Did you feel the buzz around October, many of my writer friends were prepping for the big challenge of November #NaNoWriMo I myself have not written anything for a long time but after seeing a video my nephew shared I was inspired. So I signed up.
I am working on several smaller projects rather than one big novel but you can take a peek at my progress on my profile page. Find me on the main NaNo website simply click the image below.
Calvin The Swan #YouTubePart 1
As I mentioned my newphew Scott took a couple of video’s on his mobile and he gave me permission to share them. Here is Part 1.
Scott lives in a beautiful house that looks out over a man-made lake. Whilst working from home he would each day take his exercise around the lake then head home.
He loves nature, and particularly the Mute Swans that live on the lake and rather than take bread (which I am lead to believe will not harm them) Scott purchased special swan food (pellets of mainly cracked wheat & maize with added vitamins). Well you can imagine they loved them. One particular swan was especially keen.
Unbeknownst to Scott, this cob (male swan, female is a pen) actually followed him home. Now it visits daily for breakfast or whenever he feels hungry.
Scott has named the swan Calvin. He sometimes brings his mate Barbara but she is a tad rude and often hisses at Scott. But she will still eat his food.
Music FREE from YouTube Aakash Gandhi ~ Invisible Beauty
Inspiration for a Children’s Book Series
I began the NaNoWriMo challenge on 1st November, like all the other writers. I had the idea to write about Calvin’s adventures following Scott home. Then it came to me, and I was on a roll. I wrote the first very rough draft of my new project Book 1 Calvin The Swan Prince. I simply had to begin with his birth.
I am unsure yet if this will be a picture book or a cross between a picture book and chapter book. I am still in my very early days and simply have the bare bones of the story. But I am very much enjoying writing it.
Day 02 of a week long celebration of Indie Authors. So much happening I do not know what to check out each day. You can join in the celebrations by visiting the main group to see what is happening daily (Over on Facebook) Indie Author Week UK or visit the Festival Page HERE.
We are still doing a couple of different things mainly on our Facebook Pageand YouTubeChannel. However, we hope to set up daily posts in here for you to peruse at your leisure.
#ShareAStory ‘The Singing River’ #100WordStory
The Singing River (Indian Folktale)
Long ago an Indian maid – Morning Dew would sing as the sun was rising. The Chief of all gods would stop the earth turning to listen to the sweet sound.
The maiden was in love with a brave warrior. However, he was turned into a rainbow trout by the River God for not giving thanks when he sailed upon the river. Morning Dew threw herself in the water to be with him. But the gods turned her into a waterfall.
Now there is silence before the dawn, and the river sings as a rainbow trout swims up the falls.
Share a #Nursery Rhyme with Ewe-nice
One, Two Buckle my Shoe.
One, two, Buckle my shoe;
Three, four, Knock at the door;
Five, six, Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight, Lay them straight:
Nine, ten, A big fat hen;
Eleven, twelve, Dig and delve;
Thirteen, fourteen, Maids a-courting;
Fifteen, sixteen, Maids in the kitchen;
Seventeen, eighteen, Maids in waiting
Nineteen, twenty, My plate’s empty.
Well we hope you enjoyed that little video. Do join us next time when we will have more rhymes to share that you may well know and can join in with. Please #SpreadTheWord.
#RubyTubeDay YouTube video of ‘The Rivers Serenade’
The Rivers Serenade
Beneath the weeping willow tree,
I watch the butterflies, fly free.
Attracted by the meadow flowers,
that I could sit and watch for hours.
I glimpse the rivers silver shimmer,
yet here inside the world is dimmer,
amidst the gentle country sounds,
as I lay, upon the ground.
Dappled sunlight reaches through,
bringing memories old and new.
Between the slowly swaying leaves,
of this our weeping willow tree.
And as I slowly close my eyes,
and cotton candy clouds sail by.
Memories trickle then cascade,
along with the rivers serenade.
The way our teenage limbs entwined,
sending shivers through my spine.
Then once we turn we’re face-to-face,
and locked in young loves strange embrace.
And low a moment full of bliss
with the thought of our first kiss
Beneath our weeping willow tree,
entwined together you and me
Today is the 25th Anniversary of #NationalPoetryDay to find out more click the banner above. The theme for today is Truth. But we are sharing our great love of poetry and Miss Ruby Heart will be reading some of our poems on her YouTube Channel.
#RubyTubeDay Poetry 01 Nature Shorts
So the first selection of the day is three mini poems 2 in a limerick style. We hope you enjoy them. If you have a limerick share it in the comments below. If you enjoy the YouTube channel please follow and #SpreadTheWord. Thank you.
No birds were there singing this morning,
as the new day around us was dawning.
It’s raining outside,
in their nests they do hide,
snuggled up in their down and just yawning.
Today I am the soft summer rain,
You are my sweet golden sunshine.
Together we’ll build us a rainbow,
to last, a life time.
I heard the birds singing since dawn.
So I rose from my bed with a yawn,
as I stepped out my door
I said “Please sing some more.
Then I’ll join you for drinks on the lawn”.