#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Posts: “The Black Shuck of East Anglia,” by Author, Robbie Cheadle

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, Robbie Cheadle. Robbie creates the most spectacular cakes and sweets with her son, Michael.

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Robbie created this cake for a Christmas charity event.

Robbie is creative in each and every one of her endeavors. She is an avid reader and an accomplished poet in addition to creating children’s books under the Sir Chocolate label with her son Michael.

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Author, Robbie Cheadle

“Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, is now available.”

Today, Robbie has an interesting tale to share with you. I must say I was excited because it was a story I had heard many years ago when I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K.

“Do you know who “Black Shuck” is?”

Black Shuck

“The Black Shuck of East Anglia”

by Robbie Cheadle

My family and my Mother visited the United Kingdom in August 2017. We love England and have a lot of family there, so we always look forward to these trips. We were staying in a house in Faversham, Kent but we were also going to visit my Mother’s hometown of Bungay in Suffolk.

We wanted to visit my Mother’s two brothers that still live in this area, but we also wanted to spend some time poking around my Mother’s hometown as we were in the process of writing an autobiographic children’s novel about her life and experiences as a child in growing up during World War II.

It was a very interesting experience for me to visit Nethergate Street and see the house where my Mother was born and all the interesting little alleys and lanes she had told me about. We visited St Mary’s Church and the town square.

It was while visiting these two places that I learned the story of the Black Shuck of Bungay. The Black Shuck features in the town’s weathervane and its coat of arms.

According to the legend, the Black Shuck, a ghostly dog, is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. The name Shuck is thought to derive from the Old English word scucca meaning “witch”, or possibly from the local dialect word shucky meaning “shaggy” or “hairy”.

Of course, this interesting story had to make its way into our book, While the Buzz Bombs Fell, and this is the extract:

“Each Church had a graveyard and the children felt very nervous walking past them even though some of the gravestones had very beautiful angels on them. These were the graves of babies and children. Elsie was particularly nervous when she walked past the graveyard of St Mary’s Church because of the legend of the Black Shuck.

Elsie’s brothers had told her the legend of the Black Shuck which was a ghostly dog that was said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. Her brothers said that the dog had huge flaming eyes the size of saucers.

She had been told the story of when the Black Shuck burst into St Mary’s Church, which she attended on a Sunday with her family, more than 350 years before. The people of Bungay were sheltering in the Church during a terrible thunderstorm with hail, lightning, and thunder. A terrific clap of thunder shook the Church and the black dog suddenly appeared in the midst of the people. It tore around the Church attacking many people in the Church with its vicious teeth and claws.

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“Black Shuck” – Cambridge Ghost Tours

Her brothers had even repeated a spine-chilling verse that described this event:

“All down the church in midst of fire,

the hellish monster flew,

and, passing onward to the quire,

he many people slew.”

Elsie had seen a depiction of the Black Shuck in the Bungay Market where the silhouette of the black dog riding a lightning bold, teeth bared and wild-eyed, comprised the weathervane that stood there. When she had first heard the story, and seen the weathervane, they had scared her so much that she had slept badly for weeks afterward.”

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books

Sir Chocolate books – currently available in hard copy and as ebooks

A5 format for children aged 6 to 9 years

Books Robbie

 Square format for younger children aged 2 to 5 years

Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in the Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook:

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Includes five lovely new recipes.

Silly Willy goes to Cape Town currently available in hardcopy and as an ebook

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Amazon link

Blurb: When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and willful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

Coming in 2018

Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet journey to the sugar crystal caves to collect the sugar water they need to make their soda pop. To get to the Chocolate Chip Hills they must cross the Chocolate Mousse Swamp infested with alligator sours and a meringue ghost. When they arrive, they discover that the sugar crystals are melting, and something needs to be done to save them. Learn how to make some four fun creations out of biscuits and the sugar crystals too.

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Follow Robbie Cheadle at:

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Plus.google: https://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891

Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite

Purchase Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s Books from:

https://www.amazon.com/author/robbiecheadle

OR

http://tinyurl.com/zdokqjr

fairy witch rainbow magicThanks for stopping by to hear about The Black Shuck and to meet Robbie Cheadle. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where published authors can show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

I want self-published authors to share their books and to tell us about the magic it took to create them.  If you are an enthusiastic published author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

 

 

 

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME

WELCOME TO POETRY TUESDAY!

I’ve had a brilliant idea concerning the poetry challenge for November 2017. Next Tuesday, I will give you five weeks’ worth of prompt words. That way you can still carry on with your poetry writing. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! You MUST use a synonym! I hope you will support each other with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Tell me what you think in the comments. ❤


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.

The main idea behind my sponsoring of this challenge is to help everyone learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them. Check the rules by clicking on the links below. ❤

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

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Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have some sort of irony present.

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images: Canva.com
Crello.com

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Synryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Mick Talbot created a new poetry form! Check it out: EPANALEPSIS.

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 55th POETRY CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – QUIET & SPACE

Deception – Reena Saxena

Blind Eye – By Sarah

Tanka Tuesday: Quiet & Space – Jane Dougherty Writes

Mountains of My Mind #Haibun #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleens Weekly Poetry Challenge Quiet & Space | Annette Rochelle Aben

#Tanka Tuesday 10/17/17…the beauty of silence and space… – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: Quiet & Space | But I Smile Anyway…

Road to Solitude – Stuff & What If?

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Quite & Space – Tessa Can Do it!

Silence-a senryu – Stories

The Quiet – Smell the Coffee

That distant look – Playing with words

Haibun: Quiet & Space – tea & paper

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: Quiet and Space. | willowdot21

Tanka Tuesday–Quiet and Space | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Noise | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: Quiet & Space – Mick E Talbot Poems

Together… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Escape – A Tanka – In Emma World

Poetry Challenge Quite & Space – Robbie’s Inspiration

#Haiku -(Double): Smoke – Charmed Chaos

Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter.

Sign-up HERE.

This week’s Poet of the Week is Robbie, from Robbie’s Inspiration. In addition to her love of writing poetry, Robbie is an accomplished fondant artist. Seriously, you’ve got to visit her blog here to find out more!

I chose her Senryu because it speaks of a universal truth. Remember how I always preach advise about how our poetry should connect to our readers? Well, this Senryu is a perfect example of that ideal. It meets the definition of a Senryu too, with a humorous look at motherhood! 😀

Becoming a mom

means absolutely no quiet

or personal space

©2017 Robbie Cheadle

Image credit: Pinterest: Halloween Meme

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: EERIE & COSTUME

(any forms of the words and don’t forget to use synonyms)

IT’S POETRY TUESDAY! JOIN IN AND GET YOUR POETRY ON!

Author Spotlight – Robbie Cheadle: “The Story of the Tokoloshe.”

Welcome to my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts

I have started a new feature on my blog, called Author Spotlight – Guest Posts. As you can see from the image above, I am looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an interested author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.

I am proud to introduce my first guest. Her name is Robbie Cheadle, author of the Sir Chocolate books written for children. During my International Fairy Day celebration last week, Robbie and I got into a discussion about the mystical beings in Africa. I thought it was intriguing that fairies didn’t figure into their mythology. Every country, or in this case, continent, is unique in the telling of their myths and fables. Robbie has done some amazing research. She also knows my love of poetry and wrote a poem about this mythical creature called the Tokoloshe. Enjoy!

The Story of the Tokoloshe, by Robbie Cheadle

In Africa, we don’t have fairies and elves, trolls and ogres. In Africa, we have the Tokoloshe, Tikoloshe or Hili.

Image courtesy of the Daily Sun newspaper

Various legends exist with regards to the Tokoloshe. In Zulu mythology, the Tokoloshe is a dwarf-like water sprite which can become invisible by drinking water. According to a Sangoma (a colloquial term used to describe all types of Southern African traditional healers) from the North West province of South Africa, the Tokoloshe is a powerful and evil creature and is made from all sorts of things like imvovo (leftovers from traditional beer), ipapa, needles, grave soil, dolls or even water used to wash a corpse.

A Tokoloshe can appear in many forms such as a dog, cat or even a baboon. The Tokoloshe of the Zimbabweans is large, covered in fur with long talons and a bony spine reaching all the way down its back from the top of its skull. It also has glowing red eyes, emits a foul stench and speaks in a rasping voice.

Yet another explanation is that the Tokoloshe resembles a zombie, poltergeist or gremlin and was created by South African Shamans (a person who is regarded as having access to, and influence on, the world of spirits and who practices divination and healing) who have been offended by someone. This version purports to have gouged out eyes. The Tokoloshe is said to have obtained its power from a hot poker thrust into the crown of its body during creation.

The Tokoloshe may come in various shapes and forms, but all the legends agree that the Tokoloshe is called up by people of bad intention to cause trouble for someone else. This trouble can take the form of scaring children, but the Tokoloshe also has the power to cause illness or even the death of its victim. Generally, the stories claim that the Tokoloshe will climb into a sleeping couple’s bed, biting off the sleeping man’s nose and having its wicked way with the wife.

The Sangoma from the North West province said that only a powerful Sangoma can face a Tokoloshe by making a muthi (a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa) from a certain tree found only in the middle of some rivers. According to legend, the only way to keep the Tokoloshe away at night is to put a brick beneath each leg of one’s bed. This enables people to see a Tokoloshe hiding underneath the bed before they go to bed for the night. The brick beneath the leg of the bed also protects the bed and its occupants during the night.

The Western practical explanation for the mysterious overnight deaths that were historically attributed to the Tokoloshe is that the myth stems from many years ago when cattle dung was burned for warmth in the traditional Zulu mud huts. These Zulu huts had no ventilation, and when the opening was sealed during cold weather, carbon monoxide was released from the fire and would accumulate inside the hut. Carbon monoxide is heavier than air and would, therefore, gather just above the floor level. People sleeping higher up would be less at risk of death from asphyxiation than those sleeping on the floor, and this is where the myth originates from.

Sources: Wikipedia, Daily Sun newspaper, The story of the African Tokoloshe by Shona Taboos, The Citizen newspaper

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Tokoloshe

Tokoloshe is a mythical man,

Whom every African fears,

The mention of his name,

Reduces the children to tears.

His eyes are gouged out,

Yet he’ll find you in a flash,

If you make him angry,

Your things he’ll savagely smash.

He’ll climb into your bed,

Make you sleep and never wake,

So don’t forget to raise it,

There is far too much at stake.

©2017 Robbie Cheadle

About Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old, and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl.”

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle, and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, will be available in early July 2017.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books

Sir Chocolate books – currently available

The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.”

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Book 2 of the Sir Chocolate series: Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.”

Buy on Amazon

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.”

Buy on Amazon

Here’s where else you can find Robbie:

Robbie Cheadle – Amazon Author

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Twitter: Robbie Cheadle @bakeandwrite

Facebook: Robbie Cheadle

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

My review of The Heart Stone Chronicles

A phenomenal review of my book from Robbie Cheadle which captures Abby’s spirit perfectly. ❤️❤️❤️

Robbie's inspiration

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What Amazon says

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again…

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Which Cake? by Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, from Robbie’s Inspiration, is so clever. Check out her poetry and her cakes! ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Today Robbie Cheadle ponders the question about what cake to bake for her husband and his impending birthday. There is already so much baking going on in the Cheadle household that coming up with something special to surprise him is going to be a challenge.

Which cake?

My hubby’s birthday is coming
I must make him a cake,
It really hard to decide,
Which one I should bake.

Should it be chocolate
Decorated with cherries,
Or a meringue tower
With cream and wild berries.

A gingerbread house,
Covered in bright sweets,
A selection of pastries,
Filled with sweetmeats.

Something quite tart,
Like lemon and lime.
Or a baked cheesecake,
With tastes quite sublime.

Something quite simple,
Like scones, jam and cream.
Or a yummy treacle pudding,
Cooked in a basin, over steam.

So many delicious choices,
What would he like best?
I’ll conjure up a surprise,
And put it to…

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