WoW – The Monster Under Your Bed

Jimmy James is scared of snakes

It’s Write on Wednesday time again. You can read the full prompt here.

Thinking about this, I wanted another Jimmy James story. As a 9 year old, he wouldn’t be scared of monsters under the bed, so I put the question to my two boys – what would Jimmy James be scared of, something that his socks could help him overcome a fear of by learning more about. They came up with a number of ideas, finally settling on snakes.

I hope you enjoy this, it’s the start of a story that will continue on. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

The snake curled around the handler’s neck, looking like a feather boa. The kids in the class ooh’d and ahh’d at the way it moved, completely captivated by the show. All, except for Jimmy James. He sat as far back as he could, away from the snakes, he wouldn’t admit he was scared of them, just that he didn’t like them.

“OK, kids, who would like to have a go?” the handler invited from the stage. Most of the hands went up enthusiastically. Before Jimmy James knew what was happening, his best mate raised his hand for him and waved it all about.

“You, up the back, come on up.” Jimmy James shook his head, he was scared and stayed frozen to the spot.

“Come on JJ,” his mate encouraged. Before knowing what was happening, the class chanted “Jimmy James, Jimmy James, Jimmy James,” and he was being pushed up to the front. There was a look of fear in his eyes.

Suddenly, the room went quiet, and it was just him and the snake.

“Don’t be scared,” a voice said. Jimmy James looked around. All he saw was the snake, wrapped around a pole near the front of the class room. “There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

“I’m not scared,” declared Jimmy James with as much bravado as he could manage. “I just don’t like snakes.”

“It’s OK,” the voice said, “We don’t really like you either.” Jimmy James suddenly realised it was the snake talking. “Maybe if you get to know me a bit better, you won’t be scared any more.” Jimmy James was a bright boy and, after thinking about it for a minute, agreed with the snake’s reasoning, admitting to himself that yes, he was a bit scared, just a little bit.

“So,” Jimmy James started hesitantly, with a twinkle in his eye, “what is your favourite footy team?”


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Something weird is happening…

Story about socks!

Last year, I created a character called Jimmy James. He has some amazing socks that he thinks are horrible, but they are amazing.

These stories have captured the imagination of my kids, aged 10 and 8. They are advanced readers and I’ve been struggling to find books that have themes suitable for their ages.

It’s not only my boys who are enjoying these stories… the snippets I’ve posted on this blog have been getting some great comments, as well as on my PlanBig plan.

The ideas for places Jimmy James can go with his socks have been coming thick and fast, and there is the potential for a huge number of books of Jimmy James adventures with his socks. And Grandma can give him more than one pair of socks over time, so the stories and adventures can grow with him.

I need to do some research and plan some excursions, both with and without my boys, to get some ideas and information, and I need to hit the library. Then I need to do some serious writing, especially as people are already asking to read the stories!

The little story that was born out of frustration that my kids wouldn’t change their socks, and a prompt from Ink Paper Pen looks like it’s turning in to a series of books!!

WoW – Jimmy James’ Collection

Jimmy James has a treasure box

It’s Write on Wednesday time again. I missed last week, but this week I got inspired.

I know you’ve been wanting to hear more about Jimmy James, at least my kids have, so this week is dedicated to him. It’s also great as it gives me an idea of where to take his story.

To read this weeks prompt, click here. And if you’re a writer, don’t forget to join in. As always, I welcome comments, suggestions and critique on this piece.

Jimmy James was nearly in tears. His beloved magic socks were falling apart, his toes were poking through them and Mum had declared that it was time to say goodbye.

He opened his treasure box. In reality it was an old shoe box he had rescued from the bin, but to him it was much, much more. Inside held a collection of objects he had accumulated while on his adventures.

There were the sticks that had appeared in his pocket after he had learned how to make fire from the aboriginal man in the Museum. There was the bullet shell he had picked up at the Shrine of Remembrance from the Digger. There was the moon rock he had picked up when he visited the Moon via the Planetarium, and many more objects.

It had been a wonderful year and now it was coming to an end, it was time to say goodbye to his magical orange and purple spotted socks.

“JJ, come downstairs, Grandma’s here.” Mum called from downstairs. Jimmy James carefully packed away his collection of treasures and headed down.

“Hello, Jimmy James,” Grandma greeted her grandson and handed over a wrapped parcel. A smile spread across Jimmy James’ face…


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Suggestions for Jimmy James

Just a cool picture!

With draft 1 complete, I’m looking at the next stories, and thought I’d revisit Jimmy James.

To get things happening with any of his stories, a visit to the library is in order to get some information, so I thought I’d put it out there to you to help me with my planning.

I have one story on the blog, click here to read it. This post is a first draft, but doesn’t count for the challenge. If you’re not familiar with Jimmy James, it will give you an idea of what the stories will be like.

I’m also asking my boys for their suggestions and they’ve come up with some great ones so far, and some really weird, “out there” ones (how can I send Jimmy James to learn about aliens on Mars when they don’t exist?).

So, I’m asking for some ideas. Basically they need to be things that Jimmy James can learn about by his socks taking him there.

Jimmy James as picture book?

Jimmy James as picture books?

I’ve been looking at stories and ideas I’ve already started working on to kick start 12×12 in 2012, and keep coming back to Jimmy James.

For those of you who have read his stories, you will already be familiar with this cheeky boy and his magical orange and purple spotted socks. For those of you who are new, you can see his stories here.

Looking at them, would they work as a series of picture books aimed at primary age children?

I’m sure my darling boys would be happy to give me some ideas for his stories – they already have, and I’m sure that list will grow if they are given half a chance to brainstorm.

But what do you think? Do you think an adventure a book would work as a picture book?

What are your favourite Christmas traditions?

Christmas Traditions

My gorgeous boys have come up with an awesome idea for Jimmy James in the lead up to Christmas.

This has started a list as well as me heading to Google and the library.

The first thing we need to do is find 24 random Christmas traditions, preferably Australian ones.

So far, our list includes:

  1. Santa
  2. Carols by Candlelight
  3. Candy Canes
  4. Presents
  5. Decorations
  6. Christmas Tree
  7. Advent Candles
  8. Christmas Cards
  9. Kris Kringle
  10. Bon Bons

We need another 14. Can you help us? What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions?

WoW – Choose Your Own Adventure

Jimmy James visits CSIRAC

It’s Write on Wednesday time again.  I was going through the prompts at Ink Paper Pen to find one that would fit with Jimmy James (though it was tempting for him to make fire again…). Instead I chose I thought I saw… from a couple of weeks ago.

If you want to keep up with the full story of Jimmy James, go to Jimmy James Stories. I would like some ideas to what can happen next.

So, here goes…

I Thought I Saw

“This excursion is just getting better and better,” Jimmy James thought to himself, even though his pocket was starting to get quite full! Though the full pocket was evidence that his adventures had really happened and weren’t just in his head.

“For those of you who wanted to visit CSIRAC, come now, the rest of you can finish your lunch,” Miss Phillips announced to the Grade 4s. Jimmy James jumped up. He loved visiting the old computer. The last time they had visited the museum, his brother commented that it wasn’t a real computer as you couldn’t play games on it, but Jimmy James didn’t care.

He followed his teacher down the escalator, along with half a dozen of his classmates, and stood to admire the huge computer. It blew his mind that Mum’s smart phone was more powerful than the massive machine in front in front of him.

The blinking lights were really cool, but he knew they were fake. He had read the sign often enough to know that.

“Did you see that?” Jimmy James nudged Suresh in the ribs.

“See what?” Suresh wasn’t really interested in CSIRAC, but had finished eating and was bored.

“That,” Jimmy James pointed at the lights. He thought he saw them spelling out Hello Jimmy James.

“What? There are little, flashing Christmas lights all over it, nothing exciting.” Jimmy James forgot himself for a moment, after all, he was the only one who had been able to see all the cool things that had happened so far that day.

“Never mind,” Jimmy James turned back to CSIRAC and waited for what would happen next.


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Different interpretation of words

Different views on the same words

The good news is this – inspiration finally arrived last night.

This morning, I read what I had written to my two boys, aged 9 & 7.

I described socks as “bright orange socks with flashy purple spots on them.” I looked up bright in the thesaurus and flashy was one of the suggestions.

Mr N, age 9, thought they were orange socks with big, bright purple spots on them.

Mr Z, age 7, thought the purple spots had glitter or sparkles in them.

I thought it was interesting that there were two different interpretations of the same description. My intention was to describe socks that were orange with purple spots on them!

Even with their different views, they love the story and want me to keep writing…

WoW – We are learning to make fire

JJ learns how to make fire...

It’s Write on Wednesday time again. I was hoping this would help me with NaNoWriMo, but it didn’t really help with my current book, but took me back to the original Jimmy James story…

I started rewriting it based on feedback from friends, especially a couple of amazing people on PlanBig, and this prompt helped with this.

This weeks prompt is: We are learning to make fire. This took more than 5 minutes, but I was interrupted and was on a roll. My gorgeous boys also helped with this, including research at the school library after school today.

Jimmy James rubbed his eyes. He thought he saw the figure move, but that sort of thing only happened in the movies. He took another look and he was right. The figure was beckoning him to come closer.

He took a look around, the rest of his class had moved on in the exhibit, so he ducked under the rope and moved closer. All of a sudden, he was in the Australian bush and not in the museum any more.

The large black man beckoned him to come closer. The man knelt down and took a stick in between his two hands, Jimmy James knelt down near him to get a better look. The man gestured to Jimmy James to pick up the stick in front of him and copy what he was doing.

The stick was sharp and fitted in a hole on a piece of wood. Inside the hole was some sawdust. The man spun the stick backwards and forwards between his hands. Jimmy James tried to copy what the man was doing, but he wasn’t very good at it. The stick didn’t move as fast as the man’s and it kept slipping out of his hands.

Suddenly, or at least it seemed like it, the sawdust in the man’s piece of wood started to glow. The man poured the sawdust into a nest of dry grass that was nearby. He then blew on it until the grass burst into flame! Jimmy James was totally amazed. He had been so distracted watching the man that he forgot about his stick.

The man added some leaves and sticks to the burning nest of grass and he soon had a fire going. Jimmy James was excited, he had just learned how to light a fire without using matches. The man gestured that Jimmy James should take the stick and wood with him. He put them in his pocket, waved good bye and turned away. He wondered where he was going to go next.

Instead of seeing the Australian bush, Jimmy James saw the museum. Maybe it was just an awesome daydream… He could hear his classmates around the corner. He ran to catch up with them, then he reached in his pocket and felt the stick and wood. It wasn’t a daydream after all. Then he remembered, he had put on his orange and purple socks this morning. That explained everything.

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NaNoWriMo – An Update

Quick update on NaNoWriMo

I thought I’d do a quick post to update you all on my progress with NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, Clara’s story is still at a standstill. I’m not sure where to go next. If you want to help out, go to Accidental WAHM and add some comments to the posts.

Jimmy James’ letter challenge is going much better. So far his challenges have included:

  • A thank you letter
  • A letter of compliment
  • Replying to a letter
  • Writing to someone he doesn’t know
  • A letter of complaint

I have a list of other people he could write to, but I’m also looking for ideas for other challenges. If you have some ideas, please let me know.

It’s been a really hot weekend, and I haven’t got much writing done, but I am making progress. See the ticker to see where I’m up to.

Mr N, my own Jimmy James, has been enjoying the story so far, so I’m on the right track.

I’m hoping to get some more writing done this week.


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