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...

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 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...

May 2, 2018

I've been blocked for about a month and a half now; the fairy tales have dried up​​ and I've had zero inspiration for what's going to happen in the end, or what needs to happen illustration-wise.

This should be worrying me, but weirdly it's not; it feels a bit like the...

February 26, 2018

I can't tell you how excited I am about the artwork for the first story I wrote for my collection of feminist fairy tales, The Little Witch.

This tale has a special place in my heart, because it was writing this one that made me realise that it was time for the writer i...

January 30, 2018

As you will know if you follow this blog, in my downtime from providing Dr Hauschka and Reiki therapy, I am also working on a collection of feminist fairytales that will (fingers crossed) be published later this year by Wysewomen Publishing

These fairy tales mostly co...

January 25, 2018

Work is continuing apace with the illustrations for my feminist fairy tales.  The Changeling, which was the third story I wrote for my forthcoming book, has several really wonderful images in progress already. I'm excited about this story for many reasons (of which the...

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