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Flash Fiction Friday #9

Sep
28

“Dot and Boy”

Inspired by the little dog from the board book “Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, here is my micro-story for two of the littlest characters.

Dorothy, known as Dot,

Was a tiny, misunderstood dog.

She blew raspberries at everyone for fun,

But they just found it odd.

One day she befriended a tiny,

Misunderstood little boy.

Who wore a uniform with a hat,

And blue trousers in corduroy.

Now that they are a pair, they’re

Invited to things like picnics.

No longer misunderstood, they

Make sense as each other’s sidekicks.

Janey’s Flash Fiction Friday: 

Short stories by me, inspired by picture book extras from the books I love.

 

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#FlashFicFriday Inspired by this little #dog from the #boardbook #EachPeachPearPlum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg . . . “Dorothy, known as Dot, was a tiny, misunderstood dog, She blew raspberries at everyone for fun, but they just found it odd. One day she befriended a tiny, misunderstood little boy, Who wore a uniform with a hat, and blue trousers in corduroy. Now that they are a pair, they’re invited to things like picnics, No longer misunderstood, they make sense as each other’s sidekicks.”.. . . #Flash #Fiction #Friday #extras #supportingcast #silentcast #writing #microstory #books #childrensbooks #picturebooks #illustration #writing #reading #inspiration #amwriting #mybookshelf

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Flash Fiction Friday #8

Sep
21

“Brilliant Beasties”

Inspired by the brilliant beasties from the picture book “Kevin” written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, here is my micro-story for the two I’ve named Hairy Fairy and Slimy Mo.

Here’s Hairy Fairy and Slimy Mo,
They’re at the Best Beasties Talent Show.
Mo is nervous, she’s started to melt,
Hairy Fairy’s angry, he forgot his belt.
‘…And the Best Bestie of them all,
Is Frilly McNilly and his beat box call.’
‘Oh,’ groaned Mo. Hairy Fairy huffed..
Then everyone was shh’d, and hushed.
‘Runners up, Hairy Fairy and Slimy Mo,
You are brilliant beasties, bravo!’
There were claps, whoops, yay’s and cheers,
The party began, with cold beastie beers.

Janey’s Flash Fiction Friday: 

Short stories by me, inspired by picture book extras from the books I love.

 

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#FlashFicFriday Inspired by these brilliant beasties from the #picturebook #Kevin written and illustrated by @rbiddulph . . . “Here’s Hairy Fairy and Slimy Mo, They’re at the Best Beasties Talent Show. Mo is nervous, she’s started to melt, Hairy Fairy’s angry, he forgot his belt. ‘…And the Best Bestie of them all, Is Frilly McNilly and his beat box call.’ ‘Oh,’ groaned Mo. Hairy Fairy huffed.. Then everyone was shh’d, and hushed. ‘Runners up, Hairy Fairy and Slimy Mo, You are brilliant beasties, bravo!’ There were claps, whoops, yay’s and cheers, The party began, with cold beastie beers” . . . #Flash #Fiction #Friday #extras #supportingcast #silentcast #writing #microstory #books #childrensbooks #picturebooks #illustration #writing #reading #inspiration #amwriting #mybookshelf

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Flash Fiction Friday #1

Aug
03

“Romy the Cat”

Noi, in the picture book The Storm Whale by Benji Davies, has a lovely supporting cast, including six cats. Here’s my take on the ginger one.

Romy was different to her five sisters,

Who snoozed their days away.

She was up and out and always about,

Adventuring her days away.

Until tea time, that is, when Romy

Ate her favourite jam on bread.

Then she’d curl up, forget adventuring,

And cat nap instead.

Janey’s Flash Fiction Friday: 

Short stories by me, inspired by picture book extras from the books I love.

 

 

My First Picture Book Retreat, What a Treat

Aug
12

Last month I joined the SCBWI Picture Book Retreat in rural Worcestershire to hone my writing skills and learn from a raft of writing and illustrating pros. It was my first writer’s retreat, or retreat of any kind in fact. I think, like many, my preconceptions of a retreat was full of negative connotations. Awkward meal times, bunking down with snoring strangers, barefoot hippy types who would surely try to convert you to something, stuff like that. But like most unfounded assumptions I was way off.

Mealtimes were delicious and a racket of chatter, always overrunning as conversations were reluctantly paused. We had separate rooms, phew. No new age conversions, only a collective hope that everyone else’s brilliance would rub off on each other by the end of the weekend. I’ll note that some of us, including me, spent time barefoot, the countryside demands that.

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Event Report: How Does Your Book Get Onto Their Shelves?

Jul
29

I had a lovely evening at independent bookshop Tales on Moon Lane last month* in Herne Hill, south east London, venue and host of the first SCBWI Industry Insider event of the year. 

Tamara Macfarlane set up Tales on Moon Lane thirteen years ago and joined the evening’s panel alongside author Mo O’Hara (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish), publishing director Bella Pearson (David Fickling Books) and author Clare Stanhope (Brenda’s Bottom and her Birds).  We were welcomed by Mandy and Jess, SCBWI Industry Insider organisers, who led the panel. Here are the highlights.

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