Ten-Minute Blog Break - 23rd June

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If there's one constant in my life, it's having too much content available to me and not enough time to consume it. I have piles of unread books and graphic novels, all waiting their turn. The only thing I'm up to date on is SCBWI-BI blog posts, and I hope today's selection will help save you some time hunting out the gems.

Talking of time management, I'm not entirely sure how Alistair Lane gets any writing done, because he often blogs twice a day. But his prolific tendencies are to be applauded, because he's now finished his From Bad to VERSE series of posts on writing rhyming picture books. This is a terrific resource (I learnt a lot!) so do take a look.

Kathy Evans has got "the fear," which I'm sure is an emotion common to many of us (it certainly attacks me on a regular basis). Read Kathy's very honest post on the challenges of editing a book for publication, as deadlines approach at speed...

When I first heard that Elen Caldecott was slicing up books, it didn't sound like the kind of practice I would condone. But luckily, she's simply slicing out a section of text to examine in detail. Blogging for Middle Grade Strikes Back, Elen is looking at Shine by Candy Gourlay, and it's an analysis that will have you scurrying to your bookshelf to read the rest.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to find K.M. Lockwood haunting the halls of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy! Her blog post about their recent event is suitably enthusiastic, and there's a link to a terrific interactive map of folklore in Sussex and the South Downs, which I fear I could lose many hours poring over.

Finally, who doesn't love pop-up books? Trish Phillips is blogging at Big Little Tales all about her favourite wild, wacky and fun examples of paper engineering.


Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner and has recently received the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, for his short story The Last Typewriter.

Click here to read Nick's debut blog post for Notes from the Slushpile. His latest children's short story Hacking History can be found in issue 8 of Stew Magazine.

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