Snowflake

Snowflake

Female
Current Status
In need of meditation time.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Other
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fiction for children
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Sci-fi
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Other
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Peter Carey, Amy Tan, Shaun Tan, Lauren Child, Satoe Tone, Emily Gravett
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Focault's Pendulum, Cloud Atlas, Oscar and Lucinda, The Joy Luck Club, The Lost Thing, Spells
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Write and illustrate children's books. Perhaps some adult fiction.
    Your worst habit?
    Doubt and atrocious speling
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    On scraps of paper at 3am
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm a half Japanese/Kiwi Australian (you do the maths), living in Scotland. Mum of 3. Youngest has Type 1 diabetes. Eldest and youngest both have Asperger's. Life is never dull. Pinterest addict. Graphic designer/illustrator. Trying for career change.

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    Snowflake
    "Snowflake" commented on AlanP's Blog "How can I get your data - let me count the ways".
    A very interesting read. I printed it off for my daughter as she is keen on this topic. Thanks.
    11 hours ago
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    Snowflake
    "Snowflake" commented on AlanP's Blog "How can I get your data - let me count the ways".
    You do know the Daleks can fly now.
    1 day ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake In need of meditation time.
    5 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake Just read Pauline Hanson's comments about autistic children. To say I am BOILING MAD would be an understatement. Why is this **** ******* ***** still in politics?
    6 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB There are two sides to this, though of course Hanson is concerned about the welfare of the mainstream children rather than those with special needs. As the father of an autistic son (now in his early thirties), I know that he was only happy at school once we had found him a place in one that specialised in educating autistic children and would have been utterly lost in a mainstream classroom. Though this Australian policy of inclusion sounds nice and democratic, my own experience leads me to doubt whether it works.
      6 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Yes you are right of course, mainstream school doesn't work for all. Pauline Hanson just sets me off every time she opens her mouth. What drives her and her party is hatred of anyone "diffferent". My daughter is on the spectrum and had been to 4 diferent universities by the time she was 13 and has had an invitation to a 4th. It has been difficult for her at secondary school but has been better this year now that she can focus on her interest in Engineering. Hanson would have denied her this chance. I shouldn't allow her narrow minded views to wind me up
      5 days ago
    • John Taylor
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      John Taylor Relevant to this, anyone who has not stood in those shoes would do well to read Rachael Lucas's novel The State of Grace, written by a mother primarily for her teenage daughter, both of whom are on the spectrum. It's sobering for anyone who isn't.
      5 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Thanks for the recommendation. I will look out for that.
      5 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB It does depend on how far along the spectrum the person is. I can see what an injustice it is to marginalise people like your daughter, who is obviously less 'severe' (sorry) than my son, and should be given the chance to join in. But my son more or less lives in a world of his own, and could never cope with mainstream life. At least We've come a long way from the days when the routine advice given to parents of autistic children was 'The best thing you can do is out him in a home and forget about him,' as per 'Rain Man.'
      5 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake No need for the apology Richard. They are all unique. Your son may be in a world of his own but I do hope that he is at least happy with that, even though it is not easy for you. Who is to say what is more or less severe. My own kids might not be seen being "severe" but that in itself poses problems. Both have been somewhat depressed and have become withdrawn and mistrustful. My young son also talked about wishing to be dead or wanting to go to another school. It is a little better now that there is an understanding of their condition.
      3 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Oh yes, he is quite happy in his world. He has such a sunny nature that nearly everyone who meets him loves him. Considering how 'difficult' some people on the spectrum can be, we are very fortunate.
      3 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Glad to hear it Richard. I wish you and your family all the very best.
      1 day ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Thank you Thea.
    23 days ago
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    Thea
    Thea commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Such beautiful pictures, Snowflake. This 'Night Sky' one is my favourite. :)
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Thanks Bren!
    24 days ago
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    Bren
    Bren commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Where is the like button when I need it. This is lovely. Skilled.
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Thank you Newbie. I was aiming to capture the sort of sulphurous light that that you see in clouds before a storm.
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Thanks Newbie. I'm thinking about a picture book about seeing things in clouds. These are just some practice pieces.
    24 days ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Snowflake's picture.
    I can see so many things in these clouds, from giants and witches to a prancing horse. Lovely storm clouds.
    24 days ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Snowflake's picture.
    This is powerfully dark, Snoflake. Very atmospheric.
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Another procreate cloud drawing. This one was for a competition. Doing so many cloud paintings has inspired another picture book idea.
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on Snowflake's picture.
    Thinking about end pages.
    24 days ago
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    Snowflake
    Snowflake commented on JB's picture.
    No words (╯︵╰,)
    24 days ago

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  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 8 months ago
    I'd like to second Tom Waits. I love Tom Waits. Telephone call from Istanbul - GENIUS. Maybe next year. Also, if we're looking at singer songwriters for their poetry, how about Leonard Cohen?
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Thanks :) Somewhere in the universe and beyond and along the space-time continuum, it's always someone's birthday. The Cloud is stratospheric, after all.
  • GippsGirl
    by GippsGirl 1 year ago
    So you're an ex-illustrator? Explains Shaun Tan! If I am captured by his book, I'll keep an eye out for the film you mentioned.
  • GippsGirl
    by GippsGirl 1 year ago
    I see you like Shaun Tan. I've just got a copy of The Arrival - yet to read/browse, but it looks intriguing!