not. It attacks my senses; sight, smell, touch and audio. I can taste the city as a result. It’s an uplifting experience and makes a routine commute or journey that much more exciting.

Here’s what I noticed last night and today, just walking along, going from A to B!

Royal Opera House:

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Camden Lock:

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China Town:

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All in all, not bad for an average, routine walk through my town!

There Is No Getting Over Something

“There is no getting over something. There is only getting through it. No timer, no limits & no escape: just patience, an iron will & faith.”

Everyone is in a rush. Something goes wrong and instinct tells you to fix it. Quickly. Gloss over the cracks, paper over the crumbling walls. It will all be ok in the end. Won’t it?

There is no getting over something, only getting through it. No timer, no limits and no escape… Just patience, an iron will and faith. You cannot fully accept or deal with something bad until you have survived it. You cannot survive by running away or hurdling over your obstacles. Push through it; live it, own it and control it.

I believe only then can you really look at yourself in the mirror and know you’ve survived, escaped and conquered all your fears, nightmares and challenges.

Self-belief is your greatest weapon in any struggle. Teamed with faith, determination and lots of courage, it’s an indestructible arsenal against each and every demon.

Inspirational Self-Published Author G.L. Twynham

At the start of the New Year, how many of us vow to do something we’ve longed to do, making determined resolutions that this time, we’ll do it? Fast forward six months into the year and many will be saying how they still need to start working on their New Year resolutions. Before you go giving up before you’ve even started, take some inspiration from a woman who has achieved something amazing… writer G.L. Twynham.

The self-published author has topped Waterstone’s chart despite leaving school at the age of 14 without a single qualification. She’s a normal, down-to-earth, working class mother who has against all odds, penned and released two fantasy fiction novels despite having no money and a daughter to raise. She works nights just to have the time to write her books during the day but, with a young child at home, it’s obviously quite a struggle. Still, that hasn’t stopped her from being shortlisted for a regional book award and spending the last 12 months meeting over 3,000 school children after being invited by head-teachers to share her experiences with their pupils!

She’s also completed a plethora of regional media interviews, established a dedicated following on Facebook and has, incredibly, been added to Waterstone’s core list of titles (so her books are automatically re-ordered when they sell out) – a rarity most established authors would kill for! She’s now writing book three, which is due for release later this year.

Her debut novel, The Thirteenth, is up for the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Awards 2011, which will be voted for by school children across the county. Facing competition from esteemed authors Emily Gale, Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne LaFleur and Rosemary Hayes, G.L. Twynham is a remarkable inspiration to everyday UK women who are determined to follow their dreams despite the challenges of today’s tough economic climate.

Self-published Author Georgia Twynham At In-Store Book Signing

Born in Leicestershire, the author moved to Menorca as a teen where she lived and worked for 11 years as a humble waitress in her family’s restaurant. She returned to the UK and eventually settled in Lincolnshire, where she still lives with her young daughter. With no qualifications and few employment opportunities, she was facing dead end job after dead end job.

Instead of letting herself get stuck in a rut, she decided to fulfil her lifetime ambition by writing a book about the one thing she says had been missing throughout her entire childhood – a British female super heroine! With some help from her mum, Twynham self-published her debut novel The Thirteenth in 2009, introducing Val Saunders, a young girl with a huge destiny that is somehow linked to the strange, 13-symbol tattoo she mysteriously finds etched in her arm one morning!

The first in a six part saga, The Thirteenth quickly established a huge fanbase across the UK and thanks to this and the support of the media, G.L. Twynham forged ahead with a second book. The Turncoats was officially launched in Waterstone’s on October 27th, 2010, promptly reaching number 1 in their chart. Amazing!

The books are really cool; one journalist has compared them to Anne Rice’s work, the Syfy channel has given them the thumbs up on its website and judging by all the testimonials online from teenagers and their parents, they seem to be loving G.L. Twynham’s work. All this and I don’t think she even has an agent!

If she can fulfil her dreams, why can’t we? Let’s all do a G.L. Twynham this year and achieve something great. We can do it if we try.