2015 ~ A Recap on my Year!

Golden glitter

So a Recap of 2015… Well for me the year started off by seeing in the New Year celebrations in Liverpool, UK with my BFF of 28 years, with her family & friends – a mad & fun loving lot that I wish I could hang out with more often if it wasn’t so damn far to come visit…



 Then next up I headed over to Ireland with my mom to visit her childhood hometown & family, I hadn’t been here since I was 6 yrs old… And it turned out to be a really special time to share with my mom, as she reminisced and talked about her childhood memories as we were sightseeing – it definitely was a totally different way of life back in the 1930s & 40s


“Shannon Airport”


After nearly two weeks around the Southern Ireland charm it was back to London… to say cheerio to my niece, and other family n friends…


“The London Underground” img_0251

Then it was back Down-under to OZ – to the heat, reality & work… but also after being away for nearly 3 months I was really looking forward to seeing my son and my dog again! 


In hindsight it was a great trip, even with a few bad moments thrown in… It is a trip I wish I could do every year to see my family & dear friends, come on Lotto!

The rest of my year was filled with an emotional and educational growth


 In Poetry I spread my wings more this Year… as I entered into the “NaPoWriMo Challenge” in April; I became apart of a Team on Facebook via my friend Angel Poet called “Poetry In Motion” – which ran weekly Poetry Challenges & I also helped administrate a New Blog called “Vagrant Poetry” via Facebook & WordPress set up via my friend Shawn D. Standfast.

Poetry In Motion =  Facebook

Vagrant Poetry Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | WordPress



I also took on further studies in my Nursing career towards becoming a Registered Nurse and made some New friends along the way!


My Goodreads Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books, which I achieved and surpassed by reading 140 Books all up – the list of these books read are below!

My favourite all up read in 2015 would have to be the “Demonica” Series by Author Larissa Ione – it goes into really interesting concepts about The Apololypse, The Four Horsemen, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demonslots of different types, Good vs Evil etcas well as being based around great story lines about finding your soul-mate and falling in love, but I found it enlightening and a thought provoking read!


Fiction Books:

  • Welcome to Alegria: Catherines Story by Craig G. Berry
  • The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  • The Raven & The Prince by Sylvian Reynard
  • Tempt Me Like This & All I ever need is you by Bella Andre
  • Reckless in love  & Breathless in love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully
  • Searching for beautiful & Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst
  • Chasing Me, Beg Me, Play Me & Catch Me by Jennifer Probst
  • The Tantric Principle, Holiday Hoax, Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst
  • Heart of Steel; Sex, Lies and Contracts by Jennifer Probst
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst & others
  • Servicing the Target, Master of the Dark Side & Simon says Mine by Cherise Sinclair
  • Valentine One Kings Way, Hero & Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
  • Confess, Never Never by Colleen Hoover
  • The Saint, The King, The Virgin & The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  • Just one taste, You Only Love Twice, Luscious & Master No by Lexi Blake
  • Nobody’s Dream by Kallypso Masters
  • Wicked Series: Books 1 to 10 by Shayla Black
  • His to Take by Shayla Black
  • The Bold & The Dominant by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl
  • Their Virgin Mistress by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  • The Chalet, The Enticement, The Collar, The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me
  • Mastered Series: Books 1 – 6 by Sierra Cartwright
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle One: 1-4
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Two: 5-8
  • Demonica Series: Books 1 – 11.7 by Larissa Ione
  • Need You Now by Lisa Renee Jones
  • The First Nighty by Lexi Blake & MJ Rose
  • Fire Down Below by Debra Anastia
  • Grey by EL James
  • Captivated by you by Sylvia Day
  • Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
  • The Woman who stole my Life by Marian Keyes
  • Rosie Dunne & The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahearn
  • It started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  • My Mothers Secret by & If you were me by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Schooled, Unravelled & Caged by Lorelei James
  • Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning
  • Screwdrived, Mai Tai’d Up & Last Call by Alice Clayton
  • The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  • Stripped by Jasinda Wilder
  • Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz
  • Coming Down by Marie Coulson
  • Seeking her by Cora Carmack
  • Memorial by Joseph A. Pinto & Nina D’Aracangela
  • Heart of Atlantis by Deidre Meyrick
  • The Espionage Effect & No Wedding Series: Books 1-4.5 by Kat & Stone Bastion
  • First Encounters by Charming Man
  • Aphodites Fire by SJ Warner
  • TouchStone for ever by Sydney Jamesson
  • Holiday Heat by Cameron Lincoln
  • Second Chance by Allyson Sinclair
  • Her Name is James by CJ Heath
  • Stranded at New Year by Grace Harper
  • The Enrapturing Attraction by AJ Walters
  • Masquerade by CP Mandara & others
  • As Natural As Breathing by Thianna D
  • Outback Housecall by Mark D. Davis
  • Roman by Kimber S. Dawn
  • Corrupted Desires: A Dark Erotic Anthology by Carrie Anne Ward & others
  • Sexy Holiday Bites: Anthology of Erotica by Suzy Ayers & others

Non-Fiction Books:

  • Natural Born Keller by Amanda Keller
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders
  • Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Poetry Books:

  • The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins – Brilliant & powerful read!!!
  • Taboo (Revised Edition) by PJ Bayliss
  • Lullabies by Lang Leav
  • 2011 by Shawn L Bird
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Natasha Head
  • Naked Human by Christopher Poindexter
  • Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
  • Lust & Lace by SJ Warner
  • Delicious Just Deserts by Lisa Fulham
  • Poetic Art of Seduction by Clarissa O Clemens
  • Me, Myself & I by Zoey Hart
  • RUMI’s Little Book of Life by RUMI


#Favourite “WEBSITES”:



Pen of the Damned





#Favourite “QUOTES” in 2015:


# “MOVIES” seen in 2015:

  • Selma
  • Burnt
  • Taken 3
  • American Sniper
  • Still Alice
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Run All Night
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Cobbler
  • Insurgent
  • The Water Diviner
  • Tracers
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Aloha
  • Madame Bovary
  • Ant-man
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Last Cab to Darwin
  • The Dressmaker
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • The Intern
  • Sicario
  • The Martian
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Room
  • The Walk
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Daddy’s Home


# “MUSIC” in 2015:


  • ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams
  • The Libertines Anthems for a Doomed Youth
  • BjorkVulnicura
  • Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  • Bernard FanningDepartures
  • The Audrey’s Between last night & us
  • The WaifsUp all night
  • Missy HigginsOZ
  • Ed SheeranX

Checked out:

  • Adele 25
  • Joanna Newsom – Divers & The Milk-Eyed Mender
  • Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  • Julia Holter – Have you in my wilderness
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Tame Impala Currents


# “ART” purchased in 2015:


A painting done by the talented Mr. Benjamin Prewitt for my “Niece’s Wedding Gift”   – I actually flew into Portland, Orgeon, USA and got to meet the Artist and view some of his other amazing works!

Benjamin Prewitt – An Evolution of Art


# “CAMPAIGNS” supported in 2015:



2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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April is National Poetry Month 


Well April is the Month for Poetry ~ 30 Poems in 30 Days!!!

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.


The Website http://www.napowrimo.net/ is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, or (National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.



Poetry means different things to each of us… it is an appreciation of Poetry in the art of expression for those that like to write it and for those who like to read it!!! Challenges like this to me personally helps me to grow as a writer who is still in the early stages of learning! What I dearly love about Challenges like this is the bringing together of like minded people and their individual interpretations to the Prompts… I find it fascinating and it enriches my soul!

This Month as well as taking up the #NaPoWriMo Challenge of writing a Poem a day, I am going to try and Post a Poem a day from some of the Famous Poets that I have enjoyed reading over the years… I am behind already in this Challenge but aim to catch up quickly over the next week!!!

So please join me and let’s Celebrate Poetry Month together ~ by either taking up the Challenge, Reading, or just by spreading the word!


To start off this Challenge I thought I would share with you all some Poets that I have come across over the past few years since starting my Blog ~ Words Across the Oceans!

Some Poetry Authors whose Books I have purchased and been inspired by are:

PJ Bayliss Amazon & Blog

BL RonanAmazon & Blog

SJ WarnerAmazon & Blog

Kat BastionAmazon & Blog

Robert ZimmermannAmazon & Blog

Thomas Snow – Payhip & Blog

Amanda CarringtonAmazon & Blog

Cameron LincolnAmazon & Blog

Lisa FulhamAmazon & Blog

Tammy-Louise WilkinsAmazon & Blog

Stephen RichardsAmazon & Blog

Zoey Hart – Amazon & Blog

Clarissa ClemensAmazon & Blog

Elena M. – Amazon

Penelope JonesAmazon & Blog

AJ WaltersAmazon & Blog

Gem DerbyshireAmazon

Shawn L BirdAmazon & Blog

Natasha HeadAmazon & Blog

Helle Gade Amazon & Blog

Tyler Knott Gregson – Amazon & Blog

Lang LeavAmazon & Blog

Michael FaudetAmazon & Blog

Christopher PoindexterAmazon


And here I have listed some “Poetry Blogs” that I read regularly and enjoy:

Darwin Blake

Caroline Juliette

 Shawn D Standfast

Magenta Nero

Sir Morose

Megan Kay

Richard Ankers

Angel Poet

Mark Davis

SA MacNeil


Desiree Masters

Romantic Dominant

May Desert Flower

Atwell Speaks

SA Healey

Justin Case

Sable Swan

JMC 813

Dandelion Girl

Darcy Black


Hasty Words






Midwest Fantasy

Katrina Storey


2014 in review

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#IAB Campaign by V0Ella


The incredible Amanda Carrington the very talented lady behind V0Ella wrote this beautiful Poem above… as V0Ella Crew is currently running a Campaign called #IAB ~ I AM BEAUTIFUL Challenge asking their followers on Twitter & Facebook to send in a Photo, write a Poem or share their personal Stories on this subject of how we feel about ourselves and our bodies…. It’s really touching and inspiring so please go check it out!






I found this picture on the Internet and thought it summed up perfectly the Motto behind this Challenge but we need a Superman one too! 🙂


 Here are my entries


My #IAB Story:

I hit puberty at a younger age than the majority of girls do… I remember being the first in my class to get pubic hair and boobs… I hated going to swimming and having to change in front of the others because they would look, stare and point at me as if there was something wrong with me… Boys would also stare at my boobs when doing any training for sports… And when I got my periods I thought I was dying and didn’t tell my mom for a few days… So at that young and tender age of eleven/ twelve I really started to hate my body and didn’t want to become a woman at all!

Over the years I was never what I’d classify as model thin but I was thin and curvy but had always thought of myself as fat… when I had my son at the age of 20 I became very unwell with my Under-active Thyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease) and went from 57 kilos to nearly 90 in my pregnancy… in which I got to experience how people do actually treat you differently when you become overweight… I experienced this from my sons father to certain family members and even some friends… I am now in my 40’s and I have never really got that extra weight off… which has held me back in life from pursuing certain things as I have always felt I’d be judged by others…

Anyways moving on as the years have flown by since then and with all the lessons you learn along the way… the good, the bad and the ugly… you learn to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and see life from a different perspective… especially in my job as a Nurse… time is precious… And people who like to sit in glass houses and judge others for their personal choices in life or by their beauty, scars and flaws… I have come to realise really have no idea about living life to the full and are missing out on special treasures because of their narrow-mindedness!

“So my motto is to embrace myself, people, life and living”


My #IAB Poem:

I am flawed
I am not perfect
But I am coming to accept me for who I am…

For it is not what I perceive to be perfect
That wakes up everyday
To face the world in which I live…

Who tries to lends a hand to others
Especially the sick and thoughs in need of care
Through my job…

It is the “I AM BEAUTIFUL” me
Just as I am
With my imperfections…

And that is perfectly alright!


© debradml (2014)


A few weeks ago another friend Tammy L Wilkins ran a similar Campaign called #ImNotPerfecthttp://t.co/2XwwhlKJq4


I’m Not Perfect Campaign by Tammy L Wilkins



A wonderful young lady that I have got to know over the past few years online, Tammy – Louise Wilkins, is running this great campaign via her Blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts… and she has asked a group of us to participate!

For more information check out her Blog Post http://t.co/2XwwhlKJq4 


Definition of Perfect:
adj. Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be….



My Words:

Hmmm I am so far from this definition…. and I am imperfect in so many ways!

As time is flying by faster each year and the body is changing rapidly as I head for the next big milestone age of 50, in not so many years to come… I am by no means perfect and never have been… I have always hated my body and at times my self quite a lot… I have been over-weight since my 20’s, suffered from depression and have been hurt a lot in life both emotionally and physically… People can let you down and we can let ourselves down too… but the one thing I’ve learnt through all my lessons so far is that we can’t control others, we can only control ourselves…

In my line of work though I have come across some amazing people who are facing much tougher roads… and some are much younger than me… SO I am learning as I get older to just try and let go and live each day as best I can because who knows how long we have to enjoy it!?!

And when Tammy asked if I would like to take part in this Campaign of “Embracing the Imperfections we behold” I was happy to… as it is a great idea to stop, breathe and try to appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are… Imperfections and all 😉


I also came across this beautiful Poem 20 years ago I would like to share with you all…


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927