Dear Readers

Fear not the Darkness, But What Lies Within, The recesses of our mind, The creepy cobwebbed corners,That lingers on and tickles us,With tingle feelings of alarm, The deep in the stomach, Pain we feel when we do warn, The fear is deadly it seeks, The deepest corner of our mind, It's just a story to alarm,Educate and provide entertainment for our minds. So read on dear reader, I hope you find the stories amusing and full of charm.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Titles of your book and why they matter

So you wrote a book. Did you think long and hard about the title? The title you picked is going to be with you and your book for a long time.That title along with the blurb of your book and its cover, may decide whether the reader decides to buy and read your book.
Would readers have read 'Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen if it was called Mr.Darcy?
Would readers have read 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott if it was called Orchard House?
Maybe to both questions but would their titles have as much impact.You spent all that time writing the book so spend some time thinking of a title that the reader will like and how it applies to the story in your book.Remember though not everyone will like your title, but as long as a few people do its a good title.
Just to back up this argument more consider movie titles a lot of thought goes into them because a bad title can mean movie viewers won't come and see their movie.So think about that title and if you get really stuck run a contest and/or  get some help from your fellow authors who can help.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Vimy's Valour- The 95th Anniversary/ Remembrance of #Vimy

       It's been ninety- five years since the battle of Vimy Ridge but Vimy was a key battle in the birth of our nationhood of Canada. Instead of just feeling like British subjects, our troops coming together to achieve a great victory and not only help the world but save our country from the enemies tyranny made the people of Canada proud to be Canadian. These young men had families like us and lives but they gave their blood and many their lives so we could have peace.So ninety five years alter we thank them. My poem of thanks for them below.

Vimy’s Valour
On Vimy’s ridge they made their stand
To take back the ridge and all the land
By nightfall after three battling long days
As around them as they did gaze
Three thousand five hundred and ninety eight
Died for country and kin their fate,
While lying wounded seven thousand and four
Did rally wounded evermore,
John George Pattison, Lance-Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton
And William Johnstone Milne
Crawled over hill and dale
To save their men
Dogging bullets and to hell they did send
Killing the enemies one by one
And stopping the gun
From killing their troops
They gave their lives to try it all again
Thain Wendell MacDowell did the same surviving a wounded hand
Thwarting seventy seven German forces taking back the land
As they surrendered and held despite his gash
All four received Victoria’s Cross.
One retained their life
And continued obtaining a wife
But we remember their valour still
And celebrate their lives
Though ninety five years have passed
We forget you not
Canadians all brave, and true.
You made Canadians proud
And we thank you.

© Sheilagh Lee   April 9, 2012  

Quoted From Wikipedia: The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a military engagement fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, during the First World War. The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army. The battle, which took place from 9 to 12 April 1917, was part of the opening phase of the British-led Battle of Arras, a diversionary attack for the French Nivelle Offensive.
The objective of the Canadian Corps was to take control of the German-held high ground along an escarpment at the northernmost end of the Arras Offensive. This would ensure that the southern flank could advance without suffering German enfilade fire. Supported by a creeping barrage, the Canadian Corps captured most of the ridge during the first day of the attack. The town of Thélus fell during the second day of the attack, as did the crest of the ridge once the Canadian Corps overcame a salient of considerable German resistance. The final objective, a fortified knoll located outside the town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, fell to the Canadian Corps on 12 April. The German forces then retreated to the Oppy–Méricourt line.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter


“We tried to be like him but I don’t know if I can do this.”
“A few more weeks until Easter and Good Friday.  Let's keep it going.”
“No I don’t want to. I’m too tired”
“You need to be ready.”
“I’ll try to be ready.”
“You need to be in condition to carry the weight.”
“I know. I’ll try to be ready.”
“I bought you some new weights.”
“These can help you lift up 600 pounds.”
“I said thanks.”
“When will you start working out with them?”
“Tomorrow will be soon enough.”
“You can never practice enough “
“I am ready now.”
“I’ll tell you when you’re ready.”
“How did you get ready for it?”
“I didn’t prepare enough and barely survived. It is a great sacrifice.”
“I gave up sugar for Lent.”
“This is the ultimate sacrifice you are recreating the walk of our saviour.”
“I will be ready.”
“Good enough. A few more weeks until your crucifixion.”

© Sheilagh Lee  April 7,2012