The first post is from educator and storyteller Norah Colvin, and is her interview with Wendy Haynes, author of Hayden’s Bedtime.
Image Wendy Haynes and Readilearn
Today, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Wendy Haynes and her delightful new picture book Hayden’s Bedtime as part of the Books on Tour promotion.
About Wendy Haynes
Wendy Haynes has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy, historical, and contemporary stories for children, picture books, junior fiction, and YA. She believes that having a regular writing practice, and understand the device at your disposal, is the key to not only completing a story but in building the skills required to produce a worthy manuscript.
About Hayden’s Bedtime
What parent of a young child hasn’t had to perform a bedtime ritual to get the child into bed and off to sleep? Hayden’s Dad is no different as he checks every corner, every nook and cranny to ensure there is nothing lurking in the bedroom. All he finds are everyday things like building blocks and smelly socks, toy cars and chewed up gum. When the child is satisfied that all is safe, Dad reads a story and the child settles down for a good night’s sleep.
Head over to find out what Norah’s thoughts are about the book and enjoy the interview with Wendy Haynes: Norah Colvin with Wendy Haynes
About Norah Colvin
Hi, I’m Norah Colvin, founder of readilearn. Before readilearn, I was a teacher; probably for more years than I wish to reveal, but let’s say, quite a few, and always in lower primary, mainly year one (my favourite).
I’ve been a classroom teacher, full-time and part-time, of single-age groups and multi-age groups; I’ve been a resource remedial teacher and a home educating parent; I’ve been a curriculum writer for the Education Department, and a freelance education author; I’ve run educational sessions for parents and their children of before-school age; I studied literacy development and ran sessions for parents on how they could help their children read.
The next post is from author Eloise de Sousa who has taken that first bold step to working full time as a writer and motivator of others making the same journey to being published.
Dreams Can Come True
Well folks, I am now officially working for myself. It’s still sinking in, even after a week of prep work for the next phase. I can’t say it has been an easy ride because my stress levels have been through the roof. Becoming self-employed as a writer is not for the faint hearted.
Before embarking on this adventure, I had to do a lot of research and quite a bit of soul searching. You see, there’s no point in telling yourself that you’re going to become a fabulous, £50k a year author (I’m allowed to dream), if you don’t have anything to eat in the interim. There’s that annoying question of how to put food on the table and pay for essentials, like the car insurance, for example. I was very lucky – I got help. Joining a group of like-minded writers/bloggers who have already crossed the roughest parts of the journey and have shared their experiences has helped immensely. Taking their advice is important too. There are so many pitfalls, it feels like walking through a valley of snakes!
Head over to find out more about Eloise’s innovative strategies to supporting herself as a writer: Dreams Can Come True Eloise de Sousa
Sweet Fanny Adams..? The horror behind the words…
I was unusually tired when I got back home from work on Sunday afternoon. With plenty of things I was ‘supposed to’ do, I couldn’t settle to anything for once and spent most of the day listening to music. My choice, an odd mix, fell on operatic arias I have loved since childhood and mediaeval music associated with the Templars. I feel I should apologise to my neighbours… not for the music, but for singing along with it. A singer I am most definitely not.
I couldn’t even muster the energy to feel guilty about doing sweet F.A. … then wondered exactly where that euphemistic phrase had originated and headed over to the computer to find out. I have always been fascinated by the origins of old words and phrases and imagined that the name must relate to some indolent lady of leisure or a character from some forgotten book…
Sometimes, you can learn a lot about the mindset, mores and daily life of a time and place by looking at the expressions it has left behind.
Most of the time, ‘sweet F. A.’ now covers a rather more ‘colourful’ expletive in apparent respectability. So, if asked, you can always say it means ‘sweet Fanny Adams’… but just who was Fanny Adams? I Googled and uncovered the grisliest of tales… one which once struck horror into the heart of the nation, but which has since been largely forgotten…
Head over to find out the horror behind the sweetness: Sweet Fanny Adams…the horror behind the words by Sue Vincent
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and read these posts in full. Thanks Sally.