no fairy tale…

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no fairy tale…

don’t fool yourself
with fairy tales,
dreams of happily ever afters

reality is grim, my brother
filled with ogres and demons
dying to trample your soul,

tear your flesh
with taloned fingers
and sharpened fangs

don’t be fooled by pretty promises
of candy castles
or gingerbread cottages

they are prisons proposed
by those who prey
on your fears and loneliness

wishing to bend you
to their whims, play
you for their pleasure

it will take more
than Prince Charming’s kiss
to replace the bitter taste

on your lips, the poison
which you have been spoon fed
in the guise of a sugary sweet remedy

resolve to steel yourself
for trials of terror
and nights of torment

through which, if you are strong,
persistent, there may exist
a hope filled dawn…

monica

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Irish Mythology | Saint Patrick

Very informative piece thankyou.

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St_Patricks_Day A typical sight on St Patricks Day.


Saint Patrick has been gatecrashing quite a lot of my posts on Irish mythology recently, so I thought I’d give the poor man a page of his own!

He’s most famous for being Ireland’s patron saint, and is celebrated around the world, even by non Irish people, on the date of his death, March 17th, known as St  Patrick’s Day, which is also an occasion for celebrating Irishness in general.

Although accepted as being active during the latter half of the C5th, his birth and death cannot be dated. Some records claim he came to Ireland in 432AD, and that he died in 462AD, others that he died in 492AD. The Annals weren’t compiled until the mid C6th, and combine stories seen as both historical and mythological, and unfortunately, as such, they cannot be relied upon for accuracy.

Patrick himself wrote two letters…

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Love Horses? Volunteer!

Brilliant chance to get involved.

Back Home in Bromont

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The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park is recruiting volunteers for the 2015 competition season. Until March 15 , interested candidates can complete an online application form.

In total, nearly a hundred volunteers will be recruited for the various events held in Bromont between May and September 2015, including the three CSI weeks (International Show Jumping Competition) of the 40th edition of the International Bromont, from July 22 to August 9, 2015 , the Bromont International Driving from 19 to 21 June, the Dressage Championship from 11 to 13 September and four regional competition for the Estrie Regional Association (May and August). The description of committees and positions is available at www.internationalbromont.org/en/volunteers.

Interested persons are invited to complete the web form at the following link :https://podio.com/webforms/9588394/701543 . For any questions, do not hesitate to contact them by email!
I hope to see you there!

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I’m back!

I don’t know how many of you will agree with this but I find winter a real problem for inspiration and enthusiasm. The cold damp days tend to make me bad-tempered and generally lethargic. Where we live it has the added problem of the internet signal going through the floor. Not something I ever considered to be a problem until I realised a large proportion of my life is on-line.
It got me thinking about how much modern life has changed. I don’t really remember when everything suddenly needed to be instantaneous, but I do remember the days before internet and mobile phones, Where you went to the shop to purchase goods and I’m not sure which was better.
People certainly interacted more when you needed to leave your house to complete daily tasks but there’s a lot to be said for home delivery and I have to admit I love it. I like the time you save by not walking round endless shops. The fact you can speak to anyone anywhere in the world just by the touch of a button.
So long live spring and the improved internet signal at my house.
Hello World I missed you.

Researching a Fantasy Story, and How Mythology Helps by Guest Author Craig Boyack

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If there are two things you have learned about me from following this blog, it’s 1. I love mythology, and 2. I love researching mythology! It seems I am not alone; fellow author and blogger, Craig Boyack, has dropped by to tell us how mythology helped pave the way for grounding one of his recent novels, Cock of the South, which I recently reviewed on this blog, and which featured on The Friday Fiction. So without further ado, here’s Craig…


Ali asked me to visit today with the topic of researching a fantasy. Many people think there is no research involved in fantasy, and that authors make it all up. This isn’t true, and we must ground our readers in some kind of reality they can relate to. This is more than having air and gravity. Readers have expectations and it’s important to consider those.

The Cock of…

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Palace of Spies, by Sarah Zettel

Blogging for a Good Book

PalaceOfSpiesThis lively young adult historical adventure is set in 1716, at the English court of George I, which is a refreshing change from the Tudors and Elizabethans I am usually reading about.

In the course of one spectacularly bad week, Margaret “Peggy” Fitzroy is forcibly engaged to a man she’s never met, assaulted in a greenhouse by the same young lout, and rescued by an enigmatic figure who claims that her late, lamented mother was not just another pretty face in the English court, but also actively supplying intelligence to he and his associates. When Peggy refuses to marry as told, she’s thrown out on the streets, and therefore throws herself upon the mercy of this man who knew her mother. Peggy agrees to be made over as his ward and placed as a maid of honor to Caroline, Princess of Wales, where she can report back on the doings of the court. To…

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Shakespeare Piece of the Day: As You Like It (02/25/15)

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Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

As You Like It

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

ACT II

SCENE IV. The Forest of Arden.

Enter ROSALIND. in boy’s clothes, CELIA

dressed like a shepherdess, and TOUCHSTONE.

Ros. O Jupiter, how weary are my spirits!

Touch. I care not for my spirits, if my legs

were not weary.

Ros. I could find in my heart to disgrace my

man’s apparel and to cry like a woman; but I

must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and

hose ought to show itself courageous to petti-

coat: therefore courage, good Aliena!

Cel. I pray you, bear with me; I cannot go no

farther.

Touch. For my part, I had rather bear with

you than bear you; yet I should bear no cross if

I did bear you, for I think you have no money

in your purse.

Ros. Well, this is the forest of Arden.

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