Tag Archives: writing

Winning the War – Traci McDonald

Last year, while on a plane during our holiday in Cambodia and Vietnam, a woman was telling me a friend she knew was keen on writing her own story, a bio if you like, of her life growing up blind.  … Continue reading

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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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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! to everyone and I hope you are looking forward to a bright future in both your personal and writing world. Looking back over 2011 I can honestly say it has been one of ups and downs, certainly … Continue reading

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Book Reading challenge: 31

“Sounds Spooky” By Christopher Cheng and Illustrator Sarah Davis Imagine sitting up in bed late at night and hearing strange, creaking, tinkering noises or the sound of something crashing (which probably woke you up in the first place) and you … Continue reading

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“My Second SCBWI ….NZ Meeting.”

My second SCBWI meeting here in Auckland proved to be very interesting, even with a TV monitor silently going, I found our guest, Christine Dale of Dahl Design captivating, giving insight into what publishers want from a writer, offering titbits, … Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Rumford

I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this, my first Author interview.   James(prefering Jim), now lives in Hawaii after spending time in Afghanistan as a Peace Corps.   Waiting for the interview by email was like being a kid again … Continue reading

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“Getting One’s Feet Wet”

Thanks to a recent comment made by a fellow Children’s Book Hub member, I thought I would let you in on a little of my writing world, after all this is a writer’s blog, right? A few years ago I … Continue reading

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My First Travel Insight story

Yep I finally managed to work this blog thing out to a point where I can actually write a story for you.  Its just a short narrative which hopefully you will find interesting as well as amusing.  So buckle up … Continue reading

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Recently I felt the need to write a poem for a friend whose parents had passed away.  This was unusual because I had never written a poem before.  Being such a great distance away from her, I wanted to give her something that … Continue reading

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Powerful Quotes

In my readings of the past few days I found myself directed to some quotes and very empowering thoughts on writing, on Deborah Brodie’s website.  Read a couple of them on my “Quotes” page and should you be interested her website … Continue reading

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