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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.

It's not Halloween without Jay!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 3, 2015, 5:53 AM

Everyone already knows about Jay's latest Halloween contest, surely. But here's another link to it anyway.
All Hallow's Tales Contest - Ghost StoryThis contest is generously sponsored by prize donors and:
:iconcrliterature: :iconcommunityrelations:
Ghouls and Ghasts and ne'er do wells, welcome once again to the LaBORatory for our annual celebration of stories in the season of all things spooky.
This year, we return to the abandoned house at the end of the block, with the upstairs window from which something always seems to wave at passersby. We drive along the lonely stretch of road at midnight, eyes unblinking, hoping to catch a glimpse of the girl who hitches a ride, only to vanish from the passenger seat when we pass the old cemetery. We point trembling fingers over the rail at the spectral ship that has spelled the doom of generations of captains and crew. We roll the ball into the old, dark nursery, and wait to see if it will roll back out again.
This year, we are telling ghost stories. Have a seat by the fire, won't you?


This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for

You all covet my legendary prize clerihews, right? Then enter! :evileye:

I'll be interested to see how many of us will be drawing on our own experiences of ghosts. I will! Oh yes, I have seen a ghost - but if you're one of those people who think everyone who says that is crazy or lying, please don't think it of me. Or could I be mistaken? Well, I don't know that I like that word in this context. Now, I am not for one moment saying I know ghosts exist because I've seen one. It's not as simple as that. I don't know anything.

Personally, I see a lot in the stone tape theory (as explored in my story The Girl in the Pantry), but perhaps I'm wrong about that. I do not believe in ghosts as departed spirits or anything sentient, but perhaps I'm wrong about that too. I am quite prepared to concede that my ghost may have originated in my imagination. I was even in bed in the middle of the night at the time, and I was only about six, with the power of suggestion fresh about me. I am confident that I was at least 60% awake (I honestly felt 100% awake), but I might be wrong about that too. However, I feel happy to say that I saw a ghost, because seeing one does not mean it has to be anything in particular, or exist outside oneself.

I'm not going to tell you the story now. Wait for my contest entry! The true story will appear in the comments, rather than the entry itself. It's actually pretty boring, as ghost encounters go, so I am going to have to embellish and make stuff up. I'll be taking the approx. three-second event and working out a much more interesting story around it, with influence from the actual circumstances. And trying to make it scary. Or at least unnerving. :skull:

Now, a little real life to finish with, I think. Right now, I'm procrastinating big time on preparing next week's ancient history lesson. :giggle: I've been learning about Alexander the Great - and hopefully so have the kids! I've more or less adjusted now to the change of pace, and got used to teaching the bigger classes (up to a massive six people! :O), in which not everyone is an angel. I confess, though, I still don't like Wednesday afternoons and don't think I will for the rest of the school year. There are a couple of real brats in that one. So far I've been too nice to give detentions, but I'm hoping to change that... :paranoid:

In November, the girls are having a weekend trip to Saint Marlo, and I've decided to go along. It's quite up to me, because they won't be paying me - I have to pay them! :O I honestly feel rather miffed about that. If they don't pay us for the time, then at least adult help should go along free, right? But oh well. I've been wanting to get away and have a little adventure, if only for a day or two, and now this one has fallen into my lap. It's going to be very cold, and I'll feel seasick on the ferry, and I'm not fantastically rich so it's a bit of an extravagance. But I want to go anyway. :D And a couple of the students have said they'd like me to go, which is just lovely to hear. :happycry:

So that's it. Now, there's work to do... :work:

Happy writing! Or, if you're too lazy and/or boring to enter, happy reading. :pumpkin:

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  • Reading: The Professor: C. Brontë/The Witches: R. Dahl
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Thank you so much. :heart:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured:
Congratulations for succeeding in :icongrimgloomtale:'s MERMAIDS contest!
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Writer
saw this today and thought of you! Iceni by Nuka122
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Makes me wish I wasn't suddenly swamped so I could work on the novel more. :paranoid:
Nuka122 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  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 Aug 24, 2015  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:
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