Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see… Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

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Why aims are better for you than resolutions

Did you make any resolutions this new year? Yeah? How many of them have you kept so far? I’m guessing not as many as what you made in the first place. But then again, resolutions are there to be broken. Alright, that might not be their real purpose, but it’s the purpose they take on… Continue reading Why aims are better for you than resolutions

#NaNoWriMo day 20: I’m running out of chocolate

November has been a hectic month. It’s been the toughest month at work so far, I’ve been setting up my freelancing business, got Christmas projects underway, and am trying to write a novel too! Crazy? Yes, in hindsight, quite possibly. But people do it. Out of all the blogs I read before November began, the… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day 20: I’m running out of chocolate

NaNoWriMo day 11: no immunity to week two blues

It’s week two, and I don’t need to look at the calendar to know that it’s here. ‘The wall’, as some Wrimos call it, has built itself up in front of my laptop screen. Though oddly, not while Twitter is up, or anything that seems vaguely more appealing than hacking out a novel at the… Continue reading NaNoWriMo day 11: no immunity to week two blues

NaNoWriMo day three: the dreaded first Monday

It’s Monday. This was never going to go well. Not only is it Monday, it’s the first Monday back at work after a week off, which puts me in probably the most opposite writing mood as possible compared to the weekend. I managed about 700 words today, and probably could go for more, but to… Continue reading NaNoWriMo day three: the dreaded first Monday

#NaNoWriMo day two: how long can this momentum continue?

Today I’d set myself a target of hitting 6000 words...and I did it! I didn’t actually think this was very realistic, honestly, I never write this much, ever. Because I’m back at work tomorrow and I know I won’t have as many hours to dedicate to writing again until next weekend, I was really keen… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day two: how long can this momentum continue?

#NaNoWriMo day 1: Success!

November is here! The influx of freshly shaved faces ready for Movember on my Facebook feed this morning only made it easier to get straight into writing without the usual distractions. Yes, NaNoWriMo has officially begun, and my first day this year has probably been my best yet. I can’t quite remember how I did… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo day 1: Success!

Two days to go until NaNoWriMo – why are you doing this again?

In just over two days, NaNoWriMo will be here. No, I’m not ready yet! I have stuff to do, people to see one last time and places I need to go before locking myself away for a month, oh, and a body I should probably stockpile with vitamins to make up for the large intake… Continue reading Two days to go until NaNoWriMo – why are you doing this again?

Dust off your quills and parchment, it’s NaNoWriMo time

What does November mean to you? Crazy moustaches, toffee apples and fireworks, or just the month when you really can't put off having the central heating on any longer? To me, it's mostly the latter, but it's also NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The aim of NaNo is simple: write 50,000 words in the… Continue reading Dust off your quills and parchment, it’s NaNoWriMo time