2 February 2016 | Writing

February plans – and a blog award

a simple mind map with questions (what when where why how who) to solve a problem posted with colorful sticky notes on cork board

Yesterday was bliss – I had a whole six hours to myself. And it’s going to happen again and again and again for the rest of the term! And even though there will be editing work and domestic chores in there, I’ll have time for writing.

After eight weeks of school holidays, I’m itching to start again with my writing. I wrote some daily writing exercises and submitted one short story into a competition over the holidays, but I didn’t have the head space or the time (especially with moving house) to do much writing.

But now I have space, time and quiet.

So February is for finishing the latest draft of my first children’s book, currently called ‘If I dare’. I’m 90% there – I need to pull everything together, weave in all the loose threads, add a bit of sparkle to it. I spent yesterday reading it and making notes of any weaknesses – very analytical, very left brain. Now I’m trying to use the right side of my brain and go with the flow, loosen up, daydream, walk, mindmap, brainstorm, ask lots of questions, write on a million post-it notes so I can come up with some ideas to sort out these weak points once and for all!

I’m also planning to submit a short story to another competition, plus I’ll continue working on the online writing course my lovely husband gave me as a Christmas present. (Yes, I know – some girls like jewellery and handbags for Christmas – I really like those types of presents too, but I love writing courses even more!)

This week I received a lovely surprise – a blog award from Kelly at Fred and Pepper’s Place blog! I really enjoyed Kelly’s last post about following her word of the year. The details of the award are below, and even though I’m not really sure of the protocol, I’m going to jump in and nominate some fabulous blogs to pass the award on.


Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

  1. List the rules.
  2. Display the award on your post of the award.
  3. List seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.


  1. I have written stories since I was six.
  2. I used to collect sharpeners when I was a kid – had over 100 of them!
  3. I used to drink coffee but now love a chai latte.
  4. I (try) to meditate every morning.
  5. I was an after-school-care coordinator for five years while I was at uni.
  6. I am quite particular about the state of my pantry!
  7. I first spotted my husband at a church dance when I was 16 and asked my friend, ‘Who is that guy?’



Some lovely blogs to look at:

Carolyn @ Iris and Edie

Emily @ Squiggle and Swirl

Annette @ I give you the verbs

Deanna @ Miss bits and pieces

I met these creative girls though an online course, and have now met them a couple of times for coffee. Enjoy their creative blogs!



Her sheer audacity



Thanks for the lovely award Karen!I also had a few hours yesterday to myself.It was so nice to have my music on and get creative. I love your description of what you still need to do with your book ” to pull everything together, weave in all the loose threads, add a bit of sparkle to it”. it makes it sound like a real hands on creative project.
I will try to get on board with the award, but may not follow protocol either.
Happy writing .

February 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Karen Comer

    Sometimes I get so bogged down in the wordiness of my writing that it becomes too intangible. You’re right, it seems more hands-on and workable if it’s a creative project that has threads and sparkle in it! Good luck with your projects, Emily!

    February 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm


Thank you, Karen! how exciting to have your book 90% there!I’m looking forward some quiet time too. Still four weeks until Uni returns but the big boy has headed interstate for the week so that has coincided nicely with the return to school.

February 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Karen Comer

Thanks, Carolyn – sometimes, it’s just all about the space!

February 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Terri Dixon

Congratulations on award, Karen and enjoy the quiet.


February 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Karen Comer

Thanks, Terri!

February 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

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