Ten-Minute Blog Break - 1st October

For a while, this post was called "Lino Sniffing", which would certainly have looked interesting up there on the main page! But although I've bowed to convention with the title, you'll still find plenty of fragrant delights in this week's Blog Break.

Some advice falls on stony ground, and so it was with my suggestion to Rosie Best that she come up with different names for each of her blog posts. Rosie is up to Things and Stuff #13 now, and with her debut novel Skulk soon to be released, it's a good time to catch up with her. Along with the obligatory box of books photo and details of her launch party, Rosie also gives us a useful round-up of links from her blog tour and gets excited by a photo of Meryl Streep in a tree (no, I am not making this up).

Someone else rocking a blog name series is Mark Jones, who brings us Amazing Writing Advice #24: The Secret of Synopsiseses. I mean sinopsyes. Or synopsisis. Or something like that.

Space on the Bookshelf are doing another of their intensive 3D book review features this week, examining Anthony McGowan's novel Brock from every possible angle. The book is designed for dyslexic and challenged readers, so Sally Poyton (a dyslexic herself) kicks off by interviewing Anthony with the help of a teenage reviewer. Other features will follow later this week, including detailed reviews of the book and an interview with Anthony's editor.

Finally, I suppose I should come clean about the lino sniffing. This is what Anne-Marie Perks does to find out whether her piece of lino is in prime condition to print from. Anne-Marie has blogged at Big Little Tales with lots of beautiful images from her recent linocut course, but sadly no scratch and sniff. My campaign to make every post on Word & Pictures smell of chocolate starts here!


Nick Cross is a children's writer, blogger and all-round techno-ninja. In 2010 he was a winner of Undiscovered Voices with his zombie comedy Back from the Dead.

This week on his blog, Nick's taking a long hard look at his life and wondering why it constantly feels like he's Spinning Plates.


  1. Thanks Nick, always amazed at how much to read to bring us these great blog recommendations! Thanks for giving the Brock feature a shout out, I always get excited to see us mentioned in the blog break!

  2. Nick, you should do this for a living!

    1. What, you mean someone would pay me for it???


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