Sunday 20th July, 2014

I posted the second of the 25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf background posts, this time “On Genre” with a snippet of information about how the book’s genre could be defined.

Mousie’s A-Z guide to Thurnscoe, part of the A to Z Blog Tour, has finished. Last week’s posts are:

Some of the others in the A-Z blogging challenge are still going and you can find out more on Chris Galvin’s blog here: [External Link].

And Mousie had another outing this week – we (me, Ole and Mousie) went down to Edge Lit 3 and we have three postcards from Little Miss Mouse:

I presented a talk on swords for fantasy writers (well, sidekicked for Fran Terminiello [External Link]) and did some wandering around pretending to be a Fox Spirit [External Link] representative – which means handing out badges and postcards to unsuspecting attendees.

I’ve also done some (re-)thinking about the way I do events in general and on site. Next year, I need to put some serious thought into attending more, money allowing. Budget has been the main problem this year but I enjoy having a day out – before being surrounded gets too much for me. More news as I sort things out.

And finally, last week’s Sunday Story was The Boy and His Dog – and this week’s is Once A Month.

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: Z

Mousie at the crossing

Dear All,
Here’s a picture of the zebra crossing in Bottom End.

Z is for Zebra Crossing

The black and white lines show that pedestrians have right of way over the road. If drivers ignore pedestrians, they can face a fine of £60 and 3 points on their driving licence – or £1,000 if there’s a lollipop person.

This zebra crossing was probably put in because this is a route to the Robert Ogden School, back when it was the village secondary school but now it’s residential and children don’t walk to school every morning.

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: Y

Mousie on York Street

Dear All,
This is York Street.

Y is for York Terrace

The bulk of Top End was built between 1920 and 1939. York Terrace is one of the streets layed out in that time. Yes, it’s another area with themed road names. Can you guess what this one is?

How about I give you some more names: Briton Street, Roman Street, Windsor Street, Tudor Street, Lancaster Street… Yes, the streets are named after royal houses, and eras / groups of settlers. There’s even a Dane Street.

Sunday 13th July, 2014

This week has seen the first of the 25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf background posts, this time “On Titles” with a snippet of information about how titles and names work for me. This week… Well, you’ll see on Wednesday!

Mousie’s A-Z guide to Thurnscoe continues, as part of the A to Z Blog Tour. Last week’s and today’s posts are:

We’ve got two more posts to go (Y and Z) and they’re due out on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the others in the A-Z blogging challenge are still going and you can find out more on Chris Galvin’s blog here: [External Link].

Last week’s Sunday Story was Silent Song – and this week’s is The Boy and His Dog.

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: X

Mousie in the West Riding

Dear All,
Once upon a time, Thurnscoe was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. For some purposes, it still is.

X is for eX-West Riding

As mentioned in the Elmet postcard, Thurnscoe was and is in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. However, it is also in South Yorkshire under the Barnsley Metropolitan District Council. These means I ought to explain three things:

  1. Riding comes from a Norse word (thrithjungar) and is a division of a county. It’s a word used for several old Danelaw / Jorvik kingdom counties but has only survived in Yorkshire. It specifically means the division of a county into smaller thirds. It probably remains extent in Yorkshire (North, East, West) because Yorkshire is the biggest county in England. The original Ridings of Yorkshire and the territory they covered are the historic counties
  2. Administrative and historic counties exist side by side. (Although good luck with sending a letter address “Thurnscoe, West Riding”.) The administrative county for Thurnscoe is South Yorkshire, covering the boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. (Boroughs are a lower level than counties and ridings.)
  3. However, South Yorkshire county council only existed from 1974 to 1986. In 1986, the county council was dissolved, so the actual administrative council is Barnsley. (Effectively making Barnsley a unitary authority, with the next step up being national government.)

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: W

Mousie at the War Memorial

Dear All,
This is the village War Memorial in the village park.

W is for War Memorial

Like a lot of places, Thurnscoe has a war memorial marking the local boys who died in World Wars I and II in the village park (in fact, Thurnscoe Park).

While conscription was active for all of World Wars I and II, many of the men in Thurnscoe would have been exempt from call up as coal mining being classed as a vital industry / occupation (although this didn’t stop people volunteering from those jobs or conscription from less vital roles within the industry). From 1943, conscripts were even sent to bolster the number of men working in the collieries. These were known as Bevin Boys.

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: U

Mousie by the news

Dear All,
This is the sign outside of a local shop with a local newspaper’s headline story.

U is for criminal Underbelly

Thurnscoe has a reputation for being pretty rough, with high unemployment, drugs, alcohol and plenty of fighting. During the Miners’ Strike (1984) it was considered to be one of the most violent places of demonstration with a lot of fighting. In the last few years, it’s had televised drug busts (2007) and several stabbings (most recent April 2014).

Sunday 6th July, 2014

Well, I thought I’d try for bang on time considering I was a day late last time.

Last week’s story background post was for Beaumains, which was published in issue 36 of the first iteration of Crossed Genres [External Link]. As Crossed Genres doesn’t keep short stories up indefinitely, this story is no longer available online. This is the last of the background story updates for the already published stories.

This week’s story background will be 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf focussed. In fact, I’ve got a few weeks of Elkie-related background posts coming up, an excerpt and a giveaway in time for the due date in mid-August!

Mousie’s A-Z guide to Thurnscoe continues, as part of the A to Z Blog Tour. Last week’s and today’s posts are:

We’ve got more posts (U to X) due Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. For more on the A-Z blogging challenge take a look at Chris Galvin’s blog here: [External Link].

Last week’s Sunday Story was Friday Night, Saturday Morning – and this week’s is Silent Song.

Mousie’s A-Z of Thurnscoe: T

Mousie in Top End

Dear All,
This is the oldest part of “Top End”.

T is for Top End

Top End didn’t exist before the Hickleton Main Colliery was sunk, although the land (Deightonby Fields and Chapel Fields) was always part of Thurnscoe parish. The oldest part of it was known as Major Grange on the old map shown on the Asda postcard.

Nearby Deightonby Road is named after the lost settlement previously named Deightonby Fields.

Chapel Lane is the north east boundary of Top End, at least in terms of the buildings. This was the edge of Chapel Fields and may be on the route of a Roman road that meets Ickfield Street in Clayton.