Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Olive Greenhand's Ogre-boat

Olive Greenhand's Ogre-boat: Object Post 44

Source? Olive’s grandmother Ogma the Bold made it.

Significance?  It gives Olive the freedom of the bay

Fate? Olive still has it

First Appearance? Pearl the Flying Unicorn

Author's Inspiration? A broad-beamed boat I once had.

Olive’s ogre-boat looked like a toy from up high. Olive and Tweet were singing as they rowed along.
Row, row your ogre-boat 

Gently in the sea, 
Ogrely, ogrely, ogrely, ogrely 
Lots of nosh for tea.'

Olive loved her ogre-boat, which was a kind of coracle bent into shape by the powerful hands of her grandmother, Ogma the Bold.  It was broad in the beam, which meant Olive's considerable weight (and the weight of any passenger and any bag of snacks she had aboard) failed to disconcert it. Olive paddled it along with someone's spare shovel. She liked to sing and bop about while she paddled, so the ogre-boat bobbed and jiggled as it went.
The ogre-boat was painted a cheerful pink, because Olive thought it stood out. Like most ogre girls, Olive loved to be noticed and she and her ogre-boat certainly made a splash.
Olive and her ogre-boat appear in Pearl the Flying Unicorn


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of June 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places and objects. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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