Category Archives: Children’s stories

Happy Friday

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It’s Friday which means that the first weekend of October is almost here! Fetch me a fab book, my snuggly blanky…and hot chocolate with cute little marshmallows….wanders off in to a delicious daydream…

I’m back!

This week I’ve been working on a children’s story which fingers, eyes and toes crossed the client will like (pretty please!) and next I’m off in to article writing land to write 10 pieces. Research required, it helps if I know exactly what I’m talking about, apparently. Who knew?

I’m also working on another royalty quiz book which should be out before Halloween, I know that ghosts love a good quiz, they do, really.

In the dear old U.K. October means we will probably hear fireworks any time now, even though Bonfire Night is still over a month away, show a Brit a firework in a store and they will purchase and let it off, even sometimes at two in the morning, hmm thanks for that;0)

 

 

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Final thought for the mo, please can we all tell the media to stop writing/speaking so negatively about mental health issues?

Very few people are about to become a danger to their communities, hey, some of us even know that as mental illness sufferers we are more susceptible to being the victims NOT the perpetrators of crime. It would be great if the people charged with the duty of informing viewers/readers (and the powers that be) could remember that before they fall in to stigmatisation yet again. Just saying, right that’s me off my soapbox and off to the land of cute article queen.

Have fun, stay safe and smile.(But never at a crocodile.)

Joanne

 

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Wish I’d thought of it sooner:-)

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I hope everyone is having a great Sunday a.k.a. Funday!

I’ve been editing like a ninja this week, less than 4500 words to go so take a guess what I’ll be doing Monday and Tuesday this week?! After this it’s back to childrens fiction. (Thanks to the lovely man that said yes to my pitch!)

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And now for something completely different…you know how on the news we keep seeing images, mainly tragic, of refugees fleeing from Syria and that area? Well, I, like most people I know, was whinging that the government needed to do more, that these people needed help. It was a couple of days before I realised that it’s fine to SAY that but 100% better to DO so I did something that I should have already done – I donated to a charity that is working on the ground with the refugees…so now I have helped in a tiny way instead of just decrying the powers that be from my nice warm and thankfully safe home.

While I know that my donation won’t make a miracle, if it gets added to another someone’s donation and then someone elses…and so on…just think what the human race could do for those that are suffering! Moreover, people find spare cash for a treat so why the heck shouldn’t they find cash to help repair a catastrophe?!

Life eh? It throws up some interesting questions.

Take care and remember to tickle your tum to make yourself laugh;-)

Joanne

 

Daylight!

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I been so busy in the last week working on various writing projects that today was going to be a day off BUT I woke up wanting to write something so, here I am. This might give me my writing fix so that I can relax for the rest of the day! Or, knowing me, I’ll keep writing!

Apparently there was daylight during my week in writing hibernation, I think I saw the sun once or twice but I’ve been absorbed in writing and editing a childrens book, doing a couple of freelance jobs and researching for my new history book.

The childrens book, The Amazing Treasure Hunt, is sitting with a publisher now so fingers and toes crossed that all is well…I might cross my eyes as well – Feel free to join in!!

The history book is part written and I’ve been building up the data so that I can write like a ninja from tomorrow onwards!

Meanwhile, I think I’ve sourced an artist for my “coming soon” children’s story website and I’m waiting on news for another couple of freelance jobs.

I’m so grateful and I guess relieved too when the client says that they like what I’ve produced, it really energises me to tap away on my laptop and let my imagination run wild.

Have a fab day,

 

Joanne

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Chillax, Read, Walk, Rest…Repeat

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I have been doing something in the last few days that I don’t normally do…NO WRITING!!!

As I finished one project I realised that to leap straight in to another one would not give my brain and creativity a break so I’ve been strict with myself. No writing anything – on purpose for four days – I bravely jumped off the industrious treadmill.

(OK, I’ll admit to writing a poem on Sunday! Guilty as charged.)

I get so busy working that I sometimes forget to remember that my brain might just like a rest, a change of scene, a something out of the ordinary…and that’s what I’ve been giving it. Time off.

I have to remind myself as I recover from the OCD/PTSD that my mental strength is a work in progress and that although THANK GOD I’m nowhere near as fragile as I was I still have to be mindful – excuse the pun – that overworking the brain does me no favours short or long term.

Same for people who have their mental health in what they think is A1 condition, if you don’t take time off sometimes and remove the strains then there is a probability that your brain will go ping. You need to take time to reconnect with you.

So, I’ve walked in the sun, shopped in the rain, had my hair done, read some fab fiction and just tried to relax without lingering too long on thoughts of the next book, the chapter content, the research etc.

The nagging OCD voice wants me to work but it isn’t blaring as it once used to, so I can relax more these days…when I remember to!

Right now, I am typing this, earlier I wrote a children’s story and tomorrow I’ll start my book and will probably get so immersed in the project that it’ll be another month before I take a whole day off.

This afternoon is a half day off.

The plan reads: Chillax to the max.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m not ridiculously keen to get back to my beloved writing!

Take care peeps.

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Editing, Publishing And A New Website

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The family birthdays are over again for a while so it’s back to work for me. (A year older, not sure that’s a year wiser!)

Great news: joannehayle.co.uk is now live! YAY…YIPPEE…WHAHOOOOOO!

The whole site can be accessed on the above address including access to my blog -I will still post via WordPress.

The children’s section can also be accessed from http://www.childrens-stories.net and I believe that in due course there will be links from that site to my children’s website.

I’m soooooo glad there are techy bods out there to do such magical things…Thanks Simon at WWW Support Services    (No, I don’t get a reduced bill by mentioning him, but credit where it’s due. 

At the risk of applying an archaic stereotype as I’ve been editing my latest book and its direction has sharpened and altered course slightly so I have employed the female prerogative to change my mind.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it was called British Aristocracy and Titles with the cover that I uploaded on here.

Now, mid edit and with a wish to catch more people’s attention I have changed the title and the cover to this:

Now, that’s an Indie author privilege, you get to chop and change at your own will and not on an editor/agent/designers instruction. No offence, I like the freedom.

I’ve also added my author page to the French and German Amazon’s. My bio was already on .co.uk and .com but I wasn’t expecting the very nice surprise of the Eurozone embracing my books.

Tomorrow (25th Feb) my new children’s book comes out on Kindle: Deserts For Kids.

More For Kids books coming soon but not until my latest is edited to the point of wanting to throw it out of the window! Kidding-honest!

Keep smiling and have a great rest of the week.

Joanne

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Turn the volume down!!

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It’s been interesting trying to be creative with builders working next door, their radio blares louder than their hammering and because the house was gutted for refurb the noise echoes!

But, whilst playing the theme to Bob The Builder (Youtube if you’re not familiar with Bob!) in an act of retaliation I have managed to get a sizeable chunk of writing done…Yay!!!

The below goes to show how “in the zone” I was whilst writing…Yesterday afternoon I drafted a children’s book on planets…I actually wrote this and only realised how funny it sounded when I was reading it back…

Uranus, a gassy giant, is next in line to see

Winds blow up to 250 metres per second. Goodness me!

Space-people don’t stop for picnics on Uranus

They might get blown away and that would cause such a fuss!

I guess that when I’m in my full on creative zone I don’t note the obvious double entendres!

That’s why editing was invented – Thank goodness!!

Have a great Halloween…trick or treaters don’t usually come to our street…Are we too spoooooky??!!

We get new neighbours on Saturday, they’ve gotta be quieter than a team of builders.

I am now going to wrk on plot outlining for a fiction project…the inspiration is brewing something intriguing!

Joanne

Bits and Pieces

Hiya

They say that variety is the spice of life and after this week I believe it!

Apart from reading the shorter books on my Kindle ready for me to really get in to War and Peace…

I’ve been working on getting some of my e-books in to a printed format which was a bit daunting but a lot of fun.

I wrote a Hallowe’en poem and a Christmas children’s story within a couple of hours of each other, a seasonal literary shift with only lunch to separate them!

I’ve also written another preschool/kindergarten children’s story and published that as an e-book.

And, in case you were thinking “oooh what a show off!!” I also wrote a children’s story that when I returned to it the next day I thought that was pants to give it a really technical phrase! and I immediately and ruthlessly deleted it and rewrote it. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind!

I was shortlisted for a competition too – top three apparently – soooo close and yet soooo far from the prize! Hey ho.

I actually managed to oversleep a little on two mornings this week – I think it’s the darker autumn mornings that are to blame and it’s ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the words willpower, sleepy and cosy!! Actually, I think it’s thanks to the anxiety disorders getting sorted too, that makes sleep SO much easier!

Next week I shall be editing like a ninja – as long as my duvet and I find a way to separate! 😉

Have a fab weekend.

Joanne

Busy Bunny

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Hope you’re enjoying your day.

I’ve had a great few weeks of writing and some fab progress with the O.C.D/P.T.S.D. treament.

I now have a series of quiz books on Amazon and one of my children’s stories is waiting to go live.

My poetry is getting very kind feedback. 

And we’ll just ignore the pesky rejection e-mails from magazine editors who aren’t feeling the love for my work this last week or so!

And the O.C.D/P.T.S.D progress? You know the multi soaping/multi hand washing thing that OCD’ers do to feel safe?

I have (thank God) managed to reduce that by over half in the last three weeks…that frees me up to do important things like writing! My time is my own not my wonky brain cell’s. YAY!!!!

Keep smiling, stay happy and remember you only get this day once!

 

Joanne 

 

 

 

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Big Kid!

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I’m writing children’s stories at the moment.

It’s great forgetting the complex difficulties of being a grown up and just having fun writing about things like going to the shop, going to a party, smiling and playing.

My OCD appreciates days like this too.

No pressure, not too emotionally draining and it’s hard to be anxious when you are in a child’s mindset thinking how they think, seeing things for the first time, gently learning the rights and wrongs of life. If adults can be prone to thinking “glass half empty” then children and their imaginations are wired to the positive “glass half full” approach.

Sometimes, I think thatgrown ups would benefit from taking  a few minutes each day to just be a big kid…not in an annoying way…but just to watch as a butterfly flits from flower to flower, to appreciate the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread, an orange as it’s being peeled, to enjoy the feel of the breeze on your face as you run.

You get the idea…to reawaken ourselves to the appeal of things as if they are newly discovered.

And now, I’m going to pretend that I am a superhero cat and save someone.

Come on, join in, you know it sounds like fun!!!

Joanne

 

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