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Rosey
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United Kingdom
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.
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Christmas Literature: Let's Talk About It!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 6, 2014, 7:17 AM

:new: I forgot to update my Christmas blog list for four days, but have now done so, and will try to remember to do it every day. Also, my brother and I got a Christmas card from one of our cousins today; the message inside appeared at first glance to read: 'Hope you both die.' Upon closer inspection, it was: 'Hope you're both ok.' :giggle:

I'd like to do a self-indulgent thing, and draw your attention to my new blog, which currently is taken up with a short post each day telling readers (I have at least one :P) what I would put into a Christmas anthology for children and sensible grown-ups. This hypothetical anthology is being designed especially by me, to contain one piece for reading every day from December 1st-24th. I started it because, as a child, I won a copy of Michael Foreman's Christmas Treasury and found in it only two things that I would put in my own Christmas treasury, if I were a famous enough author and illustrator to have one published - and those were absolute classics that no one in their right mind would leave out! Now, with my new website complete with blog, I have finally decided to externalise those ideas.

Here's the funny thing. I have just prepared the next three days' posts, and I find that some of my comments are becoming deeper and more analytical than I ever imagined they would. It started just because I thought a Christmas treasury was a nice idea, though not necessarily as deep and meaningful as all that. Now it's like I'm writing bitesize mini-essays or something! :O_o: It is making me think a great deal about all sorts of things, and as such it's proving a rewarding experience for me, even if everyone reading this is bored stupid by the idea and doesn't bother looking!

All my texts are listed at the bottom of this journal - with links to the blog posts - and I'll keep on updating it, hopefully day by day. I've got twenty-three texts planned for the blog so far, which means I need to find one more, and I'm sure I can. I'm not asking for suggestions, but all the same I'd like to know: what would you have in your Christmas anthology? :evileye:

Staying focused on my website for a moment - perhaps you've seen my poll. In the past, I've always found them better for getting people's attention than long journal posts. Can't think why! :roll: Anyway, it mentions the audio page, which I published late last night with my first - and so far only - reading. If you'd like to read anything of mine for the site, or suggest something of yours for me to read, then please do so at any time.

Moving on, I think I made it known that I won NaNoWriMo (yay! :boogie:). Now, looking at my buddy list, I must also congratulate the following Deviants: C-A-Harland, DrippingWords, LadyLincoln, NamelessShe and Tobaeus. Congratulations, guys! :squee: If you won NaNoWriMo and you're not on this list, then either you have a different name at NaNoWriMo and I don't remember which one you are or... you'd better add me as a buddy quick! :O

Now, back to Christmas: keep an eye on Beccalicious (well, I'm sure you already do :evileye:) because Critmas is coming up. We all know the importance of giving, and critique at Christmas is a wonderful thing, as it is at any time. Quite honestly, this blog of mine is making me appreciate all this stuff so much more!

I shall certainly have to write something Christmassy too, after all that thought-provoking blogging. Are there any Christmas lit. contests planned? Seems a bit late for me to start coming up with one myself... :hmm:

My Imaginary Christmas Anthology:

:bulletblue: December 1st: 'The Strange Christmas Tree' by Enid Blyton
:bulletblue: December 2nd: Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
:bulletblue: December 3rd: 'King John's Christmas' by A.A. Milne
:bulletblue: December 4th: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
:bulletblue: December 5th: Horrible Christmas by Terry Deary
:bulletblue: December 6th: 'Christmas at Red Butte' by L.M. Montgomery
:bulletblue: December 7th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
:bulletblue: December 8th: The Exiles at Home by Hilary McKay
:bulletblue: December 9th: White Boots by Noel Streatfield
:bulletblue: December 10th: A Wayne in a Manger by Gervase Phinn
:bulletblue: December 11th: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
:bulletblue: December 12th: 'A Christmas Dream and How it Came True' by Louisa M. Alcott
:bulletblue: December 13th: Jennings As Usual by Anthony Buckeridge
:bulletblue: December 14th: What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
:bulletblue: December 15th: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
:bulletblue: December 16th: 'Milly-Molly-Mandy Goes Carol-Singing' by Sue Townsend
:bulletblue: December 17th: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
:bulletblue: December 18th: The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford



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delph-ambi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thanks for the fave :)
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Writer
:huggle: Thank you for the fave(s)! :huggle:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thank you for the points, Rosey! I hope you're entering, as well?
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, don't be silly.
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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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Gingersanps Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday! :cake: :party: 
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
May your Muse laughingly cajole, convince, inspire, and take you on a beautiful and worthwhile drive to places and happy adventures you've never even imagined. May a justified belief that something wonderful is just around the corner brighten your life forever. May you not doubt your abilities, but labor successfully to expand them. May your dreams not prove nightmares, may you glimpse other strange worlds and let us share them with you--may those you love rejoice in you, and you in them, may joy and inspiration be faithful, friendly companions and helpers always. Happy Birthday!
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IndependentSoul97 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I saw today's FFM challenge and thought of you Wink/Razz fav.me/d7q96wj
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe I'll have to give it a go, then. ;)
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