Chapter 5: Maya

Continuing the extracts from ‘Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic.’ In this chapter Zoe makes new friends and hears Jonah’s band play for the first time. Meanwhile, Danny isn’t happy his sister has moved out and comes looking for her, only to have a fateful encounter…

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I was walking into Heaton, my backpack heavy on my shoulders, when my mobile rang. I knew it was Danny without looking and braced myself for the onslaught. Reality had penetrated the fug in his head and he wasn’t happy.

‘I’m not abandoning you, Dan. You’re not a child.’

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Chapter 4: Little Miss Ouseburn

In this chapter of ‘Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic’ Zoe moves out of the flat she shares with her brother and finds sanctuary in a shabby but beautiful place. However, the madness she hides is beginning to stir in the darkness…

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I stood before the open wardrobe and ran my eyes along the desultory collection of clothes huddled inside. Moving out was the perfect opportunity to get rid of my junk. There was stuff in here I hadn’t worn in years and couldn’t remember buying. I was going to have to be systematic and ruthless. Jonah had found some cardboard boxes and they sat behind me expectantly. I’d already packed my collection of psychology books and there was a small box of mementos, with bits of old jewellery, a couple of seashells and a pebble. I was surprised by how little I had accumulated over the years and even toyed with the idea of chucking the lot, but then found I couldn’t let go of the tiny pebble. Literally. I held it over the bin and stared at it.

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Chapter 3: Three Scary Monsters

Continuing the extracts from ‘Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic.’ In this chapter Zoe defends her scary monster theory of life and comes clean about what she’s been hiding. Meanwhile, Jonah receives an unwelcome request and makes Zoe an offer she can’t refuse…

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The tide was coming in at Tynemouth and the water-logged sand reflected the cold blue sun, dazzling the handful of hardy dog walkers trudging up the beach, wrapped tightly against the wind. Their dogs ran and leapt and barked at the sea, which crashed and rolled as it advanced.

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Chapter 2: Popper Originals

The next chapter from ‘Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic’ – in which we meet the rest of Zoe Popper’s family: her single-minded mother who runs an art gallery and cares a little too much, and her hedonist twin brother, Danny who could do with caring a little more…

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Jonah’s red and rusting transit van was a treasury of sweet wrappers, empty crisp packets and assorted fluff and sticky stuff. I was surprised. His flat was an oasis of order and cleanliness. I shot him a questioning glance as we drove into town.

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Chapter 1: Jonah and the Whale

To celebrate the third anniversary of the publication of Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic, here’s another chance to read the opening chapters. It’s a novel about spiritual awakening and the fine line between mysticism and madness. In chapter 1 we meet our protagonist: Zoe Popper – a cleaner and reluctant mystic who fears she may be going crazy. This is the start of Zoe’s journey into awakening where she meets Jonah, a musician nursing a broken heart, and then she runs into Dionysus…

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This story isn’t easy to tell. It’s a bit like one of those obscure films where nothing happens for hours but then you realise that, somehow, everything has changed.

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Dark Night of the Soul

Resources for Surviving a Dark Night of the Soul

Welcome to the resources page for surviving the dark night of the soul and spiritual emergency. You’ll find links to advice, articles and inspiration to help you cope when spiritual crisis threatens to overwhelm you. Bookmark this page! Spiritual Emergency Resources Beyond Meds – alternatives to psychiatry, integral holistic well-being Biology of Kundalini – Comprehensive material on… Continue reading Resources for Surviving a Dark Night of the Soul


Resources for Astrologers

Welcome to the resources page for astrologers where you’ll find links to useful sites, astrologers, and blogs to help you on your astrological journey. These are some of the places I’ve found most helpful. Bookmark this page! Resources Astro Databank – birth data and horoscopes of thousands of public figures Astrodienst – one of the best sites for… Continue reading Resources for Astrologers