And so all of this got me thinking of some writing prompts for kids in our current at-home situation. I hope someone, somewhere, finds them useful...
So, we're still in lockdown in Scotland and my bookshelves are calling me - though I've not made the time to read I thought I might.
It's more important than ever that now, we recognise in ourselves and in each other how our mental health is faring. This is, of course, a writer's blog - and what I'm here to do as I climb down from my small soap box is write about how writing could help with mental health issues.
The unicorn really is an unusual mythical beast. Built like a horse, it is a large and strong animal but it is also gentle, fairy-like and (nowadays) most often rainbow coloured. It’s fairly well known, up here anyway, that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal – we won’t thank you for a bull or an … Continue reading The Story of the Scottish Unicorn
I have a few close friends who are teachers, which means that occasionally I receive some reliable, usually humorous and always honest reviews of my stories from them when my stories have been used for carpet-time reading. This week, my lovely friend 'Mrs K' sent me the following her Friday afternoon story time. This is … Continue reading A magical review for The Unicorn in the Castle
I love this time of year because it's around about the Scottish Book Trust's Book Week Scotland that I'm usually able to visit some primary schools and meet their fab kids - definitely one of the best things about writing children's books! I have two visits lined up for November this year - the fabulous … Continue reading School Visits
Goodness, it's been a age since I've written a blog post on here! I'd love to say that that's because I've been beavering away on a new book - and I have - but alas, life-work-health-exercise-house-move-dog-walking-full-time-job-family have also gotten in the way of fully dedicating my time to this! I've also just recently discovered that … Continue reading Writer’s Blo(g)ck
Ever wondered how to write a children’s book? Find out what goes into it...
I would assume that any of you who stumble upon this post are writers. Most blog readers, in my experience, are. I don't really consider myself to be a writer (in spite of what I'm currently doing). I have written and had published three books; I have written and not had published a further one … Continue reading Finding the write time
I definitely don't want to get into a discussion about what's PC and what's not - gender identity in children is something of a hot topic at the moment, and I don't want to cause any controversy by passing comment. But what I do want to write about is something that I have been thinking … Continue reading Books for boys and books for girls…