crimsonprose was created in answer to a certain one of my kids who bent my ear till it more resembled a cosh than a conch. Get it out there, get it out there. So here it is. Out.

Ultimately, my intention was to produce a blogged book. I had written it – first, second, third, fourth, fifth draft. I thought another ten years, it ought to be polished and gleaming, fit for revealing. In the meantime, like a driver finding his way around brakes, gears and the clutch, I would learn to use and navigate WordPress. From such small intents . . .

Yet Another Update
(3 months into 4th year)

Book Three, Dead Fathers, (the blogged book on a sibling blog Feast Fables) is now edging towards the final climax. But the end of the trilogy doesn’t mean the end of Feast Fables. I shall continue to post from that site on what I call ‘speculative mythology’. Some of this has already been aired, some aspects featuring in Feast Feast – The Book. But most will be new to the blog-sphere.

As for this blog, crimsonprose, since its inception I have posted three full-length stories and am now posting the fourth. In the Asaric series: Neve (a contemporary-medieval time-split fantasy); Priory Project (a contemporary-neolithic time-split sci-fi/fantasy); and currently posting Alsalda (a neolithic-set fantasy). There is yet one more in the Asaric series awaiting its chance to make entrance. Cut between these has been the ‘off-planet’ Shakespearean-type comedy, Roots of Rookeri . (There has also been supplementary material for most of these—see the menus.)

It’s said a writer writes best in his/her most read genre. Guess what mine is. I cut my teeth on Michael Moorcock before moving on to the sci-fi giants, in which genre I encountered the sci-fi/fantasy writer Orson Scott Card, under whose spell I totally fell. Look deeply, you’ll see which of these have influenced me most.

Additional to this, there’s has been folk-tales by Toli Tall Tales, a fictional medieval contributor; historical dissertations by my guest-writer Iris Ireby, aka Iris Einstein, my alto-ego; and various odd posts, mostly dreamt up while washing up—along with the many silly rhymes (courtesy of my father’s influence, I think).

I thank all those readers who’ve stopped by, some momentarily, others to stay. And say to you, if you’ve only now found me, to enjoy my blog, and happy reading. And who knows what the future might bring.

A Note on Copyright 

As if it needs saying, all prose, poems and comedic quips on this and my sibling blogs are the intellectual property of Crispina Kemp aka Crimson.

Finally . . .

My many thanks to Judy.

very inspired blogger awardNominated by Judy of Janthina Images
19th December 2013


24 Responses to About

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    Decided it was time to read your blog from start to finish.

    • crimsonprose says:

      Gosh, you must have taken up residency. I wondered who it was giving me all those views. So you saw the full range from idiocy to academic. Did you check out Crimsons History too?

      • Brian Bixby says:

        Still on prose. I went looking for your history blog once, but couldn’t find it for some reason. Would you please post the URL in reply? And there’s the Fables to tackle, as well. 🙂

      • crimsonprose says:

        I had crimsons history on the gravatar-screen but removed it when I realised the academic approach was taking mammoth slices out of my week(s) and doubted I’d be able to keep it up. But there are several articles sparked by the Neve plot that would be better suited to that C-History than to CP so I’ve reinistated it. It’s now back there. I have also given as a link on the sidebar of both CP & FF. Otherwise it’s http://crimsonhistory.wordpress.com

      • Brian Bixby says:

        Got it now! Thank you.

  2. Your stories and posts are awesome!! I’m enjoying reading them..!! 😉

  3. xelaardan says:

    I’ve only just brushed the surface of your writing, and I must say, it’s lovely — articulate and engaging! I also really enjoy all your historical linguistic and etymological references. I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

  4. We love reading your blog! Your prose in honest, raw, and engaging. We wish you luck on your publishing journey!

  5. yakinamac says:

    So pleased to have found this! Love your nonsense verse, in particular. And thanks so much for dropping by my blog.

    • crimsonprose says:

      I’m glad you’re delighted. When I started this blog, I said if only one person . . . I’ve somewhat exceeded that.
      The nonsense verses, in particular, stem from my love of words. Their sounds, their rhythm, their (often) multiple definitions, their versatility, how we can take a noun and make it a verb, an adjective, adverb, how we can combine them . . . see how obsessed I am by them. Yet I cannot produce the verses upon demand. I have to wait for inspiration to take,

  6. Judy says:


    I do want you to have the Very Inspiring Blogger award if you want to have it!! Just grab it off my site. Regardless of being sick for awhile, I find your writing and accomplishments completely inspiring. CFS gives you crazy challenges and look at the work you produce!! Not just work but wonderful, magical stories!! I love your writing!!

    • crimsonprose says:

      I’m honoured. Though I usually stay away from these things, yes, I accept. But do I have time to compose what I’ll say? I’m in the thick of it on 3 blogs right now. Though by the weekend I hope somewhat freer. And I’ve just the blog I want to nominate. 🙂

  7. Hi there,
    Following your contribution on the WordPress forum about the recent problems, I have written to the CEO’s Office at TalkTalk asking them to look into the way TT blocks sites after an alert about inappropriate material. I’ll let you know when/if I receive a response! Best wishes, Martin.

    • crimsonprose says:

      Yea, I’ve been keeping track of discussions, but getting through to TalkTalk is beyond me. But, good timing, the day connection resumed I had an email from a company doing a customer satisfaction survey for TalkTalk. Reasons please, it asked, when I said no way, now, would I recommend TalkTalk to a friend. So I gave it to them in detail. Who knows, if TalkTalk gets enough rough feedback they might start pulling up their socks and seeking a way to avoid this 4 monthly disruption.

  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Just to let you know that I nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award – see my post at https://talesofeneana.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/blog-award-time/. I know not everyone participates in blogging awards, but I wanted to give you a big fat gold star, even if you decide not to accept the award.


    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you for the nomination. I’m not sure yet if I’ll accept it. Though I do believe these awards are a valid means of forming establishing new networks between WP bloggers, and are vital encouragement for (especially) new bloggers, yet it does require quite a lot of work. And that’s where I’m stumbling at the moment. But though I hesitate for now, I probably shall accept. Just needs time to absorb and settle, and for me to form a plan of action. But, whether I accept or not, I do appreciate the nominations, and I’m so pleased that you received the award. 🙂

  9. grdtobin says:

    Crimson, the PASE Domesday reference to Alan pre-1066 is this:


    Just one property: Wyken in Suffolk.

    On another topic, one of Alan’s military associates was Miles Crispin.

  10. crimsonprose says:

    I’d like to continue this thread, but feel the About page of crimsonprose isn’t the place. I have your email address on the notifications. Might I use it to email you?

  11. grdtobin says:

    An excellent suggestion! Please do.

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