Category Archives: ideas for writing

“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

“Toot & Puddle” Author/Illustrator:   Holly Hobbie Published by:  Little, Brown and Co Ages:  3 – 8yrs Themes:  friendship, adventure, differences, being yourself Opening Lines:  Toot and Puddle lived together in Woodcock Pocket.  It was such a perfect place to be … Continue reading

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Intensive Picture Book Craft Webinar – with a capital-“I”

I thought I would post about Mary Kole’s 90 minute –Intensive Picture Book Craft Webinar that I took recently.  Wow! No wonder a number of people were interested to know how it went.  Mary Kole joined the Andrea Brown Literary … Continue reading

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Virtual Blog Tours: What They are and How to Use Them to Gain Traffic.

As many of you are thinking of doing Blog Tours or Blog Hops I thought you might like some well thought-out guidelines or help in conducting a successful Tour.  I am very pleased to welcome Virginia Grenier back to my blog … Continue reading

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What’s His Name?

Okay, so as far as my writing went, I had a quieter April than most I know.  I decided to take a step back and do only what I felt I could do.  I read and followed what I could … Continue reading

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“Happiness in His Eyes”.

Right across America and indeed around the world on April 2, awareness of Autism is shining bright blue.  While in America and in most parts of the world they are lighting up homes, parks, monuments and buildings in a ray of … Continue reading

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Phyllis’s Adventure in Kiwiland.

*Yawn* Arrrr what a brill sleep.  Morning Bro, morning Sis! Had to leave real early this morning, and take Diane’s hubby to work then on to a garage as the car was due for a warrant, so we waited and … Continue reading

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’PERFECT PICTURE BOOK’ – Friday

My Own Stories First Writing Adventures in Literacy Author:  Ruth  Thomson Publisher and Illustrator:  Chrysalis Education, 2004 Ages:  About 7 years and up Theme:  NonFiction,  Language, Creative Writing, Art, Illustration Opening Line:  Once upon a time, an old man planted … Continue reading

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“Valentines Day Contest”

Over on Susanna’s Blog she is hosting a “Valentines Day Contest”, about an unlikely Valentine.  I love her blog it’s always full of fun articles and interesting, inspiring information.  We’ve been asked to submit a childrens poem or prose in … Continue reading

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“ERIK “…. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Just over a week ago a beautiful picture arrived in my mailbox from Erik one of the new kids on the block in the 12x12in12 writers group headed by Julie Hedlund. I had won the gorgeous illustration by Lindsay Barrett … Continue reading

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“Dear Me ” — A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self

Oh Boy! I had a fun time trying to decide how to write this post… what to spill and what not to spill so as to keep you wondering. If you haven’t read this book, I suggest you do, it’s … Continue reading

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