A Return


I’ve been away a while, I know,

No reasons, thoughts to share,

Simply taking respite

For my greater good to care.


And now I’m back, not like before,

But at a smaller, quieter pace,

Still hoping that the words I write

Will find your warm embrace.


See ya soon….


Note: Time Is Not On My Side


Time is sliding
Slipping fast,
I try to hold it
Make it last,
Yet it refuses
Eludes my grasp,
Leaves me shattered
Heard to gasp,
So much to do
Before it’s past,

Whoops…too late!


A simple way to let you all know that I am standing back a little from the blogging world for a while. I’m not disappearing completely as I really enjoy reading all your posts and so appreciate all your likes and follows on mine and the comments and conversations.

However, my trilogy is now demanding more and more of my time and me. ‘The MageStaff’ has become the middle book – with a prequel and a sequel (all Visionary fiction in fantasy style) in progress. Keeping everything flowing and ‘tight’ with character and plot progression all in sequence that relates to the already published book and ‘works’, has become quite a challenge – but great fun!

I will still be appearing on this blog and yours – just not as regularly or as often as before.

Of course, this may make for better poetry from my side! 🙂

So, please don’t forget me or write me off. I will be seeing you all soon! 🙂


Notes: New Business Planning Book

A side step from the poetry for a moment. I’ve just released a business book on Kindle which will help people serious about moving their business forward. It is on a 2 to 3 day FREE promo right now – hence me using this blog now.
I have a series planned, if this one does well, and will start a new site for them then.
In the meantime….

3 Simple Steps To Your Business Plan

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There are many ways to write a business plan. However, BEFORE a plan is written, this book shares a dynamic, powerful and effective technique which brings the Key Actions needed to drive your business forward to life – then shows you a simple, quick and effective way to ensure these Key Actions happen.
Your plan becomes a real tool for your business.
Should the business require finance, there is also a section showing you how to write information in a comprehensive way to please any potential investor. This increases your chances of receiving the funds you need.
3 Simple Steps To Your Business Plan is aimed at people who want to take their business forward to the future.

 3 Simple Steps To Your Business Plan

If your interested, or know someone else it can help, go download your FREE copy now (to a Kindle, Apple or Android device they tell me!).


Okay – back to poetry tomorrow!

Thanks all.


Notes: The Hospital Swallowed Me PLUS a New Cover!

Suppressing quiet thunder feeding my life
Crushing words down my throat
Squashing ideas from my mind
Conquering sight in my eyes

I lay frozen tight
Solid with fear
Boiled broth brain
Sloshing side to side
In a skull made for more

Drips invaded veins
Drugs impounded normalcy
Dropping venom on plaques
Drowning their growth
Dwarfing their effect

Staggering under this weight
I was sent home
To wait
To rest
To recover

And slowly sight is returning
Double vision sometimes one
Jumping eye still
Still eye moves

Looks like I shall be back…


© Copyright 22015 Robin McShane


The MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Relapse which started in August, and which I thought had gone through its process, returned with a vengeance and took my sight, much of my body function and my brain/cognitive functioning (although on this point probably not many people noticed! ha ha!).
So, into hospital for treatment and then the wait for recovery which is only starting to happen now (the heat here not helping at all!).

Thank you to everyone who came visiting, liked and followed – I will visit your blogs as soon as reading has improved for me!

An extra special thanks to those of you who emailed to check if I was okay – do hope return spellings, etc. were okay! 🙂

Before the relapse hit, I had prepared my 4th chapbook ready for release and will organise that next week. As a foretaste, here is the cover – do hope you like!!

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Hopefully, I will be back in full swing soon…

Note: A Spring Surprise!

Good Morning Fellow Travellers!
Yesterday was officially the first day of Spring here in SA and, whilst I was unable to celebrate it here in the blogosphere, I received the best present to start Spring off on a fantastic note – Cynthia Jobin’s Poetry book ‘A Certain Age‘ arrived in the post! 🙂

From the art on the envelope, the beautiful cover, the special message and signature from Cynthia (thanks Cynthia!) to the poems themselves, this is an experience! I am so looking forward to reading Cynthia’s poems and feel spoilt with the plethora available to me now in this book. As those of us who follow and read her blog (at littleoldladywho.net/) know, each one is a work of art and a treasure.

eBooks may be coming but they just can’t replace the feeling of the real thing! See the photos below….

Oh, and a quick note on the weather here – last week (slightly before the official Spring, tut, tut!) – temperatures rose to highs of 28 to 31 Celsius! Anyone for tennis??! :)…..

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Do hope Autumn treats all of you in the Northern Hemisphere kindly and to those South of the Equator – Solar Panels linked to air-conditioners look to be must-have items! 🙂

Wishing you all an awesome day…


Note: *** Special Price Extended ***

I am so pleased to announce that, due to Popular Demand – and a Big THANK YOU  here to all who have purchased to date! 🙂 – I am extending


*** Special Release Price ***

for the Paperback Print Copies of

‘Poems About … (Vol II) Life Love Destiny’

until 22h00 SA time Saturday July 18th 2015

So, if you still have to get your copy, click on the link above – or here – and go grab yourself one before the price shoots up!

Note: Reminder

Two Quick Reminders:

Number 1:

The Discount Price for the EBOOK
“Poems About… Life Love Destiny”
will end IN 6 HOURS (22h00 SAST)

Number 2:

The Discount Price for the SOFTCOVER
“Poems About… (Vol II) Life Love Destiny”
will end NEXT THURSDAY (the 16th July)

So….order your preference NOW!

Thank you to all who have ordered to date! Your support is so very much appreciated! 🙂

Note: Paperback of Poems About…(Vol II) Life Love Destiny – **Now Available** 25% Discount **

Yes! I am excited to be able to finally release the PAPERBACK version of ‘Poems About…(Vol II) Life Love Destiny’

*** Special 25% Discount until July 16th 2015 ***

eBook and advert cover“In this next volume of the ‘Poems About …” series, Rob explores Life, Love and Destiny in his continued search for purpose.
As ever, his poems will draw you back again and again to spaces of peace and hope with opportunities for new insights and meanings at each visit.”


About Life

I Will Survive

It bit me deep,
Turned blood to stone,
Dripping tears,
Shed all alone.

A loss so great I could not count,
Nor feel, nor hide, no cost amount,
But pain a strange bedfellow makes
With guarded smacks and hallowed shakes.

And somehow life keeps creeping back,
I know not how, I tried the lack,
So, picking up where I’d left off,
I stood, shook body, dusted off.

Life knocked me down, a chance to grow,
Or wallow in a self-made glow,
With fingers reaching for the light,
Yet finding nothing but darkest night.
I will survive*


 About Destiny

The Silent Me

Quiet whispers, gentle call,
Help me feel where feet could fall.


The SA Post Office finally got the proofs to me yesterday and they look Fantastic!
Lulu did a great job! So, the book is available from them immediately (click on the image above or here) and they are feeding it into the distribution system to all the other book retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.) which can take 6 to 8 weeks (barring any issues they may have!). I will keep a look out and let you know!

So, a call to arms!
For those of you who like to touch, smell and feel the book,
go get the whole experience NOW!

Poems About … (Vol II) Life Love Destiny


Thank you ALL for the support and encouragement to date! It is all so very much appreciated…


It maybe interesting for those of you who also self-publish to know that I checked all the retailers yesterday morning from my laptop and only Barnes and Noble and Smashwords have the whole range of my published writing – even though some were published two and more years ago! I will be following up on this.

NOTE: ** SPECIAL OFFER ** Latest eBook Release


Don’t you just love Saturdays?! 🙂  —- TWO pieces of GOOD NEWS! – 🙂

If you look to your right (on the screen!! 🙂 ) or to the bottom if you’re on a mobile, you will see ** Latest eBook Release ** – the eBook ‘Poems About…Life Love Destiny’ – I’m still awaiting the proofs for the printed books (thanks to the SA postal service!) so decided to go ahead and release the ebook first!

For the first TWO weeks – ** SPECIAL RELEASE PRICE ** – (YAY!) 🙂 —- At Least 25% 0ff! —-

this will vary according to where you are in the world and which distributor you purchase from and it may take a couple of weeks to wash through to some distributors so best to BUY NOW from lulu – just click on the book cover on your right – or itunes (see below!).

In this next volume of the ‘Poems About …” series, Rob explores Life, Love and Destiny in his continued search for purpose. As ever, his poems will draw you back again and again to spaces of peace and hope with opportunities for new insights and meanings at each visit. (22 poems)

For those technically interested – it took me longer than I thought to release this as epub doesn’t accept Roman Numerals (who’d have thought?). So it would not allow me to put  ‘II’ in for 2! I didn’t like ‘Vol 2’ – just didn’t do it for me! –  sooo, had to play a little and drop the (Vol II) in all the metadata – ai! Anyway, here it is with all tests duly passed! 🙂

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

Both my latest chapbooks – ‘Run Me Gently’ and ‘Poems About…Life Love Destiny’  (at the SPECIAL PRICE!) are now available on itunes – as is ‘Poetry About…(Vol I)’ and two of my longer short stories – ‘Above The Storm’ (a thriller) and ‘No. 322’ (a psychological thriller). Each poetry chapbook contains at least 20 poems

Yes, all shameless, unabashed, self-promotion, I’m afraid – but what can you do? I just have to tell someone! 🙂

Wishing you all an awesome Saturday – and some great reading -whoever and whatever you are reading!
Thanks for ‘being there’.

Note: Poems About … (Vol II) released in South Africa

I am still awaiting the proofs to release my third poetry chapbook – Poems About … (Vol II) – internationally (the SA postal service being notoriously unreliable!).

However, I have books here in South Africa, but it is really expensive and unreliable for me to post from here internationally. I am willing to do it but would rather that my friends around the world wait until I can release from lulu – much safer and cheaper for you!

For my SA followers however, if you would like a copy of ‘Poems About … (Vol II)’ please drop your email address in the comments to this note and I will forward you all the details!

For my international friends and followers, I will let you know as soon as I have proofed the copies from lulu.com. If you really can’t wait (ha ha!!), drop me your email in a comment and I will find out the p&p to your country from here.

eBook and advert cover

“In this next volume of the ‘Poems About …” series, Rob explores Life, Love and Destiny in his continued search for purpose.
As ever, his poems will draw you back again and again to spaces of peace and hope with opportunities for new insights and meanings at each visit.”

Wishing you all an awesome day!