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Thursday, November 30, 2006
THE THURSDAY PEOPLE!
Hello to HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL's Class PB. ( What does it stand for? Perfect Brains? Picnic Baskets? Potentially Beautiful? )Thanks for your lively company during the stories today. Hope your good fun continued all the way back again! Byee!
 
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
TO ELF HOMES LTD of COOKRIDGE
A wave to today's COOKRIDGE HOLY TRINITY YEAR 4! Nice to meet you all at Harlow Carr - and enjoyed seeng you work on your "elf houses". Hope you got back happily.
 
Monday, November 27, 2006
EVEN MORE TREES, including CHRISTMAS TREES!
Cheery greetings - while I have a spare moment - to all the YEAR 4's of HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL , COOKRIDGE. Really looking forward to seeing you all on either Tuesday's or Thursday's HARLOW CARR "TREE DAY".

Still desperately slogging on with my looong story, on and on. BUT what's that sound? It's the Christmas card list starting to nag me. Oh no! Such a lovely time of year, but so very, very much to do. Including choosing some Christmassy and Wintery stories for Harlow Carr's FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVENT this coming Saturday 2nd December. Maybe see you there? (I won't be the bearded, red-suited one in the helicopter, by the way.)
 
Sunday, November 19, 2006
HALF TIME!
Hi there! With fewer visits, I'm having some good times working on the latest manuscript just now. Especially today, as I've now decided to split the whole thing into two files. I was in serious danger of working over and over on the earliest sections, and not ever getting around to working on the later chapters. I now feel back in control - a bit!

Greetings to Year 3 of HOOKSTONE CHASE PRIMARY SCHOOL, who I'll be seeing as part of this coming Thursday's "Tree Day" at Harlow Carr. Big wave!
 
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
INTO THE TREES!
Another story session at RHS Harlow Carr gardens this afternoon, so a big hi to all the Year 4 children (and Mrs Ryder and Miss Jamison and everyone) of WOODFIELD SCHOOL, Harrogate.

Still in the trees with my storyline for a bit, but I think things are moving on. But have decided I need a new name for a character. He's a "baddy" so I don't want to use any names children might actually have nowadays. Can I think of one? Not yet. Ooooh! My brain hurts!
 
Friday, November 10, 2006
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T!
One thing I forgot to mention about my trip to Goathland School was a surprise, in the sighting of a bright new YELLOW COVER on a copy of MR. POD & MR. PICCALILLI, the picture book I'd worked on with illustrator Nick Sharratt. So a touch of "What? How? Why?" etcetera - though no change on Amazon's cover image - and also a slight feeling of "Where's my copy, then?"

(In fact, it is an even nicer version of the cover so, all in all, it was a pleasant surprise from Walker books. Which is much better than the other kind, isn't it? Off to make a phone-call, all the same . . .)
 
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
HANDS UP FOR HANDWRITING!
Lots of mist swirling around the car on the way to Goathland today, but the sun shining golden on the moorland on my trip home. (It was an "over - lunch" half-day visit.)

A nice day with nice people, and as well as that, I had a go with one of the interactive white-board "handwriting" pens at last - and have now managed a kind of script more like my usual scrawl, rather than the attempts of a badly-trained chimp, as it has been with this new technology so far! The secret is keeping your hand at a funny crooked angle so that only the pen tip touches the screen. Cramp ointment, anyone?
 
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Off on the visits & events round again, with a rather alliterative pair! Greetings to GRASSINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL Year 3 & 4, and staff, and many thanks for listening to my Tree Stories this afternoon.

A great big wave to all at GOATHLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL, who I'll be meeting tomorrow as part of their Writing Week activities. (It looks a looooooooooooooong way away on the map! Hope there's no spooky morning fog! Ooooaaaaaoooh!)

Am still reading my important reference book, but it's really thick and heavy for reading (and/or notetaking) in bed. It's due back to the library very, very soon too - and it has already been renewed once. Help! Stop the clocks!
 
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