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EGB Fan Spin-Off The Riveras: An Island Adventure :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 0 1
EGB Fan Season: Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree
In a snow-covered pine forest, a quartet of tree fellers was hard at work.
'TIMBER!' one shouted, as a large pine fell heavily to the ground and landed in a puff of snow.  At the sound of impact, the young man's three companions turned to face him.
'Jeez, Todd,' said a large guy with a moustache.  'Could it be a little bigger?  How we gonna get that on the back of the truck?'
'Hey, no problem,' said Todd.  'This is how New Yorkers like their Christmas trees.  Trust me – I got a cousin who lives in Brooklyn.'
'The boss wants quantity, not quality,' said the guy with the moustache.
'Who says size equals quality?' said the only woman among them, grinning at Todd.  'Good things come in small packages.  So lay off the macho stuff, Todd, okay?'
So saying, the young woman laid a hand on the foliage of a pine tree that was at least three times her own height, and looked cheekily at Todd through her eye protection.  Then, suddenly, her face twisted
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Blazing Dragons Virtual Season: Piston and Solder
King Allfire was sitting alone at his Square Table, staring at one of the empty seats, when Princess Flame found him.
'Daddy?' she said.  'What are you doing in here by yourself?'
'Good question,' said Allfire.  'My knights should be here with me.  We hardly ever seem to use the Square Table anymore, and we certainly don't use it for important knightly business.  We haven't had a proper meeting since Sir Galahot and Sir Hotbreath left.  The Table does look empty without them, you know.  Do you think they'll ever come back, Puff?'
'Well,' said Flame, 'they have been gone rather a long time now, but I believe they'll come back to us.  In the meantime, Daddy, do you remember I told you to have a look at some of Flicker's inventions?  If you want to keep using the Square Table without it seeming empty, you could always -'
She was cut off by a blast of music and a rush of fire as Cinder and Clinker appeared
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In Memory
To look on a gift
that looks back with life-filled eyes
reminds them of him
whose heart held all creatures close,
lives spared as dear as lives saved.
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Enid Blyton's 'R' Mysteries by ThornyEnglishRose Enid Blyton's 'R' Mysteries :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 0 Enid Blyton's Circus Series by ThornyEnglishRose Enid Blyton's Circus Series :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 0
It turns out kindness can be measured in boxes.
Knives and forks and spoons for families with no kitchen
and Tiny Tears for a child who isn't ready for another doll.
They are put by.
Food, clothes, toiletries
are sent to the local places of worship:
church, mosque, temple, football club,
in each parents weeping over a saved child
who is weeping over a lost doll or bear.
An outgrown Primark sweater with a multi-pack of unbranded soap;
a full children's outfit, new from M&S, with Toni&Guy shampoo;
and more and more and yet more.
More toys, more clothes, more toiletries
(but never more kindness) than they can ever use, so
the Red Cross takes the excess and converts it to money.
The things they need can never be measured
in money, or tears, or silences, or professional people, or survivors' guilt
of those who try to reconcile their gratitude with their anger.
More and yet more boxes wait for their new homes.
Clocks and clothes and cutlery can be replaced;
the same cannot be said of dolls a
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Bronte Novel Children by ThornyEnglishRose Bronte Novel Children :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 2 0 The Little Women's Children by ThornyEnglishRose The Little Women's Children :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 2 4 Little Women by ThornyEnglishRose Little Women :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 2
Song of the Mapinguari
You talk of me and shake with fear,
For I am monstrous – so you say,
My dread approach you cannot hear,
So I may be there, night or day,
To hunt and find and catch and eat
Your cattle (well, they are a treat),
With second mouth on underside
(Or so some storyteller cried)
And arms so long they reach the sky
And claws as long as you are wide
And just one eye.
You tell how, like a bear, I rear
And, like a wolf, I howl and bay,
My putrid smell when I am near,
My claws that slice, and rip, and flay...
Well yes, they do – I do eat meat,
I am not made to live on wheat,
But you forget, I've never eyed
A human being's silverside,
And would you be surprised that I
As well have thoughts I can't abide?
Recall my eye.
I'd have to say my vision's clear,
I am not hindered on my way,
I get by when I'm hunting deer,
And when I (please believe it) play.
And yet this occupies a seat
Inside my mind: the fear I'll meet
Some accident, or something tried,
Some hunter on a morning ride,
Some stone
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Ballet Shoes by ThornyEnglishRose Ballet Shoes :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 0 0 The Secret Garden by ThornyEnglishRose The Secret Garden :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 1 Enid Blyton Famous Five by ThornyEnglishRose Enid Blyton Famous Five :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 4 Enid Blyton Adventure Series by ThornyEnglishRose Enid Blyton Adventure Series :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 1 1
The Death of Sophia
Wilt seek him, wench, and from his ageing brain
Thou'lt extricate the knowledge thou need'st gain
To purge thy world of It– the evil one,
That shrinks i'morn the light of risen sun
To speck of white o'er land of pain and death,
Unless thou wilt this stop with thy last breath,
For thou'lt learn, when thou findest him, thou must,
If once more be thy homeland good and just,
Beneath the larch tree breathe cold, sweet morn air,
And last breath must it be; thou wilt die there,
With incantation shaping rosy lips
From whence will come the words that may eclipse
That zealous heart; for murder it is till'd,
And top to toe of direst cru'lty fill'd,
For eager are Its hands to take thy soul,
And turn it cold and hard and black as coal;
Ay! great will be the pow'r this will set free,
If It can take thy innocence from thee,
For thou art chosen for the task at hand,
And when thou questeth thro' this dying land,
Wilt learn thou hast guess'd true thy worth; thou chit,
Whose hands salt beef and tur
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Have you seen this? Have you heard about this?

A lot of us are writing journals and making polls and things partly looking back on 2017, but I have noticed that the main focus seems to be on looking ahead to 2018. Perhaps that has something to do with so many terrible things happening last year; we must certainly hope that the world in general fares better this year.

For me, 2018 means completing my teaching qualification in May, so that's what I'm mainly focusing on besides lazing around and procrastinating (which I always do in the holidays, no matter how much work I tell myself I'll do). Hopefully I won't regret saying that I see no reason why I shouldn't complete the course with relative ease; in theory, I suppose I could be stopped by something catastrophic, but I certainly hope not. Assuming, then, that life goes on as normal, I'll get my work done in plenty of time despite putting it off (which I'll try not to do... oh wait, I'm doing it now :roll:), and I've never yet submitted something my teachers aren't delighted with. I don't wish to brag; it's just that I try hard and I know what's going on, which seems to be just about impossible for a surprising number of people on the course.

Even if I hadn't had those ear infections last year, studying and time spent travelling might very well have made me decide I couldn't (well, wouldn't) do NaNoWriMo as I mentioned I might, but this coming November there really will be no excuse. A few of you have reported your success from last November, which is amazing, and I think (though I can't remember specifically) a few more of you reported trying but not making it, which is still better than I did. Well done to all of you! :handshake: Now back to me... I have two NaNoWriMo novels lying around in a disgusting state. Both of them I think have to potential to be quite good one day, but with the state I've let them get into, I haven't had the stomach to try and sort them out. Well, I've figured out the solution. Start again! :typerhappy:

Of course, I don't mean scrap everything I've already done and consider it useless. Well, I'll tell you about my Boudica novel, which is the one I'm hoping to make workable in the foreseeable future.  For NaNoWriMo 2014 (when I had two eyes, was not studying and started work at 4pm every day except Tuesday - just sayin' :P), I did some research and figured I'd work around the gaps, wrote steadily through November and produced a lot of absolute bilge and a certain amount of decent stuff. Since then I've had some of the decent stuff critiqued by a few of you, done some more research which didn't fit with what I'd written, tried to edit and made a disgusting mess, left the whole thing alone for long periods and felt like a horrible time-waster, and I don't know what else! :O So I figure I just need to open a blank document and start again. The decent bits will go in again, hopefully becoming really quite good bits with the advice I've had from some of you. The bad bits will be gone and more decent bits put in their place. I have wonderful visions of getting together all the historical research I need (including the stuff I still don't know about, like, what really was the life of the teenage son of a Roman merchant living in a client kingdom?) over May and June, and putting it into a fresh notebook, clear and beautifully organised. Then writing the book will be a breeze, right? The end result won't be perfect, of course, but it will be workable. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway. :saddummy:

Last year I asked you what fictional releases you were looking forward to, myself mentioning Wuthering Heights, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Watership Down, and a couple of you answered me. Well, I was shocked and disappointed when I got my Christmas TV guide to see that there was no sign of Watership Down! And there is no explanation whatsoever!! After looking online every day for a few days, all I could find was an article by PanMacmillan about them releasing a tie-in edition of the novel when the series is aired in the second half of 2018! Er... what? A few days later, this was cited on the series' Wikipedia page when someone updated it with this very vague information about the postponement. So what the hell happened?! :rage: The show has been fairly well publicised (for those who Google 'watership down' on a semi-regular basis, anyway), and to postpone it without explanation when I've been looking forward to it for so long... well, it's nothing to what some people have had to suffer, but it is nonetheless annoying. Some consolation, though, was the BBC's new mini-series of Little Women, which I wasn't expecting at all. No adaptation of Little Women is perfect, but I've liked all the ones I've seen, including this one.

I've got some books to look forward to as well. I've been waiting for Alison Weir's Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession to come out in paperback, which it will this month, but Sally Nicholls' Things a Bright Girl Can Do I seriously considered buying in hardback, and probably would have done if I had known about it a few months earlier but I became lax in checking her website for new releases over the autumn. As it is, I have the paperback on pre-order, and it's due out on 1st February. It's a historical YA novel about the Suffragettes, basically, surely (though I don't think this has been explicitly stated) in honour of the centenary of the first British women to get the vote.

Have I ever gushed about Sally Nicholls here? Well, she is without doubt my favourite author who's alive at the moment. She writes stories about lots of different things for children of various ages, including children in their 30s like me (check out her website if you think it sounds as if you'd like her too). She's got me very excited for this year because she also has one of her quick reads for younger children coming out in April, and in August she's publishing the first in a series (wow! :excited:) with Nosy Crow.

I remember when Nosy Crow was a brand new children's publisher some years ago... at least, I'm pretty sure this was them. They published about two or three books in each age category, including a YA fantasy trilogy very much in the same vein as Twilight and whatever else was popular, commissioned by them from a friend of one of the founding members. I remember feeling rather furious when I read something she'd said/written for the website - an about-me or an interview or something - about being asked to write the books when she had never thought of writing a novel before! It just seems so hard on those people who think every day about writing novels, and do write novels, good ones, some of them really really good ones, which are destined to get no further than the 'slush piles' of various agents and publishers for miles around. I thought something along the same lines with Youtuber Zoe Sugg (whom I've liked whenever I've seen her on TV, incidentally - I don't want to come across as bitching about anyone here, just moderately annoyed with the system in general), who explains that she was approached by Penguin without ever having thought of trying to write a book. I felt less bitter about that one, though, because it was more recent than Nosy Crow and my ideas and priorities have changed.

Inevitably, Nosy Crow now have a notice on their website saying that they're not accepting unsolicited manuscripts (just idle curiosity when I looked - I've yet to discipline myself to polish a damn manuscript!), because of their own slush pile of course, and I'm sure they expend less labour on that than sniffing out established authors when looking for new works to publish. I get why; they're a business and, well, they were smart to take on Sally Nicholls. I love her writing, and I like how she got to where she is by honing her skills on a creative writing MA, having the talent to write an extraordinary book (Ways to Live Forever - watch out because it very well might make you cry) and somebody cutting her a break by publishing it. It wasn't Nosy Crow who took that chance on her, though. :evileye:
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  • Watching: Next of Kin



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I am romantic about childhood, and about past times. I love children's books, and my favourites include Watership Down, Little Women, The Secret Garden and many by Roald Dahl. I'm also a great fan of the Brontë sisters, and Jane Eyre is right up there with those children's classics.

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 perhaps become best known of a writer of children's fiction, but sometimes I try other things as well. I've also received a certain amount of praise for my ghost stories. 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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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for your recent collect, darling. As always, I appreciate you. :heart:
ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the Gauntlet! That contest looked amazing, well done!
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, darling girl. I hope your day was as beautiful as you :heart:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, hon. :hug:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, honey. :tighthug:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
I hope the whirlwind of existence leaves you laughing and astounded by the beauty and kindness around you, the adventures you've had, the good people you've met, and the loveliness you've encountered.  May inspiration guide you along paths softly lit by insight and creative excitement, with all your senses caressed and tantalized by fascinating hints and promises.  We rejoice at your presence in this and any other environment, we appreciate your priceless gifts of talent and time.  May you receive thanks, admiration, and precisely as much of fame as you desire.  May more beauty and wonder find you, and better, be created in the upcoming year!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
DC-26 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017
I very much enjoyed your contributions to the HP article by BeccaJS.
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I wasn't expecting any attention from it. :)
DC-26 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017
I appreciated that you had critical things to note in addition to fond memories.
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