Ten-Minute Blog Break - 3rd June

Katrina Charman was complaining recently about how much time she spends reading the Blog Break when she should be writing. Sorry, Katrina - perhaps you should look away now as this week's installment is chock-full of procrastination opportunities!

I can't keep up with Sarah McIntyre; even reading her blog makes me feel exhausted! Her trip to the Hay Festival seems to have packed in enough stuff to turn anyone into a gibbering wreck - random radio appearances, ukelele playing, outrageous schmoozing, frantic live drawing - the list goes on. Sarah is clearly powered by some superhuman energy source, as she's also blogged this week about her recent visit to the 26 Characters exhibition at Oxford's Story Museum and joined in with the Writing Process Blog Tour. Somebody stop her!

Three other SCBWI writers join Sarah for the now traditional fortnightly round-up of the Writing Process Blog Tour. Sue Eves recounts the breathless tale of her writing adventures at last year's SCBWI retreat (I vividly remember her excitement). Anita Loughrey repeatedly states that she is "not in a particular hurry" yet seems to be extremely busy. Finally, fiction and non-fiction author Alex Woolf outs himself as a "writing geek" and gives some terrific advice on writing horror.

Katriona Chapman (not to be confused with Katrina Charman!) is blogging on Big Little Tales and as always her post is a treat, full of detail and with copious examples of the illustrators who inspire her work. This week, Katriona takes on the seemingly massive task of documenting her holiday in a serialised comic, adapting her style in clever ways to make the task a little simpler.

The Carnegie Prize is trundling our way again, and the Space on the Bookshelf team are taking on the challenge of shadowing the shortlist. Sally Poyton is first up with a review of All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry and there are plenty more reviews to come.


A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick Cross is a former Undiscovered Voices winner who currently writes children's short fiction for Stew Magazine, the May/June issue of which is out now!

1 comment:

  1. Completely agree Sarah's schedule is exhausting but wonderful! Now feel like I've been to Hay.
    ...coming back later for the res of this weeks treats!


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