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Ar y Diwrnodau Hyn yn Ebrill*

480px-Portmeirion_view_of_central_plaza*On These Days in April

1st

1401AD – Conway Castle surrendered to Owain Glyndwr (the Glendower of Shakespeare’s Henry IV fame).

1847AD – ‘Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the State of Education in Wales’ was published—the controversial “Treason of the Blue Books”.

2nd

1795AD – Local magistrates requested troops to quell the Denbigh Riot.

3rd

1923AD – John Ormond, poet and documentary film-maker born in Swansea

4th

1989AD – Welsh used for the first time in swearing in the Queen’s Council at the House of Lords

5th

1891AD – The first language census showed the number of Welsh-speaking people in Wales over the age of three was 898,000.

Prisoner_sm1926AD – Portmeirion (famed 1967 film set of The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan) opened to the public. Designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, the picturesque village is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year but is swarming with “Prisoner Fans” during the weekend closest to the 5th of April.

6th

1835AD – Edward Morgan hanged at Monmouth for a “Scotch Cattle”** murder at Bedwellty.

1896AD – Snowdon Mountain Railway opened—one person died in an accident on the first day.

7th

1920AD – First Archbishop of Wales elected at Llandrindod Wells—Alfred George Edwards, Bishop of St. Asaph.

**Scotch Cattle was the name taken by bands of coal miners in 19th century South Wales, analogous to the Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania, who, in disguise, would 440px-Angus_cattle_24visit the homes of other local miners who were working during a strike or cooperating with employers against the local mining community in other ways and punish them by ransacking their property or attacking them physically.

Source: Wikipedia

Interesting to note: in Pennsylvania, the Molly Maquires attacked their Welsh co-workers who were often overseers and foremen because of their mining expertise.

Source for Dates: The Yearbook of Welsh Dates, John May, John Perry Press, 1989

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Cwn Ebrill

I’m sure you won’t be surprised that someone who is immersed in historical research doesn’t know how to use the vacuum cleaner we have owned since moving back to the US.

I was repotting some seedling lemon trees early this morning. One slipped out of my hands and the potting soil went all over the kitchen floor. I didn’t want to leave a mess, so I scooped up what I could and pulled the Bissell out of the closet. Just finding the switch to turn it on took me five minutes.

Even winding roads lead somewhere.

Even winding roads lead somewhere.

My DH and I have an arrangement, a 50-50 split. One of his jobs is the floors, wet and dry cleaning. He doesn’t know how to use a washing machine and, for very good reason, I won’t let him. He, I’m sure, has his reasons for keeping me away from the dishwasher.

Similarly, I don’t mess with his music and he doesn’t mess with my writing. He’s macro and I’m micro. He’s order, I’m chaos. I leave my toys out, he puts all his away. He outlines, I am a pantser. I’ve tried working his way and failed. For certain, he could not work without a framework.

Despite all these differences, we have learned to laugh about our individual foibles and get on with our efforts. The floor is clean, the plants are back on the balcony, and all my toys are … right where I left them. After this moment of indulgence, I have other efforts to pursue.

One of those is taking a manuscript that flowed from my brain through my hand to lined paper with ink from a fountain pen and is now giving me the great pleasure of mapping the scenes in each chapter to construct the real story from all the words I’ve written.

That’s me. Make a mess and clean it up. I think they call it hands-on (kinetic) learning. Some of us are like that.

Mae’r “cwn Ebrill”* yn galw. (The “hounds of April” are calling.)

*Curlews

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Be Your Own Fiction Editor: A Revision Clinic

Workshop for Writers offered by Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, given by Alice Osborn

Details of the Course:

Are you frustrated that your fiction is not captivating agents? If you’ve revised and revised, but still no bites, then you might need the help of a good fiction editor. In this workshop, experienced freelance fiction editor Alice Osborn will offer tips and techniques for overcoming “revision fatigue.” She’ll discuss timelines, character motivation, dialogue, point of view, setting and more. Everyone will feel more comfortable with the publishing process and with using style guides. For those wanting to go into the fiction editing business, we’ll also discuss time management, communication, and other smart business practices. Come with questions and problems from your work-in-progress and Alice will help you help yourself.

Alice Osborn, M.A. is the author of three books of poetry, After the Steaming Stops(Main Street Rag, 2012), Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag, 2010) and Right Lane Ends (Catawba, 2006) and is the editor of the anthology, Tattoos (Main Street Rag, 2012); her past educational and work experience is unusually varied and now it feeds her strengths as an editor who makes good writers great authors. Alice teaches creative writing all over the country where she uses sensory images and road-tested prompts to stimulate her students’ best work. Her pieces have appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. Visit her website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Cost to Celtic Hearts Members: $10.00

Cost to Non-Members: $20.00

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