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PiBoIdMo Day 20: Carolyn Fisher Switches Hats (plus a prize!)


Love reading the posts at PiBoIdMo,although I stopped a little this month to start writing a YA Novel and am now just catching up with the posts. Thought I’d share this one over at my blog as it is so interesting.  Have one PiBoIdMo idea I am really excited about and have been working on that as well.  I stop and take photographs or go for a walk when I can’t write, and yes I love to doodle drawings as well, but don’t consider myself an artist.

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):

by Carolyn Fisher


As you can see from the above, making a book is simple. I NEVER get stuck, beat-up or depressed!

But if I DID happen to get off track, I would switch hats. Draw for a while instead of writing. Write for a while instead of drawing. Change locations from my studio to a coffeeshop.

Just in case you’re having an off day, I have 3.5 suggestions:

1. Keep a sketchbook or notebook stuffed with people, places, or things.
Just for fun, pick a page at random to use as a story starter. Or pick two pages.


2. Use thumbnail sketches
Draw quick, small sketches to generate ideas when you’re brainstorming. Test variations of your ideas. Ask: what if?


3.0 Throw away your eraser.
The eraser makes you uptight. You don’t need the negative energy emanating from its pink pearly heart.

3.5 Draw or write in drafts.

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Family, Focus, Futures

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I love making books for family members.  I have just produced my fifth book.

I think the latest one may end up being for more than family one day due to its themes of cultural transmission and empowerment of young people, but it gave me such  satisfaction to take what I’ve learnt about writing picture books, photographs and a family experience and make it into a special thank you gift.

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These limited edition books are so much fun to make because I can send them to someone who I know will  definitely appreciate and enjoy them.

I often add poems, or a story I may have written for that person, and some like the 50th anniversary book for my husband, were very involved and many others contributed, that was the most ambitious project to date.

Something about making these books for future generations motivates me, and I’ve long since neglected keeping family albums in favour of making story and memory books.

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I realise now sometimes with the photographs I select I don’t need many words to make these books powerful for those they are about.

I remember reading that Anthony Quinn the actor often made gifts for friends and family – unique pieces.   He was a talented artist, actor and writer but is more known for his acting.

What a wonderful thing to do!  And they are especially special gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

I don’t know how many more books like this I will manage, but I know that there is always a special reason that each ones comes into being.

I will keep making them as I work on novels, blogs and poems, and perhaps they will be the most precious of the works I leave behind.  Who knows what future generations of my family will make of them but they will convey if nothing else my feeling about the people who were with me through the journey of life.

(c) June Perkins



Updating you on some news from Magic Fish Dreaming.

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It was lovely to meet with Helene today as soon she is going overseas for Christmas and the last couple of months we’ve been in touch mostly by email.  Always lovely to meet in person!

41aeeffb1a31ec945ef3229aa49bc137871eb63e (1)We chatted about the project,  and I introduced Helene to the Magic Fish dreaming plushy family and guess what? Now a koala and a platypus are going on tour to France with Helene. Happy adventuring little ones.

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We are so excited about the chance to create this book. We had a look at a few inspiring books to keep up our creative thinking about the interior of the book.

Helene gave me some colour advice for the posters for kickstarter rewards so I am just reworking those a little.

I had so much fun showing her some of the things I have been making for the kickstarter rewards and she gave me some invaluable feedback…

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A More Powerful Thought of Love


When a thought of war comes,
oppose it by a stronger thought of peace.
A thought of hatred must be destroyed
by a more powerful thought of love.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 28)

Thinking of all the places in the world in need of healing.
Thinking of all the young people in the world who need freedom
to be educated, to find jobs, to grow up and find wisdom.
Moving beyond thinking to doing what can be done.
Thinking positively and praying.

Praying in a way that leads to action.
Actions that give everyone freedom
the freedom to think and do things
that bring peace within
and between people.

Sending out a more powerful thought of love.


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PiBoIdMo Day 11: Joe McGee Lives in a Child’s World (plus a prize!)


Hahaha! Give me that passport back to childhood now!

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):

joe mcgeeby Joe McGee

Inspiration…that’s what we’re here to discuss, isn’t it?

To bandy around, to kick back and forth like a dented Campbell’s soup can on a weed-choked school blacktop. You know, the kind of blacktop where a hundred little sneakers will soon be racing around, attached to skinny ankles, attached to band-aide slathered kneecaps, attached to Star Wars t-shirt wearing torsos, attached to toothless grins on eager faces.

You there…yes, you. The adult standing over by the bleachers. Can you—there, that’s better. No shirts tucked in. Can we smear some dirt on your knees? Maybe leave a little cheese doodle smear on your cheek? Let’s put a few candy wrappers, a rock, and a marble or two in your pocket. Good, now we can talk. I mean, after all, we’re talking about writing for kids, right?

How can we write for kids if our adult selves get in the…

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