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EGB Fan Spin-Off The Riveras: An Island Adventure :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 0 1
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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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Literature
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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Boxes
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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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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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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Birthdays :iconfyoot:fyoot 3 7
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Keeping Up With the Finches
    “Herman, they’re at it again.”
    Herman wove a bit of dried grass in with the others. He didn’t bother looking up. “So? Let them do it if they want, Laurel. Now come help me.”
    Laruel plucked some loose feathers and wove them into the nest. “That thing has a hole in the top. They’ll never manage it.”
    “Leave it alone, dear. You’ll only get flustered.”
    “It’s not right,” she said with an indignant fluff of feathers. “Why can’t they use trees like normal birds?”
    “It’s their choice, Laurel. Mind your own nest.”
    Laurel clicked her beak indignantly. “Damned showoffy finches.”
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Keeping My Head
Well, my head's over here and my body's over there. This might be a problem.
...
I suppose you're wondering how exactly I got into this mess in the first place. Normally, I'd tell you to keep your bloody nose out of it, but as it looks like I'm going to be here a while...I'm'a treat you to the story.
See, it all started two weeks back when my daughter picked up this doll from the traders that were passing through. It weren't any special thing, like, just some ragged old cloth dolly with most of its hair falling out. None of the other kids wanted it, so the traders let it go to her in exchange for a mud pie. She was pleased as punch to think her cooking was worth anything, but me, I thought they just wanted to get rid of the thing - it was creepy as all get-out.
Course, now I know why it felt so creepy to me, I'm wondering why the fuck I let her keep it in the first place. Little word of advice here: never hold onto something you bought with mud.
...Yeah, I know why I let her kee
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One-Touch Choke/Stop
I need it to get rid of an old, gnarled tree
that I allowed to grow too tall,
with roots too deep,
and branches too wide with leaves too thick
that keep the sun from shining.
Bark too rough,
and thorns that bite
at the slightest brush of my fingers.
With webs like hair,
from hundreds of worms
that I didn't kill when I had the chance.
That's what I say
to the nice young man
when he asks if he can help me
find something here in Power Tools
just before closing.
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Hi, guys. It's that time of year when I can't/won't join in any of the awesome stuff going on around DA (and I know from my lurking that a lot of awesome literature stuff is going on) because I'm marking exams from all over the country. Not only that, but this time I've more than doubled my quota and started three weeks earlier (those three weeks have since gone by) by signing up with a second exam board. Of course I take breaks, but when I do, I want to get away from the computer.

I'm here now checking in because I like to keep up with the place, and some of you are so sweet that you've even once or twice told me you were worried about me when it's been a while between updates. I'm sure I don't deserve it. :blush: I also want to mark the day that I've come out the other side of what has seemed like a very long month. I think marking 361 literature exams made it seem like a particularly long period of time, in which quite a lot has happened - or a lot to me, anyway, after life has been ambling along fairly comfortably for the last four years or so. Now, some things are still up in the air, but perhaps I can tell you all about it after the marking deadline in a few weeks.

If you're doing FFM, good luck to you as always. I'll be glad to be linked to any favourite pieces, yours or others', and I'll certainly be looking out for the 'Best Of' collections people always put together (which is really great of those people).

It was also last month that I went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (disappointing in some ways, but not so much in the sense that I wasn't expecting a lot from it) and Shepreth Wildlife Park, which I discovered last year was an easy bus and train ride away, and decided I wanted to visit it. So did my brother when I told him about it (I absolutely am not too old to go to the zoo with my big brother :evileye:). Here are some of the best pictures I took of the animals (my camera has a really brilliant zoom :D)...

Amba the tiger had very obligingly positioned herself in the best place for photographs:
Amba, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

Zara was very happy to parade around for the visitors during the keepers' red panda talk:
Zara, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

Her companion Amber was much more shy. This was the best shot I could get of her after all the other visitors had wandered off; we doggedly stayed until the keepers lured her out with bananas and nagging after their talk:
Amber, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

In Bunny Land lives a lop-eared rabbit who grooms its companions whether they want it to or not:
Bunnies, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

This caiman stayed so still, these fish obviously didn't even know it was there (they had other places to swim to if they'd wanted to):
Caiman, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

The meerkats were having a great time digging around in their sand, and they probably knew they were safe, but even so they like to have somebody on guard at all times:
Meerkat, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

I think this is a pretty good through-the-hole shot of this mummy wallaby and her (quite grown-up) baby:
Wallabies, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose

And finally, to understand why it was funny to take this picture, you need to know that on the other side of the window is a toilet, where the emus had been startling my brother some minutes earlier:
Inquisitive Emu, Shepreth Wildlife Park by ThornyEnglishRose
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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 Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for your recent collect, darling. As always, I appreciate you. :heart:
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ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the Gauntlet! That contest looked amazing, well done!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
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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:
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, hon. :hug:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, honey. :tighthug:
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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!
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DC-26 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017
I very much enjoyed your contributions to the HP article by BeccaJS.
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ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I wasn't expecting any attention from it. :)
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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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