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Toady…do childhood memories inspire?

March 8, 2013
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 Toady – definition: a person who flatters another in the hopes of receiving favors.

The-Wind-in-the-WillowsMy first thought when I read this word was Toad of Toad Hall. It was a favorite book when I was growing up – Wind in the Willows. Fascinating animal characters in a natural environment. Then the realization came that my current project is about animal characters in a forest helped by woodland sprites. Is there a sub-conscious link to my childhood do you think? I hadn’t thought of Toad and his friends in more decades than I care to mention but maybe they linger in the depths of my mind. I had thought I was writing this particular story because my parents were always very keen for  my siblings and I to understand and appreciate the natural world around us. Possibly it is a combination of the two. I have passed on my parents legacy to my children and my current project, Ockleberries to the Rescue is partly inspired by the stories I told them when they were little. Their favorite outing was always a wildlife park preferring them over zoos. The animals have so much more space to live in.

Could our current themes or genres be influenced by childhood memories and favorite books? My pal, Vikki at The View Outside discussed favorite books from childhood in a recent post so I thought it only fitting to put it here. http://the-view-outside.com/2013/02/15/the-influences-of-childhood-books/

When you consider what you write now is there any link to your childhood? It may not be so startling obvious as mine is in regard to my current project but what are the underlying traits in your work?

Salvo…salute to Pomp & Circumstance

March 3, 2013
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Salvo – definition:  the firing of two or more guns, or artillery pieces, at a single target or as a salute 2) the release all at once of a rack of bombs or rockets.

When I read today’s word I was reminded of the gun salute for the Queen’s official birthday – the sound echoes around London. The pageantry is spectacular as the trooping of the color is played out by the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. Although this event takes place on 15th June the Queens‘ actual birthday is 21st April. Some may say get rid of all this pomp and circumstance as it is of days gone by and does not ‘fit’ into the modern day era. Well I say keep it all. Every one remembers royal weddings and sadly, funerals because the population comes together with mutual camaraderie to focus on one event. It unites us when so little does in this day and age. Why do we have to rid our selves of our history? Maybe if we did look back we would realize there are valuable lessons there – it might stop events being repeated time and again! Well I’ll get off my soap box now…thank you for reading, whether you are with or opposed to my view.

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Horse Guards Parade, with the London Eye obser...

Horse Guards Parade, with the London Eye observation wheel rising behind William Kent’s Horse Guards. (Photo credit:

Wikipedia)

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