What I’m Working On This Week

Now that term is properly under way, I’ve recovered from the holidays and am getting back into the swing of writing. And remembering just WHY my job is so flipping awesome 🙂 This week so far (it’s only Wednesday), I have done the following:

  • downloaded Windows Movie Maker, taught myself how to use it, and made and edited a one-minute video for Leicester Reading Rampage, which has longlisted ELECTRIGIRL for its award this year (and no, I can’t show you the video right now! It’s still under wraps, but I really enjoyed making it)
  • created a brand-new game about friendships to play with a hall full of Year 8s tomorrow on a school visit – and printed, laminated and cut out pictures of lemons to use as score cards!
  • researched fractals, specifically the Koch snowflake, for a new story for an educational publisher about a girl who loves science. The Koch snowflake is amazing! It has a fixed area, but because it keeps repeating the shape pattern around the edge, it has an infinite perimeter!! That’s blown my mind! (and may also demonstrate that actually I’m a science geek at heart)
  • tried (and so far failed) to write a strapline for A Storm of Strawberries, out in July. The strapline goes on the front cover under the title. For A Library of Lemons it was: The bittersweet tale of a family lost in books. For Strawberries, it needs to be shorter than that, but so far I’ve drawn a blank. I shall keep trying!
  • created a new Powerpoint presentation for my school visit tomorrow, which includes photos of Aleppo before and after the war

There’s been other stuff too, but today I have discovered an absolutely amazing site, full of ‘ambient mixes’ which are sort of atmospheric soundtracks that you can play in the background while you’re working. I am currently working to the ambient mix called ‘Ravenclaw Common Room’ (because I am definitely a Ravenclaw). They also have Doctor Who mixes, along with those inspired by Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and nature ones like rain or waterfalls. Why not pop onto the site and see which is your favourite? (Warning: may cause you to lose part of your day exploring the site).

http://www.ambient-mixer.com/

(and you’ll find the Ravenclaw Common Room here: http://harry-potter-sounds.ambient-mixer.com/ravenclaw-common-room but you might prefer the Hogwarts Express or the Library!)

floraThis evening I’m off to That London for the launch of a friend’s debut YA book: The One Memory of Flora Banks. It sounds fascinating!

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

I’ll be buying my copy and probably reading it on the train home!

But for now, back to the Ravenclaw Common Room…

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