Born Of Water And Spirit When Nicodemus came to Jesus at NIGHT he simply could not grasp what it was Jesus was saying. Although, what Jesus was trying to convey about “being born again”…
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Something to brighten your day. Please share this beautiful story.
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A beautiful poem. Click the title to read it on the author’s site.
Emma Hogan BA(HONS) Animation, illustrator of the front cover of my book Keeper of the Enchanted Pool is an extremely talented artist. Her remarkable talent for painting lifelike pictures of wildlife was spotted by The Wallington Gallery. Her watercolour paintings of birds are now included amongst their collection of Fine British & European Paintings for sale, including, among many other talented artists, William Hoggatt and Bill Hindmarsh. The Wallington Gallery is based in Corbridge, Northumberland and run by run by Brian Alger with involvement from the well-known and respected Mrs. Gillian Fairless.
Emma’s eye for detail is remarkable. It has been said that her paintings look like photographs. With an ability to draw and paint in any medium and any subject, I am sure that Emma will be a name to watch out for in the Art world.
Her paintings are available from The Wallington Gallery framed and with free postage and packing Worldwide for all paintings bought on line.
I am very busy with a move at the moment, my friends, but will catch up with everything and everyone soon.
Meanwhile, I am thrilled to let you know that one of the most hilarious books I have ever read is now on sale worldwide.
Chickens, Mules and Two old Fools by Victoria Twead. Do visit her website for a taster of chapters, Spanish recipes and much more.
Till the next time…
Allan Mayer’s Tasting the Wind takes us into a realm far darker than many a fictional or true life horror story. Neglect, physical, sexual and mental abuse, torture, ridicule and murder. It is not a story set in World War 11 enemy prison camps. No, these are places that have existed since the 13th century, starting with Bethlem Royal Institution, commonly known as Bedlam.
The somewhat hapless, but extremely funny, sensitive and caring Martin Peach is thrown into what is hopefully the tail end of a very dark stain on British history following the breakup of his relationship. Two hundred miles from home, living with a couple of lovable ‘oddballs’, coping with integrating six institutionalised people with so called ‘learning difficulties’ into the community and … tangled up in solving a murder that happened ten years previously.
I got very attached to the new occupants of ‘the Bungalow’, learning difficulties? It brings to mind one of my Granny’s sayings, ‘He’s not as green as he’s cabbage looking.’ I don’t know if it was Allan Mayer’s intention, but he has shown through his writing that it is a very large proportion of the general population that has the learning difficulty.
Allan Mayer’s portrayal of life in institutions and helping to forge new lives for his characters, is stunningly accurate and poignant. His skilful injection of humour and compassion coupled with a very clever murder mystery to solve, make this a thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read.
Allan is very generously giving half of his royalties to Derian House Childrens Hopice.
Keeper of the Enchanted Pool has been compared to The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton’s books. Which, although very flattering, I don’t have the audacity to think that I could stand up and be counted next to such great authors. It is a book that I loved writing, though and there will be more from Lottie, Bertie and the Pipples.
Although it is classified for children in the 8 – 12 age group, it has been enjoyed by ‘children’ up to the grand old age of 80! I have a page on this blog about how ‘Lottie’ – my pet name – was ‘born’. Lottie! A journey from Maine, New England, USA, to Old England, UK!
It can be bought from outlets worldwide including http://tinyurl.com/Keeper-of-the-Enchanted-Pool
My children’s fantasy novel came as quite a surprise to me, having been more interested in writing and reading crime and thrillers. It was born in Maine, home of my hero Stephen King, in Dysarts Truck Stop.
My ex-husband and I went to live in Prince Edward Island, Canada, for a while, where he worked for a trucking company. I went out on the road with him as he could be gone for as long as eight days and he needed the company, (looking after). It was a really great experience. We travelled from the Island to many places in America and Canada. As far south as North Carolina, and west to Ontario and north to Quebec, Brrrr!
The most thrilling sight for me, was seeing the Amish in Pennsylvania. They stood by the side of the road complete with long hair and beards, black clothes and straw hats, men that is, no women about. We even saw them in their horse drawn buggies.
So, back to my children’s book and the truck stop. I… had a dream… I did honest, and when I woke up I wrote as much as I could remember. I then began to start writing a few ideas in my notebook and transferring them to my laptop when we stopped. Before I knew it, I had a 16,000 word story that was growing fast and almost completely out of my control. The characters had taken over! This was a first for me, I had read that it can happen in Stephen Kings, On Writing, (a very amusing and informative must read for aspiring writers), but thus far it hadn’t happened to me. Things happened I didn’t plan. It was a very weird but satisfying feeling.
I finished writing the last few pages in England, a complete 45,000 word children’s story. I did leave it alone to ‘prove’ for a while whilst I carried on with other work. When I did read through it again, it was so weird. ‘Did I write this?’ I couldn’t remember writing much of it. Such a strange experience. I then did what I considered to be a thorough redraft. Then sent it out to various agents and a couple of publishers, with a firm ‘No’, response from all.
The one good thing that came out of it was a referral to YouWriteOn.Com from Chicken House. I didn’t look at their website straight away, more’s the pity, as I was wallowing in self pity about my poor rejected baby. It was a couple of months later that I was going through my little pile of rejects that I read the letter from Chicken House again, and thought I’d take a look at YWO. That was a big turning point in my writing career. Lottie – my pet name for Keeper of the Enchanted Pool– was praised, ripped to shreds, criticised, lambasted in every way and loved. It was a metamorphic journey that has turned my very rough draft into what I, and many other think, is a lovely book for children.
But for the help of all the reviewers on YouWriteOn.com, my book would probably still be ‘unpublishable rubbish’, as one unsolicited reviewer told me at the start.
Yes, it was hard work getting the textblock and cover ready to send to the printer. I learned many new things, postscript files, pre-flight checks, distilling etc. Using my printer, Lightning Source’s template for my book cover. It’s a wonder I had any hair left! But, although I didn’t get much sleep and my nerves went through the grinder, I can actually say that I loved every minute of it.
My daughter, Emma Hogan, BA, did a sterling job on a picture for the cover for me. It was as much stress for her, too, as she knows how important the cover is.