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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Wyrm of Connemara


The Wyrm Of Connemara

Trailing into myth
her past flows,
screaming through my veins.
And I like a lover
longing, replete return
to her embrace.

To walk again
the shattered path
of History, torn, stained
by boots on bloodied ground.
                                                                               O'Leary, Anne 01-2012
In tight spaces, cramped with bones that ache, she arches reaching up to light so distant up above. She turns her head and into darkness sees her face familiar looking back towards today.  So sighing, she settles back into the earth and it groans beneath her.

In County Galway the sun rose and smiled as if surprised to see a cloudless day, for in Ireland 'tis always pissing rain.


"Now this is as fine a day as one would expect" Noreen told the ducks she was feeding. "There's nothing on this earth that could ruin a day such as this." she scattered feed on the ground beneath her feet. "Well, there is the one thing that could ruin it and that's for sure. If that husband of mine comes home with one more broken toe..."



"Jaysus but it's hot," said Jay. "Now if only it would rain then I'd be done for the day and it's off to the
pub with me." Putting his shovel down Jay wiped the sweat from his eyes. "But didn't she give me the what for over breakin' a toe. You'd think she'd been happy, I could have torn the feckin' thing clean off, but I didn't. Women...."


But things were not so perfectly mundane. For in a field nearby....




lay a scene of gross destruction yet unseen by human eyes.

But the goat looked on and without worry, for he knew what to do.

It's Friday folks and you might wake up dead on Monday morning. So get out there this weekend and have some fun.  I know I will.




88 comments:

  1. Why does everyone else hate rain so much? I love the rain. It can't be hot and sunny when it's raining and the world just feels refreshed afterwards.

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    1. In Ireland it really rains a whole lot. There's an old joke that goes,
      "When is Summer in Ireland" and the answer is "Next Tuesday"

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  2. I really love that cow ;-)

    The barn loks much better now and I noticed you perfected the dress.

    I still think you should still enter my draw for the things you like, why would winning the last one stop you?

    Ian

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    1. I'm counting that cow as my first conversion and that's only the beginning, next it'll be a really big animal like an elephant!

      I toned the barn down a lot and weathered the windows and fixed the dress. Took me hours to do all the work and then the photo's were a real bit in the arse.

      I'll take you up on that and stop back by that post then!

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  3. Brilliant Really well done. LOL If it was sunny everybody would be moaning about how bloddy hot it is

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    1. Thank you Brummie. I know, it's the human condition isn't it. The grass is always greener on the other side.

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  4. Erm.. lovely story.. great start.. not sure of the end lol.. kind of scary there.. :) Enjoy the weekend indeed!

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    1. Thank you. This story will continue on for a couple of months, so there's more to come.

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  5. Very fun! Three cheers for the goat! Nice poem too. saving that dragon picture for desktop rotation duty ;)

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    1. That goat is possibly the most important character in my story and you'll be seeing him alot. They've got some great desktop pics at that website.

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  6. Yes, I can know finally agree with Fran, you are indeed a loon! A great and fun (not for the cow) report, can't wait for more!!!!!

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    1. No one is going to believe your lies Ray, excellent stuff Anne, that Jay was moving too rapidly for his own good!

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    2. Thanks Ray, I have grand designs knocking about in my head, just have to execute them. I'm barmey Ray, we all know that!

      It's what happens to us as we get older big guy. You're still a pup, but your time is gonna come!!

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  7. I love this so much Anne haha, it always is pissing in Ireland which is a real nuisance, take yesterday for example where it was sunny for half a day and then absolutely "bucketing," for almost the rest of it.

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    1. You're in the next issue of the story Matthew. Now remember I told you that when you see yourself as a character and don't smack me! I know, people don't really believe me when I try to tell them just how much rain there really is. Jesus, we're a pale and depressed people, what's so hard to understand.

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  8. Superb Anne! Loving the photography and the link to jay's toe just had me in stitches (not that stubbing your toe is funny!).

    Can't wait for more; have a great weekend yourself.

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    1. I can't wait till Jay sees this. Now imagine what I'm going to do to your character when he makes his appearance in the story!!

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    2. The thought had crossed my mind, shortly followed by the statement, "Good Lord, what have I done?" ;)

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    3. Oh the things I have in store for you and Lord Ray. Have you ever heard of a cat house. You two boys just might go out for a night of revelry and debauchery.

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  9. I like the poetic words in the introduction ~

    Enjoyed the story weaving with your work, the ending thouh was a surprise ~

    Going away this weekend...enjoy your lovely day ~

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    1. Thank you Heaven. Have a good weekend, I won't be in myself this weekend. Too nice out and too much fun to be had offline!

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  10. Very interesting! The last thing I expected was to see a goat overlooking a bloody heap of flesh! I am quite curious to see where this story goes!

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    1. You're one of the characters in the next installment, so it should go somewhere near a pub I would say! And since there's a dragon in the title, there maybe something about a dragon in the story!!

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    2. Awesome! It's all making sense now! I can't wait!

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    3. You'll be in more than one scene and you'll have something major to do with beer!!

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    4. I would hope so! I wonder...is it that one figure I suggested?

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    5. No this one is from Foundry and it's a distinctly Irish looking figure. It's not a highly detailed figure, but he's important and he shows up more than once in the story. When everyone sees who you're playing they'll say "This guy could only be played by Dan"

















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    6. Now I'm really excited! I trust your judgement. I will patiently await the...oh who am I kidding? I have no patience!

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    7. I'll give you a clue, he's the most important man in any Irish village and he's not a politician!

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    8. Don't let Dan badger you into any more clue giving, Anne!!!! He can be quite a pest!! LOL

      Isn't that right my favorite, "make me drag the Wall of Shame around for the whole weekend", blogger? LOL

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    9. He's like a little boy wanting to know what he's getting for Christmas. He'll find out soon enough that he's the publican.

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    10. LOL - what if wants to be a democrat ha ha ha!!

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  11. Blah, the cat better get his pringle cans of poo ready, don't want to end up like that cow haha and a goat, hmmm I never trusted those things. I mean they give milk too, blah. And a broken toe, geez Noreen isn't a very nurturing wife haha Nice opening too and that first pic was awesome.

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    1. The cat is responsible for this mess!! It's the goat that will be your undoing Cat, you'll be seeing him in your nightmares soon enough.

      Thanks, that shot took me hours to get. Took about 50 pics, building it up and then waiting for the sun to hit just the right spot. And then getting a drop of water to sit exactly where I wanted it to. 'Twas a bitch indeed.

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    2. Well worth it though, that water must have been quite the pain in the ass to get to sit exactly where you needed it.

      Pfft I guess I'll get some goat repellent too, where is scary one eye when you need her, she'd scare it away haha

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    3. It takes time to get the shot you want. You should see me when I'm taking flower shots at night and am using water for effect. I've been known to spend 5-6 hours a night for 2 good photos. I've already taken 3997 pics of my garden this year.

      I don't know where Elsie is today. But I'll tell you this, the goat is on her side!

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    4. Elsie was on a mission but I'm here now and knowing that the blasted cat has something to do with the death of an innocent goat, that disgusting slaughter, has angered me deeply!!

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    5. The dangerous, but beautiful Elfin Princess Elsie will aid in the destruction of evil!!

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    6. Pffft the cat would not do such a thing, that is so beneath him. Besides dairy is scary, so he'd hire someone to do it for him.

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    7. You see that cat? BEAUTIFUL Elfin Princess Elsie!!! Mmmm hmmm!! Take that!! AND, I'm going to aid in the destruction of evil which must mean you, you wretchedly evil cat!!!

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  12. Sweet stuff Anne! I love the pictures, I love how your painting is coming along. Now we just need to free up the hubby's wallet for the Reaper Kickstarter, more minis than you can shake a stick at.

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    1. I know and it's killing me. That such an incredible deal and I can't have it. He won't budge on me this time either and I broke it down into just how cheap it is per mini and he still said no. I have to wait until September and that seems years away right now!

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    2. Dastardly! September is forever when there are no new minis coming in. I admit to being a bit concerned that your first conversion involves a dead, decapitated cow.

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    3. It's a real bite because it seems like everywhere I go someone has a link to something that I really want. And I only have two boxes of unpainted mini's. And that makes me a bush league amateur!

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  13. that's great Anne!
    since you begun to paint figs, it's strange but you seem to be another woman, but I'm can be wrong! maybe it's just the "media" which has changed...
    What's is sure is that you found in this Hobby a new way to express your mind!

    (and I love what you do with the figures!)

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    1. I've written prose and verse all my life, I just rarely post it. This gives me an excuse to use that side of myself here, on blogger. But yes, the figure painting has opened up a whole new area of my brain and I'm loving it.

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  14. I really do love this!! You show how diverse your talents are. Not only are you a magnificent writer, but you can also express yourself through art and poetry. :) I like, I like!

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    1. Thank you Jax and if you don't post today let me say "Have a good weekend!"

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  15. This is great! I'm excited to watch the story unfold :-).

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    1. There you are sis! I hope this thing thing turns out like I want it to. A lot o of work though. I'll try to drop you a line this weekend as I'm taking a few days completely away from blogger.

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  16. That was great Anne!! Thank you for sharing! And if course I am going to enjoy this weekend...I have to go back to work Monday! (positive thoughts that I can move more freely by then!!) Enjoy your weekend!!

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    1. Monday will race to get here for you then. Enjoy these last bits of freedom and really I wish you didn't have to spend any of it going to doctors and dealing with pain. That's what your job is for!

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  17. Greetings, Noreen. I seem to strongly identify with the handsome fella in your story. It's hard work on the farm with 10 toes, much more with only nine piggies to firmly grip the earth.

    The intro to the plot of the story is a very good hook to get the reader to come back for more: super character development (:-)= ; intrigue; and old fashioned family ups-and-downs and in-and-outs. As mentioned above, your style of modeling-story-telling is unique to you...as it should be.

    Don't kill off the hero too soon!!!

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    1. Thank you Jay. He's a handsome one isn't he and he bears a striking resemblence to yourself. The hero of my story lives, but I will tell you this, two main characters do die.

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    2. I ain't afeard of no dragon!

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    3. I've got a blacksmith waiting in the wings ready to forge weapons from true silver strong enough to slay the giant beastie!

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  18. I wish I haven't seen the last pic with the poor animals. Such things disturb me even in plastic form :(

    My biggest wish for you, Annzie, is that you finally return to your homeland where Irish rain is better than any foreign sunny days!

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    1. I worried about how you would feel about that one darling. But it is an epic tale with a dragon and there must be a reason for people to fear the dragon as in this story he's not a nice dragon. One day, when I'm a good enough painter and I can afford it, there is a sculpt of a gorgeous dragon that is peaceful and I'm going to paint it. One day.

      I think this time the Hubby wants that as much as he do. He told me he's praying for it and he doesn't ask God for things like that usually. But this time, it's different.

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    2. any idea how soon it could happen for both of you? Years?

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    3. We think at least another year given how slow things are moving right now. Right now The Spawn and I are hoping to find a way to at least go on holiday to Clifden which is near where we hope to buy some land and have a look around. We'd need at least 10 days though to get much done and it would cost a lot as we'd be renting a house and not staying with family. We were hoping for a trip before November, but that's not looking possible right now. Positive thoughts!

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    4. I shall pray for that to happen, Annzie, to a God I don't believe in :)
      It would be lovely for you to go back where your soul is.

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    5. Thank you darling. This place is destroying us all. It's eating us alive and we can hardly bear it for another day. But we will as we must, but one day, one day we'll leave and I am never, ever coming back again. Too much pain and too much hate thrown at us over here.

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  19. Great post Anne! I like your figures, the barn and the idea with the cow. Very well done! Your poem is very very good.

    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno. I hope you're enjoying those sunset and those night stars this week. Be well my friend.

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  20. There are so many beautiful lines in this post. My favorite being, "She turns her head and into darkness sees her face familiar looking back towards today." Then there's the pictures of the wonderfully painted figures and scenes. AND a poem!?! Very well done. This was so excellent I'm shamed to even dare to blog.

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    1. That's high praise indeed from the Pickle and I'll take it. These are a bloody lot of work I'm telling you so I'm glad people are enjoying it.

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  21. This was excellent. So much of your creativity on one post! I don't know what's wrong with me, but as soon as the gore was introduced I started laughing. It was well done though. And even though I was laughing, I could understand it. Have a great weekend!

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  22. I was laughing the whole time I was putting that cow thing together. I had a pair of scissors and a knife and here I am age 50 and whacking into a plastic cow. It was like I was 14 all over again. Sush fun. I'll see you Monday then, have a good one!

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  23. Wow, that is a gruesome scene with the cow!

    I sure hope the goat knows what he is letting himself in for.

    Lovely pics Anne, they set the scene really nicely. Bring on Chapter 2!!!

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    1. Thank you Kingsly. The goat knows what he's about I assure you and you'll be seeing him again.

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  24. OH MY! WHO KILLED THE COW???
    The suspense!

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    1. Thank you Marco. The killer is of course, the dragaon, the Wyrm of Connemara.

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  26. Where do I begin? First - love the dragon! You know I'm a fan of wyrms. Your poetry is beautiful and I love how you alluded to what's to come. I'm so glad you chose to write a poem ahead of your writing to share even more of your talents. You never cease to amaze me, Anne. I can see the improvements you've made to the figures and the barn - they look fantastic! I can't wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds, Anne =)

    Enjoy your weekend!!

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    1. I'm going to try to introduce each bit with a short verse. I've got the bones for the story, just need to fill it out with flesh and bone. I'm still working on the backstory for your character and also the details of who or what the goat really is. He's a main player.

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    2. oooohhh, so I could be almost anything....an Elfish Princess...but princess of what? From where? Let those creative juices flow, Anne and starting each post off with a verse is a great idea! I love it =)

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  27. nice...i am liking what i can make of your back drop...and holy crap...who slaughtered the friggin animal...on a hot day no less....i can only imagine the smell...smiles.

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  28. That is a great poem and your painted figures and thus the photo work is wonderful. Great story too, I wonder what it going to happen. Have a top weekend

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  29. I like the photo at the top. I like a woman who knows how to kick some ass.

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  30. Wake up dead on Monday morning?

    I heard Sir Ray won but that you gave him a kickass run for his money. Well done, you and Ray.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  31. "for in Ireland 'tis always pissing rain."

    I love this description. So colorful and so completely you. The voice you use for this narration is perfect. Admittedly, I don't know where this story is going, but isn't that the best kind of story?

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  32. lovely paint Anne. Love your works!!!

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  33. Dang! Now I'm hungry for hambergers!!

    You've poem was awesome, and that story you told with the figurines is sooo cool!! I love how your words and your pictures all go together!! (maybe one day we'll see a book by you done that way!!)

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  34. The poem, the lovely story and the figures, all is excellent!

    Great post Anne!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  35. Wow! I though of book covers before. But this is much bigger. Way to go!

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