Friday Fruitfulness flees for the Easter Hop!

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Your Friday quotation is not here!

You will find it at the bottom of this post, along with a lovely surprise…

Easter is a time of exciting change, and this Friday I would like to share a wonderful group of authors with you, in the SilverWood Authors Spring Hop 2014. Here is the introduction from SilverWood’s Publishing director, Helen Hart:

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop!

A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – some colourful Easter eggs. Feel free to collect the eggs, and use them where you like. They were drawn by SilverWood author Peter St John who writes the ‘Gang’ series about a boy who was evacuated to a village near Ipswich during WWII. Meet Peter and his characters on the Blog Hop, along with a host of eggcellent SilverWood authors. ;-)

 Have fun!

Helen Hart


After Friday Fruitfulness – hop over and see what they have in store, too!

NOAH with Russell Crowe has just been released. It has, of course, caused a stir. With its biblical theme, inevitably not all are at peace with its messages. I hope, though, that all the world, and all religions would agree that change is an inevitable part of life, and love, whatever your beliefs.

Just as a new mother struggles to keep up with the changing daily needs of her tiny creation; so must the older mother adapt to the quiet departure of her full-grown child.

We live in a changing world. Animal kingdoms become extinct daily, and the climate seems to be performing alarming jumps of behaviour. The internet reshapes itself second-by-second. Like an intelligent virus it reforms within moments – swallowed by hungry teenagers, commerce, governments. Religion adapts. College terms clash with Easter, but the Pope and the Dalai Lama tweet.

To be at peace, we must embrace change.

Within the time it has taken me to write these lines, what has changed? The dishwasher beeps its end, the dog has woken, the flower unfurled.

Spring has filled the hedgerows with blossom, and the fields with crops…


A new world of writing awaits, and the characters in a special Old World are stirring to be released. My own novel, TOXICS was published by SilverWood last December, and I must now embrace change if its sequel is ever to reach its readers. I must learn to talk about the one, whilst I find the peace to finish the other!

Easter, and spring, are such a wonderful time – I hope you enjoy clicking on the links below for a lovely variety of articles, and the surprise? – A lucky draw for all who comment below – the winner, of course, receives a signed copy of TOXICS (please ensure you leave contact details for me to find you if you win!)

 Happy Reading :)


Helen Hollick : Let us talk of many things – Fictional Reality

Alison Morton : Roma Nova – How the Romans Celebrated Spring

Anna Belfrage : Is freezing in a garret a prerequisite?

Edward Hancox : Iceland Defrosted – Seaweed and Cocoa

Lucienne Boyce : Lucienne Boyce Blogspot -The Female Writer’s Apology

Matlock the Hare : Matlock the Hare Blog – Pid-padding the self-published Pathway

Michael Wills : Michael Wills  – A Doomed Army

John Rigg : An Ordinary Spectator – Television Lines

Debbie Young : Young By Nature – The Alchemy of Chocolate

Peter St John : Jenno’s Blog  – My Village

Caz Greenham: Springtime and Hanging Baskets

Helen Hart : SilverWood Books Ltd


‘There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.’

David Attenborough

20 thoughts on “Friday Fruitfulness flees for the Easter Hop!

  1. Peter St John says:

    Your quotation from David Attenborough about climate change is most apt, Isabel. Throughout millions of years, the Earth’s climate has constantly been changing, It seems to me to be extremely arrogant to postulate that it is we humans who are mainly responsible for the small changes that have recently taken place, never mind forecasting horrendous catastrophes on the basis of a shaky greenhouse gas hypothesis, and extremely doubtful computer models.

    • isabelburt says:

      Thank you for that comment, Peter. I feel the answer, as always lies in a compromise between the two divergent opinions, as I hope David Attenborough’s comment might also suggest :) I do think we hold some responsibility, but yes, nature also has it’s own agenda!

  2. Denise Duvall says:

    There will always be climate change, even after man has ceased to exist, until the sun becomes a dead star.

  3. Anna Belfrage says:

    Ha! The conundrum of writing one book while promoting the other… Best of luck with that one – my best approach is to have “promotion time” and “writing time”. Hard to stop them from bleeding into each other, though.

  4. Children's Author Caz Greenham says:

    Great and very thoughtful post. I don’t believe for a minute that we humans are ‘totally’ responsible for climate change. happy easter x

  5. Debbie Young says:

    What a lovely post, Isabel – succinct and short but so evocative and thought-provoking. I love the sense of change and new beginnings that Easter brings with it, and your post just hits the spot for me.

  6. mwills986 says:

    Yes, the only constant is change. And yet, it is in our nature to resist change. Unfortunately, this resistance grows with age until, ossified in our ways, all change becomes a bewildering threat. A really thought provoking post Isabel.

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