Sometimes, no words are needed.
Newly shorn, the meadow lies bare now under the October sun, the golden trim giving accent to the surround of autumnal trees. The air holds a bitter nip that the early light is hesitant to dispel, but the clear sky promises pleasant hours ahead - a welcome change from the wet, windy and overcast days... Continue Reading →
Small Comforts Cara dropped onto her bed, tugging the blanket over her shoulders as weariness pinned her to the mattress. Sleep soon began to smother her thoughts. She welcomed its oblivion after the backbreaking work of the day. The voice of the new girl jolted her back to awareness. She was tempted to respond -... Continue Reading →
The Truth in the Tale Jonin enjoyed telling stories. He couldn't deny it. As a knight of many years' service he had numerous exploits to share. But there was one thing everyone wanted to know - what really happened after the Battle of Ebden Moor? There were only a few known facts. He and Mikael had... Continue Reading →
I thought I’d reblog some of the colouring pictures I shared last year. This is the first of a set of ten, all of which can be found in the Christmas Colouring Pictures category tab above. Feel free to download this or any of the others to print out on paper. Hopefully it’s perfect for keeping the kids entertained for a while.
I like to use this picture as part of a craft activity, where the kids use small bits of wool for his face, fabric for his antlers, and red foil for his nose.
To make it into a Christmas card you can position the picture on the right hand side of the page (in landscape orientation) before it’s printed out onto a sheet of cardboard. Make sure the picture is entirely on the right – otherwise, when you fold the sheet in half the picture will be partly on the back of the card. And, yes, I’ve seen this happen quite a few times!
Have fun. 🙂
"Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah..." - David Bowie, 'Moonage Daydream' Like so many others across the world I waited eagerly for the supermoon to rise a few nights ago. Unfortunately I found myself to be disappointed as the overcast sky hid it from view. Luckily for me the sky did clear a few hours later, but... Continue Reading →
Every Wednesday, all across the internet, people post a photograph with no words to explain it. Here is mine.
During August I've again been photographing the wildflower meadow, wooded area and stream for Cardinal Guzman's Changing Seasons Challenge. As usual I have far more pictures in my galleries than we're asked to share, but I couldn't bear to cut anything else out! With many of the flowers having withered away over the summer, leaving... Continue Reading →
I know I've been rather absent from my blog over the last week or so, and I apologise to everyone who's comments I haven't replied to. Unfortunately I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole! I've read seven books of a series in a little over a week. And I still have several books to go. This is... Continue Reading →
swift cloudburst tumbles droplets weighing fragile wings time to find shelter This post is for Susan's Macro Moments challenge. This week's photograph was taken at the wildflower meadow back in June. It was taken on my Canon EOS 1100D, with the 18-55mm lens: ISO 800 f/8, 1/200 sec, handheld.
Two years ago yesterday I started my blog, intending to post the occasional poem and my children’s stories and artwork. It has since been taken over by flash fiction and photography but my blog does still include quite a lot of poetry!
To mark my second blogiversary (yes, I’m a day late) I thought I’d reblog my very first post – the poem from which my username is taken.
I find the lack of any images on the post to be quite unsettling…
For my first post to my blog I thought I’d share a poem I wrote. I hope you like it.
A Wild Habitat
I live in a world of
of light and music,
a wild habitat for
a fairy mind.
Here my life is
with no regrets.
Far from the mundane crowds,
from the manic race
through the maze of life,
my rat grows gossamer wings,
soaring in shimmering flight.
I become a creature of
swaying amongst sunbeams
as wisps of melody
entice and enthrall.
in my world.
This story is in response to the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Alistair Forbes, that asks that you write a story / poem of around 200 words using the photo as a guide. Memento She'd always wondered what was kept in the garage. Frances clutched the key to her chest, curiosity battling with trepidation as she stood before the... Continue Reading →
The Game They laugh as they play their game, ruthless ambition hidden behind genial smiles as they move counters with calculated precision. Bank balances keep score: vast accumulated wealth the desired pinnacle. On the city streets below the people scurry through their daily lives, unwitting pieces in a cutthroat contest. This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge.
This post is for week four of Robyn's One Four Challenge. This is a quarterly photo editing challenge that asks us to edit one photo in four ways over a month, posting a different version to our blog each week. I would have liked to spend a little more time working on this final edit but, as today is the... Continue Reading →
This post is for week three of Robyn's One Four Challenge. This is a quarterly photo editing challenge that asks us to edit one photo in four ways over a month, posting a different version to our blog each week. . I know I said I'd try to remember what I did to achieve the final edit this... Continue Reading →
This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week's prompt is weightless. Tumbling thistledown Catch a fairy, make a wish Dreams take soaring flight When I was a child I was told that each floating thistledown was actually a fairy in disguise. I'm not sure exactly who told me this - I have several relatives who told magical... Continue Reading →
We have a bit of a tulip explosion going on in our garden at the moment. It's quite a glorious sight. This is mainly thanks to my brother who likes to visit Amsterdam and always brings back tulip bulbs - we now have a lot of different varieties! I hope you like them.
I've spent today working on another Enchanted Forest colouring picture. It accompanies the childrens story The Pixie Party that I posted last week. I hope you (and your kids!) enjoy colouring it in. It's quite a complex picture so I plan to draw a simpler version that's more suitable for younger children (hopefully soon, though I have... Continue Reading →
This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly meme is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post. Here's my WOW for this week: Word... Continue Reading →
Millie Thom’s books are thoroughly enjoyable to read, with some great characters… and I’m not just saying that because she’s my Mum! They’ll be free on Amazon for only one more day.
This is definitely the shortest post I’m likely to make for a while. I just wanted to let people know that Book 1 of my Sons of Kings trilogy, Shadow of the Raven will be freeon Amazonfor three days,starting on April 3.
Anyone who enjoys a Viking adventure tale may be interested in this book. I had another great review on the Amazon.com site only yesterday. The review was headed by the phrase. ‘Well written historical fiction from a rising star.’ I owe huge thanks to that person, whoever it is. It’s no one I know, from WordPress or anywhere else.
Reviews are so important to writers, not just to inflate their egos. They help the writer see what they are doing right, or wrong, as well as helping to get their books noticed. Needless to say, if anyone out there downloads my book this weekend…
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Millie Thom’s writing is beautifully elegant and her books an enjoyable read. If you like historical fiction then check her out. 🙂
All writers know the value of reviews to the success of their books. Yet most readers don’t review- even if they’ve really enjoyed the book – for a variety of reasons. Time is always a factor in the hectic, modern world. There are some people, of course, who simply don’t like the idea, or aren’t comfortable expressing their thoughts for others to read. Perhaps they feel daunted when they see the long, detailed reviews done by Amazon top reviewers and professional editors. Yet even short, to the point reviews are greatly appreciated by authors. Every single one adds to that all-important number that shows up on Amazon or other online retailers.
That said, from today, Saturday 20th February, until Wednesday the 24th, the first book of my Sons of Kings Trilogy will be free on Amazon. It’s entitled, Shadow of the Raven. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m…
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The lanes twist and turn across the countryside, crossing, merging and dividing as they skirt around fields and farmyards, winding in leisurely meanders in an intricate tarmacked maze. Muddied verges, puddled from recent rainfall, are torn and frayed by the tires of vehicles forced to pull aside on the narrow route. In the chill of... Continue Reading →
As I've mentioned before I'm currently working on a series of images for an Enchanted Forest story and scenery set. This picture began life as a quick sketch of a toadstool house. I decided to turn it into a colouring picture. If anyone wishes to print it out and give it to their children to... Continue Reading →
From Winter Retreat, huddle down, as darkness creeps ever further over the barren landscape. Icicle fingers bind tight; hearts and minds joyless, fearful in Winter’s captivity. A flickering glimmer of light amidst shadow. Watch night retreat. A shaft of pale daylight dances across the pristine crystals clothing nature’s naked beauty. A jubilant laugh; a... Continue Reading →
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the... Continue Reading →
Tumbling Your pen is poised, mind teetering, balancing precariously upon the edge. You release your hold and tumble, like water over the fall, words burbling in random dissarray from your mind, through your pen, to your page. For many years I have suffered from writer's block. This blog and the poems and children's stories that I... Continue Reading →
Show Parade in happy fulfilment the fruits of labour, cherry-picked from a host of entries as your own best in show. I've had such an enjoyable time over the month of Photography 101 that I couldn't resist putting up a post for weekend 4, even though its no longer actually the weekend. Unfortunately I've been... Continue Reading →
Triumph Focus on the positives, the small triumphs permeating everyday life. Turn attention away from negative thoughts, from the failures, from all the things you cannot do, all the things you have not done, that bind in tangled knots dragging ever deeper into defeat. Celebrate instead each success, striving to achieve only the greatest goal... Continue Reading →
Divisions We draw lines, create walls and fences, borders, to divide the ground into mine and yours, claiming ownership of a landscape, of an Earth, that will persist long after our demise. Does it belong to me? To you? Can it belong to anyone? We are but a fleeting presence in an existence that... Continue Reading →
Rays As light reflects from surface to surface, a smile passes from face to face, a laugh echoes from voice to voice, love reaches from heart to heart and joy spreads from soul to soul. I had great fun playing around with candles and cut glass bowls. I hope you like the effect I... Continue Reading →
Window Watch as the day progresses, sunlight’s caress stroking slowly across your view whilst you sit in peaceful solitude, bathing in the tranquillity as you renew your sense of self. Well, it's nearly a week late, I know, but I couldn't just ignore last weekend's challenge. I loved the whole idea of it. Unfortunately... Continue Reading →
For my first post to my blog I thought I'd share a poem I wrote. I hope you like it. A Wild Habitat Here... I live in a world of make believe, a world of light and music, a wild habitat for a fairy mind. Here my life is my own, with no regrets. Here… Far from the... Continue Reading →