Creativity · Illustrations

Follow your own star

The illustration above is very pertinent right now as 4 weeks ago, I lost my job. There was no warning. I walked into work and was told that there was no more work in the pipeline. These things happen when you freelance. (I have been freelancing for the last 2 years, writing wellbeing books for a… Continue reading Follow your own star

Creativity · Inspiration

How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown

A few days ago, I shared how I go ‘weird’ if I’m not being creative. I drew a sad monster at the top of the post. Today sad monster is looking much happier as I’ve discovered an unbelievably easy way to overcome my resistance! How I discovered the technique  If you’ve read Oh Sugar! you’ll know I’m not a fan of strict diets. Quite… Continue reading How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown


Do you go ‘weird’ if you’re not being creative?

“Have you done any writing or drawing lately?” J asked. “Not really,” I said, “why?” “Because you get really crotchety if you don’t create something.” “Huh?!” Strange as it sounds, this was news to me. Everyone has their up and down days but I hadn’t appreciated that not being creative meant I was waaaay more likely to… Continue reading Do you go ‘weird’ if you’re not being creative?


If you’re struggling right now, watch this

If you’re struggling right now. If you’re wondering what the point is. If you’ve got so far with your novel or painting but you’ve stopped because you’re plagued with self-doubt. And you don’t have the energy to write another word or paint another stroke. Watch this.

Random thoughts & things

A few changes around here…

Do you ever get the feeling your life needs a revamp? I’ve been feeling this way for a while now and, as I’m a firm believer in decluttering your life in order to let new stuff in, I’ve started by revamping my blog! I wrote my first blog post over four years ago under a… Continue reading A few changes around here…


Less talking, more writing!

I went for a walk with a friend yesterday and he asked me how my writing was going. It took me a nanosecond to update him: I am half way through writing a children’s novel, I have written three picture books (unpublished), I am waiting to hear back about my fourth (my best, I reckon), and I… Continue reading Less talking, more writing!


Beautiful book sculptures

If you love books, fairy tales and magic (and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you?!), then you’ll love this. Su Blackwell creates exquisite book-sculptures, like the one above and below. Her cut-out paper designs depict magical fairy-tale forests and houses. I’ve followed her work for a while now and it is truly stunning. Here… Continue reading Beautiful book sculptures


My favourite inspirational quotes

When I was a kid, I collected rocks. (I really did – unusual ones, fossilised ones and ones with sparkly bits in them.) Nowadays, I collect quotes. When the chips are down, people can’t always be relied on to say the right things. A quote will hit the spot every time. But you need to… Continue reading My favourite inspirational quotes

My favourite books

Gobbling up books

You know how, when you love the taste of a food, you gobble it up and somehow forget to fully enjoy it? Have you ever had that experience with a book? Right now I am forcing myself to slow down and savour reading The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Snow. Russia. Wolves. Adventure. A girl called… Continue reading Gobbling up books