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The Lion in Our Living Room by Emma Middleton – Book Review

Snuggle time with Oma. Euwing settles in for his newest story The Lion in Our Living Room by Emma Middleton - Illustrated by Briony Stewart Published by Affirm Press There are some children’s picture books

October 18th, 2017|Book Reviews - Children's Picture Books|

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks – Book Review

Category:  Junior Fiction Title:  Two Wolves Author:  Tristan Bancks Pages:  271 pp Age:  10 – 14 years (Recommended year 6 to year 9) Australian RRP:  $14.99 Binding:  Paperback Suitable for ages: Upper Primary & Lower Secondary ISBN:  9780857982032 ebook:9780857982049

October 1st, 2017|Book Reviews - Children Novels|

~ 01. Making a Change for the Better – Journal Entry

~ Looking to the Future ~ The post below is something I wrote about two years ago and it was posted to a different blogroll I used to journal on. Reading through it today, I decided I wanted

September 12th, 2017|Creative Writing, Journal, The Creative Life|

The Snow Pony by Alison Lester – Book Review

This book is more suited for readers 12+ years old. There are a couple of more mature themes running through the story that younger readers may have trouble understanding. Discretion is advised. Alison Lester has lived and

September 12th, 2017|Book Reviews - Children Novels|

Voices on the Coast: 20-21 July 2017 as a Volunteer

Recently, I volunteered at the 2017 VOICES on the COAST Youth Literature Festival presented by Immanuel Lutheran College. This is a Sunshine Coast Literary event. What a great time I had! Seeing it was my first ever visit

July 31st, 2017|Creative Writing, The Creative Life|

Elephants & Seashells

Today I asked the question: What do elephants and seashells have in common? For me, it's submission day today for manuscripts to be uploaded to our editor appointments for the 2017 CYA Conference. The deadline is really tomorrow, but

June 6th, 2017|The Creative Life|

Take the First Step

‘Take the first step … ‘The longest journey, or project, starts with a first step. When it’s too hard to picture the whole journey, Break it down into smaller ones. Keep reducing until the first step seems attainable. Then

April 25th, 2017|Book Reviews - Adults|

The Life of a Sentence

The Quest for the Perfect Sentence   One day the Nouns were clustered in the street. An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty. The Nouns were struck, moved, changed. The next day a Verb drove up,

February 12th, 2017|Creative Writing, Tutoring|

Let’s Talk Tutoring

A Hatful of Tricks Tips for Teaching Visual Learners Let’s face it, most of us are time poor and we want to accomplish our goals in the shortest available time. If only we could wave a magic

February 7th, 2017|Tutoring|

Children’s Art & Journalling Exercise

CCO Photo Attribution: Michael Gwyther-Jones Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.                                          

January 31st, 2017|All Things Arty, Creative Writing|