Anthology Antics #chaboocha1

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Today I thought I’d share the Anthologies I have been privileged enough to have stories in:

The first is Teapot Tales:
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This is a great collection of really unusual fairy tales. My stories were inspired by my girls. The first is Snow White and the Pirates… Many of you may remember my now 6-year-old had this inspiration as her fifth birthday cake – Snow White and the seven smurfs on a pirate ship:
Snow White and the 7 smurfs on a Pirate Ship
Naturally this had to become a story – I am actually thinking about extending it into a chapter book?
My second story in this anthology is a twist on Rumpelstiltskin… I love that fairy tale, but what if it went wrong?

The second Anthology is Jingle Bells Tales of the Holiday Spirit:
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This is a great collection for this time in the year, my girls are really enjoying listening to the stories. My two stories are lots of fun. The first is an episode (if you like) from Maddy and Aijay’s Magical Adventures. This time with Stitch and their fairy friend Fidget they travel to their magical land in search of Santa’s naughty or nice list….
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The second is a Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea Adventure. This time Captain Obi sends the super girls and super Stitch to the North Pole. Rudolph has gone missing and it’s a foggy Christmas Eve… Will they find him in time???
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The final anthology from the Chapter Book Challenge (Chaboocha) is the SuperHERo Tales:
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This anthology was inspired by the need to have more empowering female superheros. It was actually the anthology that lead me to develop Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea. My girls helped me and they designed the perfect super hero versions of themselves. So much fun had here. This will become a chapter book series… just need to get time to write, but the ideas are endless. In this adventure they discover their favourite animals – otters have been stolen from the zoo.
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Princess Seea and Super Stitch
Lightning Lilly

All of these anthologies are available on amazon… If you are local to me and want a copy please contact me.

The final Anthology for the year is the Charms Volume 1: This was so much fun. My charm was the dolphin and once again it is a story that will be included in Maddy and Aijay’s Magical Adventures. It has everything from fairies to pirates. I really enjoyed this one.
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I have some copies of this one for sale, contact me if you are interested.

These anthologies were a new thing to me this year, but so much fun. I have always been a team player so it was great to write as a team member…. I look forward to completing more of these next year. I even have a cool idea for a couple myself. More on that in the new year. Until next time – have fun!

Super Start #amwriting #ChaBooCha1

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I decided to put the editing aside for a moment because the writing bug has hit me again. A while ago I wrote a super hero story for SuperHERos which is due out soon. I spent time with my little super heroes and developed Lightning Lilly, Princess Seea, Captain Obi and Super Stitch. The crime fighting team of the century. These characters also had a Christmas adventure for the Jingle Bells anthology. Still I love these characters so much that they have their own series in my head. I was going to leave adventure one until the Chapter Book Challenge in March. Yet last night I just had to write.
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My girls did an awesome job developing these characters and they have given me too many ideas for their adventures. I could fill up all of next year so I am sure I will have a chapter book to write come March. In the meantime it's good to take a break from editing. Although I still promise to get two of the three manuscripts editing by the end if the year.
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So excited I think I’ll get back to it now – more about these characters later! Until then have fun!

Puppy Clucky #labslife

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I miss having two dogs! So much that I am getting puppy clucky…

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Not sure that Stitch agrees with me. He has become very used to being the only dog in the absence of Obi. It’s funny to see the traits of Obi coming out in him. Things he never did while Obi was around, but he’s doing them now. Just wish he hadn’t channelled the massive fur growth that Obi had. Stitch never used to drop fur, but he’s making up for not having Obi around that’s for sure. Still it is good to see that he is comfortable in his own skin. I just feel for him on the days we go out. He’s pretty lucky, coming to work with me and getting lots of walks. I think a friend is in need. Okay maybe I just want a puppy. I know they don’t stay little for long. I think it is time the once sidekick becomes the mentor. Yep Super Stitch needs a little superhero to mold, just like Obi the Super Puppy molded him. Now I just need to convince the rest of the family! Until next time – have fun!

New Characters #amwriting

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Went to the zoo today – I know you’re all saying “again!” I love the zoo as do my girls. Anyway today was so worth it. We found some new characters!

Superhero Monkeys!!!!

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Dusky Leaf Monkeys will be in a Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea story. They are so cool! Need to get writing! Of course I need to do other things, but new characters are awesome. Until next time – have fun!

Superheroes! #animals

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We spent the day following a Superhero trail at the wildlife park.

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So now we have a whole host of superhero animals to write about. The girls loved the little squirrel glider who glided from the tree back into her pouch. They were happy to see the koalas actually moving around – usually they sleep or make horrible noises! They also got to watch the dingoes get fed, which was pretty cool. The wombats weren’t very active, but the kangaroos were happy to be fed.

It was a fun day and now they have loads of photos to do another scrap book page. Pretty sure there will be a story or two soon as well. All this gives me a great idea for my superhero book. I already have one chapter done and now I am getting enough to write the rest. It’s a shame I still have three manuscripts to edit. Really should get on to those. First up though I am going to finish my keepsakes stories. I have to prioritise for the rest of this year to get everything done. Wish me luck! Until next time – have fun!

Far too cold #winter

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Okay I know technically its still winter, but seriously it’s freezing. Also it’s wet which means being cooped up inside with the kids. Fortunately they are both off to friends houses soon. I may actually get some writing done. My Keepsakes story is buzzing in my head and bursting to get out. I need some peace and quiet to actually write. Certainly not going to get that while the kids are here. They are beyond excited at the moment. There are parties and of course this week is book week. They love dressing up and have their costumes (complete with toy dog props) all ready. I even made scrap books of the stories I wrote for them since they haven’t actually been published yet. However to ensure no fighting I also need to print another copy of each story. Would hate to cause a major argument on book parade day…

I also have lots of reviews to get to, will be posting some this week along with interviews (on my Stitch Says Blog). My apologies for any delays it’s crazy here. We are gearing up the Royal Show at work and I have a Smudgekin who is turning 5. That means a party (not at home thankfully), cake pops, cupcakes and of course the actual birthday cake. It’s a monkey party for my little cheeky monkey. So yes life gets in the way of reading and writing. Wouldn’t have it any other way – although someone to cook, clean, wash and put away clothes would be nice. Oh yeah and for no cost – I don’t get paid to do it why should anyone else LOL. Dreaming – until next time – have fun!

2013 Blogathon No. 15: Superhero Saturday #blog2013 #CAFSC

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Right it’s time to enter the CAFSC competition. Here is my female super heroes and their story:
Anthology – yes
Charity – really not sure (sorry)
Word count – 779

Name of female superhero:
Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea

Name of human alter ego, if different:
By day they are Lilly and Siena

Superhero Appearance (hair, eyes, body type, etc.):
Lightning Lilly – purple streaked hair, brown eyes, fit, long legs, athletic. She always has a cheeky smile on her face and does everything at super human speed.
Lightning Lilly
Princess Seea – light brown hair, with hot pink streaks. She has green eyes (piercing), a look that can control people. Princess Seea is small, but walks with an athletic swagger. She is super sneaky and always one step ahead of everyone else.

Human alter ego appearance (if she has an alter ego):
They are two normal girls, who love to go to school and be with their friends. Their super powers can sometimes lead them to trouble. Lighting Lilly is often told to stop rushing her work and she’s lost count of how many times she has received a pink slip for running. The problem is she thinks she is walking. Not to mention her quick talking.
Princess Seea is often accused of not paying attention. Yet she knows everything that is going on around her. She can see through walls, books and people.

Costume:
They both wear black leggings for speed.
Lightning Lilly – purple top and a sparkly purple cape with lightning streaks that camouflage her when required. She also wears a purple mask and she has supersonic sneakers. They are the only shoes that can cope with her super speeds.
Princess Seea – hot pink top and mask. Her cape is the same as Lightning Lilly’s just a different colour (pink). She wears pink boots which can attach to Super Stitch’s harness for extra support when he flies really fast.

Personality:
Lightning Lilly – She’s all about speed, if it can’t be done quickly it’s not worth doing. Lightning Lilly is a whirlwind of excitement. Everything is done at a million miles and hour. She talks, moves and acts like lightning. Her favourite sayings are “Race ya” and “In a flash”, she always says she is “Quick as a wink!”
Princess Seea – watches everything, she studies the world with her piercing eyes. Acts only when she needs to and then she can spin the world to her desires. She can often be found dancing and spinning around as if in her own world. Really she’s checking out things on different spectrums and looking through things. Princess Seea always knows what is going on, she can also see great distances. Her favourite saying is “See ya there!”

Brief description of how gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.):
They were born with their powers, it has taken time for them to realise what they can actually do. Both Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea are always improving and learning exactly how powerful they are. They are trained by Captain Obi – their watcher. He lives in the control room (cubby house) and reports any dangers to the girls.

Powers:
Lightning Lilly can move, think and speak faster than anything in the universe. She’s supersonic!
Princess Seea has amazing vision, she has night vision and she can see the truth about people. Princess Seea always knows when someone is lying. She can also see through walls, books and into the far distance. If she wants to see it she can.
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Anything else important:
Princess Seea has a sidekick – Super Stitch. He has a super powered jet harness that makes him fly. He’s also super fast so she can keep up with Lightning Lilly. He can carry Princess Seea on his back. Super Stitch also has a super powered nose; he can track anything, anywhere.
They are all led by Captain Obi, who monitors the world and lets them all know where there is trouble. Together they form the perfect super team.
This team is all about the rescue, not the glory. They always have their camera with them. They photograph and video the crooks in action and leave the evidence with the captured villains. They are also non violent super heroes. Lightning Lilly, Princess Seea and Super Stitch use their speed, senses (sight, smell) and their natural intelligences to fight crime!
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Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea and the Great Otter Rescue.
By Ashley Howland

“There’s a problem at the zoo,” said Captain Obi over the comlink, “Someone is trying to steal the baby otters.”
“Right we’re on our way,” said Lightning Lilly, as she signalled to her partner.
Princess Seea whistled to Super Stitch. The big goofy Labrador woke up and flapped his ears, ready to take flight. Meanwhile Lightning Lilly threw on her supersonic sneakers and they both spun into their super suits.
Princess Seea strapped the super powered jet harness, with a built-in super pack onto Stitch. Then she jumped on his broad back, hooking her shoes to the harness. Super Stitch flapped his ears to turn on the jet harness.
“Race ya,” giggled Lightning Lilly as she took off faster than lightning.
Princess Seea rolled her eyes.
“Fast,” she said to Stitch as he took off. The super girls and their trusty pup reached the zoo as quick as a wink.
“Sssh,” whispered Lightning Lilly.
Princess Seea glared at her partner, but kept silent. They were hiding in the walkway next to the hippopotamus enclosure. There was only a hedge and a wall separating them from the otters. The super heroes could hear scared whimpering coming from inside. Together they crept forward. The only light in the zoo came from a few scattered solar lights. They lowered themselves below the fence and took position.
There in the dark they could just make out the shapes of the enclosure. Everything was still, there were no otters in sight. Princess Seea used her night vision and looked deeper. In the far corner she could see one baby otter, crouching in fear. She beckoned to Lightning Lilly, who nodded and with a flash she entered the enclosure and retrieved the scared otter. She was back at Princess Seea’s side before your could say “otter”.
“What happened?” Princess Seea asked the scared little otter.
“Two huge, scary crocodiles broke into our night den. They snatched my brothers and sisters,” sobbed the little otter.
“Crocodiles?” questioned Princess Seea.
Stitch hung his head and the sound of the word. Princess Seea looked into the otter’s heart. She was telling the truth.
“What do you reckon?” asked Lightning Lilly.
“She’s truthful, but that’s only what she thinks she saw,” continued Princess Seea, “all we really know is the otters are gone.”
“Not for long,” said Lightning Lilly as the super girls looked around the zoo.
“Super Stitch to the rescue,” suggested Princess Seea as she patted his big head, “Stitch find!”
Super Stitch put his nose to the ground and sniffed. He quickly found the scent of the scared Otters and he pointed the way. Together they took off, Lightning Lilly paced herself with the dog. In no time they hear the shrill whistles of scared otters.
“Oh really,” said Princess Seea as she looked into the distance.
“What is it?” whispered Lightning Lilly.
Princess Seea, just shook her head and pointed. There ahead of them were two men wearing SCUBA suits that looked like crocodiles. They were a slimy green colour with scales and a crocodile head as a helmet.
“See the otter was telling the truth,” said Princess Seea.
The crocodile men were trying to load a van with some canvas bags. The bags were wriggling and squealing. The baby otters were clearly putting up a good fight. One otter was even half out of the bag. Princess Seea quickly pulled the instant camera out of the super pack and snapped some photos of the men. Lightning Lilly grabbed a rope and in a heartbeat she bolted towards the men. Princess Seea watched as Lightning Lilly ran rings around the men and tied them together.
Princess Seea turned to Super Stitch, “Fetch,”
Super Stitch ran out, dropped off the photos and grabbed the bags. Princess Seea climbed back on Super Stitch and they headed back to the zoo. Lightning Lilly was waiting for them at the otter enclosure.
“What took you so long?” she asked.
Princess Seea ignored her question, “did you report in to Captain Obi?”
“Of course, I had plenty of time,” laughed Lightning Lilly, “even called the police.”
“Good, they will find the photos and those crocodiles will get what they deserve,” said Princess Seea.
Super Stitch carefully opened the bags to release the baby otters. They chirped happily as they ran back to their enclosure. Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea were celebrating a job well done when they heard the comlnk.
“Quick, there’s a problem at the aquarium. The sea lions are in trouble,” said Obi.
“On our way,” said Princess Seea.
Lightning Lilly smiled, “Race ya!”

My girls had a lot to do with these characters and the story – hope you enjoyed it! Until tomorrow – have fun!

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