Something unexpected has just happened. Since 2012 I have written and submitted 5 picture books to a few carefully selected literary agents. All my submissions have been rejected, though one was a “near miss” according to the agent who represents Julia Donaldson (guess how much I treasured those two words!). Rejections don’t faze me; they’re… Continue reading Writing a picture book in 3 days
Last year, my friend Julia Barnickle invited me to be part of an online community project in which she asked various writer friends to share their thoughts on the topic of, What if life were meant to be easy? My initial response was an old habitual one; to turn the invitation down (i.e. hide).… Continue reading What if life were meant to be easy?
Hello everyone. It’s been a while. I just checked my blog and discovered that my last post was back in January 2019! Wow. A lot has happened in the past year. There were epiphanies and transformations and deep, deep exhaustion (these things are not unrelated!). I will explain everything soon, but before I do, I… Continue reading The voice in my head
I’m going to start the New Year off with some exciting news about my greetings cards. As usual, there’s a story behind this which involves my gut instinct taking me to unexpected places… Last year I was thinking about spending a small fortune on a 3-month online course which would ‘help my career’. But then… Continue reading The adventure that led to selling greetings cards
In my last post I said I would share some of the things that have helped me start writing again after a 12-month break, but first I really need to tell you about something that happened on my birthday. Do you remember my blog post from 2016; ‘A famous novel that almost didn’t get written’?… Continue reading A sign that I should keep writing?
I was listening to one of Michael Neill’s podcasts a few weeks ago – The Hercule Poriot Guide To Transformative Coaching – and he said something which I’ve been pondering ever since. He said that one day he was watching a colleague, George Pransky, coach a man who had writer’s block. The writer said, “I just… Continue reading Why I stopped writing for 12 months
I collect quotes. For me, they are a source of magic, power and inspiration. I firmly believe that the right quote, at the right time, can change the course of your life. (Or, at the very least, help you stay the course with extra focus, determination and fire in your belly.) Here are some of my all-time… Continue reading My favourite quotes on writing and life
Location: Farnham, Surrey Date of birth: 1963 Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, Chartered Engineer Website: www.digi.me Twitter: @rangerj By the time Julian Ranger was 6 years old, he had three big dreams: 1. Work in aviation 2. Go round the world 3. Go into space To have such clearly defined goals at such a… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Julian Ranger ~ Entrepreneur
Location: Auckland, New Zealand Date of birth: 1965 Websites: www.christinehurst.com www.pricklycat.com More than 80% of us say we want to write a book, but less than 1% actually do. And of this 1%, a scarily minute amount are actually published (the figures are so small, it’s best not to think about it). Christine is a rare creature: she… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Christine Hurst ~ Children’s Writer
[If you can’t see/play the sound clip above, try clicking on this link] Location: Guildford, Surrey Date of birth: 1963 Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physics Website: mariannewindham.co.uk Marianne Windham was a director of a thriving software consultancy. She loved her job. Yet two and a half years ago she walked into work and handed her notice in. Why?… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Marianne Windham ~ Jazz Musician