#FebruaryForce Quote 13

CS Lewis, another one of my utter writing heroes, pretty much sums up why writing is such a magical, addictive process:

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#FebruaryForce Quote 1

And here is the first of my #FebruaryForce writing quotes. Let’s keep our writing in gear when we’re flagging, understandably, at this dreich time of year!

‘I am so ill-rounded that the ten things I love to do are: write, write, write, write, write, write, write, write, write, and write. Oh, I do other things. I even like to do other things. But when asked for the ten things I love, that’s it.’

Isaac Asimov, author of almost 500 books in his lifetime

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February Force!

This happened to me last year.

No, it’s happened to me EVERY year as a blogger – my blog activity dies a death in January as I devote my energy to worthier New Year resolutions

I’ve long said it, we should not bother making resolutions in January.

Surely, February is the time to do that, when it’s still dark and dank, but when the first snowdrops push through the near-frozen ground.

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So, back by popular demand, is WRITING QUOTE FEBRUARY, a blog series to put the force back into your writing life. A quote by a writer, or about writing, or both.

Every day in February.

Ready yourselves!

And may the Writing Force be with you!

Punch event with Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler @cranachan books

What a lovely write-up of my Edinburgh launch! Thank you Joanne!

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I was at the Edinburgh Princes Street branch of Waterstones on Saturday for an event about Punch, the latest children’s novel by Barbara Henderson. It’s a really exciting story about a boy on the run with a travelling show in Victorian Scotland. (You can read my review here). It was a packed house on Saturday as Barbara Henderson entertained the crowd with readings and puppetry for the best part of an hour. I took my seven year old nieces and they loved it! They enjoyed getting to be puppeteers and holding the cloth in the makeshift Punch and Judy stall. They also enjoyed getting to scream loudly as they pretended to be a frightened puppet! There was a lovely atmosphere in the shop as members of the public were still browsing when the event was on. I have to say that a slightly worried hush fell when…

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#GuestPost Animals in Punch by Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler

Catching up with my own blog tour! Here goes for my thoughts on animals in children’s fiction, and specifically in #Punch! 🙂 Thanks to the Quiet Knitter!

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As part of the blog tour for her new book Punch, the lovely Barbara Henderson has written a piece on “Animals in Punch”, so without further ado, let me hand over to Barbara.

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I once had a one-to-one with a commissioning editor for a big, mainstream publisher. She had taken a look at a manuscript of mine which still sits unpublished and unloved in my drawer, but one thing she said stuck in my mind:

‘It’s good that you have a dog in it,’ she said. ‘If you can put a dog on the cover of a children’s book, it’s proven to sell more. It sells most if you have a Retriever on it.’

Really? Irrespective of subject, the story itself and countless other factors?

Needless to say, the dog alone didn’t sell her my manuscript. After a polite and non-decriptly positive-ish fifteen minutes, she walked away from me…

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