Advice, please!

I recently read on a writing advice website that ‘He took a deep breath’ is a cliche.

Now, I’ll admit we don’t want a character taking a deep breath every five minutes. However, in certain circumstances a human being does take a deep breath. So how else can we describe it? He drew in a large lungful of air? He allowed himself a profound inhalation? He inhaled a copious amount of oxygen and nitrogen?

Clearly, this kind of over-complicated gobbledygook would not be welcome in a children’s book. I would suggest that ‘He took a deep breath’ is not a cliche, but a simple way of describing a simple action.

What do you think?

 

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #therapydog – Millie goes to Uni 2017 by Annabelle Franklin

Many thanks to Sally for this final happy memory of Millie featured in her popular Pot Luck series.

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This is the final post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher..or should I say Millie and Pearl do….Millie has sadly passed away now but lives on in the hearts and minds of her pack.

Millie goes to Uni 2017 by Annabelle Franklin

It’s exam time at Swansea University. I’ve been helping to de-stress the students, along with other dogs from Greyhound Rescue Wales, as part of the CBSA Best Friends project. Our humans hand out treats for the students to give us, then…

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Gateway to Magic” by Annabelle Franklin

The Write Stuff

This afternoon, please help me welcome author Annabelle Franklin, who is here to share a great review of her children’s book, Gateway to Magic. This is sure to be a tale your kids or grandkids would enjoy, and I know you’ll help us spread the word far and wide, in addition to grabbing a copy for your favorite young person. Thanks!

REVIEW:
Amazon Review
5.0 out of 5 stars

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

‘This is for all children who love gaming, and all the parents who never really grew up and are still entranced by the magic of the classic fairy tales and the “other worlds” of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. Annabelle Franklin has the rare gift of being able to enter a child’s mind. Stephen is a “hero” every boy and girl will identify with. His struggle against the absolute rule and authority of the Fairy Queen…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck #wartime – Mercy Dogs 2014 by Annabelle Franklin

Many thanks to Sally for including another post in her Pot Luck series! Head on over to her blog for Millie’s post about the Mercy Dogs of the Great War. Sally’s post also includes a wonderful review of my book Gateway to Magic, which is free on Smashwords through July at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/581459

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This is the third post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher..or should I say Millie and Pearldo….Millie has sadly passed away now but lives on in the hearts and minds of her pack. In this post Annabelle pays tribute to the dogs who accompany soldiers into war and offer so much more than essential companionship.

 Mercy Dogs 2014 by Annabelle Franklin

Human wars are crazy affairs, with people getting together in great packs and tearing each other apart. We didn’t know until…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Greyhounds – Sorry I’m Late! 2018 by Annabelle Franklin

Many thanks to Sally Cronin for sharing Pearl’s post about her magical meeting with Millie’s spirit.

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This is the first post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher..or should I say Millie and Pearl do….Millie has sadly passed away now, but in this post from January 2019 it is clear that she is still very much in the hearts and minds of those she left behind.

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I was sad when Millie crossed the Bridge last year, because I couldn’t follow her, and I thought that meant I wouldn’t see her again. But on New Year’s Eve, something strange happened.

We…

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#Wordless Wednesday: Bee Breakfast Bar

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It’s Anne of Avonlea – but not as we know it!

Pearl thumbnailHi, Pearl here!

Did I tell you that Millie taught me to read? It took me a while to get the hang of it – especially the Kindle – but now I’m pretty good, even if I say so myself. I’ve moved on from the ABC books to children’s classics like What Katy Did and Charlotte’s Web.

Having just finished Anne of Green Gables, I was eager for more of Anne’s adventures, so I got Annabelle to download a copy of the sequel. When I first started Anne of Avonlea I was afraid my reading skills were failing me, because it just didn’t make sense. I showed it to Annabelle and she said it looked like a bad translation from a different language, done by a computer. We then checked out other Kindle versions of the book on Amazon, and guess what? They were all gibberish!

Here’s an example from one version:

“…Anne, her chin propped on her clasped palms, and her eyes at the splendid mass of fluffy clouds that had been heaping up just over Mr. J.A. Harrison’s residence like a top-notch white mountain, changed into a ways away in a scrumptious international where a certain schoolteacher changed into doing a super paintings…”

And from another:

“It did now not appear possibly that there has been lots of promising cloth for celebrities in Avonlea college; but you may by no means tell what would possibly manifest if a trainer used her have an impact on for precise.”

We’re quite sure the author* of this book didn’t use such idiotic language when she wrote it. So WTF are all these nonsense versions doing on Amazon?

WTF??

If anyone can solve this mystery, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

*L M Montgomery

 

 

 

 

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Haiku: Dancing Wave

Our whippet friend Eivor has found a mermaid! Check out Whippet Wisdom for the full picture…

Whippet Wisdom - a Highland Journey

portrait of a senior black whippet on the beach looking over his shoulder at the sea

ocean wave
a fairy dancing
in my eye

© Xenia Tran

a wave dancing and splashing over a rocky outcrop by the beach

Wishing you all a very happy and balmy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Waves

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Balm

Word of the Day Challenge: Fairy

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Pearl’s Sacred Space

Pearl thumbnailHi, Pearl here! And so is summer, it seems, with people and noise everywhere.

Call me a grouch, but it’s not my favourite season. My ears are super-sensitive and certain sounds drive me crazy, like the excited shrieks of kids on holiday and the thud of footballs being kicked around the beach. However, there’s one place the tourists (or grockles, as we call them) haven’t discovered yet, and that’s our local bluebell wood.

Sacred space

It doesn’t matter what’s going on elsewhere – bank holiday crowds, Scout jamborees or high winds in the treetops – this place is always peaceful. You can almost touch the stillness, and the only sound is the rich, echoing music of a blackbird. Annabelle says it’s like being in church, only better, and I think I know what she means – it’s a magical place where the presence of nature spirits is strong. As soon as you enter this little wood, it feels like a different order of reality.

You’d think a place like this would have hordes of admiring visitors in May, but we nearly always have it to ourselves. Annabelle says it’s because not many people know about it, but I think it really does exist in another dimension, which the fairies only show to special dogs – and their humans – at certain times.

Pearl in bluebells

Tasting the magic

I like to think that Millie’s spirit lives here – or somewhere like it – and that I’ll live here too, when it’s my turn to cross the Bridge. A place without noise is my idea of heaven!

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Flower Fail

I’m not having much luck growing flowers on Millie’s grave. I used one of those wildflower packs that contain a mix of seeds and compost. I followed all the instructions, put copper bands down to keep the slugs off, and watered the soil regularly. I also kept a close eye on Pearl to make sure she didn’t dig it up. But no plants have appeared.

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Sorry about the paw prints – I just couldn’t resist!

I’m the first to admit I’m rubbish at gardening, but wildflowers are supposed to be easy. The clue is in ‘wild’. If they can grow on their own in the wild, they should surely grow when I plant them in my garden. It’s not as if the soil is poor; everything else in the garden is going viral. I have a wonderful crop of brambles and stingies!

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It could be that the garden belongs wholly to the nature spirits, and I must be content with what they choose to give me.

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Or maybe those ‘easy’ wildflower packs are just a con.

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