WoW – Character Study, Jimmy James

This is my first Words on Wednesday post – I thought I’d do it & see how it goes. I wasn’t sure whether to do a creative piece or just describe one of my characters – so I thought I would describe Jimmy James. Here goes – five minutes of writing!

Jimmy James is a character I created one night when I was frustrated about my boys not changing their socks. He is a 9 year old boy who loves his football and he is not great in Maths.

He has a little brother and lives with his Mum in a house with an open plan living area, one that is perfect for socks to make a mess! Their home has a large back yard, perfect for kicking the footy around.

He has short, brown hair and freckles on his face. His brown eyes have a cheeky glint that betray his wonderful sense of the absurd as well as his cheeky mind. He is slim and sporty.

Jimmy James is a mix of my two sons and some of their friends. With so much inspiration, there is the potential for a number of different stories about Jimmy James, his brother and their friends.


Write On Wednesdays


Write on Wednesdays…

Write On Wednesdays

I have just come across a really cool exercise called “Write on Wednesdays” over at inkpaperpen. I thought I’d give it a go – you never know what I’ll come up with…

It could be a lot of fun and it looks like a great way to get the creative juices flowing. I’m looking forward to it 🙂

Submitting to Publishers

Places to submit my manuscripts

As well as my kids book, I am in the process of writing a series of short stories that I’d love to have published as an anthology, or a series in a magazine, as well some non-fiction manuscripts.

One of my Facebook friends posted links to Manuscript Monday and The Friday Pitch. It looks like publishers are changing the way they are doing things! I’m posting them here as much to keep track of the links as anything else!

While my kids book won’t be part of this as they aren’t accepting picture story books in this way, my other manuscripts are likely to fit their lists – I hope! With the Accidental WAHM stories, I need to choose one that will represent them all. With the various non-fiction manuscripts, I will need to find a chapter to submit, especially as they are based on blog posts, so are fairly short.

It may take some time to get my submissions up to scratch, but it’s a start… as well as that, if I get one of those manuscripts accepted, then I’m more likely to get my kids book published too…

Anyway, wish me luck.

Changing face of publishing

Publishing is changing

Over the last few months, I have been looking at publishing. As well as my kids book, I have a few other ideas buzzing in my head and have started writing them & looking at publishing.

I had a talk with someone from the Victorian Writers Centre yesterday to talk to someone about self publishing vs traditional publishing. The lady I spoke to had the view that traditional publishing is the way to go, at least to start with.

But with technology, things are changing.

There are people like Adam Mansbach who published the popular Go the F*** to Sleep. The story I heard (and I don’t know how true this is) is that he started publishing the story/pages on his Facebook page, it was popular, so he turned it in to a book.

There are also people like Chris Allen who is publishing his first book Defender of the Faith using print on demand and using social media as a way to create a buzz before the book launch.

With social media, blogging, ebooks and more, the face of publishing is changing, as well as book distribution.

One of the biggest reasons to go the traditional publishing route was to get in to book shops to get sales, however with the closure of book shops like Borders, I imagine that smaller booksellers would be happy to stock books by authors publishing their own books, especially when they have a huge following with social media and people asking for their books.

I’m still not sure whether or not I will self publish, but it’s nice to know I have so many options to look at.

Reading my story

Shared my story

This afternoon I shared my story with a couple of kids while waiting for the boys to finish in choir. The kids are the little sisters of some of the kids in the choir. Their Mums were also there to listen.

The story went down really well – though the story does need pictures.

Even the Mums liked the story!

It was quite scary sharing this story outside my own family – after all, my own kids loved the story, but then again, I’m their Mum, so they’re kind of obliged to like it…

I’m happy that they liked the story. I still don’t know whether or not to contact publishers again, or self publish, but I’m so much happier with how the story has turned out.

I also found that reading it out loud was great, as there are a few lines where I need to take out, add in or change a word or two so it flows better, that I’d missed when editing it on screen.

Getting the plan for my kids story out there

PlanBigOK, so I’m now putting it out there. After my post last night, I have finished the story & my kids like it!

I would love to see this published as a picture story book, so I’m putting it out there on PlanBig.

For some background – this story originally started life asToby’s Bedtime, a story about a boy who wouldn’t go to sleep. This was based on my years of babysitting kids who wouldn’t go to bed & some of their tricks. I submitted it as part of my VCE writing folio back in 1995 (you can do the maths to work out how old I am). Then it was called Mikey’s Bedtime after a little boy I babysat at the time (he is now 18!). I got an excellent mark for my writing folio. [Read more…]

Tips for kids

My kids want to write a blog

My kids have been begging me for their own blog/website! There are obvious concerns about Internet safety, however I have come to realise that the boys are technology natives – whether I like it or not – and the Internet is just part of their lives.

So, we started a conversation about blogging and the Internet. I wrote down some of the things we had talked about – and guess what, another blog!!

Last night, I put up Blogging For Kids. So far, I haven’t done much apart from putting up some posts, hardly anyone even knows they are there! I need to work out what to do next… probably a Facebook page.

I’m hoping that the tips will be useful for other kids/parents who want to have a blog.

I have four blogs!

4 blogs!!

Yes, that’s right – at last count I had 4 blogs!

Each blog has a different theme and different template. And there are a couple more mini, niche blogs being planned.

  1. Business Mums Blog – I started this blog in 2008 sharing tips for Aussie business mums. It has recently undergone a face lift and restarted after a few months break.
  2. Down with Super Mum – my “Mum” blog with thoughts on life and parenting. I started this one a couple of months ago after a bad day trying to be “Super Mum” and I’d had enough! It was originally a place to vent & share other stuff in my head, and quite a few people read it!
  3. Accidental WAHM – a place for my fictional stories about work at home mums (WAHMs). Somewhere to put them up so people can read them
  4. This blog – of course. I guess this is a place about me to promote my other blogs and just put other stuff that doesn’t fit on the other blogs!

So, there you have it – I have 4 blogs! It looks a bit odd now that I’ve written it down like this… oh well. What can I say, I love writing, I have ideas flying around in my head and blogging is a way I can get it out there.

I hope you enjoy my blogs!

I have a confession


I have a confession to make – I have been missing blogging! I have started a “Mum blog” at Down with Supermum, but I have missed sharing business tips. I have had a couple of great months break, but it’s now time to get back in to it again.

A couple of things I loved doing was a Marketing Monday post with marketing tips and the Friday Five, which were 5 tips on whatever small business issue I could think of.

It’s surprised me how much I missed sharing these tips! So, I’ve decided to start blogging again! I am going to be rebranding my blog at Business Mums Blog and go from there.

I’m still working out what to put here…

Hello world!

Hello World!

It’s time for me to have some fun!

I love coming up with ideas, and writing. I’m in the process of writing some books and articles, and this is my central website for all of them.

Have some fun with me 🙂

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