I know I’ve been MIA on the blogging front for a little while now and I thought I’d better stop by with an update on my projects this year. Where to start. Let’s go with the title of this post:
I’ve had a virus for about a month and I’m pleased to say I’ve finally managed to shift it. But you don’t want to hear me whingeing about illness, suffice to say it’s slowed me down a little and that’s no bad thing. Nature often, or in this case a really annoying microscopic bacteria, has a way of showing us the right path and I badly needed a reboot. That’s what the rest of this post is about.
A Storytelling Hut
I spent a wonderful weekend at Emerson College, in the storytelling hut, learning about the way we create and remember stories. Our teacher was Shonaleigh Cumbers, the last Drut’syla. A Drut’syla is a storyteller from the Jewish tradition and someone who tells a story web consisting of thousands of stories which have been passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. It was a brilliant experience and I have learnt so much. As my story stone project continues over on my storytelling website, I think you’ll agree you can see the difference in my writing.
Yes folks it’s time to slow down and carve out some family time. For now, this means letting go of this blog. It’s with a heavy heart and who knows maybe I’ll come back to it again at some point. You may think I’m mad but I just can’t keep up with the content and I want it to be quality content, not something I threw together because I felt I had to.
I’ll still be blogging over at www.ddstoryteller.co.uk and there will be news of new publications via my newsletter which you can sign up to here. My decision to do this is because I’ve decided to keep the blogging specific to each side of my writing; the mysteries and the children’s stories. I’ve improved the commenting interface on the storytelling website’s blog and it would be brilliant if you could stop by now and then, so please pop the links in your favourites.
In other news, I have published my first little children’s book. It’s a little collaboration that I’ve been working on with JJ Jiraffe. JJ Jiraffe is based in Eastleigh, UK, and creates children’s clothing & accessories. JJ Jiraffe is about to launch a potty training kit with re-usable trainer pants and this little book will be part of the kit. You can find more details on the kit, which is coming soon, here but for now I’ll tell you a little more about the story I have written to go with it.
The story features a little giraffe whose parents want him to use a potty. The only problem is, Giraffe is worried all the animals will see him sitting on his potty. His jungle friends all have their own ideas as to how he can overcome this problem, but who will find the perfect spot for Giraffe to put his potty?
That’s me over and out and I really hope to see you all over on the other blog linked above. In the meantime I will continue to follow your own writing journeys via your blogs.