Christine’s Kist of Stories

Are you familiar with the word ‘kist’?

It’s origin is from the Old Norse kista, meaning chest.
The word appears in several countries and, in the Scots language, it’s the name for a large chest or coffer often used for storing linen, such as a new bride’s trousseau.
Also used for storing treasure. And it’s in that context I’d like to introduce my kist to you.

My hubby wrote me a beautiful song for our 50th wedding anniversary – about my ‘Kist of Stories’, describing my stories as treasure. How cool is that? Well, I felt so honoured by this I want to honour him in return by using the song as my ‘brand.’

So I have started a Book Group on FaceBook, called Lifting The Lid Off Christine’s Kist Of Stories. The aim of the group is to allow readers to interact with me about my books. So, if you’re interested in learning the stories behind the stories, you’re welcome to join. The group is designed to take the ‘Author Meet and Greet’ to a whole new level.

My daughter has recorded the song and I’d like to share it with you here. To help you understand it, since it’s written in the style of an old Scots song, here are the words written out. I’d be happy to explain any that are unfamiliar to you. Just let me know in the comments which words puzzle you.

Christine’s Kist O’ Stories

Sparkling there, tae love and share,
Gleam tales o’ pains and glories
Of lovers kissed, and children missed
In Christine’s kist o’ Stories

Folks that’s real, that breathe and feel,
Wi’ lives o’ less, or more ease
Come tumblin’ out, tae sigh, tae shout
Frae Christine’s kist o’ Stories

Frae Reekie’s chills tae Cuillin hills,
They tak’ delightfu’ sorties
That turn and twist thru lambent mist
Tae Christine’s kist o’ Stories


The video ‘Christine’s Kist of Stories’ comes to you from team Pow.
Filmed and produced by Tim Pow
Words and music by Gus Campbell
Sung by Aimee Pow
Original painting by Michelle Campbell
Scenery by Scotland


Show Don’t Tell

Tell Show her that you love her.


How many friends do you have? Three or four? Ten or twenty? Or do you have hundreds and thousands of friends?

The answers may well depend a lot on how active you are on Social Media. Let’s face it, to call someone your friend has different connotations nowadays. When I was a girl, your friends were the ones you hung about with in the playground. You knew what they looked like, you knew who their mammy was, you knew what they had for their dinner.

Nowadays, many of your friends are the ones you hang about with on the internet, you don’t always know what they look like, it’s unlikely you know their mammy, but yes, you may well know what they had for their dinner.


Now, if you want to be an author’s friend … if you want to show her you care … rather than just tell her, why don’t you do something for her?

Yes, a bunch of flowers is always nice, a box of chocolates, sweet.

Even better … yes, better than chocolate …

Buy her books.

Read her Books.

Review her books.


Give them as gifts.

Tell others about them.

Order them in your local library.

Attend the launch party for each new book.


Host a book party.

Host a launch party.

Tell others about her books.

Spread the word about her books on social media:

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, email, text.


Show an author you care.



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