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Happy Valentine's Day! I hope it has brought you many boxes of chocolates and black-and-red cards that look a bit like Twilight book covers (but hopefully not any actual Twilight books, because they're rubbish). Anyway, it's time to put all that pesky romance to one side for ten minutes, and enjoy another Blog Break...
Five and a half years ago, Mel Green gave up work to pursue her dream of being a full-time writer. Did it work? Erm, well, not exactly. But she's certainly written an engaging blog post, reflecting on the pros and cons of something we've all considered doing at one time or another.
Cathy Bee has written a terrifically informative post for authors visiting Early Years classrooms. Ever wondered how to keep younger kids' attention, while also making the teacher happy by hitting curriculum targets? Look no further.
Every so often, you meet someone who's never seen Star Wars. Well, Sally Poyton is an even rarer animal, a children's writer who has never read Harry Potter! Luckily, J.K. Rowling's recent political stance has encouraged Sally to address that oversight, as her blog post explains.
Claire O'Brien is a bit late to the New Year review party, but her post reflecting on her progress in 2016 is well worth reading. A particularly painful part of the growth process as a writer/illustrator is when you discover that something you thought was perfect is actually no such thing. I've been there, Claire, believe me!
When you finally sign with an agent after years of trying, it can be hard not to shout that news from every rooftop! Luckily, Justin Davies has taken a more Blog Break friendly approach, with a witty post about how he finally landed that all-important offer of representation. And, in other SCBWI-BI good news, Peter Bunzl blogs about how Cogheart has been nominated for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.
Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile - his most recent post finds him Living in the Past.