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    Writing Processes Blog Tour

    Thank you to Penny Morrison for inviting me to be part of the ‘Writing Processes Blog Tour.’ Penny is the author of the Hey! series and is currently having her debut picture book illustrated  (to be published by Walker Books Au). How exciting is that! Have a look at Penny’s post for the ‘Writing Processes Tour. So here are the following questions to explain my processes: What am I working on? Everything at the moment, which feels a bit hectic. But I am working for 3 deadlines/closing dates which are happening in the following week: I have to submit manuscripts for appraisals at this years SCBWI Conference submit a manuscript to CYA…

  • writing challenge

    PiBoIdMo 2013 is about to begin!

      On 1st November 2013 PiBoIdMo will begin. This will be my third year participating in this writers challenge and I highly recommend it to get the literary juices flowing. For each of the 30 days of November your challenge is to come up with a new picture book idea or concept. It is then up to you how much you develop it. I have come up with some of my best manuscripts from ideas conceived during PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Ideas Month). To register for free or find out more go to Tara lazar’s website here: Writing For Kids (While Raising Them)   And if you like to write verse…

  • Picture Books

    PiBoIdMo 2012 Complete

    Yesterday I completed a writing challenge – the PiBoIdMo 2012 – which stands for Picture Book Ideas Month. This is the second year that I have participated in this PiBoIdMo writing challenge. I have written previously about it here, PiBoIdMo 2012 and here, PiBoIdMo 2011. The great thing about this challenge is that I now have 30 new picture book concepts that I can work on over the next year. Last year 2 out of the 30 ideas have turned into complete manuscripts. 2 others have potential and 1 has been turned into a middle grade chapter book. The challenge is great for encouraging you to brainstorm for new ideas. Some will…

  • Manuscripts

    Picture Book Ideas Month 2012

    It’s that time of year again where you can challenge yourself for the whole month of November. Today is the last chance to sign up, as it starts on the 1st November 2012. What’s the challenge? It’s PiBoIdMo 2012 organised by the inspirational Tara Lazar – it means on everyday of November you have to come up with an idea for a picture book. Just the idea, that is all. How hard can that be? Surprisingly enough, some days it can be quite tricky! If you can write a first draft from that idea, even better but not necessary. I entered PiBoIdMo 2011  last year – it was my first writing…

  • Illustration

    Hello world!

    After a long break from drawing, painting and other artistic activities, I have decided to venture back into the world of imagery again. Life is too short not to take risks every now and then, so I have been taking myself out of my comfort zone and giving myself new challenges. I have been attending writing courses for picture books, practicing digital art with Art Rage on my Bamboo pad and have recently completed the PiBoIdMo writing challenge. I am feeling quite proud of mysel, but also a little bit nervous. I would like to be a children’s author. And one day I would like to illustrate my own books.…