Chapter Book Challenge – Wrap Up #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2017

I didn’t keep up with my update posts during the Chapter Book Challenge! I am pleased to announce that I completed the challenge!

Last Saturday, I spent a couple of hours in my favourite cafe and stayed there until I completed the final chapter.

It needs a read through, but I need to let it sit for a while before I do that…

[Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge – week 2 #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2017

It’s week 2 of the Chapter Book Challenge. I was hoping to get some writing done over the long weekend we’ve just had… however I realised I had a looming deadline.

Last year, I went to the Meet the Publishers conference. It was such an amazing weekend that I registered as soon as booking opened for this years conference. As part of this, I signed up for a manuscript assessment and the deadline was last night!

[Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge 2017 #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2017

Since I wrote my last post about making writing a priority, life threw us a huge curve ball. My 15 year old son had a flare up of his Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a pain condition that started last year. This time, the pain was in both legs, resulting in a hospital stay. He’s still not healed, so my days are spent juggling work, medical appointments, school, and sleep.

It’s safe to say I’m exhausted.

This exhaustion has meant that not as much writing has been happening as I wanted it to.

[Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge Update – Nearly there #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2016

Chapter Book Challenge 2016

It’s nearly the end of March and things are going really well. I have two stories that are progressing well, but the biggest surprise of all happened last weekend.

Last Thursday, I ran the usual Teen Writers Group at the local library and we had some Easter goodies as writing prompts. These included eggs, bunnies, chickens, and hot cross buns. I started writing a story called “The Great Easter Egg Disaster”, just for fun.

When I got home, I decided to keep writing. I had a chat with my friend, Julie Anne Grasso, author of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, to get some tips on writing a mystery, and then kept writing.

[Read more…]

Chapter Book Challenge 2016 – The first two weeks #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2016

Chapter Book Challenge 2016

I can’t believe this years Chapter Book Challenge is half over! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know I usually write a blog post with my progress each week! For some reason this year, time has slipped away.

At the start of the month, I had two stories I wanted to work on. One was a new Green Oaks Primary School story, and the other was one I was playing with last year, then for some reason, another idea popped into my head last week!

[Read more…]

Getting ready for a Challenge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

I’m so excited. In a matter of days, the 2016 Chapter Book Challenge kicks off. For anyone who doesn’t know about this, it’s a challenge held every March to write the first draft of a children’s or YA novel in a month. I have been participating since 2012 and have used my first winners badge in this post because I’m too excited to wait for this years images to be ready to post about it!!

Last year was the first year I didn’t complete a full manuscript, however the following month I did. That story is about to be published! We are aiming for a 12 May launch.

[Read more…]

A new anthology is is available now!

Teapot Tales Volume 3 is now available!

Teapot Tales Volume 3 is now available!

I have some exciting news to share. Volume 3 of Teapot Tales is now live on Amazon!

For those who are new here, Teapot Tales is the annual anthology of the Chapter Book Challenge. Every year, a group of children’s authors get together, write short stories on a theme, and we release an anthology. This year, the theme was Fractured Fairy Tales.

I have two stories in this edition. The Girl of Legend is a version of Sleeping Beauty, and I have a version of The Three Little Pigs. Overall, there is a mix of fractured fairy tales and some new ones.

Very soon I will have copies in my online store if you want to purchase a copy, but in the mean time, you can get your copy direct from Amazon with the links below:

Watch this space and I’ll let you know when I have copies available.

Setting a goal – and a deadline!

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

My 13 year old at Melbourne Cube Days 2015

Earlier this year, my 13 year old attended the Australian Nationals 2015 run by Speedcubing Australia. He had an amazing weekend, and a few weeks later, took part in the Melbourne Cube Days 2015.

Following these, we were talking about books and whether there were any books that featured kids who cubed. We went looking, but couldn’t find anything! So, my 13 year old has set me a challenge – write some!

I have written one book so far. Cubing for Chronic Fatigue is about a boy called Tony who uses his cube to raise money for the Chronic Fatigue Association after his little brother is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. It’s part of my Green Oaks Primary School series and we’re hoping to release it early in 2016.

[Read more…]

ChaBooCha Lite – Wrap Up

Inspiration for the two books I'm currently editing

Inspiration for the two books I’m currently editing

It’s October 1, and that means ChaBooCha Lite is over for another year.

For this challenge, I decided to use it for editing. I am currently working on two new stories for the Green Oaks Primary School series and needed to get it done.

When I started, my goals were:

  • Edit my football themed story
  • Edit my Rubik’s Cube story
  • If time, write a new story

[Read more…]

What makes the difference?

What's the difference?

What’s the difference?

A little while ago, I put the final edits on the second manuscript I’ve been working on as part of the Chapter Book Challenge this month. I haven’t been this productive on a book for quite a while, so I started thinking – what is the difference now?

September hasn’t been any less busy in my day job, dealing with kids, or anything else I normally deal with. If anything, this past week has been busier as I’ve been to a two day conference, and had a meeting for work on Tuesday afternoon. I am still getting the same amount of sleep as usual, and been getting to the gym.

What is the difference this month? This is what I’ve come up with so far: [Read more…]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...