Have you ever read a story and been frustrated with the stereotypical characterisation? [Insert sarcastic tone]: An asian who is great at maths? How extraordinary. A corrupt politician? Very creative. How about turning those stereotypes on their head when you create your character? Now that is entertaining! A quirky, unexpected character will spring to life […]Read more "Creating Characters: Defy The Stereotypes"
“What’s all the commotion about?” Indie wondered. Everyone in the common room was crowded around the noticeboard, exchanging animated shrieks of delight. Probably some silly dance which she, of course, was not interested in. Sigh. She had promised her mum she’d make an effort to be “normal” this term and fit in, whatever that meant. […]Read more "The School Ski Trip"
Ms. Fleming’s wig had gone missing. Naturally, everybody blamed me. Who else would do such an atrocious act to their elderly teacher? Well, why leave her wig unattended, I say. Girls will be girls. Anyway, I hadn’t touched her filthy wig. Yuck! The very thought of it disgusted me. I bet she hasn’t washed it […]Read more "Ms. Fleming’s Wig"
Danny was a kid who wanted to be a snow kid. Not a snow man, and definitely not a snow woman. Just a regular, coal-eyed, carrot-nosed, snow kid. The problem was that Danny was a human kid. Everyone knowns it’s practically impossible to transform from a human kid to a snow kid. Danny had a […]Read more "Danny & The Snow Kid"
As the launch of my first children’s book quickly approaches, I’ve realised I need to get started on my next quick smart! So, it’s up to you to help me decide which biblical story to (loosely!) base my next book on. The story I write will not be a childlike re-write of the original, but […]Read more "You Decide!"
Her adventures, though driven by the pain she felt, were filled with such joy and childlike wonder. A beautiful paradox. She had been exposed to the harsh reality of the world from such a young age. Her peers could never know or understand. She’d watch the innocent play of children who were of similar years to her; […]Read more "An Adventure"