Overcoming a writing disaster

I still remember the moment it happened. ‘There’s a problem with the dissertation. Unfortunately, it didn’t pass.’ It was like being hit by not just one tonne of bricks, but a thousand, and not in one go either. Instead, it felt like a small child was throwing them one at a time against the back of my head as I tried to walk away with at least a shred of dignity and self-esteem.  Everything I had worked towards over the last four months was labelled as ‘a problem’. Which was actually quite flattering as it turned out there were so many problems they gave up writing feedback after page two. That must be a record? Either way, failure wasn’t something you’d expect from someone who had averaged B’s throughout their Master’s modules.That was the moment my life started to feel like it…

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It’s your day off.You: ‘Great, I’ll finally get some drawing and writing done.’The all mighty being that controls all drawing and writing ability: ‘Not. A. Chance.’There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting down, cup of tea at the ready and all the determination in the world to get things done, only to find you are incapable of drawing anything. And I mean anything.Your backgrounds become a disgusting mix of colours as your brain can’t settle on what it wants to achieve; it’s like a paint palette has caught some sort of bug and exploded at both ends all over your page. Your once cute and cuddly characters look like they have mutated into the things nightmares are made of. You end up madly scribbling across your pages, angrily cursing under your breath.It’s not like you’ve been forcing yourself to…

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My first digital creation

Introducing the Bear Family (original name, I know!)This is the first digital illustration I’ve completed and I’m super proud of my first attempt. Story pending…

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Happy Birthday Holmes

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The 6 January is commonly believed to be the birthday of Sherlock Holmes, the literary creation of Arthur Conan Doyle.A wonderful character that’s intriguing, brilliant and unique.I can’t believe I haven’t read all the books. But I guess I’ve just found my reading mission for 2017.So tell me, who prefers the books? Or perhaps the current TV show with Benedict Cumberbatch? Or maybe the films starring Robert Downey Junior…

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Hunting down my childhood

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‘We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.’Channel 4’s latest advert has succeeded in doing what none of the big name Christmas adverts have been able to this year; get me excited for Christmas.A timeless classic from my childhood is being made into a short film and I genuinely can’t wait. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen will be hitting our television screens this Christmas.The advert took me by surprise. The melody was exactly how I remember singing it as a child; beat for beat (although after some googling I found the melody written out, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that everyone sings or shouts it the same way).Within seconds I was remembering the wavy grass, oozy mud and gloomy cave. And how could…

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So recently I’ve read a ton of blog posts, Pinterest pins and articles about how the hardest thing to do is start writing. And it’s true. But reading those posts definitely didn’t reassure me or motivate me to dive right in.Nonetheless, I agree with them and can relate to the many anxieties they list: ‘What if no-one likes my writing? What if I’m not very good? What if I have nothing to say? What if it doesn’t lead anywhere?’My writing isn’t perfect, especially as I have a nasty habit of jotting ideas down and then losing them. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always get hit with inspiration at the most inconvenient times; in the shower, out walking, at work. You won’t believe how many post-its at work have become doodles of characters or lists of…

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I guess first thing is first, hello.What an honour it is to have people reading my first post. If anyone is even reading this … And maybe it isn’t an honour …Let’s face it, I have no idea who you are. For all I know you could be a grizzly bear on a tightrope, reading my blog on your smart phone whilst wowing crowds with your amazing acrobatic skills (book pending). At which point I should probably tell you that this blog may not be clever enough for you. Or perhaps I shouldn’t drink so much tea when I write.For the rest of you, I’ll begin with the basics: I graduated from uni with a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature I want to write, but have yet to get very good at it due to the fatal combination of a lack of faith…

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Winnie the Pooh turns 90

Firstly, if I can look as good as Winnie the Pooh does at 90 I’ll be happy as Larry. Secondly, who even is Larry?Moving swiftly on …So Friday 14 October was the 90th anniversary of the beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh.Author’s Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley and Paul Bright have created the official sequel to celebrate this milestone. But it’s Sibley’s story ‘Winter’, featuring the first new authorised character based on one of Christopher Robin’s toys, Penguin, that’s caught the attention of the media.Four books form the celebratory series called Winne the Pooh: The Best Bear in the World, published by Egmont Publishing (who have joint ownership to the right of Winnie The Pooh with Disney).Everyone in my household grew up with A. A. Milne’s tales of Pooh Bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre…

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