Archive | August 2015

‘Seal Mother ~ Retold’ by Rose English

Whoop whoo

Well the latest news is that my wonderful illustrator Abigail Ryder has put the finishing touches to the beautiful  image for the front cover of my little folktale called ‘Seal Mother ~ Retold’. Abigail has agreed to let me use the image so long as we donate the royalties from the book to the UK Seal Sanctuary

Selkie, Seal Mother‘Daughter of the Selkies’
Pen and Ink
Copyright Abigail L. Ryder, 2004

My other news is that I currently have a wonderful lady working on putting Abigail’s image onto a book cover for me. Watch this space.

Even more good news, today I discovered a wonderful poem that sums up the story perfectly along with an image from the same book ‘Poems’ by Amelia Welby 1850.

(My Seal Mother uses a shell, blessed by the Moon Goddess, to tell her woeful story to her beautiful young daughter on the shore).

‘To A Sea Shell’
by American Poet Amelia Welby 1845

Shell of the bright sea-waves!
What is it, that we hear in thy sad moan?
Is this unceasing music all thine own?
Lute of the ocean caves!

O does some spirit dwell
In the deep windings of thy chambers dim,
Breathing forever, in its mournful hymn,
Of ocean’s anthem swell?

Sea Shell, 17th Century

Thanks for dropping by, its all getting very exciting now.

Call in again soon Rose English

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend

Hello Friends & Welcome New Followers

Thank you for dropping by to check out my little blog, sorry I have not been here for a while. My full time job is rather manic at the moment so there has been little time to write or to do any editing of my little stories.

The latest news is that a wonderful artist is putting finishing touches to a beautiful illustration ‘Daughter of the Selkies’ (Abigail L. Ryder) which we will use as the book cover for my story ‘Seal Mother ~ Retold’. I am also currently looking into having the book printed as maybe a little pocket book aimed at older readers and adults.

I have been doing a little research into Folklore and the types of covers used to sell this type of story. I am very disappointed to say that all the bookshops I visited had barely anything in stock. There was the usual children’s fairy stories and some shops did a small selection of story anthologies. But when it came to actual folklore barely anything was found. Very disappointing.

My idea was that should the book be published all proceeds would go to the UK Seal Sanctuary. We will just have to take one tiny step at a time. Meanwhile here is a little excerpt from the story.

Seal, ocean

Have a wonderful weekend and once again thanks for stopping by 🙂