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So he's a tiny bit taller than me.

The lovely @PhilipArdagh shared my announcement on his facebook page – and I hadn’t even kidnapped his cat. 

If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed the buzz surrounding the announcement that my YA novel, More of Me, is to be published by Usborne in 2016. I’m pretty sure the outpouring of congratulations  is because I’ve been on the shelf longer than most.  If it can happen to me, the girl who’s been at it for YEARS, it can happen to anyone.

Anyone who has something to say.

Anyone who gets on and writes the book.

Anyone who takes every knock back on the chin and tries to be better.

Anyone who  works and works at learning this wonderful craft of writing.

For my writer friends, still on the shelf, that’s you.

And one day, this will be you too. Delighted, barely able to believe it, excited, terrified.

When the email  arrived from my wonderful agent, Sophie Hicks, I screamed. Then I cried. Then I rang my husband and breathlessly told him the news.

I kept it quiet for a long time because contracts take a while and I couldn’t really believe it was happening – I didn’t want to jinx it. Then, one day,  a twitter notification popped up, followed by several more – Usborne had sent out the press release , we really were engaged!

For years I’ve wanted an editor in my Christmas stocking, and now I’ve got one, Sarah Stewart, Senior Fiction Editor at Usborne and I’m meeting her for real on Tuesday. She says lovely things like this:

“More of Me quite simply has the most original, compelling and incredible concept I’ve ever come
across

I am all of a flutter.

Hold tight my friends, keep writing, keep learning, your time will come x

PS Shoudl somebody warn the copy editor? There may be overtiem…( I left those in on purpose, honest…)

Founder of http://www.thefunEverse.com, celebrates sixty years on planet Earth TODAY! Happy birthday Marvellous Maureen – we love you!

Maureen Lynas

You’re the knees of bees,

The cat’s pyjamas,

You’re cake and cheese,

And kissing llamas.

Happy Birthday Maureen Lynas.

You’re tippity top,

Our poet Highness x

Grown up Maureen

Queen of The Funeverse

Little girl Maureen

Once upon a time!

Quote from Malorie Blackman ( don't give up_

Still working on it Malorie!

Well not really, but this is fun and a welcome break from the usual farm/children/writing madness so thanks Nicky Schmidt for inviting me. Nicky has a fab blog over at Absolute Vanilla  so when she asked me if I’d join in the blog tour I had to say yes. Below are my answers to the four blog tour questions – you can read Nicky’s on her page and at the bottom of this page are my nominees to for the next leg of the tour…exciting isn’t it? Continue Reading »

Most of us suffer with procrastinitis. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that you’re reading this blog for precisely that reason.  Maybe you need to trick yourself into writing. Here’s my top  tricks : Continue Reading »

I’ve neglected this blog so much over the past year  I don’t deserve any readers at all.  Thank you for sticking with me.

It’s not just the blog. I’ve not been writing much at all. Not really. I’ve written my  silly poems for The Funeverse and tried to keep up with critique  in my SCBWI Ya Critique group ( I cannot tell you how much those people mean to me!) but writing in earnest…? Writing to show my agent I was still serious about my career…? No. Nothing. Nada. Continue Reading »

I know I know, I’ve not been here at all and now I’m asking you to do something but this is so cool it’s far more like I’m sharing something lovely.

Amazing authors Keren David and Keris Stanton, ably assisted by Candy Gourlay and an army of donating literary types have set up this FABULOUS Auction.

It closes very soon so pop over and bid before it’s too late – some incredible offers:

The Dedication in the New Young James Bond novel by Steve Cole - yes the ACTUAL dedication.

A visit to the real House of Golden Dreams with Jackie Morris.

A signed hardback of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

And all proceeds to aid the people of the Phillipines – BID BID BID before you miss out….so many more wonderful offers!

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Volunteering can be hard work but it has a lot of perks! You get to: know your organisation from the inside out so you can really make the most of your membership; meet a lot of inspiring people; do really fun stuff!

One of my favourite jobs is running the annual badge competition.

 

I love reading the snappy entries and seeing the fabulous images not yet released on the world. The only hard part is deciding on the winners. If you’re a SCBWI British Isles member – make my day and give it a go.

Need Inspiration? Here are last years winners:

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/vkathrynevans/2012-winners&#8221; title=”SCBWI Badge Competition Previous Winners” target=”_blank”>SCBWI Badge Competition Previous Winners</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/vkathrynevans&#8221; target=”_blank”>Kathryn Evans</a></strong> </div>

Are you interested in volunteering? There are all sorts of roles for all kinds of people – keep an eye on the message boards at scbwi.org

 

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