Exiled Son of an Exile

Greenland by Hari Das

Honourless banishment for the father
Honourless exile for father’s child too
Three years in exile, this son of an exile
Remembered always, Erik Thorvaldsson

Written for What Pegman Saw

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Sunday Fungi: Silver Bells and Cockle Shells

Cockle Shells

[Probably] Cockleshells: 22 November 2017

When I first took this photo (way back in November 2017) I thought this wonderfully clustered fungus was an Oyster or Oysterling of sorts. But on further delving into books, I’d say its a Cockleshell. But Oyster or Cocklshell, it’s still a beautiful fungus.

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Under the Arches

Under the Arches

Wymondham ‘Abbey’: 26th February 2019

I claim this photo for #2019picoftheweek challenge title Three of a Kind

[For details of #2019picoftheweek challenge  see MariaAntonia]

Wymondham Abbey was founded in 1107 by William d’Aubigny ‘Pincerna’, butler to Henry I, to serve as Benedictine monastery with attached parish church.

Henry IIIV ‘dissolved’ it in 1538; the monastery became quarry for local builders, the church remained intact for Wymondham parishioners. Although still referred to as an abbey, it is fact a simple parish church.

Wymondham Abbey

Wymondham’s two-towered parish church: 26 Fabruary 2019


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Beta Readers Wanted for Book Four

Beta Readers Required

You like reading, yea? Fantasy fiction. Mythic Quests. Perhaps something a little out of the ordinary? Say, something set in a prehistoric society. But you’ve not done this before; you’re unsure.

Then first I’ll assure you: I am friendly. And I try to make the process easy as pie. You read the story, answer some questions—could you understand that scene, did this or that grate, have I overinformed, underinformed, who did you like best—that kind of thing, and return the completed questionnaire to me. Simple as ABC.

But you’re still unsure. Book Four: that means you’ve missed the previous three. Will you be able to pick up on the plot? Understand what’s happening? Get a feel for the protagonist and other characters?  But these are exactly the questions my faithful core-betas are less able to answer. That’s why I NEED YOU.

Make the first move: Contact Me

Asaric Sons, Working Title, back cover blurb

The Spinner has tasked Kerrid to eradicate the snake-demon Neka, believed responsible for the Asars banishment from their high World of Divinities. It seems an impossible task. For if the Spinner can’t kill the demon, how can she? Yet Kerrid is convinced, if she can return to the World of Divinities, she’ll find the solution there.

Unable to use the pole of Book Three, Kerrid now tries a different strategy. There are holes in the sky, and one is above Black Mother Mountain in Gushan, familiar from her child-days. If she returns there, if she climbs the mountain … But there she faces an obstacle. Her sister.

Kerrid’s childhood nemesis, her sister has forbidden Kerrid access to Gushan, and her sister is the keeper of the demon in physical form. That demon has taken everyone Kerrid ever loved: her father, her foster-mother, the Linershunn who gave her shelter, and most recently her mortal lover Jedren, father of the child she now carries.

Now she must protect that infant, keep him safe from the demon. Yet at the same time, she must complete her task. How can she do both? And what if further troubles await her?

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CCC#17: That Carnal House Reek …

A Bridge 3 Far cp

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #17

I knew what lurked beneath that bridge
Could smell its carnal-house reek
But I was the oldest, I couldn’t refuse it.
‘Okay, Mr Troll, I’m crossing it now.’

Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #17

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #17

A Bridge 3 Far cp


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)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Details of the photo are given, if relevant, below this line

Marriotts Way follows a former railway track from Norwich centre to Reepham. At Reepham it curls around and hitches to another former railway track to roll on to Aylsham. 25 miles in all. And as you can imagine, 25 miles involves a lot of bridges. This one crosses the Wensum between Costessey and Drayton.

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Mother Goose

mrs egyptian goose and kids cp

Mrs Egyptian Goose and Goslings

I watched your first paddle in water; I kept you safe from harm,
for I am the Mother Goose, in devotion, cackling loud in alarm

Composed in response to Sammi’s Weekend Prompt: Devotion in 25 words.

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