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  • What Publishers are Asking for - You may remember that I was going to KidLit2017 on the 20th of May. Among other things I got to hear some really interesting panel discussion with people in the publishing industry – specifically children and young adult publishing. A recurring theme during these discussions was the idea of diverse voices. Unsurprisingly authors for children and young adults … Continue reading What Publishers are Asking for
  • Getting Excited for KidLitVic 2017 - On Saturday the 20th of May I’m heading into Melbourne for KidLitVic 2017. I am so excited!
  • DIY Writers’ Retreat - For Christmas my darling husband bought me a voucher for a two night stay in a cottage in Daylesford (which is in the Victorian spa region and one of my all time favourite places to visit). Here’s the important bit, this stay is just for me. On my own. So I can WRITE! I’ve yet … Continue reading DIY Writers’ Retreat
  • The Balancing Act - We all have different pulls on our time. For me, I have two children (aged 4 and 6), a husband (although he’s pretty self-sufficient it’s nice to actually spend time with him), a writing career that I’m trying to get started, family, friends, neighbours, chores, pets, hobbies, a ‘to-read’ pile. You might have all these and … Continue reading The Balancing Act
  • When In Doubt… - Have you heard that saying, “When in doubt, chuck it out.”? I think it’s applied to food. As in that chicken that’s a day past it’s use by date but it looks OK and you haven’t got anything else to cook for dinner but there’s definitely some doubt as to whether you’ll give the entire family … Continue reading When In Doubt…
  • Summer Break… - I’m going to be taking a break for December and January. Of course, when I say break I’ll still be working on my novel, looking after my kids and everything else that goes with life. But I’ll be taking a break from Pieces of String. When I come back there’ll be more tips for young … Continue reading Summer Break…
  • The Westbury Faery — Tiny Owl Workshop - It’s lovely to be able to announce that Tiny Owl Workshop is working with The World Faery Society and Terry Whidborne to publish a book on The Westbury Faery. Submissions for flash fiction and short stories are open from now until midnight on 28 February 2017. For details, visit the utterly fabulous World Faery Society … Continue reading The Westbury Faery — Tiny Owl Workshop
  • Busy Times Ahead! - Things are getting busy in my house. Well, can I still call it my house now that we’ve sold it? And the thing about busy times is something has to give.
  • The Lane of Unusual Traders - It’s so exciting to see that Tiny Owl Workshop has opened stage three of the Lane of Unusual Traders. If you’ve yet to check out this amazing writing competition, you really should.
  • Some Changes - I'm making some changes at Pieces of String.