The Tweenies of Tweeny Wood

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #52

Between and betwixt the Hall and the Marsh, there you’ll find the Tweeny Wood
where Tweenies live – ‘tween this year and the last
‘tween this month and next
‘tween this day and the last
‘tween this moment and next
‘tween this and another
‘tween this bush and the rest
‘tween this berry and the flower
‘tween this burrow and the nest
leaping, skipping, capering, tripping
faster than an eye, forbidding
follow if you can and if you dare
the Tweenies’ll lead you twixt here and there
from child to teen to adulthood
twixt Hall and Marsh, in Tweeny Wood


A little bit of nonsense for Crimson’s Creative Challenge

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #52

CCC#52

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

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Man, he’s crazy

image by Vitabello on pixabay

I saw him paddling a surfboard along the Thames.

Why? I asked.

Surf’s up, man, he said.

Yea, down in the Cornish bays.

I saw him atop Clifton Bridge attached to a rope.

Why? I asked.

Bungee jumping, he said. Fella sold me twice as much rope as I need.

It lay by his feet in a huge loop.

That man, I tell you, is such an ineffable crazy fool.


70 words, written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

I think the guy in the photo wouldn’t mind me calling him a crazy fool, as that’s what Vitabello has called him.

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Sunday Fungi: Weeping Widows

And where might one find Weeping Widows? In a graveyard. And that’s where I found these Inkcaps.

Shaggy Inkcaps… alas, too late to catch them wearing their *wigs*: 15th Oct 2019

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The Spinner’s Game e-book Update #24

November update… and some news to report. I’m two steps nearer to publishing The Spinner’s Game, the date now set for the Vernal Equinox. 21st March 2020.

Editing… that deep-down word-by-word polish

I can report with great relief that Books One, Two and Three – The Spinner’s Child, Lake of Dreams, and The Pole That Threads – are done. Yay!

I am now working on Book Four, Lady of First Making. Since this received a thorough polish during the revision and rewrite process, this basically amounts to a read through to catch anything that’s still not sitting right. I’m zooming through, though I am catching the occasional blip. Also, because of some changes required to Book Five (see below), there’s a slight tweak needed, a change in dialogue in just one scene.

The good news is, I’m ahead of schedule on this. I had thought it would take me through to the end of November. Now I’ll say I should be done by next weekend. All being well.

Book Five

The other walloping piece of good news. I can now report that all the betas and critiques are back for Book Five (working title, Asaric Sins). The rewrites and revisions can begin… just as soon as I’m done with Lady of First Making. So, mid-November at the latest. And whilst doing that, the final edit.

So I guess now is a good time to reveal the chosen title. And to show off the cover, another of Lauren Willmore’s fantastic designs.

copyright Lauren Willmore

Twiddly Bits

These remain to be done. As I said last month, I hope to write the legal bits for the Front Matter and the acknowledgements for the End Matter in those micro-minutes between one thing and another. With regards the acknowledgements I shall be in touch with you, my hardworking and loyal betas to ask what form you’d like your mention: simple first name, full name, name with website, occupation etc. This will probably be around the Christmas period.

Layouts and Graphics

As soon as The Spinner’s Sins (Book Five) is polished to my satisfaction, the next task is to work on the layouts for all five books. Lauren is waiting on this, to be able to complete the book covers for print-on-demand. She’s shown me the mock-ups, they’re brilliant. Oh, excited!

At this point, I shall need the graphics. The two graphic inserts for Book Two, Lake of Dreams, are done but I still have the maps to do for Books One and Three – The Spinner’s Child and The Pole That Threads.

The Spinner’s Sin (Book Five) will also need a map.

Yay! I love maps. I. Love. Maps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it does require me to get to grips with a map-making app. Which is why I’m holding off until I can give it my full attention.

a fantastic line-up by book cover designer Lauren Willmore

The Supplement Giveaway

To be offered with Pre-Orders, last month I reported that I was still mulling on the format for this.

Well, the mull has produced an answer. It’s to be a guide – think Lonely Planet Guides. I’ve yet to work on the title, but something to the effect of

The Spinner’s Mythic World
A Traveller’s Guide

The material for this is firmly lodged in my head.

And so, as you can see, there’s still much work awaiting me. Let’s see how much I can accomplish in the coming month. Next e-book update will be… Sunday 8th December

 

 

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In Amongst the Brambles

It’s the season. It can’t be helped. Let me loose along the green lanes with a camera and I’m bound to find some fungi. Even if they are Hidden.

Hidden amongst the brambles: 15th Oct 2019

And here’s one that was growing nearby.

Arguably the best Parasol I’ve found in several years: 15th Oct 2019

Photos posted for #2019picoftheweek challenge

For details see MariaAntonia

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CCC51: The Wicker Spider

Crimson’s Creative Challenge

On Halloween Night the wicker spider weaves… a sticky web to catch the spirits on the breeze: Wicked imps and sneaky sprites, malevolent boggarts that give us a fright, streaming through the forest trees, rustling and hissing as they kick at the leaves. The spider entangles these in her thread, rolls and cocoons them, drapes and festoons them, and on the branches leaves them dead


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge

 

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #51

CCC#51

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.


I found this *wicca web* at Whitlingham Country Park when I visited early in September

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Which Lights?

image by Crispina (21st Oct 2018)

Twilight… Two lights.

Which lights?

This light? That light?

Sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lamplight?
Searchlight?
Limelight, footlight?
Nah, headlight, backlight.
Paradise by the Dashboard Light.
Ghost lights, spectral lights… witch lights?
Christmas lights, fairy lights?
Candlelight, firelight?
Gaslight, flashlight?
Ship’s lights?

Which lights? These lights.


44 words, Twilight: written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

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What Pegman Saw: Seth Boyden, Inventor

Statue to Seth Boyden, Washington Park, Newark, N J. Street View Google Maps

“And a good God’s Day to you, Nathaniel. And may I say that’s a natty pair of shoes on your feet. Imported are they, from the Old Country?”

“They are not! I bought them here in Newark. That watchmaker chap, set up here from Massachusetts, is fancifying the leather, making it shiny and dashing and…”

“Proper posh-looking?”

Nathaniel shuffled his shoulders. “They say he’s done something wondrous to iron as well. Made it bendable.”

“Oh yes?’ Samuel mocked. “But isn’t the purpose of iron not to bend?”

“Like as—I don’t know, iron isn’t my kettle.’ Nathaniel shuffled his shoulders again. ‘But I’ve heard he’s growing some real sweet strawberries.”

“Strawberries now is it? Is there no end to this man’s wonders? And what is his name, did you say?”

“Seth. Seth Boyden.”


133 words written for What Pegman Saw: Essex County, New Jersey

Born 1788 in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Seth Boyden moved to Newark in 1815 and proceeded to develop patent leather, malleable cast-iron – sought by gunsmiths and locksmiths – and, so it is said, perfected the daguerreotype photography method before, in his later years, turning his attention to gardening. He died in 1870.

See Deseret News, Feb 10, 1989 for the full story

 

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