WoW – Tiny as Your Thumb

Thumbs up!

It’s write on Wednesday again. This weeks prompt is to imagine you are as tiny as your thumb. You can read the whole prompt here.

I started thinking about this and the idea for a children’s story came to mind… I don’t know if this will be the start of my March picture book for 12×12 in 12 or not, but I hope you like it…

As always, comments & suggestions are welcome. [Read more…]

Piquing my Pintrest – Writing

I’ve been having fun playing with Pintrest this week. As well as market stalls and pens, I’ve also found some great quotes about writing, so I thought I’d share those this week. I hope you enjoy them.


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


There are more, but I didn’t want to make this post too long! You can see more here.


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WoW – Write a letter

A dusty pile of letters brings an adventure...

It’s Write on Wednesday again. This weeks prompt is to write a letter, you can read the full prompt here. Last year, Jimmy James wrote a letter, I was tempted to just link to that post again… but I won’t.

Instead, in the spirit of the Chapter Book Challenge, and for planning for that, I started looking at other letters he could write, and how the letter could impact, or be the result of, one of his adventures.

For this, I was toying with the letters that prompt this adventure being the Depression era or World War 2…

To explain a bit, my kids call their great-grandfather “Grandpa” and their grandfather is “Opa”, so there is no confusion. This would also be the end of the story.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Jimmy James sneezed as the dust settled. He looked at the letters in front of him. Never in a million years had he imagined what his great-grandmother had been through as a little girl during the Depression. While reading the letters, and the following adventure, courtesy of his socks, he had a better understanding of what made his great-grandmother tick.

He ran downstairs and pulled out a piece of paper and started to write:

Dear Grandma,

I have just read the letters you wrote to your pen pal when you were a little girl. I had no idea you had hardly any toys or new clothes and had to share a bed with your sisters.

It sounds like it could have been fun, though, playing with all the kids in the street. There aren’t any kids near my house who come out to play with me.

It’s really different to today. I have heaps of toys and get new clothes all the time.

I hope you don’t mind me reading your letters. They were really interesting.

Love, Jimmy James.

He carefully folded up his letter and took it in to the lounge room, where his great-grandmother sat drinking tea with his mum. He ran up to her, gave her a big hug and handed her the carefully written note.

Grandma read it and looked up at Jimmy James, tears in her eyes caused both by long forgotten memories and the note itself.

“It’s OK, Grandma,” Jimmy James gave her another hug, “I’ll help you in the garden in the morning, just like you asked, I understand now why your veggies are so important to you.”


Write On Wednesdays


Chapter book challenge

Getting these books written

It’s official – I’m going to get my butt into gear and get Jimmy James written!

I discovered a Chapter Book Challenge that is starting in March. The goal is to write a first draft of a kids chapter book each month.

Initially, I was thinking of writing Jimmy James as a picture book, however I’m finding I need more words to write his stories!

Each book will be one of his adventures with his socks, and there is a huge scope for adventures! Right now, I’m researching snakes…

If you love kids chapter books and a challenge, join us. This is going to be AWESOME!

Piquing my Pintrest – Jimmy James

Just for fun, I’ve been going through Pintrest looking at some pictures to inspire stories and adventures for Jimmy James.

This Sunday, I’m linking up with Tina Gray dot me for Piquing my Pintrest & sharing some of the images with you. It might pique your interest to some of the adventures that could be coming up, as well as a reminder of some that have already been written.

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Source: via Melissa on Pinterest





 Tina Gray {dot} Me

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