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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.

Boudica, Books and Adventures

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 24, 2015, 4:06 PM

I'm getting ahead on my Goodreads reading challenge again (I did that last year). Today I finished the latest novel by children's author Sally Nicholls, who is amazing. I started the book on Wednesday, finished it Friday morning and gave it five stars. I didn't really feel like writing a review. I got this book in Waterstones on my Norwich adventure; the shop is right opposite the Castle Museum (you can even see it through one of the original tiny windows in the actual castle part), and I paid for the whole thing with Waterstones loyalty points. What a success!

I did mention this in my last journal, but only briefly. That whole trip, just one overnight stay, was actually amazing. I didn't get my hopes up, because too often when I look forward to something I'm disappointed, so the awesomeness of it came as a wonderful surprise. I love Norwich as a city, but I'd never visited the Castle Museum before. I loved it. I can't wait to go again (goodness knows when that'll be). There's loads to see, from the different exhibits to the unchanged bits of castle that I mentioned, with doors that only come up to my chin. In Someries Castle, my closest monument geographically speaking, the 'small' door built for 'short' historical people is actually the perfect size for me, so I get laughed at by taller people. Not this time!

As I mentioned in my last journal, the Iceni exhibit was the thing that made me want to go in the first place. You can't reasonably write a novelisation of the Boudica story without seeing that! Speaking of which, I've posted a couple of my more confident extracts from that, and so far have had some super encouraging feedback from the wonderful doughboycafe. I'm pretty excited about this project, even when I think of all the hard work it's going to take to get it right!

Anyway, being so pessimistic about the trip, I didn't believe I was going to feel that sense of awe people talk about when they make trips like this - you know, to get as close as they possibly can to their long dead heroes. Well, I didn't walk in and get hit by a metaphorical tidal wave or anything, but it was pretty amazing. To be honest, most of the stuff was Roman rather than Iceni, and though it all came from the right place (i.e. locally) very little was from the right time period. But it was still cool, and there was even a pot (severely broken, mostly missing in fact) of loads of little white metal coins buried for safekeeping immediately before Boudica's revolt! That was cool. There was the usual stuff too: pots and pans; gizmos they fastened to their horses; the famous torcs, of course; a wool comb with even a few surviving teeth (pretty cool when you consider how delicate they are)... Yeah, it was great!

I really loved the little outdoor theatre, which I've since discovered is called the Whiffler and hasn't had a performance in two years. That was A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was my first Shakespeare actually, and it must have been amazing. I hope they have another show there someday, and I can go to it.

As I should, I've been reading plenty of historical fiction lately, and I've been checking out the latest trend in realistic YA fiction, and - most importantly - I've been reading some YA historical fiction. I do need to read more. I read most of Celia Rees's efforts years ago, and liked them. Sally Nicholls has done one too, which I read last year, and it was fabulous. She's actually one of those novelists that make me feel totally inadequate and like I can never be as good as I'd like, but actually I've been feeling pretty excited about my Boudica book since going back to work on it. I mean, some of it's awful, but hopefully I can fix that. I always doubt myself, but so does Sally Nicholls, she says.

I'm really interested to read a couple of things my Elizabeth Wein and Mary Hoffman. I'm particularly keen to read David, by the latter, which is about the (entirely fictional, except that he must have existed in some form) David posing for Michelangelo. I'm so interested in the subject matter; I love art history and wish I had thousands of pounds to study it at university. Anyway, I don't have my copy of David yet. I'm waiting to get 5% off at Foyles, just as soon as I read and review Great Expectations for their site, and I suppose I might be a while reading that! Still, there's plenty in my to-read pile in the meantime (I read a few at once). So much I want to read!

I'm also re-reading my Horrible Histories and various by Enid Blyton. Well, for the former, so far I've only read The Savage Stone Age and it was super interesting. For instance, did you know that we were making tools for skinning animals before we made tools for killing them, indicating that we were once scavengers? Fascinating - though, I concede, not as full and detailed as a more academic text!

On an unrelated note, please check out me and others in this article, if you haven't already.
tWR Interviews: Plot BuildingHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing
If you're reading, please favourite+fav and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!
Today we're interviewing ML-Larson, SMAdams and ThornyEnglishRose on plot building. With added wisdom from raspil, LadyLincoln, julietcaesar, neurotype, illuminara and LiliWrites!
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:On WritingProse and Poetry BasicsTo Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?

I'm always so honoured when anyone asks me for an interview! I really enjoyed answering these questions, and seeing other people's answers a week or so later.

Anything else? Well, I'm disappointed with the new Chipmunks animation, but I'm not even in the target audience so it doesn't matter what I think. Exams are coming up; I've experienced both extreme pride and extreme frustration with various students lately. I'm a little sad that there are only two more weeks left of my GCSE class, though a break from detailed planning and travelling to Luton will be nice. I've been bad at keeping up here lately, so link me to anything you'd like me to read. Love you all! :heart:

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Weidenlied Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Thanks for the llama! Have a senryu:

Clouds gather
huddling tohether for shelter
safety in numbers
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Writer
Sorry I haven't been able to reply yet to your other messages, but in case this is helpful to you...…
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Looks cool, thanks! :)
Lexi247 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day~!
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for collecting, honey. Love you :heart:
delph-ambi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thanks for the fave :)
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Writer
:huggle: Thank you for the fave(s)! :huggle:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thank you for the points, Rosey! I hope you're entering, as well?
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, don't be silly.
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, sweet girl. I hope you have a lovely day. :heart:
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