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Poetry by P.J. Reed

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Haiku Yellow

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Haiku Yellow  is the beauty, majesty and mystery of spring captured in haiku.'   

This collection explores the excitement and drama as the yellow of springtime bursts through the bleakness of winter throughout the Devon countryside in a series of dramatic moments captured forever in her fresh, crisp verse.

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P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from Devon, England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University,  an MA from Bradford University and has dabbled in psychology with the OU. She is an outrageously eclectic writer. She writes of darkness and light. To access her dark poetry and writing visit her dark website site at  Deliciously Wicked Poetry

On this site, P.J. writes of the beauty and ethereal nature of the changing countryside in her series of haiku inspired collections, photographs, and poetry.

Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online and print magazines, books, collections and podcasts. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the National Poetry Anthology award.

Her high fantasy novel The Torcian Chronicles will be published in 2017.

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The Art of High Fantasy Maps

Not all fantasy books need maps but when you start creating a massive epic high fantasy world it helps... a lot. 

If you are creating your own world as opposed to basing your story on this planet, you cannot just cruise Google Earth or go retro, get your local maps out and check that one village is indeed south west of another or that there is no unexpected mountain range between your two warring villages.

Epic high fantasy is fantasy on an epic level - you are creating a whole new world for your readers to explore. This is fine when you begin your story but half-way through ynless you have a least stretched out a map you will not remember whether to go east to Mivir or west to Hwaerte Castle. You may not think it matters, but if your warlock is travelling in the wrong direction at least one reader will work it out and it will completely spoil the world building for that poor person. 

So map creation from the very beginning of your story will save you a lot of time. Additionally, world building maps are works of art. They are beautiful. I cannot imagine many people who not recognise a map of Middle Earth. 

This leads to one of the major map building issue of high fantasy. It cannot look like Middle Earth! Everyone has to create a map in their own style. My map style is pictorial I like to portray how the citidals and mountains actually looked, which was a big undertaking... 

My daughter created mine from my scribbles on scribbles of how each great citadel looked in Torcia and exactly where it was positioned. The result an was an instant overview of the two lands of Mivir and Torcia for the reader to track the travels and battles on and perhaps even use to create their own adventures...

Visit The Torcian Chronicles.

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Haiku Nation by P.J. Reed

The poems in Haiku Nation offer an intoxicating insight into the ethereal world of haiku. The collection is divided into sections comprising: the Seasons, Mountains, Wanderings and Waterfalling.

Haiku

a lone daffodil
waiting by a muddied lane
first touches of spring
 
poor yellow flower
stands tall in her concrete crack
is this poverty
 
I am loneliness
the kind moon watches
and sends me a shadow friend 
 
to mourn or rejoice
the sadness of pink flowers
lost to jewels of fruit

Frozen Haiku by P.J. Reed

Frozen Haiku is a thought-provoking collection of imaginative, visually stunning haiku from the contemporary English poet P.J. Reed. This collection explores the magical transformations, discoveries, and interactions with nature as winter tightens her grip over the sleeping landscape.

The world in winter is an enchanted place. P.J. Reed has studied the changes of winter and its effects on the countryside, wildlife, and people.

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To Catch a Husband

I know I should be 
husbandised
I saw it on TV
read it in my books
modern books of
empowered princesses
fighting dragons and
saving kingdoms
while hunting husbands
with harpoons sharpened
but hunting is cruel
let them run barefoot
through concrete flowers
wild-haired and fancy-free.

by P.J. Reed