Tuesday, 21 December 2010

FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE auspiciously on the Winter Solstice

The most magical FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE auspiciously on the Winter Solstice, this morning, proved it was worth braving a frozen landscape to find the best viewing spot.

Surfing icy roads, we ended perched high up on the snow covered sea cliff just in time to peer at the orangy-redish the moonshadow slowing creep over the moon, through our telescope.

The shimer of the moons reflection over the calm ocean and the sound of the waves crashing far below made it an unforgettable experience!  WOW

Total Lunar Eclipse - Winter Solstice 21 Dec 2010

*weak reflection of the moon out from the sea cliffs over the ocean waters

Total Lunar Eclipse - Winter Solstice 21 Dec 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse - Winter Solstice 21 Dec 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse - Winter Solstice 21 Dec 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse - Winter Solstice 21 Dec 2010

This is the total eclipse hence no moon. It did actually leave a sort of redish, orangish moon behind but our frozen digital camera refused to record the 'moon shadow at all' - still we have our memories.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Looking at fonts

This is a great front for headings:  http://www.fontriver.com/font/the_shire/

The Shire

An auspicious time

Total Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice 6.32am - 8.53 UK time. (Total Eclipse at 7.40am)

The Moon will be very low in the west-north-western sky, close to the horizon and in a rapidly brightening sky.

From locations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, totality will be visible in its entirety, but the Moon will be low down after the time of greatest eclipse.
see http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20101220/tuk-winter-solstice-marked-by-eclipse-6323e80.html

Workshops: Creative writing for 'homeschoolers'

Busy with some workshops for homeschoolers on creative writing...lots of fun

Use of comic's / graphic novel

Am looking at using the comic strip format for "The adventures of Jayne Solo and Julie Lilah".  Doing some research on the best software to use for this and looking at fonts.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Olde Wyrd: Word Origins: Old English Word Usage

An interesting articles to read:  Olde Wyrd: Word Origins: Old English Word Usage: "http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/more/880/ Written by Dave Wilton, Sunday, December 01, 2002 Extracts: Take a look at Tolkien’s use of..."

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Faery Clothing

There is some super faery clothing at this website


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Spotlight on Illustrators: Andrew Hofmeyr and Andres Fernandez Cordon

I always like to look at the work of  different, talented illustrators:

Here are two that caught my eye recently:

Andrés Fernández Cordón
- His book 'Tweet' caught my eye - http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1573364

Andrew Hofmeyr 

- His book 'Animocity' caught my eye - http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1155854

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Jemma Castle is busy writing...

Jemma is busy writing a new book for younger readers called 'Shapeshifter'. Its already at Chapter 15.

The main characters are an 11 year old girl called Faye and her kitten, Luna. Another main character is her older brother, Luc. There is also an old lady called Metach, who lives outside the main village.  Who is she anyway?

*We will be posting some excerpts here soon.

Other stories for younger readers that Jemma is busy working on, at the moment are:

  1. Jayne Solo & Julie Lilah
  2. Children of Lochlann
  3. Magic Week
  4. The Princess Chronicles

Applestalk preview

A sneak-peek preview of Jemma Castle's latest book - APPLESTALK

Selling now on blurb.com

Books and children

Read more quotes on books here

Children's books are written for upbringing...but upbringing is a great thing; it decides the fate of the human being. 
— Vissarion Grigor'evich BELINSKII (1811-1841)

My father gave me free run of his library. When I think of my boyhood, I think in terms of the books I read. 
— Jorge Luis BORGES (1899-1986)

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.... Children learn to read being in the presence of books.
— Heinrich MANN (1871-1950)


We are proud to announce that "Applestalk" is NOW available for purchase online at www.blurb.com.

Paypal and credit cards accepted.

Price:  £4.40 excl postage.

All about Applestalk:

Taylor is a ten year old girl fascinated by ponies and boys.
Her adventure starts off innocently enough but soon enough turns into despair at unloyal friends and annoying brat sisters - then unexpected mischief and hilarious payback time.
Curious results of an innocent family tradition of twisting off the apple stalk to reveal the name of one's true-love....

First Publish Date: 19 September 2010

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