Welcome to the series Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.
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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.
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 were getting ready to go out, and I was excited because we were going to a dinner party at Snip and Frieda’s. Suddenly, the excitement drained out of me and I had a strong urge to lie down on Millie’s bed (which is still in the living room). I found myself lying in an awkward crouch, like a cricket, which was the exact position Millie used to lie in when she was old and hurting. I could feel her presence all around me, though I couldn’t see her.
It could have been down to too much party food, but that night I had a dream that felt even more real than when I’m awake. I was out on a walk with Snip and Frieda, and I found Millie walking beside me. I said, ‘How come I can see you? I didn’t think I was allowed across the Bridge.’ Millie said, ‘You can’t come to my side, but I can come to yours.’
Since then I’ve met Millie several times in dreams, and she always looks young, healthy and happy. I asked her why I couldn’t see her when I was awake, and she said, ‘How do you know you’re not awake now?’ I said, ‘This is a dream. I want to see you again in real life.’ But she just said, ‘The place where we meet is more real than “real” life.’
Lately our conversations have taken a more practical turn – she’s nagging me about this month’s post. I told her I’ve been busy helping Annabelle with her latest book. ‘I’ve been astral travelling to Storyland and bringing back ideas, like you taught me,’ I said. ‘That’s good!’ she said. ‘But you mustn’t neglect our blog. Our readers will expect a post from you at least once a month.’
This isn’t going to be easy. Last month I had a lot to say, but this month I seem to have run out of ideas. I’m hoping it’s just the January blues, because I don’t want to let Millie down when she’s taught me so well.
After all, if it wasn’t for her, I’d still be talking Doglish!
Greyhound Rescue Wales have used my photo as the cover image on their Facebook page! Visit and like their page here.
Header and end photo Debra Allen Photography
©Annabelle Franklin 2019
About Annabelle Franklin
Annabelle Franklin is the author of two children’s books, ‘Gateway to Magic’ and ‘The Slapstyx’. Her short story ‘Mercy Dog’ has been published in award-winning anthology ‘Unforgotten: The Great War 1914-1918′ (Accent Press). She is a member of Swansea and District Writers’ Circle, and her short story ‘Haunted by the Future’ appears in the Circle’s 2016 horror anthology ‘Dark Gathering’.
Annabelle lives on South Wales’s stunning and magical South Gower coast. She shares her chalet home with two rescued sighthounds and blogs from the Literate Lurcher, well her two lovely hounds do.. Pearl and Millie.. quite the pair.
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One of the reviews for The Slapstyx
The Slapstyx was written for 8-10 year olds so, of course, I had to read it aloud with all my girls (ages 3, 5 and 8) to see what they would think.
I, as the adult, liked the set up of the book. The ocean is being harmed by super strong, super bad cleaning products and two sisters need to help stop it. That on it’s own could have been a bit much for young girls. BUT if the super cleaner is full of dark magic, the goblins are making the dirt and the dolphin spirits are getting hurt by the overfed plankton monsters. Well, that makes it a lot more approachable and fun!
The three year old, was interested in the mermaid type creatures (dolphinae) and that’s about it. She is three and there’s no pictures, what can you expect?
My five year old snuggled in very close during some of the goblin encounters but was always the first to want to hear what happened next.
The only reason she was the one begging the loudest is because the eight year old kept going to bed with my kindle to read ahead so she already knew what happened next, but she sat at attention to listen every night!
Would we recommend it?
My eight year old girl says girls in her class would like it because it has mermaids in it and the boys would like it because of the goblins. All the girls agreed that the goblins were a little scary, though never scary enough to stop reading. But by far the best recommendation comes from my five year old. We had two chapters to go when she said, “Mom, can you finish the book tonight and then read it again?” a sentiment that was silently echoed by her older sister who took the book off to bed to re-read after we were done.Rosie’s Book Review team 1
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0
And read more reviews and follow Annabelle on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6904737.Annabelle_Franklin
Connect to Annabelle
My thanks to Annabelle for inviting me to share from her archives, and I hope you will head over to explore more for yourselves. Sally.