Michaeline: Did you know about Book Week?

Scheherezade in the House!! (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Want a chance to dress up like Harry Potter? Or Matilda? Or Cordelia Vorkosigan after her infamous shopping trip?

Australia is the place to be!

Today is the last day of Children’s Book Week, and I stumbled upon the whole concept only yesterday on The Guardian website. There, they had several cute pictures of kids dressed up for the Book Week parade. A little research showed me that it was held in Australia, and seems to be a tradition of some years. And adults get into the act, as well! I found a 2017 picture of librarians dressed as handmaids, Harry Potter characters, Hobbit characters, and even a where’s Wally. Are the X-files serialized? Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were there, too! (The Canberra Times)

What a wonderful tradition! Imagine that you are in Australia. It’s nearing the end of winter, and you get the chance to dress up as a favorite character. Who would you choose? You can add any restrictions you feel necessary. Links to that book on Goodreads are welcome!

Me? I think I’m feeling rather Nanny Ogg-ish this year! So many great characters to choose from, though – I’m going to pay more

There is some speculation that these girls might be getting their Shakespeare on. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

attention next year!

For more information about Children’s Book Week, check out the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s website. http://cbca.org.au/cbca-childrens-book-week

Jilly: Which Story Would You Tell?

“Where do you get your ideas?” is supposedly the question most asked of successful authors.

I collect and hoard story starters from here, there and everywhere (Alexis grew from the juxtaposition of two fascinating anecdotes shared by my hairdresser), but my all-time favorite source is the BBC website.

Most weeks I stumble across something weird or wonderful that makes my brain fizz. I bookmark them in a folder called ‘story stuff’ and forget about them until I’m looking for ideas or inspiration or just something a little different to get the wheels turning.

I had one of those days today, so I took a stroll through my story stuff file. There are more than a hundred nuggets in there, but here are a trio of good ones.

A sci-fi classic: Continue reading

Jilly: What If? London Fantasy Edition

What If? London Fantasy EditionJust for fun, is anyone up for a game of creative ‘What If?’

I trip over story ideas all the time. It might be something I read, or a shop window display, or a person I see in the street. If something catches my interest I squirrel it away, even if I don’t know why. I have a phone full of notes, a scrapbook crammed with articles ripped out of magazines or newspapers, and a bookmark on my laptop called ‘story.’

The end is in sight on my time-sucking, non-writing-related project, but I won’t be ready to dive back in to Cam and Mary’s story for another week or two. I could use the odd snippets of time I do have to think about them and plan ahead, but I’ve found that doesn’t work well for me. I get frustrated if I know what I want to write and I can’t get the words down. Focusing on my WIP will only make me cranky with my non-writing friends and crankier still about my lack of progress.

I need to keep my imagination ticking over though, in ways that bring me pleasure and remind me why I love writing. Little boosts of story that will deliver me to Cam and Mary primed and ready to roll. Reading has been good, but Elizabeth’s Friday Improv challenges have been better, so today I decided to take a leaf out of her book, pull something from my ‘story’ archive and Continue reading