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The dog was having a wonderful time.  The game was fun for everyone, and so inventive.  She would never have thought of it herself.  Cats were clever, clever animals indeed.  She just didn't know when he was going to jump out!
She snuffled her nose closer to the box.  Where was he?  Could he have stopped playing?  But no.  There he was.  Brilliant!  Though that one could have hurt...
The cat cowered in the box and wondered what it would take to get the dog to leave him the hell alone.  This was even worse than being sneaked up on by a cucumber.  His heart was hammering and his hackles were up.  Couldn't she see he wanted to be left alone?  But no.  Her nose came snuffling into his box again.  He was going to have to swipe.
The humans were still laughing their inane laughter as they uploaded their video to Youtube.  What should they call it?  Hilarious cat and dog playing?  Hila
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The Tartan Mouse
The mice were getting ready for Christmas.  It had been small trouble to chew a little Christmas tree for themselves from the bottom of the big one by the staircase in the big hallway, and the merest stick from the garden did for a Yule log, and Wendy frequently sewed, which meant snippets of things with which Dusk and Dawn had made decorations.
'What clever little crafters your children are,' they heard someone remark to their mother, and they felt proud and puffed up for the rest of the day.
All the network of skirting and stairwells looked magnificent.  The problem, of course, was food.  The mice lived on this and that throughout the year, particularly when this or that was waiting on the tea trolley between drawing room and basement kitchen.  The kitchen itself was unsafe, because Wendy kept a cat down there, and the mice knew that he was good at his job.  How they knew this, they preferred to forget.
'Can't we still have this and that tomorrow?' asked Dawn
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Alex came home from university full of the wonderfulness of somebody called Ethan.  Carole listened with a maternal smile, half kindly and half smug.
'There, you see,' she said.  'I told you someone would come along, didn't I?'
Alex stared at her.  'No... Mum... I don't feel that way about him!'
'Well,' said Carole, bustling off to the kitchen with the air of a mother who knows everything.  'We'll see.'
'No we won't!' said Alex, hurrying after her.  'We're not even that close.  It's just a squish!'
'You mean a crush, darling,' said Carole.  'And it's a start, isn't it?'
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NaNoWriMo 2018 Excerpt
Considering where they were, Jack could only live somewhere beautiful and expensive.  Sure enough, Cameron was led through a path of crackling leaves to a beautiful, flat-fronted Georgian terrace looking out on the river.  It turned out to be flats, not an whole house anymore, but big and luxurious enough.  Olivia took Cameron up the stairs all the way to the top, and into just the kind of sleek open-plan kitchen, diner and living room with the bare and tidy look that Cameron would have expected from an expensive London flat.
'Jack's not short of a bob or two, then,' he said, before he could stop himself.  Then he felt bad.  He knew it was rude, but not as rude as what he was thinking, which was that Jack may have done what Elizabeth had done and used his ability to get whatever he wanted in order to acquire his home.
'He inherited quite a bit,' said Olivia.  'This whole house, in fact.'
Cameron couldn't process this at all.  'But it's flats.'
'Jack h
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I see bright spirits in the night,
And sometimes one with flame so white
I stare at it for days and days,
And let it swallow all my gaze,
'Til I forget their wily ways
And think that I might catch the light.
So I reach out and grab that sprite,
And though I hold it not too tight,
The light burns out, while distantly
Another cries, 'Catch me!  Catch me!'
And lights up like a Christmas tree,
So there I turn, and oh! it's bright.
I run to it, and it takes flight,
While other spirits creep in sight
But, if I hold them, cease to burn
While others call and make me turn,
And so I chase them, and I yearn
To capture all, and do it right.
Yet all the while I know I might
Coax up one flame to reignite,
And nurture it and make it glow,
Not all it was, perhaps, although
It must be said, you never know
Until you are committed, quite.
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Lucy Farr
I knew she would kill me in the end, he thought when, from the darkness of his front lawn, Lucy appeared with her face illuminated by an eerie green light.  As he watched, the light grew into a distinct shape: an unimaginable demon, rising behind her and stretching to the full height of his garage wall.  She took a step towards him, grinning maniacally, and he was gripped with terror before he even saw her fangs.
'Devil's child!' he screamed, extending a shaking finger towards her.
'You were right all along, Uncle David,' she said through that hideous grin, her voice thick and distorted.  'But they wouldn't listen, would they?  And now...'
'What?' said David, his voice getting shriller by the moment.  'For God's sake, tell me!  What are you going to do?'
'What am I going to do...?' said Lucy, her speech slow and deliberate as the air was suddenly filled with the voices of a thousand devils.
'Mercy!' cried David.  'I beg you!'
Lucy threw back he
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Dumas's Louise and Eugenie by ThornyEnglishRose Dumas's Louise and Eugenie :iconthornyenglishrose:ThornyEnglishRose 3 1
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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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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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Every conversation with you
            ends up in tears and
Why is it that
  I                    cannot stay away from jerks like
you   ?
I removed you from speed dial
  erased your text messages
  locked up everything physical you gave me
  burned all your letters and pictures.
thoughts of you flood my mind.

[I am a certified masochist.]
I need to e
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I used to feel.
Well. I used to be able to feel.
Once upon a time,
When I was happy, I practically floated on cloud nine. When I felt contented, I smiled and laughed. When I was down, I cried a river. When I got mad, I exploded like a volcano and burnt everything in the way with my hot lava. When I got hurt, it would hurt so bad that not only my heart ached, my palms would ache physically too.
I used to feel so profoundly.
Once, your every touch excited me. Your skin was the world, and I was Marco Polo, or Christopher Columbus. I never grew tired of your hugs and kisses; in contrary they left me wanting for more. Your presence alone brought me sunshine and I yearned to be with you every moment in time. You made me hum happy melodies like a love-stricken fool. I wrote love letters to you and doodled your name on every surface possible. Your name was a song on my lips and I play it every day.
(I am having trouble writing this, because I don't remember what it is like to be
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Cola is love
by Iscariot Priest

Artificial love;
packed in cans.
Preservatives and colour included:
Magenta 32 and sulfide (12%)
I can't get enough of this
manufactured amour.
Black electricity runs down my throat,
goes down easy, like intoxication;
tantalizing, never enough.
Makes me feel guilty
(just barely)
pissing you away,
once I'm through with you.
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It's been a while now since I posted a journal about anything other than Critmas. So let's start with... Critmas! :party: The results are in:
Critmas: The Results.8 years ago, I started a small community challenge to encourage people to offer a little bit of critique for their fellow deviants. Back then, it was a simple challenge with no team, no bonus games and a handful of awesome people participated. We were happy with the 100+ delivered in just 12 days. Fast forward to now and some individuals got more than our total in year one. This is crazy and I love it!
Just to put into perspective, here are the totals for the previous years:
2011- 120
2012- 120
2013- 158
2014- 366
2015- 206
2016- 917
2017- 1213
2018- 1375 critiques delivered.
48 of you signed up to the challenge, with 41 active and an amazing 31 people completed the threshold of 12 critiques! The bonus challenges also proved popular, with 3,606 bonus points scored on the challenges!
I was a bit unsure about putting the bonus challenge in, but wanted to try something different and have learnt what does

You've probably seen them. Everyone involved is acknowledged for every single thing they did, so there would be no point in me doing it all again, even if I could be bothered (which I can't). I'm just going to give a very special mention to one person in particular, and that is the overall winner, ninebark. Although we didn't win, this incredible participant was on my team, and did more than could reasonably be expected of anyone. We were never high on the leaderboard, and there came a time when I gave myself two personal goals: keep my team out of last place, and motivate them/do what I could to get our total score into four figures. Both of these things were achieved, thanks to everyone who scored any points at all, and particularly ninebark, who was responsible for more than half of our total score! :wow: My friend, that's flipping amazing, and I highly recommend you for the leadership next year because you were also an incredible motivator! :#1:

We cannot acknowledge squanpie enough for her incredible Critmas artwork. You may have noticed that I used a small square from her Critmas 2018: Mistletoe Bow emblem for my avatar during the event. After that, I decided to change my (let's say) regular avatar for the first time in many, many, many years - almost (but not quite) since I first arrived here, so if you pay attention to such things it may take some getting used to. I spent a little time yesterday framing a detail of an illustration by Harold Copping, in exactly 50x50 pixels, to my satisfaction. It's a scene from my second favourite book, and I think many of you will easily see what is being depicted (and if not, there'll be a clue later in this journal).

In December, I received my 13th Daily Deviation, and so I made a special effort to get to the most recent DD discussion hosted by JessaMar. It was great, and I thoroughly recommend all such discussions in the future. They do generally take place during a mealtime for me, but this has convinced me that I really must try to attend some more when I can.

They made us wait an extra year for the BBC/Netflix adaptation of Watership Down, and the first thing anyone really found out about it was that it looked ugly. Yes, ugly, ugly, UGLY! :stare: I could overlook that, though, if it was any good. I mean like, if it wasn't a complete and total travesty and I'd rather watch it than look at a pile of vomit for two hours and forty minutes. I do not immediately go off an adaptation at the first sign of any deviation from the book, and many people really enjoy watching something a bit different, just as long as the true characterisation shines through. Now, I can't see how any true Watership Down fan can enjoy this pile of absolute crap that a bunch of people dumped on their favourite characters. I never, ever, ever want to see that complete and total load ever again! :rage:

Incidentally I wasn't exactly enamoured with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom either, but I was more prepared for that and I didn't hate it.

Now there are some more things I'm anticipating; I don't say 'looking forward to', because they might turn out to be terrible. It happens. Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation of Little Women, from what I have seen, looks absolutely beautiful (which gives it something over Watershit-on-my-favourite-book Down, at least):

I really, really want to see it. I really, really want to like it! :fingerscrossed:

Speaking of Little Women, some time ago I expressed an interest in seeing the 2018 'modern retelling', but it seems to be keeping well away from UK cinemas. I don't really mind, though, because I've seen some clips and it looks like crap anyway. :bleh:

I read some amazing books in 2018, and I'm anticipating (that's anticipating again) a couple of follow-ups that are going to keep me waiting until August. AUGUST! :grump: I discovered a couple of new authors, including Catherine Barter, who had a YA novel out last year called Troublemakers that I thought was amazing. No sign of a second novel yet, though. There was also Moira Fowley-Doyle, who had been around for a couple of years when I found her first novel (also YA), The Accident Season. I liked that a lot, and then her second novel, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, was incredible. She has a way of writing that is unique, and really speaks to me, and she does have a new novel - All the Bad Apples - coming out in August.

On the same day as Doyle's new book, the second instalment in Sally Green's The Smoke Thieves trilogy will be out. I avoided the first book for a while, because I had been terribly disappointed with the conclusion of her Half Bad trilogy, and then this new series promised to be high fantasy ('There will be a map!'), and I've never really been able to get into things like that. Reading the reviews, I saw that a lot of people didn't like The Smoke Thieves because they found it lacking in its attempts to be a Tolkein-esque fantasy, and actually I can see what they mean, but that wouldn't have put me off even if I'd noticed it whilst reading. For me personally, the world was made by the story and the characters, and I got so into them I am now panting for the sequel. :eager:

I also finished Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy today, and it was a real struggle to get through the last forty-odd pages, because I hated what had happened. I'm now in two minds as to whether to try Carve the Mark by the same author, after this and seeing several negative reviews of her second series. If anyone has an opinion on this, please, I'd love to hear it.

Real Life
You remember that new job I was so excited about? Well, it sucked, for a number of reasons. I guess you can't blame the college for the ridiculous cuts to the bus service used by dozens, perhaps hundreds of students, which meant I had to fight not to get left behind in the mornings, and frequently share a cab to the train station with a colleague in the evenings. But you can be pretty miffed with the high-up member of staff who dismissed this as unimportant and refused to write the bus company an email on behalf of the college. This is just one example of the complete and total and utter lack of support in that place. Let me not bore you with everything that was wrong (this journal is too long as it is); suffice it to say, I was not happy there, and they were very long days in which to be miserable. I had a few people still wanting personal tuition from me, and when I got a message from my ex-boss saying she'd found new premises and needed her teaching staff back, I handed in my notice.

I know I'm lucky. I had somewhere else to go, and only myself and my cat to think of. A lot of people stay in jobs they hate because they don't have these freedoms (including most of my short-time colleagues; honestly, no one really seemed to like it there). I now have a much better time when I'm at work, more time in which I'm not at work, and I'm thinking about some of the things I'd like to do with that time. Now it remains to be seen whether I can get over my laziness and actually do them all... :hmm:
  • Reading: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
  • Watching: Little Britain and Come Fly With Me



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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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Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018
Thank you always for your help.  :rose: This time of year would not be the same without you dropping by!
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
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I hope you have a blessed and happy day, darling one. :heart:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :hug:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, my dear. :huggle:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student Writer
Happy birthday!  Hope you're having an amazing day!
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. :)
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Student Writer
you're welcome.
Suvi-Iloa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happiest birthday :) (Smile)

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