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#NaPoWriMo Day 03

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 03

Today’s prompt (optional as always). Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. It takes its time getting where it’s going, and the action of the poem itself takes place over months. Today, I’d like to challenge you to similarly write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time. Perhaps, as you do, you can focus on imagery, or sound, or emotional content (or all three!)

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These Boots

These boots have walked one hundred miles.
Over hills, and over stiles.
Through the valley filled with gold
Seeking stories to be told.
Tracking tales of long ago
Myths and legends don’t you know.

Through the woodland silent creeping,
by the river, willow weeping.
I’ve heard birds singing in the trees,
I’ve seen cherry blossom on the breeze.
Strolling through quiet country lanes,
and concrete jungles, loud insane.

 … Unfinished

Copyright © April 2019 Rose English

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29 Goodreads ‘A Treasury of British Folklore’

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A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & MistletoeA Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe

by Dee Dee Chainey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 29 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a beautiful little treasure trove of a book, split into three parts giving a wonderful and varied selection of tales from British Folklore.

Part One: Of the Land, Plants and Animals

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An apt place to begin with short insights into the seasons and the folkloric year. For example did you know that

… a sneeze on Wednesday in Hertfordshire means a letter is coming.

Part Two: Witchcraft, Magic and Heroic Tales

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This section also includes several ghosts and hauntings along with various versions of stories of the hauntings of the Hell Hound

Part Three: The Milestones of Life

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This sections as expected covers births and deaths, love and marriage etc. One thing that interested me here was the prominent part that cheese seems to play in a birth ceremony often called ‘the groaning cheese’

In Oxfordshire, a ring was cut into the middle of the cheese, and the child would be passed through it for luck on their christening day.

Where to find Folklore
This wonderful list of festivals can be found at the end of the book. Each festival is listed under the month in which it is celebrated, and often includes a link for further information.

All in all a beautiful book with simple black and white illustrations dotted throughout. Great for dipping in and out of at your leisure.

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse New Release

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse by Rose English

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One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.
Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse. (Click image to enlarge)

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://viewbook.at/SealMother

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745694-seal-mother—a-selkie-tale-in-verse

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YouTube Teaser:

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About Rose English:

Rose English, author

Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Author Links

Website: https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoseEnglish.UK.Author/

Twitter:  @RoseEnglishUK

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Rafflecopter Giveaway ***CLOSED***

Chance to win either a signed copy of ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ or an eBook version.

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The winners were

Sandra B & Lisa S

Congratulations Ladies books will be in the post shortly

Finally a big thank you to all who participated.

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Thank You for visiting

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Reveal

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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It has been a pleasant, but very busy evening and I thank you all for visiting on #InternationalKissingDay Hope you have been giving out those token’s of love to your nearest and dearest?

Well you have all waited long enough so let me share with you a final teaser and then the big reveal. I hope you like it. The cover illustrations, when I reveal them shortly are by the very talented young artist Hannah Ryan.

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My lovely Indie Author friend Maria Gibbs the Dreams to my Roses when we are at book events as Roses & Dreams let me use one of her beautiful holiday pics as a background.  You can see it above in the teaser, but watch how it makes the beautiful ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ stand out in the reveal.

Seal Mother opening verse

On an oyster and pearl
kind of day
and oh how the waves
gently play.
As the sun pours down
upon waters calm,
the waves whisper to shore
like a soft spoken psalm.

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There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later. Go check out the page by clicking the image below. Giveaway will be open until 12noon GMT UK Sunday 7th July 2018.

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Finally the Seal Mother Reveal

Ta Dah!!

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Well I do hope you like it? Love to hear your thoughts, the Kindle Copy will shortly be available to download on Amazon. Hardback versions can be ordered through me very soon.

There will be a chance to win extra goodies for those ordering to collect at the UK Indie Lit Fest on 28th July 2018 in Bradford UK

Seal Mother YouTube teaser

I made a short sample of a reading from the book have a listen when you have a spare moment.

 

Thanks for visiting Happy Reading

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Happy Kissing on #InternationalKissingDay

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Teaser 2

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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In my search for images this I believe came from @farneislands click HERE

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For my second teaser we have a beautiful seal rolling in the waves. Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window)

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Remember it is kissing day so my teasers will include some kissing.

Seal Mother verses 67 & 68

One final kiss
on the toes of the child,
and the seal swam away
back into the wild.
The girl held the shell
now close to her heart,
and gazed on with sadness
as the seal did depart.

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On the warm gentle breeze
blowing in from the ocean.
On the crest of a wave,
with its rhythmical motion
came Seal Mother’s last words
from far ‘cross the water.
“Farewell. Just for now,
my dear youngest daughter.”

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There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later. Go check out the page by clicking the image below. Event starts at 7pm GMT UK

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Don’t forget to share the love and offer that extra kiss to you loved ones.

Thanks for visiting Happy Reading

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Happy Kissing on #InternationalKissingDay

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#WIP Seal Mother 1st July 2018

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Well Happy #IndiePrideDay today we celebrate books by Indie Authors, and Spread The Word far and wide in hope of trending on Twitter. (It didn’t help that I got blocked  for retweeting too many times with similar # Hastags LOL).

Sadly I have been unable to get together a cover release to celebrate the day but I have put up a short teaser.

The Seal Mother YouTube Preview

So here hopefully for your pleasure, I have created a short preview on YouTube the first three verses. You will notice at the end there are a couple of faint images, they are a glimpse into what the illustrations could be like in the book and hopefully the final sketch will be the one to adorn the front of the final cover of the book.

On an oyster and pearl
kind of day
and oh how the waves
gently play.
As the sun pours down
upon waters calm,
the waves whisper to shore
like a soft spoken psalm.

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The sea reaches out
to kiss golden sand,
like the gentle caress
of a warm mother’s hand.
One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.

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The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.
The girl sits on a rock
with her feet in the water,
Not yet aware
she’s the pretty seals daughter.

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Seal Mother Sketches

TA DAH! The sketch Hannah has done for the design of the front cover. I have added the fonts just to give a very basic idea of what I have been looking for. I am no graphic artist so this is only a very VERY rough idea. Plus there is a peek at the image of Seal Mother finding her sealskin. Happy #IndiePrideDay

I still love it, I hope you do too. Click to enlarge.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope to have news on a cover reveal soon.

Happy Reading

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#WIP Seal Mother 30th June 2018

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There is absolutley nothing like the satisfaction you get when you type and print out ‘The End’ on a final draft document, of your up coming book.  The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

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The Seal-Maid & children down on the sand.

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So you already saw that I have written the end, but editing is not easy and being passed from one person to another means it can take such a long time. But I am almost there now.

In the distance he heard
his family outside.
So quick in the trunk
the skin he did hide.
He locked up the chest
with seconds to spare.
When they all stepped inside
they just stopped to stare.


Seal Mother Updates

Oh I have just discovered that Hannah’s beautiful illustrations have not translated well into digital. Meaning that the resolution is currently too small to use on the front of a book cover. It looks like I probably will not be able to do a cover reveal for #IndiePrideDay after all.

Hopefully that will be remedied soon. Meanwhile I will think on whether I should allow you a peek of the sketches done for the cover or not. Watch this space.

Thank you for your wonderful comments throughout social media concerning Seal Mother. Drop by tomorrow for #IndiePrideDay celebrating Indie Authors and their books.

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Happy Reading

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