Pushing forward…..

Last week sometime I’d gone for my 3rd book shop job, and didn’t get it, in fact I didn’t get that, the vintage retail thing, or the job selling saucy hoisery- which is probably a good thing, as it consisted of donning a cake full of slap everyday and wearing heels Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Yep, that’s the imaginary me running for the bus, after a long day of convincing a customer that the ‘peep hole’, isn’t only a phrase used for the open toed shoe. 

So you if you hadn’t guessed already I was feeling a little **** but my luck has somewhat changed, I’ll tell you more about that soon.


My birthday, well I taught a few classes in the morning- I know this doesn’t quite co-inside with the whole job hunting, but  I teach only a couple of classes a week, looking for part time stuff- ok seriously BORING myself now loooolllll!!!

Back to birthday, I saw in ‘Time Out’ that Polo Bar were giving out FREE meals from 9-6 OMG Just look at this! My breakie, Roll me outta ‘ere please!!!!!


Went for a run in and around London Bridge, beautiful, I even took a quick pic to prove it lol…God, time really does fly doesn’t it? But I’m good, I feel very much human right now, I’ve no super powers, no enforced meme to be greater than I have the strength for, no rush….I’m just cruising trying to get by, with a minuscule plan to get ahead and that’s….

To keep the **** going without looking back.

Hip hip hooray, and one for luck!

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See you soon, with updated competitions post ;-]


What’s this? Your book queue is decreasing!

Yes Peeps! My book queue is lessening, and it might be to do with the fact that I’m beginning to READ them at long last haaa!!!


Having read a fair few young adult stuff recently, I’m trying to hit the Chapter book market -with a tinge of Mid Grade thrown in- as this is the type of reader I’m writing for at present. I think if you’re writing in a particular genre, age group etc reading kind goes hand in hand of what you’re trying to achieve as a writer, and to get your manuscript reasonably bang on, you’ll need to do your homework.

For me, I’m starting to understand more about who this type of reader is, what’s appropriate, what isn’t, which themes are being explored? All the while, keeping abreast of what’s currently out there on the shelves.

It’s definitely proving useful, from analysing varied use of POV, plot, and how a relatively short story -like that of a Chapter book- can unfold- yes, reading a bit of everything is great- but I’m finding this way I’m less distracted, and more focused on what’s important -or not- to a kid of that age. 


It’s funny, prior to streamlining my reading like this, I found that my 10 yr old protagonist was slipping into some very weird adult territory, and the voice was getting waaay too muddled. So I decided to stick it in a draw for a couple of weeks, re-read it, then scrap it, then start over, and let’s just say were all the better for it.  

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What are you learning about reading other peoples books?

Elvis ain’t dead, he’s dancing with me.

I’ts boiling today, but I believe it was even hotter over the weekend. I went to the FREE summer festival at Alexandra palace with my beautiful sister. Oh, did I mention it was a beer festival? Haaaaa!

The food was sweeet! She had halloumi fries, and I had this Thai thingymejig which was tasty as, and of course we had to try the beer.

We heard some great bands play, and got to watch some live graffiti…

And then we had a dance- well I did while my sister laughed her head off. Look, I was just an innocent bystander, when out of nowhere I was thrust- quite literally into a Mike Myers movie, where Elvis was the star of the show, heeelp!!! 

Phew! And then y’know what? Because it was so much fun, we went back the very next day!

Cheers! And happy writing x

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What will you be getting up to next weekend? 

Oh yeah, it’s the Stoke Newington Literary Festival!

Why didn’t you stop me huh? Why didn’t anyone STOP me? I had it all planned out, to sit and have lunch on this sunny Saturday afternoon- after of course, lapping up as many scrumptious literary events as I could. But nooo you let me loose, and I ended up buying more books, with only enough cash to buy a doughnut at the end of it! GRRRRR

Here’s me talking in a calm, and mellow kind of way about today’s events lol!

Please ignore what looks like a drunken thumbnail of me under the influence of a jug of tequila, and possibly the shocking site of Nigel Farage’s bottom, it may get better when you press play- but I ain’t making any promises.

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If you were there, tell me what you enjoyed the most :-]

A weekend to remember

Weekends are over waaay too quickly for my liking, which is why making most of the time is paramount.

Whether it be sitting around in your sweats all day watching Game of thrones, or running across Hampstead heath like your life depended on it…Or, or you could hang out with friends, drink a cold one, and eat lots of cake. Then try your very best not to say goodbye, to one of the most incredible people you know.

Miss Peroni you are insanely amazing, when people talk about following their hearts….

When they say believe in yourself…

To not care about what others think

To be themselves…

I believe you are that every single day. You have been my mother, my confident, my sister, and my rebel in the most raucous way possible. You have undeniably challenged me at every turn, and I have hated you for it, you have pushed me creatively and emotionally, and if I had a blade I would have fought you tooth and nail about it…You made me look in the mirror a hundred times over but…

I’d only bury my head in your shoulders, and that’s why I can only love you for it.

And I guess, that’s why you my dear, are the reason I am no longer a Three.

Now you’re going on to pastures new, to spread your shining light over all that will surround you, sure it won’t all be jamon y olives- but if you play your cards right, it’ll be close.  

This is a completely selfish post I know, there’s no advice, or witty book charm to reveal,  no devastating writers block, or other shocking writery news. No, This is just about me and my mate, the type of person everyone should have in their lives, because laughing at nothing, is pretty much everything.  






The aftermath of distraction

Is a complete and utter loss of the plot, in my case lol!

So much has happened these past few months,  I’m just trying to keep it together half the time. Job hunting sucks, it really does, I’ve never had so many C.V’s, which is why I’ve had to bite the bullet and take a few steps back *Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, you give loove a bad name!!!!* Sorry that song just popped into my head….Where was I? Jobs, backtrack, Jovi….

So while I’ve been rolling out that optimistic ball of energy everyone knows me for, I’ve been distracting myself with crap TV- The bad stuff, Running the good stuff, Meditation the best stuff, opening up to the odd ‘Stranger’- The sometimes dangerous stuff, Writing the crazy stuff, Reading the immersive stuff….Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff going on in my head at the moment lol!

The odyssey online

But predominantly I’ve got to push  forward, and let go of any kind of ego and/or embarrassment….That sort of, makes me feel like a failure-since the break up- There, I’ve said it. I know I’m not, but it just sometimes feel that way.

I hope I can do that…..

P.s I promise I’ll have a fun, and happy post for you next time. But there are times, when you can’t avoid the unavoidable, I could write something ‘nice’ in an everything’s going swimmingly kind of way, but you’d see right through that, I know you would :-]

Well, I don’t know about you, but I need a bit of Foo to cheer me up!

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Can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been reading!


Last night was awesome!!!

When my sisters and I get together it’s great fun, yes there’s the little short lived squabbles, the occasional eyeball roll, and not to forget the pokes and jab sisterly code. But other than that, we get on incredibly well. 

So the middle sister has been trying to get my nose out of the books for a couple of hours, and show me her love for Swing-

Dancing guys, dancing, arr you are a dirty lot! Anywaaay, last night I did it, after 6 months or so of being nagged asked, I rocked up with my beginners ‘help me!’ gaze and tiny silver bow studded earrings and. it. was. goooood.

I had so much fun, there was a beginners class to start with, then a live band came out afterwards with brilliant singers, for a big sweaty heaving Swing patrol bash! Here’s a little bit for you to enjoy, just ignore me going mental for 5 sec’s of the film, I was so excited lol :-]

Do you remember I mentioned in my ‘Sitting next to Quentin Blake’ post that I thought it was not only important to work at crafting your craft, but also observe and live a little too, well, this was just the start of the latter.

My feet are still wiggling haaa!

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What have you been doing away from the books, that makes you happy?

Friends like these…

As some of you know it’s been a tough slog these last few months, and if I didn’t have friends like these, it would’ve been a whole lot tougher.

I mean, look what was waiting for me from one of my dearest friends, when she invited me over for brunch a few weeks back, mouth watering isn’t it?

Oh, and by the way it was as delicious as it looked!

We bathed in the sunshine and cackled like old women, laughing about nothing  imparticular- just how we like it. It was sooo much fun. [Above are the failed polaroid shots we took ;-[

Then I got a surprise visit from Spain yesterday, and boy did we have lots to catch up on, got so much love for this girl, seriously :-]


Then in the evening, it was out on the town to the stunning Lauren’s birthday party, at a wonderful vegan place in Oxford street. I can’t believe I ran out of the house, and forgot her present!  http://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/dining/ethos/

To my sisters- which include Amirah and Lizzy- Pam, Grace, & Lauren love you to the max, thank you for being there. Always.

Just like Pizza lol

That’s it, bloomin ‘ell I’ve gone on a full saccharine overdrive-Someone please stop me!!! Er… Can I just say a big thank you to all the Facebook crew as well, all your positive comments likes, encouragement, have been truly lovely. I had no idea the writing community would be this supportive. :-]

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Wait-Did you notice I refrained from putting anything book related in this post. Although I was thinking, with all the stories my friends and I have between us, we could easily fill a paper back no worries. Ok, so it would probably have to have a parental guidance sticker on it, but I’d definitely be up for reading that. 



When writing is good…


I’m ecstatic!!!!!! 

After coming back from my writing class I was spinning off the ceiling, why? why? I don’t know why I just love it, I could speak about children’s books for days. I love the discussions we have even the irritable ones, the problem solving, the listening to other peoples work, the group, arrrrh the group is so lovely and yes I am happy peeps, I am well and truly stoked for that very reason.

I’ve finally found a place where I belong, and guess what they haven’t kicked me out yet. Tequila anyone???


Sat down to write an idea that came to me in the middle of crossing the road, I totally could’ve killed myself. But who care’s when I managed to plot and write that sucker down in about two hours! Inevitably it needs a good edit and clean but c’mon, that doesn’t happen often.

The words were furiously coming out of my pores and I just had to get it out of me, and the BEST thing was, even though I knew what I wanted to write, there were all these pockets of surprises popping up from nowhere, like little furry mole heads taking a peak into the outside world.


Don’t worry Dumbledore I’ll definitely be sharing a post about the dark side too, but for now can’t I go at this thing as if I’ve eaten a unicorn of marshmallows, and don’t know any better….Pleeease.

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever come up with a book idea?


Writers: All Coffee and Turkish delight, I don’t think so…


I’ve been at the desk all this week throwing myself into researching, jobbing, writing, soon to be submitting…..And it’s hard work. Feel a bit worse for wear today though, watching Eat Pray Love yesterday probably didn’t help matters; but yes, if you’re wondering I am enjoying it, in a weird ‘Shut off from the world’ kinda way….I really am. 

Last Thurs

The girls-my sisters- bought me this pad for Christmas, I got it out for the first time last week…Haaa Think I may have to draw in it at some point.

Right now…

Don’t you just hate plotting when it’s going wrong, and love plotting when it’s going right?  Oh the POST ITS!!!!

I wrote Three picture books last month, in total there’s now four in the series. An idea for a chapter book series has been worming around in my head, so want to get started on that tomorrow, and I’m doing the last proofread on my current book before it flies its wings. 

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What do you reckon have I earned a coffee and a chalky piece of delight yet?

HELP! He didn’t tell me what was INSIDE the sandwich


As a sign of appreciation for me waiting in a long line of Horrid Henry fans *If you don’t stop tugging me I’ll- How many times I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER* Sorry, erm…For a signed copy of his favourite book. My nephew decided to say thank you in various ways, y’know, to show me how much he loooves me. It all started with…. 

Spongebob square pants

….Completely ignoring me when I went to pick him up from school last week, next, he practically bubble snot laughed at me when I ate the pancake which was left on the side in the kitchen, only to later find out it had fallen on the floor. Nice…

The slightly warped website

‘Auntie you’re gonna get soooo sick!’ he’s now holding his sides in hysterics.

And last but not least he shares his latest Masterchef concoction, jam a la scrambled egg sandwich which I know, you’ll all want to run home and try. Yep, Any second now…

No, he’s definitely not at all Horrid like Henry himself, but I’ll bet money on them going to the same cheffing school!


It’s time to not Homer Simpson read, but ACTUAL read Lol

The Simpsons Giphy

And Two YA books later I’ve zipped through ‘Brock’ by Antony Mcgowan and ‘All my secrets’ by Sophie Mckenzie. Check them out below!



Both very different books, but definitely a good decent grip of a read for their age groups. If you’ve read either of them I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Anyone else hungry?


‘Hello, yes can I get a a chicken shish please…What do you mean you’re all out, but you can make a mean egg and marmite sandwich instead.

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Which books will you get stuck into this weekend?


Part two: World book day 2017!


‘It was the most embarrassing day of my life…’ grumbled Hagrid Sorry my nephew when I went to him pick up from school today, yep you heard right, and in addition to that he apparently kept his coat on for most of it after having *ahem* a slight wardobe malfunction- which was a too big at waist trouser, trouser not staying up, trouser slipping down trouser leg type of thing.



Hmm This type of behaviour doesn’t bode well for taking part next year, unbeknown to his fanatical border line crazy competitive mother- my sister, who I can easily say that about as I’m pretty much the same bracket. Yes ‘Best dressed costume’ is up for grabs and we have had high hopes! Lol   







These pictures posted are some that we took before he had a chance to pull off his costume, and play a game in the hallway he liked to call ‘Burn, fire burn’. 

He’s growing up what can I say, I mean I’m totally fine with it… Totally

Actually can you leave me now…..I need to go bawl in a corner.

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In keeping with the wizardy witchy theme, here’s the book that I read at his school today beware one and all ‘Winne The Witch’ by the brilliant Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul is on the loose!

Hope you had a fab world book day peeps!


Did you dress up if so who did you go as, I’d love to know, pop a comment in the show off box below ;-]

Part 1: Whoopee World book day has arrived!


This morning was a mad rush to get things sorted for the lots of fun World book day, shirt, hair, lantern, animal fur-Hagrids not mine, and a box of raisins which I was going to use to blacken my front teeth with, because as you know the famous ‘Amazing Grace’ has lost a few of hers. 

So yes boys and girls I couldn’t review that book this week and not want to jump at the chance to be in it, even if it was just for the day. How do you think I did? Not bad for a *CLASHING SYMBOLS* year old ladee lol.





But the real star of the show was my nephew who went from small boy to the GINORMOUS Hagrid on a…… 



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I’m off to read at his school today, it’s a theme of magic and wizards, I hope I don’t embarrass him….Paaa ha ha! I can’t even keep a straight face when I say that.

Rock Bands & Pancakes


So here I am lulling away the day being made to feel extra special with a plateful of pancakes, and god they were good pancakes! This has made me think of how I’m gonna rock out my own batter this upcoming pancake day, perhaps with blueberries, or cream or jam…. 



Selfie madness ensues -this pic was one of at least 20!- it was for the awesome hypothetical rock band we were trying to create, still trying to figure out whether to play bass or drums even though I’m proficient in neither. What do you think we should be called?



No time for throwing the flat screen out the window, going to the cave to finish reading this once upon a time banned bad boy….See you soon phonies! lol 

Etsy: Oak bookmark


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Out of interest what’s the most rock n roll thing you’ve done? I once jumped the gates of the Phoenix festival and met Paul Weller…




Chilling out with David Hockney



img_20170220_213041I love it when a mates got spare tickets to go and see one of the best British artists in town *pats fro* It just makes a girl feel so spesh, y’know whot I mean???

Thanks babe! 

Ok so my accent maybe a horrible Towie fake lol, but this exhibition sure as hell wasn’t, seriously it was nothing short of amazing, from the moment we walked in we were captivated.


If you want to be inspired, please go and see this, yes the tickets are a little bit pricey and I understand not everyone has a mate with a freebie, but if you can you have to GO.


 They display some of his best work over a period of 60 years with seamless ease; you’ll see his development throughout time come to life, from abstraction, portraits, photography to those famous LA swimming pools, and his embrace of new technology. Urgh, I wanna go back just thinking about it.

Hockney is showing at the Tate Britain until 29 May 2017

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Who in the art world is inspiring you at the moment? Would love to hear from you!



Who are these friends anyway?


There is no more elaboration than that when you buy a ticket to see Chris Riddell and friends, and in actually fact it clashed with another event I wanted to see. But I thought just get it, I’ve heard SO many good things about the current childrens laureate, it’s bound to be fun! But jeez was that an understatement.img_20170215_162603

Riddell starts by introducing each member of his panel with a quirky anecdote and the audience gasp with hand on mouth as they emerge. I’m so stoked right now I cant contain myself. So I promised to tell you who I had the pleasure of seeing yesterday DRUM ROLL please!!! ONLY Liz Pichon, Posey Simmons, Cressida Cowell and AND….


Mr Neil Gaiman, Oh dear lord!!! Can you believe it, I couldn’t and I was there lol. So here’s a snipet I managed to film of him reading an excerp from his book ‘Unfortunately for the milk’ -which I’ll review soon!- While Chris Riddell the illustrator draws in the background. Apologies, I couldn’t manage to pick up any of what he’d drawn which was a beautiful, angelic ‘pony’ and if you’re familiar with the story it will make complete sense. But I figured something was better than nothing. 

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Today I am here, and tomorrow I’ll tell you who I met!


Surrounded by a heap of small children and their tired families at the South Bank, I’m forced to weave through the crowd. I head over to buy a ticket from a slightly irritated cashier but once she realises I’m able to make a quick decision, its amazing how the irritable crease falls from her forehead and slips down to her mouth, I’m a relieved to see her smile, I’m NOT so relieved to find out that the money on my card is dropping exceedingly lower, and I will have to face the real world soon.  


NO more books, and No more events I say to myself as I walk around Jasmin Anoschkins bold and beautiful sculptures.


I really should listen to that part of my brain I think, while whacking the side of my head with an imaginary wooden spoon.

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Please come back tomorrow so I can tell you the fabulous surprise I got today!


Great weekend!


It’s huge isn’t it?? A proper English breakfast. Went dancing for the first time in ages the night before so I reckon I deserve it *Ouch toes still hurt* lol




Got invited to watch the Goya film awards on telly with some lovely Spanish friends of mine. I have no idea what I’m laughing about in this photo, but it seems I may just explode any second, oh dear…



Hooking up with friends makes me miss old friends too!



Oh and there was even cake, no not this one, a friend baked a lemon drizzle for us to share. This is the cake my amazing sister made for a friends birthday party isn’t it cool my teeth are hurting just looking at it!

What are you getting up to this weekend?