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I am romantic about childhood, and about past times. I love children's books and films, especially those produced during my childhood or before I was born. My favourite books are Watership Down, Little Women and many by Roald Dahl. My favourite things are my cat, my books and my Victorian-style dolls' house.

I like a lot of things, such as history (especially the Tudor family story and Boudica) and historical fiction, legends and fairytales (witches rule), poetry, art, the history of art, animals and nature.

dA-wise, I have probably become best known of a writer of children's fiction, but sometimes I try other things as well. We have an awesome community here, so friendly and encouraging, and I try to be a part of that. This being the case, feel free to ask me anything (within reason!), and thank you so much for visiting my page.

Life's Joys: Work, Wins and Mr Dahl

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2015, 3:42 PM

Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good right now. :D Let me start by showing you something wonderful. Do you remember when I came third in Memnalar's 2014 Halloween contest with Frankenchild? Of course you do! Well, check out this wonderful illustration by Checanty.
Frankenchild by Checanty
The girl was often in the front garden, hobbling about. There seemed to be something wrong with her right leg. The hipbone jutted outwards and upwards, much too big for her body. We all supposed she was ill, because of her leg and her sallow skin, and because she never went anywhere. We saw her during school hours, clutching Barbie’s smallest sister and gathering acorns.
-ThornyEnglishRose (me)

The boy, Daniel, narrates the story and doesn't describe himself. I told Jana he was 'an ordinary twelve-year-old boy with English school uniform and short hair'. He appears here as much more than that. Just look at the pity in his face. Also, see how beautifully Jana has captured the autumnal atmosphere. Wonderful! :heart:

By the way, she did it because I won the literature prize for GrimGloomTale's Mermaids contest, which I'm also very pleased about. :D

I know that some of you like to collect nice things fellow Deviants have said about you. Sometimes I think it would be nice to do the same thing for real life! I've never forgotten that practice nurse telling me I was 'obviously very sensible and easy-going' when I didn't make a fuss about having an injection in my toe (I mean, really! :roll:). Well, last week, our vet told a receptionist that she was going to give me one of their remaining stock of old model cat wormers for free 'because she's nice' - lovely to know the vet appreciates me! Also, more importantly, my boss wrote me an email calling me 'a star'. :aww:

Yes, this school manager's praise and hugs over the last academic year were not wasted. My English literature class got A and B grades. I can't tell you how relieved I am! :faint: Also 'exceedingly proud', as Winona Ryder as Jo said in Little Women, and excited for the new academic year to come (even though there's still work on that history planning to do :paranoid:). My one-to-one tutees also did the best that they could, with everyone getting at least one B in the two English courses, and no one getting less than a C! :phew:

What else? Lots of little things, I guess. I've been enjoying my BBC Brontë Collection DVD box set, which I ordered with some of the money my aunts gave me for turning 30, and I've been overexciting myself by planning a trip to Haworth Parsonage next summer holidays (which will be here before we know it, and I'll be 31 :fear:). I've been reading and rereading some of the siblings' works too (including poor Branwell), but not right now, because my boss has let me know my classes' assigned reading and so of course I need to read it too. :reading:

One class is doing Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy, which I had never read before, which might amaze you if you know how much of a Dahl fan I am. Well when I was a child, I spurned non-fiction, and in adulthood the assigned reading for a memoir writing class put me off autobiography completely. Until now. Boy is amazing. I must, I thought, finally bend the spines in my hitherto pristine Roald Dahl box set. I shall read Going Solo first (his second autobiographical work), and then reread everything else - even Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, which I have always felt was his Achilles heel. :bleh: But the rest I shall love. :heart:

Now, loath as I am to compare myself to Dahl (I am not worthy!), these experiences did make me think of my NaNoWriMo 2014 and what a good idea I still think it is. So why aren't I polishing it? Why is it such a horrible mess that I no longer dare even to open the file? Why, I thought, is it so much worse than a Roald Dahl book than it might have been?

Because, I tell myself, it's overcomplicated. I threw too much at it, partly because of insufficient planning, and partly because NaNoWriMo makes me go mad. Well, let me learn from the master. His children's stories are simply and effectively told. So now, I have decided, I have to start it again. I'll know what to do this time. Don't try to copy Dahl's style, but remember his wonderful simplicity. Oh, and I have to keep working at Boudica Was My Mother until it's as amazing as Boudica and her people deserve. And I have to fulfil writing promises to at least three other people. And I have to get more A-C grades out of those kids. Eek. :hmm:

Well, to finish, here's another writing-related my brother, our friend and I came up with in our will-it-work sentence-building game (as per my current devID image): Spit infinitives are courageous deeds in Luton Airport terminal. Y'know, it's rare for one of those sentences to completely make sense, but we have been known to occasionally get a gem. :P

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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Writer
saw this today and thought of you! Iceni by Nuka122
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Makes me wish I wasn't suddenly swamped so I could work on the novel more. :paranoid:
Nuka122 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav! I'm glad that you like it. And that it makes people think of other people:D (Big Grin) 
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I'm a big fan of hers. :heart:
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Writer
Happy birthday, one day late!
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
I hope beauty chases you while you chase it, and that wonder and majesty leave your quest for glory very successful.  I hope you find many fun things to do, many wonderful sights to see, and many extraordinary people with whom to interact in positive ways.  May the unexpected always turn out to be good.  I hope this year is one of successful efforts to improve, new friendships made, old friendships renewed, and may you and those you love have a wonderful ride together around the sun in the year beginning with this HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
A happy birthday to you! :tighthug:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, kid. ;)
SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday to you! ^^

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