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HUGE congrats to our very own Skylark, whose debut 'Home' was launched yesterday. My pics weren't too good - which is what comes of being five foot nothing and at the back of the crowd! - but the Editrix-in-Chief took some corkers which I daresay she'll
  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    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?
    Short fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Terry Pratchett
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Discworld, Peepo, Little House on the Prairie, Katherine, Life of Pi,
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To get reluctant readers reading!
    Your worst habit?
    Saying 'yes' too often
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    At home
    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?
    Love cold chicken and liquorice...not necessarily at the same time. Prefer sunshine to snow.




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    "Skylark" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    I didn't realise there were all these replies - Squidge's blog, not mine! I will write one myself but still floating back down to earth. A few days back at school have helped there. Thank you everyone for your lovely words - and Tony. that's an ...
    7 hours ago
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    "Squidge" commented on TheWeyMan's Blog "Keyboard Cats".
    Missed this the other day - made me laugh. I've got a keyboard cat too. well, he alternate between Keyboard cat and Lapcat. The former appears when I'm at the desk, the latter when I'm on the laptop. Only problem there is that as I'm not very tall, ...
    3 days ago
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    "Squidge" commented on AlanP's Blog "Myths, Cock ups and Perspective".
    Thought of this blog when I saw this report....harks back to Eddie the Eagle days...!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43080766
    5 days ago
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    "Squidge" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! So glad your meeting went well and you're with the agent you wanted to be with. You CAN do it! xx
    7 days ago
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    "J.net" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    JB - only in your thoughts! I would probably be arrested if I turned up at Tesco's wearing battle-garb and carrying a sword :D
    8 days ago
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    "BellaM" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    L - yes! Thank you. :-)
    8 days ago
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    "mike" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    Dear Squidge, I saw 'Open House' on the stage some time ago and have a DVD of a production. I thought it was one of the better of the pop musicals. A lot of the show in London are really just an excuse to parody a well known group. 'Open House' ...
    8 days ago
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    "JB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    J.net, I can't see myself walking round Spinneys (the supermarket here) as my MC, but then again I could give it a go! ;-)
    8 days ago
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    "L." commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    Bella, I think the film you are referring to is Ex-Machina. Creating characters, especially MC is like slipping inside a skin for me, which I think, is why I tend to write in the 1st POV.
    8 days ago
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    "mike" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    Dear Skylark, There might well be an adult interest in a certain type of book about children rather than for children. You have a literary agent who will know more than I do. (Though I have always worked with books and the public.) ...
    8 days ago
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    "J.net" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    Interesting blog, Squidge. If a piece of writing doesn't gel, or sticks in any way, I first and foremost look at the language or action to check that is it true to character. One exercise I do is walk around my house, the neighbourhood, or sometimes ...
    8 days ago
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    "BellaM" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    I watched a very good film the other week (forget the name - sorry) where one character asks the other "What's your favourite colour?" He says a colour and she just gives him a look. He thinks about it and then says "OK, that was a lie, I guess. I'm ...
    8 days ago
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    "Squidge" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    I know there are authors who immerse themselves in the character by acting them out...Tenacity works that way. I used to love being 'someone else' on stage, but I don't think I'd be brave enough to actually 'become' my characters in real life until ...
    8 days ago
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    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    Oh yes, Whisks, and even more so those lists of about a hundred questions you 'have' to be able to answer before you can know your character. That's approaching it from the outside, not from the inside like you get when a character comes alive ...
    8 days ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    I think that's a really important distinction, Squidge - to *become* your characters, rather than observe your characters, so the acting parallel works. I *become* each of my characters while writing, and then it's obvious what they do or say next, ...
    8 days ago


5 foot nothing, silver hair (I refuse to be grey). Have a bit of a thing for fancy dress...
Married, two kids, part-time learning support assistant at a local primary school. Ex-microbiologist and trainer in pharmaceutical manufacture. Have also worked as a butchery assistant, sales assistant, and egg pickler. (Still can't stand salt and vinegar crisps as a result of that one...)


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  • J.net
    by J.net 8 months ago
    Excellent comp entry, Squidge. Fresh and so believable.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 8 months ago
    Bloody hell Squidge - your comp entry has nailed it good and proper.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 8 months ago
    Happy birthday, Squidge. Hope you have a truly wonderful day.
  • Hil
    by Hil 8 months ago
    I hear it's your birthday! Have a good one! xxx
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 8 months ago
    Hi Squidge. Thanks for your comment.
  • Kate
    by Kate 8 months ago
    Just got a copy of Starmark to read to my kids - had to smile when I opened the front page and it said 'For Debi.....' Don't we all owe her a lot. Looking forward to reading.
  • Barny
    by Barny 9 months ago
    PM for you
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 11 months ago
    'Good' that I can't show off my tan? Ha! ;)
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 11 months ago
    Thank you, yes to both. I have the most glorious tan, but it's too cold to show it off!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 year ago
    Dahl did quite a few collections of short stories - he was a bit of a master of the 'sting in the tail'