Sunday, 9 June 2013
Yesterday I was thanking my lucky stars when my order from Vistaprint arrived - just in the nick of time for the visit, but now I'm wondering how I'm going to get everything into my bag! As well as a few copies of the Burly and Grum books I have my companion Grum to take with me, some colouring-in sheets, stickers, etc. My table is positively groaning with goodies!
I'll be working with the older pupils on a writing exercise and in addition to everything else I'm also taking along information about two young authors Jennifer Wilson and Olivia Miller because I want to show them that writing is not only fun but that you can be published no matter how old you are.
It's Eco Week at Our Lady & St George's Primary School and I'm looking forward to talking the pupils not only about Burly and Grum but also about the importance of looking after the environment and the animals in it. I spoke to my friends at the Born Free Foundation and they have already sent the school details of the 'Global Friends' project which aims to link schools in the developed world with a Born Free supported school in Africa or Asia. Fingers crossed that the teachers and children at Our Lady & St George are interested because Global Friends is a great initiative and well worth being part of.
And so now I suppose I'd better stop procrastinating and get on and pack my bag (this is going to be an interesting exercise!). Wish me luck and I'll let you know how it all goes :)
Monday, 27 May 2013
The first nice surprise was that Emmy, a young Burly & Grum fan, sent me a copy of a picture she'd coloured in which is absolutely gorgeous (see below) - I love the colours she's used. I often give away postcards of Burly & Grum pictures and children love colouring them in. That's one of the beauties of Rob's drawings - children can go wild colouring them in and I'm always suprised at how innovative and imaginative the results are. I'm thinking of doing two things - creating a colouring-in book and also having a gallery on the website of the children's pictures. Watch this space!
Two more nice surprises were added to the list when I was asked to visit two schools - Our Lady and St George's Catholic Primary School Walthamstowe on Monday, 10 June and St Joseph's Primary School Thame on Monday 3 July. The first school is holding an Eco week starting 10 June so it will be a great opportunity for me to talk about animals and our responsibility in looking after them and their environment (in a fun way of course!). Details have still got to be tweaked but I have to say I'm really looking forward to both visits because I love working with children, they're so enthusiastic about writing and learning!
Another great suprise was that downloads of all books really picked up on Smashwords (a site I use to post my books). The Birthday Surprise and The Halloween Adventure are FREE to download from Smashwords and you are more than welcome to download them onto your reading device, just click on the links above - Smashwords makes it very easy. So thank you to everyone who has downloaded them and I hope you enjoy the stories :)
This week has been fairly relaxed week so far, but then it has started off with the luxury of a Bank holiday and I'm feeling very chilled (horizontal as my son would say) but even so I'm confident I'll be able to take lots more surprises so please, bring them on!
Sunday, 19 May 2013
co-authored 'Sons of The King' with him and now has many more plans....
Did you help to design the cover of ‘Sons of the King’?
Partly. We work together.
Some of them, and at that, not very much. My little brother wrote a story about the video game Minecraft. My older brother started a story, but he is always busy on the computer talking to his friends. My friends think it is pretty cool that I’m an author.
Do you help out with Authors in thePark and get to meet other writers? It must be lots of fun!
I helped set up tables once and I do meet some of the authors. I get to be in the October show and that will be fun!
Well I'm looking forward to reading the book when you've finished it - a story inspired by tinfoil statues has to be exciting!
Thank you for letting me answer some questions. It made me feel special.
Thank you so much for coming on the Burly & Grum blog Olivia, it has been an absolute pleasure and I know you're going to be a great inspiration to other young writers all over the world! Keep on writing and keep on drawing :)
You can find out more about Olivia by going to her Goodreads page
Additional links to find out more about Mark Miller and his work:
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
My social networking and writing may have disappeared over the horizon but I've been busy in other ways, I've been editing 'Unlucky Dip' (print version), talking to some lovely teachers who would like me to come along to their schools and work with their students, and I signed up to NetGalley for a month to see if I can build up some reviews for 'Beyond the Forest' - so if you want a free children's book in exchange for a review, just pop along there!
It's nearing the end of the day and here I am, a big smug smile on my face feeling as though I'm back on track! Thank goodness for that :)
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Empyrical Tales is a wonderful series of 3 books, can you tell us more about them and why you love writing fantasy so much.
Mark - thank you so much for being a guest on the Burly & Grum blog. We all think you're a great inspiration for writers, you're always trying to come up with new ideas and are very encouraging and generous to up and coming authors. We wish you all the best and I'm sure your future in writing will be wonderful!