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51. ‘History of Pets’ by Izemo

A requiem for all childhood pets who have found their end in the most curious of circumstances. One by one they get revisited as the main character takes a trip down memory lane.

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52. Inktober 2015 - Day 5

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53. Universal Launches New Kids Division

Buoyed by the success of Minions, Universal is launched a new kids division.

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54. Editorial Submission :: Esther Loopstra

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Esther Loopstra is an illustrator specializing in food, travel, hand-lettering, and surface design. Her illustrations are an extension of her perpetual curiosity and are filled with whimsy, dreaminess, and fluidity. She likes to explore textures, patterns, and symbols in her work. Her work has been used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, and textiles. She also teaches Illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. See more of Esther’s work on her website.



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55. Nickelodeon’s ’90s Nostalgia Block ‘The Splat’ Launches Tonight

The last time these shows aired, memes, emojis, and GIFs were barely dreams in the dotcom industry's internetworked brain.

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56. Hello Tiger!

I've been very busy with various books, games and new projects.
I will adding to the blog throughout the next few days with updates from earlier in the year and ending with some recent artwork.
Hello Tiger!  The second title in my touch and feel/sound book series,
Lot's of things to touch and feel  and of course plenty of funny jungle sounds!

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57. Inktober ~ Green Fingers


greenfingers72bThere once was an old woman who possessed a remarkable “green thumb.” Flowers bloomed, trees bore fruit, the  grass was always green on her small half an acre lot…. and yet the land that surrounded her oasis was barren, dry and void of life. The only interruption in the landscape was the lifeless and cumbersome machinery poised to devour the small Eden she had tenderly cared for.

The man who spearheaded the conspiracy, had many times been dismissed. In his gluttony, he conceived a plan to torture the woman by detaching a part her anatomy each time she denied him access to her property. The intent was not to kill, but to terrify.

The first surprise encounter resulted in the loss of a thumb.

When the ambulance arrived to hasten the woman to the hospital for medical treatment, they found her drenched in blood still tending her garden amidst her great pain. Sadly, the woman died en route to the hospital.

While the villain in this evil ambush remained anxious about the woman’s death, the  glee in his victory absorbed any thoughts of humanity he  had left.

As he surveyed his newly acquired property, he became aware of a  sound.  A familiar mumbling, a quiet sing song voice of adoration. As he moved into the garden he found her… busily  tending to herself in the garden. “You see” she said  “Everything I touch grows…. even me ……..”

Adapted from a story first shown on the television series The Night Gallery, to read the original story, Green Fingers, which is so much better, by RC Cook go Here
Beware it’s a spooky one!

To view the Night Gallery Episode go HERE

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58. Final Work on my Sketching People Book

Last week I officially finished work on my urban sketching book. Last Monday, my editor sent me a print-out (just done on their office printer) of how it looks so far. This was for us to go through together, over the phone, ironing out any remaining issues.

This is the first time I have seen the design of certain elements, like the title page and contents above. I just chose images, then the fairies turned them into something lovely! I am very pleased with how the chapter headers are all looking too. These were the images I chose when I was at the meeting down in London, but the graphics has now been fine-tuned and they are looking really punchy:

There are still the colour proofs to check, which are due in 2 or 3 weeks, and my final job will be to check over the re-anglicised version of the text, in just over a month. My English text has already been Americanised for the Barron's edition. All the main proofing and checking is done on this version, then it is turned back again to UK English. At which stage, I will quickly run my eye over things, to make sure the punctuation fits with the meaning I want to get across (control freak...).

As far as the real work is concerned though, I finished it off on Saturday. Hurrah! 

Earlier in the week, I went though my print-out, troubleshooting remaining anomalies and marking it up in red. I was looking at the image placement and graphics, re-reading through my text and looking at 'holes'. The holes were problems with guest images - people whose work I had selected, but who could not be contacted, or couldn't find the sketchbook the work was in. 

I was on the phone to my editor for nearly 2 hours last Wednesday afternoon, going through the whole book, pointing up things I felt still needed tweaking and talking through any last-minute text which needed writing to fit the new, replacement guest images we were choosing to fill the holes. Then on Saturday, I spent the day doing all the bits and pieces of final work.

The design team did a great job on the kit-list page, don't you think? Remember when I was talking about it all being photographed? My print-out is only A3, but the actual book is larger, so I can't wait to see the full-size proofs, where it will be all glossy and gorgeous too!

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59. Draw Tip Tuesday - celebrating the colours of fall

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Let's celebrate the beautiful colours of fall today, and add some fun patterns too!

If you think you've seen this video before - You may be right. That means you've been watching my videos on YouTube or have even been following my Draw Tip Videos for over a year now.
I made this is a so-called 'Throwback Tuesday video'. A big THANK YOU, for following me!

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60. Sea Meadows I, encaustic on birch © 2015 by Lisa Firke....

Sea Meadows I, encaustic on birch © 2015 by Lisa Firke. Available. Link in profile.

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61. Coloring Page Tuesday - Poe's Crows

     It's October! My favorite month of the year! Why? Because Halloween is at the end of it, of course! And I love the changing leaves too - which they are doing splendidly here in Edinburgh!
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my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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62. pictures mean business: in the spotlight

This week I haven't had much chance to keep an eye on the latest #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign developments, but thankfully people have still been talking about it!

I've been traveling around the country on the #PugsRoadshow tour with a relay team of Oxford University Press publicists and my Pugs of the Frozen North co-author, Philip Reeve. I thought there would be time to blog on tour, but it's been FULL-ON stage shows to thousands of kids and I've only managed to crash into bed at night, getting up early for the next morning school event.

On Tuesday, I'd been invited to a London reception for The Hospital Club 100 Awards, but I couldn't manage to get away from the tour to go, and since there were lots of big names on the shortlist, I was pretty sure I wouldn't win. So I was very surprised to get a tweet from @TheHospitalClub saying I had indeed won the award, which honoured the work done to promote the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, followed by Sarah Shaffi's article in The Bookseller.

To be honest, I didn't quite get it; there are a lot of managing directors and people who are a lot more powerful in publishing than me; I'm pretty small-fry. So I looked into the award a bit more, and watched a video of the judges talking about what kind of people they were looking for in granting the awards:

* Somebody who doesn’t start a sentence with ‘The problem about publishing is…’ but they look at the challenges and the opportunities. - Simon Trewin

* Somebody who is making a mark and accelerating change. - Damian Horner

* What we are looking for in a winner is somebody who is challenging publishing and the wider book business. - Philip Jones

And I guess that's it, I have been trying to bring about change in a positive way: I know people in publishing care about illustrators and want to better for them, they just haven't realised how. At first I felt kind of embarrassed even to retweet the news, because I don't claim to be a major force in publishing, and I know lots of people have been trying for a long time to get illustrators better credited for their work. But here's why I think this year's been good timing for a campaign:

* Publishers are plugged into Twitter and illustrators can make it work for us. There's been a lot of attention concentrated around the Twitter hashtag #PicturesMeanBusiness because it's pulled the conversation together; people have been able to use it as a reference point without having to explain the whole argument each time:

* The digital age means pictures are more important than ever. Another reason I think the campaign has gained ground is because so much of what people read now is on the Internet, and the Internet is SO driven by images, and the sharing of images. Tweets that have images attached to them often travel much further than words-only tweets. Sites such as BuzzFeed know they need to break up their articles with images to make them go viral. Last year everyone thought the book was going to be dead soon because of ebooks, but instead we've seen growth in illustrated children's books and in luxury editions that people buy as beautifully designed objects; readers love the visual and tactile aspects of their books and they often want more than generic-looking words on a screen. Publishers are realising more and more that children want illustrated chapter books to fill the huge gap between picture books and text-only books. They're used to reading stories with pictures on many platforms (just like their parents, who share Facebook pictures) and ripping them suddenly away from illustrated stories can turn them off to reading entirely.

* Craft and making things is a huge force right now in publishing. People don't just want recipe books, they want to know about people who make the food. People like the idea of things being created by identifiable people; thus the rise in celebrity chefs and shows like Great British Bake Off. Readers and viewers like to connect with people who make things, and people find illustration a heartwarming concept. Colouring books are huge right now, lots of people want to play a part in creating images.

So the campaign is timely; it's impossible these days to argue that illustrations and cover designs aren't part of what make books sell. And freelance illustrators (and photographers) know they need to build their names as brands to establish their careers; these pictures don't create themselves.

Some advances we've seen this year:

* More publishers seem to be including illustrators' names on the front covers of highly illustrated books.

I don't have any concrete statistics about how many of these decisions were made because publishers were aware of the campaign, but from what I hear, it seems to be helping. I've had several e-mails from illustrators who hadn't previously been credited on covers, saying that because of the campaign, their publishers had reconsidered and are now going to give them a front cover credit.

* I've seen some growing expectation that celebrity writers will credit their illustrators when talking about their books to the media.

* Some illustrators seem to be realising that they need to speak up for themselves, and the hashtag gives weight to what they're saying. Hopefully agents are also more aware and are helping illustrators negotiate better contracts that don't leave cover credits and other crediting to the whim of marketing people near publishing time.

But we still face stiff challenges. I've had a lot of e-mails, direct messages and conversations with illustrators who are too scared to tweet using #PicturesMeanBusiness when an issue arises affecting their own books and branding, but who feel very strongly about the issue. They're afraid that they won't get more work if they try to negotiate a better deal for themselves or point out a failure in crediting, and they worry they'll be branded 'trouble'. By having a campaign, we're able to defend each other to a certain extent, so each person doesn't have to fight alone.

But the problem with a campaign is that it inevitably involves pointing out where people are doing something wrong, so the wrong can be made right. Even though almost everyone agrees with the campaign, I've annoyed several people rather badly by pointing out places where they should have credited illustrators. I do worry it will affect my own career, but I've had a sort of safety blanket because I work with Philip Reeve, who's an incredibly supportive co-author:

And my publishers - Oxford University Press Children's, Scholastic UK and David Fickling Books - all care about their illustrators and agree with the campaign. So I really owe it to them, that I haven't, like so many other illustrators, felt afraid I'd be risking my whole career to say anything.

Touring as an illustrator (and co-author) with Philip this week on the Pugs Roadshow has really shown me the power of images with kids; so many of them connect with our event when they get a chance to draw, and see us drawing. To pretend that Philip created the whole book and to ignore its many pictures would just be silly and miss a real chance to inspire them. The audiences are able to see that the pictures in the books they hold in their hands are created by a real person and connect with the story through the illustrations as well as through the words.

In his interview about The Hospital Club 100 Award, judge Simon Trewin made this point:

A lot is talked about what is going wrong with publishing at the moment. I think what is exciting about publishing is an opportunity for readers to develop a direct connection with people writing books. Whether it’s through blogs or vlogs, we have a direct connection now, and direct connections, in my experience, stimulate sales.

I agree, and with my #PicturesMeanBusiness badge on, I'd say that letting readers have direct connections with illustrators is a crucial part of interesting them in the book and making them want to read more. Creating enthusiastic readers is in everyone's interest, not just those of illustrators.

Thanks very much to The Hospital Club for the award, and the chance to spread the news further about #PicturesMeanBusiness!

Find out more at www.picturesmeanbusiness.com. (And here's the whole judges' video if you want to watch.)

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63. SHOP - birdhouse studio

Sarah Green is a designer/maker whom we last featured on P&P in 2012. A couple of weeks ago I heard that Sarah had now opened a gallery,shop and studio in Winchester. Called the Birdhouse Studio it sells original designed homewares, jewellery, gifts and greetings cards. It's also a stockist of labels such as Isak and Rice DK. Sarah also holds craft workshops and parties and if visiting

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64. Getting Ready to Fly Across the Globe

I've done it a bunch of times now: fly across the globe. It takes  29 hours to go from the airport here in Mauritius until arrival in Los Angeles. It's a long haul. I'm getting a bit better at it. I watch lots of movies and try to sleep as much as possible. One thing that I have learned is that that is too dang long of a flight to get into a car afterwards and drive another 3 or so hours home and feel safe about my driving. So now, I get a hotel room in L.A. before the final leg (which does not include the 29 hours). 

I used to feel that it was a crazy travel time, but I've read since about the times when making that journey took months by ship. Very unpleasant and precarious months. So, ship of the air- not bad- and it's Emirates- which is just about as nice as an airline gets. 

Los Angeles International has become my favorite airport to arrive at in California because of this: 

It's got a sense of humor and place. Plus, the traffic has gotten SO bad coming back from San Francisco or San Jose that I am not bothered by the traffic in L.A. anymore. 

But when I get home- the miles melt away. The smell of the Pacific (which smells different than the Indian Ocean), the pelicans and our home. I wish that Fred was coming with, of that trip I'll have to wait for awhile. In the meantime I have dear friends to see and some kids to tell about Carl Sagan. I LOVE that there is now a sort of "my first Carl Sagan book" out there. 

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65. KIDS DESIGN - boden

Today we are looking at the new childrenswear prints that have recently arrived at Boden. New for the colder season there are Autumnal woodland prints with acorns and berries, lots of fun bird designs, and some beautiful bright horses. Here are some key picks on dresses, tees and coats but you'll find plenty more online here at Boden (where there is also a mid season sale underway).

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66. Rear Window, Original Painting $280US Shipping...

Rear Window, Original Painting


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Intriguing pattern of abstract windowpane “views”.

This is an original encaustic painting, created by melting pigmented beeswax and damar resin and applying it to a birchwood panel. The image is worked in stages, and fused with a butane torch between layers to create a unified whole that is both luminous and very durable.

Presentation: framed as shown
Artwork measures 8 x 8 inches
Frame measures 14 x 14 inches
Titled, dated and signed on the verso
Ready to hang

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© 2015 by Lisa Firke. Artist retains the right of reproduction.

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67. The Story of Diva and Flea + a giveaway


by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi (Disney Publishing, 2015)

These duos, both Diva and Flea and Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi: true friends.

I love a good young chapter book, and this one is a real treat. Friends in Paris, small animals that shouldn’t be so sweet to one another, ribbons and shaggy hair and flâneur-ing.

From the publisher:

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France–but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

I’m so excited to bring you an opportunity to win both a copy of this book and a friendship bracelet kit, because all great pairs need to wrap their love on their wrists. This prize pack is courtesy of Disney Publishing.


Comment below by midnight PST on October 13th, which is The Story of Diva and Flea‘s book birthday, and you’ll be all set to celebrate your very best friend.


Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity).Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering four Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive! and A Big Guy Took My Ball!).


Tony DiTerlizzi, a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies, been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a feature film. He won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating The Spider & The Fly, and in 2014 he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and dog, Mimi.

Bonne chance!


Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney Publishing.

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68. Sea Meadows II, Original Painting $280US Shipping...

Sea Meadows II, Original Painting


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Semi-abstract landscape rendered in encaustic. Framed as shown in a hand-painted plein air style frame.

This is an original encaustic painting, created by melting pigmented beeswax and damar resin and applying it to a birchwood panel. The image is worked in stages, and each layer is fused with a butane torch to create a unified whole that is both luminous and very durable.

Presentation: framed as shown
Artwork measures 8 x 8 inches
Frame measures 14 x 14 inches
Titled, dated and signed on the verso
Ready to hang

*Ships promptly via USPS Priority Mail. Email for International Shipping quote.

© 2015 by Lisa Firke. Artist retains the right of reproduction.

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69. pugs of the frozen north: ten things I learned on book tour

I've done lots of events in the past, but last week was the first time I've ever gone on an Official Book Tour! Here are ten things I learned, while travelling around the country telling people about Pugs of the Frozen North with my co-author, Philip Reeve.

1. Touring turns me into an incurable fantasist: When Philip and I talked with kids enough about our 'Refrigerated Pug Bus', it almost feels like we were really touring in one. Our bus had a huge yellow ribbon painted down the side with 66 pugs tumbling along it, and a giant rotating pug sculpture on top of the bus. Sadly we didn't manage to take any photos of it.

2. People who love pugs REALLY LOVE PUGS: It's not like other animals, the Pug Love is completely obsessive and since pugs are great little animals, the love is well deserved.

Fabulous pug owner at Simply Books, Bramhall (near Manchester), super pug fan at Cheltenham Lit Fest

3. Anyone can draw a pug: Some of the best pugs were drawn by people who said they couldn't draw, and some of the really wonky ones were the best and most characterful. (If you want to learn how to draw - or knit! - a pug, click over to my website.)

4. Most of the real work happened before we even arrived at the school: The most eager, attentive, involved children were (rather unsurprisingly) the ones who had already read the book. But even kids who just knew who we were and had been given a bit of buildup by their teachers before the event got way more out of the visit than the kids who had no idea who Philip and I were. We had wonderful audiences except at one school where even a teacher at the end of the event said, 'So... are you the ones who wrote and illustrated this book?' (The book itself and the poster with our book covers, and everything we'd been saying for the past hour hadn't been a clue.) And the same went with book sales: way more kids were able to get excited and take home a book to read when they had pre-ordered books, assisted by our fab booksellers who came along with us. (Kids almost never remember to bring book money on the day and then feel gutted they can't have a book.) There's something very exciting about meeting authors and then immediately being able to go away and read their book, a dedicated and signed copy that they might treasure for a lifetime.

5. I can't get any other work done on tour: I brought along all these other projects - character development for a new book, a magazine article that needs writing, I was going to blog each evening - but with early morning starts, and rolling back from dinner at 11pm or later, all I could do was wash my tights and flop onto the bed, hopefully not forgetting to set my alarm clock.

(The bits where we get to hang out with pugs is more energising than tiring, actually.)

6. Being tired makes me really stupid, and I love my publicists: I had a Frankfurt Book Fair deadline right before the tour and was staying up until 3am to finish artwork. So by the time I went on tour, I was already tired and the first thing I did was have a massive panic that I'd forgotten to pack my yellow costume skirt. After getting my kind next-door neighbour to agree to go upstairs and send it to me courier, I realised I'd rolled it into a tiny ball and stored it in my handbag, and just forgotten to check there. I felt like such an idiot diva. Having a publicist there meant I could focus all my energy and brainpower on the events and the kids, and Philip and I were able to do more events than I would have been able to do in a day I'd organised all by myself. I've been so busy with book deadlines that I haven't been able to take on hardly any school events this year, but with the publicists stacking them all up together for one tour, I was able to hit loads of schools at one go. By the end of each day I was practically jibbering and the pubicists were very patient.

A constant stream of pugs requires the occasional chihuahua break. Publicist Alesha Bonser was very accommodating.

7. I should have made sure my costume had room for expansion: I could have ordered salads every night at the restaurants. But at the end of an exhausting day of school events and travel, I always thought, I deserve this burger/pizza/etc.) Also any cake offered mid-day, like anyone's really going to turn down cake or a biscuit after running around in front of 300 kids. Book tours don't come with a personal trainer and I was bursting out of my dress. Philip and I had a No Pudding Pact, which turned into a No Chip Pact and neither resolution lasted very long.

Home-baked pug biscuits at Simply Books bookshop; publicist Liz Scott with knitted pug 'the pug made me order it'; Bath dinner with Andy Mulligan, Simon Mason, JAKe, Robin Stephens, festival organiser John McLay, Harriet Venn, publicist Alesha Bonser, Philip; and girfan (@MrsHirez) makes the world's best brownies, as seen on the train from Bath to Cheltenham

8. Book tours are awesome: I never could have organised that many visits on my own or met that many people, and Philip and I got better and better at our stage show as we practiced it several times a day. We live far apart, so often the first time we do a show at a big festival, we haven't rehearsed it even once. But after awhile, we start figuring out which activities are a bit cringe-y and which lines get a good laugh. And we get little ukulele blisters on our fingers, which makes us feel like proper musicians, even if we're not.

9. A book tour ends with a huge list of people to thank: Big thanks to Oxford University Press for sending us out! To Liz Scott for all the overall organising and meeting us for the Manchester leg of the tour, Sarah Howells and Karin Andre for the midlands, Hattie Bayly for Essex and Cheltenham, and Alesha Bonser for Essex and Bath, Phil Perry working in the background, and my husband Stuart, for putting up with my packing frenzy and having a lovely hot dinner when I returned.

Huge thanks to Sue & Andrew and their team at Simply Books (including their Knit & Natter team who knitted all the pugs!), Sheryl at Chorleywood Bookshop, Ros with Federation of Children's Book Groups, and Caroline at Just Imagine, and Peters Books Showroom, Earls High School, Stockport Grammar School, Greenbank Prep School, Olive Hill Primary School, Newfield Park Primary School, Butler's Court School, Pinkwell Primary School, Buckhurst Hill Primary School, Alderton Junior School, John McLay and Gill McLay at Bath Kids Lit Fest and Jane Churchill at Cheltenham Lit Fest for hosting us! You can see a few more photos on Twitter at #PugsRoadshow and Philip has blogged about the tour here.

10. Despite all this collaboration and working together malarky, you can only fit one author in a chair at a time. (Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Philip Reeve.)

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70. Despite everything


I've made very few of my own personal creations this year; partly because I am still struggling to recover my creativity after the awful, life changing events of 2013. *Warning* This is an old post that some people who don't know what happened may find upsetting, but I've put it in, as this is to some extent my personal blog and anyhow, it's been 'out there' since it happened.

Grief doesn't just stop once the initial agony subsides; it continues to send out ripples and in my case, this has meant a rather grey no-man's land as far as inspiration goes. Bit of a problem when your only income is creatively based.

So I have been busy flogging whatever I can on eBay, to pay the bills. Once upon a time, this wasn't such an issue, but my circumstances now mean that anything which doesn't bring in an income has to be forfeited in favour of things which do. But I have cobbled together a few things. Just to keep my hand in.

These odd looking beasties - 'Hawses' - were a bit of a self indulgent experiment and a move away from my mainstream cute style. If nothing else, it was good to try something different.

The rest has been more familiar work. I've fiddled about unsuccessfully with different ideas, including the 'Teddy Bear of Doom'. One of the most difficult things I have ever attempted, shown here at halfway stage. Limbless, unloved and a bit wistful. Little blighter.

On another note, my kits have found their way to Berlin, via the gorgeous AMODO shop - I feel as if I have gone international, albeit in a very small way!
But sadly, a squirrel and a simple circus bear have been pretty much the only finished work so far this year.  

I continue to weather things out and as always, try to look on the bright side. Despite everything that has happened, and some recent health issues, I have so many blessings in my life and count them every day.

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71. I'm Now Only Updating My Youtube Channel

Hi Guys, I've had to downsize because well - I'm just too busy with freelance work, www.svslearn.com responsibilities, my own personal projects, and my youtube channel to continue to update this blog regularly. If you want to know what I'm up to I'll be sharing everything on my youtube channel. Click here to check it out.

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72. Charles Harold Davis: Mystic Impressionist

Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933) Evening, 1886  
The Bruce Museum in Connecticut is holding a retrospective exhibition of American painter Charles Harold Davis, who captured a range of moods of his native New England landscapes.

He studied with Jules Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian and painted in the forest of Fontainebleau, later settling in Mystic, Connecticut.

Charles Harold Davis, Change of Wind, c. 1927 Oil on canvas, 50 ⅛ x 60 ⅛ in
Davis is best known for his exuberant cloudscapes, painted after his style shifted from Barbizon-inspired tonalism to a more painterly impressionist style.

Exhibition of Charles Harold Davis at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut through January 3, 2016
Wikipedia on CHB
Thanks, Doug Andersen

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73. Book of Seasons Series for Preschoolers offers the best memories of childhood fun

I you are looking for a series of picture books that share the delightful fun and magic of each season with your preschooler...Author, Debbie Estrem has a little collection for you.

Winter Wonderland

Written by Debbie Estrem
For ages 2 -5
Coming soon from Halo Publishing.

A Time for Fall Fun - Coming Soon from Halo Publishing

It's Summertime! 

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