Research trip #zoodays

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I love the zoo – so do my superhero kids. We go fairly often and it never gets boring. There is always something new that makes life interesting. Today however we also had a mission. I am setting up my chapter book for March. Yep getting in early. I may even be writing the sequel by March – that would be awesome. Not going to get ahead of myself lots can happen between now and then. Anyway it is the first in my super hero series. Book one of The Lighting Lilly and Princess Seea Chronicles. Tentatively called The Great Zoo Heist. So today we were doing some research about which animals may appear.

The Meerkats always get a look in – they are so cheeky. Pretty sure there can be some fun between these little guys and Super Stitch.

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This goat just made me laugh…. May well get a gig somewhere. Sure there is room for a fat goat…

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Otters need to be in the story. They are my favourite and I have also already written a chapter about them for the SuperHERo Tales.

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Pretty sure there is room for a giraffe or two – they make pretty good lookouts for my two super heroes.

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I may need to do another zoo story at some stage… What animals would you like to see???

Love these days so much fun. The best bit was my girls when they came home they put on their superhero capes and rescued all the zoo animals. Lots of material there, solid gold stuff. Need to get my notebook out! Until next time – have fun!

Inspirations #amwriting

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I thought I’d share some of my inspirations for ideas. Now I have blogged that my kids and dogs are my main source of inspiration. That is true, they are the reason I write and often the material I write about. However to be an author you need more than that. I really think my girls and dogs inspire my characters. Other things inspire the content of my stories. Animals are often a source of inspiration.

Recently I have written about dolphins,
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otters,
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and so much more. My girls like to see these animals linked into wild adventures. Often I need to include fairies, pirates and other mythical creatures. Put all these things together and you can either come up with a complete mess or an amazing story. I endeavour to ensure my stories are amazing. Eventually anyway.

Now to get back to my to do list that might as well be a phone book… I’d hate to me bored! Until next time – have fun!

Blog 9: When you have too much material

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As an author I often get asked “Do you ever get writer’s block?” and “What do you do?”

Rigger and Obi

I have to admit not everything I write is about my dogs… no really. Although I think to date there is a labrador in every book I have written – certainly the three published!!! Hey it’s my thing. Seriously though I don’t really ever suffer from writers block simply because of the dogs. If I need material I just go to work. For example my new character in Obi the Super Puppy and the Quest for the Last Laugh is Rigger. Now Rigger.. I love this old boy, but sometimes he can be a goof ball. Recently he barged his way out of a crate. In the process the door swung back and hit him in the eye socket.The left on to be precise. Well his owners were very concerned. he hadn’t opened it for days. They had been treating it with cold packs and prescribed pain killers, but there was not much else they could do. He was not happy, cringing whenever one of the other dogs came near. So they went to extreme. Giving him his tablet in ice cream and letting him sleep on the bed because it was softer for his face. Then friday comes around. Rigger was not going to work because of his injury. Well he obviously didn’t like that idea so when his human wasn’t looking he snuck out and jumped in the car. So he came. their theory was at least I could look at him and see what I thought. It was suspected that the eye socket was fractured – that’s how serious. So Rigger gets to work the crate is opened and out jumps Rigger, who runs over to me for a cuddle. he then proceeds to roll on to his back for a tummy rub. Both eyes are clearly open and he is grinning like a goof ball. he acts as my demo dog, even jumping up on me at one point – which as he is 9 years old and not a jumper shows just how good he is feeling!!!! No eye problems here, no pain, no depressed dog, nope none of that, just Rigger! I must admit the eye was still weeping a bit and I suspect it is bruised – not fractured. Still he was clearly milking it for all it was worth. And the say dogs are not smart!!! Too smart for their own good! Of course Rigger didn’t get any more ice cream or to sleep on the bed last night – so maybe not that smart…

One day I will tell you about Rigger’s sister – Bella, now she could have a whole series of books just about her.

I guess that’s a huge advantage for me I have too much material. The problem comes from putting it all together. Guess I should get back to it, or maybe I could just go and watch my dogs!!! Until tomorrow – have fun!

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