Enter a new Pseudonym?

Diversification Idea Musing… feel free to comment or ignore as you like…

This is something that has been growing steadily since the summer. As you know, Kira Morgana writes children’s books and up until now, they’ve been illustrated by  Maria K.

So I was playing around with one of my favourite short story forms last summer – the tricky but satisfying “Dialogue only” –  and I inadvertantly created, not only a whole book of stories, but also a set of characters that seems to grow exponentially every time Puff gets bored…

Someone suggested that I get them illustrated. Maria didn’t have enough time to do it – she’s got a full time job and is also busy translating and writing herself… so I had a go at it.

This was the result:

Practise Page: Sleep

Now, I wasn’t all that happy with this one (which is why it’s a practise page) but my friends and family loved it as much as the original dialogue stories, so when I started the new term on my art class, I decided to develop it as a project…

It’s kind of taken on a life of it’s own now and is developing nicely.

And now I have a dilemma.

As I have said, up until now, I have kept all my children’s books under Kira Morgana. But I am enjoying doing the illustration for Author & Muse and would like to expand into doing my own illustration for my children’s books.

I’ve been signing the illustrations of the Author & Muse stories with MEW (Kira Morgana is too long for the space) but should I do that with the illustration for my children’s books, or  should I just use my real name (MEW is my initials) of Mandy E. Ward, or should I just keep it to Kira Morgana?

What do you think?


**Keep an eye out for a new page on the site – I’m going to add my Ilustration work here once I have worked out what name to use!**

I’m lost for words…

… which believe me is a little unusual for an author!

Just recently I have been feeling more than a little lost. My writing has been slow and getting words onto a page has been like pulling teeth. It’s the reason I haven’t posted anything here for a while; every word I can muster has been put into a WIP.

Then this morning, I woke up to some wonderful news.

The beautiful and talented Maria K.  has been steadily putting her books into Audiobook form, and has quite a catalogue building up.

I’ve thought about putting my books into audiobook form, but as I’m struggling just to get my books finished, edited and published in e-book, I’ve been putting it off as I only want to focus on one project at a time.

So when Maria asked me if I was okay with her putting the Land Far Away books out in audiobook form, I knew that it was a sign that I should dip my toe into the Audio Sea…

I didn’t expect it to happen very quickly, so I kept the news quiet…

But this morning I woke up to a wonderfully sweet surprise!


Maria had already been working on getting the Land Far Away books into audio; she engaged the services of Trista Shaye to narrate the books  and this morning,  I woke up to something that cheered me up immensely!

I was feeling yucky (I’m currently fighting some kind of virus) and tired and generally depressed about my lack of usefulness. I slipped into Facebook to see what my friends from the rest of the world had been getting up to…

The first Land Far Away book had appeared in Audio!

Ahkoo is actually the second book in the series (don’t question it – Audible has its own timetable by the looks of it) and is the one that my oldest son inspired – the main character was his creation. Trista has a smooth, calm voice and manages the strange words that I made up with aplomb – she brings out the characters personalities perfectly!

I just wish there was a way of combining Maria’s gorgeous pictures with the Audio too… maybe that’s a project for another day.

Now I feel so much better – I suppose I ought to get on with some author things, you know, writing, editing etc…

But I’ll leave you with the blurb:

While all respectable fligaphluphs make a point to stay away from the enticing lair of the terrible and powerful Snafflewich,

Ahkoo is determined to do the opposite and pay her a visit.

An adventurous and irrepressibly curious Fligaphluph, Ahkoo’s parents have trouble getting him to go to bed at sunrise when all the other Fligaphluphs do. So his Granddad tells him about the Snafflewich, hoping to make him stay in bed when the sun is in the sky.

Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect and off goes Ahkoo to discover what the Snafflewich really is like…

All the links to Ahkoo in all his glorious forms you can ever need can be found here

I hope you enjoy listening!

Trigger Warning – War and Politics ahead…. and I’m not apologising for what I am about to say.

Recently, because of various things, including my Autism enhanced emotions, I have been avoiding any news other than what I had come across in my facebook feed.
Before you have a go at me and say that I am wrong for doing this – I’m not unaware of the situation that the world is in and I’m certainly not doing this selfishly – currently I am the only adult capable of rational thought in the house and having a full blown meltdown would not help my family at all.
Let me remind you for a moment the make up of my family. TOH is Aspergers & has a spinal problem that is making him physically disabled. NOS is 16, in the middle of his exams and Aspergers/Dyslexic. PT is  Aspergers & 11… and finally there is PW who is nearly 3.

I regard Channel 4 news (UK) as one of the more reliable news media – they don’t pull punches and tend to be less politically biased than most. Today I saw (in my newsfeed) a video from their Facebook page.  I knew it would make me cry –  the first picture is of a dust and blood covered toddler – but I also knew that I had to watch it.

This is the video I am talking about – and yes, the trigger warning is for this video; it’s not possible to watch it and not feel anything…


I was in floods. I wanted to gather in all those children and bring them to safety. I wanted to storm up to Putin and Assad and slap some sense into their masochistic, greedy, violent, bigoted heads… they’re not making war on this place because of the innocents that live there, they’re doing it because of POLITICS and MONEY. They don’t care how many children they kill or orphan, how many mothers they make mourn…  they just want the land that contains the oil.

I now understand why the Green Party have a policy against weapons. They just cause pain and heartache to everyone. But our world is still too barbaric to embrace such a forward thinking, peaceful thought as making War the crime it actually is. My own reaction above is proof of this – I am a peace loving person. I talk through conflicts and problems and try very hard to not let my inherited violent instincts make me do things… yet if I were trapped in the middle of a war like the people of Aleppo, I too would fight to preserve the lives of my children.

Politicians (for the most part ) are more interested in power and wealth than helping the people that vote them in. Those who start out wanting to help people, get corrupted or burnout from fighting the system they are trying to change.

Those who welcome and embrace the culture that politics has end up wealthy  and powerful. Of course, they don’t want that to end, so they keep it going.  And things like Aleppo will continue to happen because they make money for the people who make the weapons, the politicians and a myriad of other people who have grown bloated and immense on the profit associated with War.

Does this not ring warning bells for anyone with any sense?

The only way it will change is if the society of the world wants it to change… and because that society is dominated by the powerful and wealthy, nothing will change – they will fight against anything that threatens the way of life they have, as hard as a normal mother would fight to save the lives of their children.

I have to live in this world. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. I will do as much as I am capable of to change it…  Vote for change, give anything I can afford to the charities that are trying to help people caught up in the nastiness, use my words in an effort to reach other people.

Yes, it’s Armchair Activism, but other than physically going places, I can’t see anything else I can do.

And the words I would like to use? How about these to start with?

The Only Thing That Matters

I see a child lying there,
She’s sleeping without a care,
I see her mother crying,
Her youngest son is dying.
Third world – No world,
Everyone can see,
That the only thing that matters,
Is that everyone is free.

I see a man in the park,
Lying on a bench in the dark,
I see a rich man walking by,
He won’t see the poor man die.
Rich world – Poor world,
Everyone can see,
That the only thing that matters,
Is that everyone is free.

I see a vision of tomorrow,
It’s filled with so much sorrow,
I see a vision of yesterday,
It’s just as bad as today.
Old world – New world,
It’s all just the same,
The only thing that matters,
Is that everyone’s to blame.

Taken from “The Book of Dreams” by Mandy Ward