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Monday, October 30, 2006
DRAFTY WORK
This week, I’m trying to get back into some "quiet" writing work. Though it doesn't seem quiet, as a bit of reference reading produced just the “missing idea” I needed to resolve a "stuck” character in the current work-in-progress. So the idea is shouting loudly in my mind, hooray! Now where was I?

(I usually scan through the existing pages of the draft to focus my mind, but as the draft is over a hundred pages now, this isn't quite so easy - especially as any page reveals something that needs improving, something I need to reword - but going for the "Find" option doesn't give that overview. BUT AT LEAST I HAVE MY "CLUE" SO GLOOMY I AM NOT!!!
 
BACK FROM THE SPOOKS!
Hi there!
I've been having a wierd and wonderful time of it this weekend, telling SPOOKY STORIES at BETTY'S TEAROOM in YORK on Saturday night, followed bu a Sunday of strange tales (for much littler people!) at RHS HARLOW CARR GARDENS in Harrogate.

What with sudden cracking of my glasses when I was research such stories one midnight, and the arranged driver who was mysteriously held up in the mists of the moors, and the fact that my exact coins would not register in the York car park slot even though it accepted other people's coins on Saturday evening, I began to feel that someone - or something? - was trying to give me a message. All together now: "WHERE'S MY HAIRY TOE?"
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
FOGGY THOUGHTS!
A rather scary drive through the fog this morning to KIRKBY HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, but a very friendly day once I'd got there. Many thanks to everybody, big & not-so-big and even rather tiny! Then - even though the afternoon was clear and bright - ended up going home via Green Hammerton. The roads through and round Boroughbridge are really rather complicated and strange.

Had a good weekend, meeting up with various writing friends. So much chat that I was worried I'd have no words left for today. And now I have a peaceful few days at home - perhaps!
 
Monday, October 09, 2006
BOOK WEEK CONTINUES!
Nice day last week on National Bookstart Day, and thanks to all who who came along or helped with the sessions. Off to HOLMESWOOD METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL in Lancashire tomorrow. Hi everyone!

Then, this Thursday, to COWLERSLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL, Huddersfield. I WAS wondering why they chose me as their visiting author, but I've now found out it's the school's SCARECROW WEEK. Must remember to wear my second-best dress and stuff my hat with straw! Ooo-arrr!
 
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
IT'S BOOK WEEK 2006!
Hi there. Hope you are all having a HAPPY BOOK WEEK 2006, with lots of great reading times. Many thanks from here to everyone at ST PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL,Tankersley,nr Barnsley for inviting me down for such a pleasant time on Monday.

Then it's double thanks to all at LOW ASH PRIMARY SCHOOL, Shipley, for making my two days of visits - yesterday and today - so enjoyable.

Guess what? Will be at home tomorrow, resting my voice.(Whisper, whisper!) Especially as, on Friday I'm back in action, visiting BOOKSTART groups at BRADFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY, KEIGHLEY LIBRARY,BAILDON LIBRARY and MANNINGHAM LIBRARY. Greetings to all!
 
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