Category Archives: ideas for writing

Webinar – “The Top Five Mistakes That Editors and Agents Most Commonly See in Submissions and How to Avoid Them.”

Last Sunday New Zealand time of 12.30pm which was around 8.30pm Saturday Eastern time in the USA, I sat down to zoom in on a free webinar through the Children’s Book Academy hosted by Dr Mira Reisberg Editor/AD of Clear … Continue reading

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Hi Everyone, After a hectic few weeks it has been lovely taking time out to relax away from work, catch up on some revision and even draft a new picture book story for my June 12×12 group. Also I have … Continue reading

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Kiwi SCBWI Workshop 201

Spring is a lovely time of year, don’t you agree? On a sunny spring day last weekend I attended the Kiwi SCBWI Picture Books 201 workshop headed by award-winning author and illustrator, Sally Sutton and Nina Rycroft. After attending last year’s … Continue reading

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Oh my! It’s that time of year again and our lovely writing buddy and friend, Susanna Leonard  Hill never misses an opportunity to run a competition.  In fact this is the 4th year she has run the Halloweensie Contest on her … Continue reading

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Phyllis’s Fun Fashion Show

Yeah, well I must be crazy, but I thought I would try and sneak in to post something I had been playing with today.  It’s rough but ready. Susanna Leonard Hill a lovely writing pal has been having some fun … Continue reading

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Month of Idea’s and a SCBWI Workshop

November is one of the busiest times of the year for writer’s,  with so much going on in different groups.  Writing festivals, conferences are just a couple.   There are also great fun ways of gaining ideas and encouraging each other … Continue reading

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Holiday Post

  Hi! I’m back.    Yep I guess you gathered that by now.  What a lovely holiday we had.  We spent the first five days with my young brother and his ever-growing family of four boys out near the Gold Coast … Continue reading

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International Dot Day – 15 September 2013

Today is International Dot Day, based on Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot.  It will be celebrated all week-long. Children from 82 countries have signed up to participate in this week’s many activities.  They will be using their imaginations and creativity to make their … Continue reading

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Blog on Hiatus and a South American Adventure

Yes, that’s right folks as from tomorrow, this blog will be in hiatus for the next four weeks as hubby and I take off for a summer adventure in South America. We have been planning on going for nearly two … Continue reading

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In Sickness and in Laughter

Sorry my blog has been a bit quiet of late.  Over three weeks ago I came down with a very bad case of glandular fever.  Not only swallow, sore throat, but nauseous, high temperature and dragging my feet.  I ended … Continue reading

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