It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Over the weekend, we hosted a birthday party for my youngest daughter, and so come Monday, I was feeling very washed out and completely lacking in motivation. The sun was shining, and my brain went ‘DON’T WANT TO WORK’, so I rebelled. I took a mat into the garden … More Taking the Day Off
I do quite a few school visits. Not as many as some authors, who are almost constantly on the road. But since my first book was published in 2004, I’ve been to quite a lot of schools now, primary and secondary, independent and state, inner-city and rural, etc etc. Last Thursday I visited Wyvern College … More My most unusual school visit…
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 … More What I’m Working On This Week
It would have been a packed six weeks anyway: a family holiday, three festivals, holiday courses for the kids…but this summer has been extra packed because I’ve had a mountain of writing to do! Just before the end of the summer term, I delivered the manuscript of ELECTRIGIRL 3 (title still under wraps for now!) … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #3: Writing
This summer, in the space of three weeks, I attended and took part in three festivals: the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Just So Festival and the Stroud Fringe. They were all a lot of fun! Leaving my family on the Isle of Wight (see previous post), I flew up to Edinburgh for three days. I’ve … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #2: Festivals!
Whew! It’s been a busy ol’ time this summer. I honestly, honestly, have not had time to blog. And when I’ve finished writing these posts, you’ll see why! Three big things have taken up my summer holidays: a trip away with my family, three festivals, and a whole load of writing! But today I’m just … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #1: The Isle of Wight
What’s the time? How many minutes have I got before I have to go do the school run? Is it worth trying to squeeze in 500 words on my work-in-progress, or should I reply to the school librarian who’s just sent me an email about my visit next week? Or should I BLOG?! Writing is … More Waaaahh! Busy panic mode! LOADS of books coming!
It’s been such an exciting few days; I hardly know where to start! Last Friday, I wrote a guest post on the wonderful blog Serendipity Reviews. It’s a Letter To My Ten-Year-Old Self, and you can read it here. Lots of people tweeted me to say how much they enjoyed the post – and THEN, … More Wychwood, Winning and Wondrous Things!
Hello there! Welcome to my blog, if you’ve come from the truly awesome massive #tommyvcancer blog tour! Today I’m reviewing Tommy’s ebook 13 Steps to Beating Writer’s Block: Free your creativity today! I picked this because, as a writer, reading about other people’s writing problems is immensely comforting, and also because you never know when … More Tommy V Cancer blog tour: Review of 13 Steps to Beating Writer’s Block!
Some of you already know about my writer friend Tommy Donbavand, who was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in March and has been undergoing some really severe treatment ever since. He’s doing really well – hurrah for Tommy! – and to support him through his recovery and return to health, some of his friends … More Tommy V Cancer blog tour!