August 30, 2018

As I prepare to kick up my heels and disappear solo into the wilds of Scotland, I felt moved to celebrate the FRICKIN' MARVELLOUS PROGRESS that Megan and I have made on the book illustrations over the summer:

 Yep - that's right - we are nearly finished!! We only have a...

August 28, 2018

Life's been pretty busy recently, what with the kids being on summer holiday and the book illustrations progressing. I have spent a great deal of time in front of a laptop screen editing drawings and getting sucked into social media. Too much time!

I've found myself fal...

July 25, 2018

​​I used to be a project manager in financial services, and then again for ​​NHS Education for Scotland. This means I am more than familiar with the concept of "slippage", when you realise during a project that you're not going as fast as you planned. 

With hindsight, p...

July 23, 2018

We spent an absolute fortune on holiday this year, so for the rest of the summer holidays I am determined to reel myself in on the cash front. This led to an impromptu foray into wild camping last Sunday, when my pal and I decided at the eleventh hour to take seven kid...

June 18, 2018

I have been agonising for months now over what to call my book of ​​feminist fairy tales! I've been using the hashtag #feministfairytales2018 on here and on social media when discussing it, which is catchy and fun (if worryingly close to expiry as the process of illust...

June 9, 2018

 Megan and I are starting to sign off some final drawings for the book now; it's been such a wonderful process to go through, watching my stories come to life - sometimes just how I imagined them, and sometimes in ways that really surprised me. 

According to the spreads...

May 28, 2018

Every so often you have a day or a week, or sometimes longer, when you just despair for the human race. Maybe you're feeling under the weather, or somebody did or said something thoughtless that hurt your feelings, or maybe you're drowning in admin trying to sort out a...

May 15, 2018

I've been dreaming again! Last night, it was about a truckload of eggs - a bit like a lorry for transporting sheep, but absolutely rammed full of gazillions of eggs in cardboard boxes. 

The truck was being driven by an elderly man, and I was trying to escape from it; ev...

May 13, 2018

This year I have been working on reclaiming my wildness. I grew up in such a remote, rural place, but sometimes I forget that my roots are in nature, and barely get outside beyond the school run, which is really not helpful for keeping me grounded. ​​

Using Dr. Hauschka...

May 13, 2018

I just finished watching Wonder Woman. What a movie! ​​

Photo credit to Sarah Satrun.

It couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I just finished the first draft of The Sea Queen, and I have been consulting with my amazing illustrator Megan MacPhie about how best t...

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