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Spooky Story #ghosts #getreading

A Ghost story with a difference…
GHOSTNAPPED!

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Alex and her sidekick Thuds (the Labrador) think they are going on a boring family camping trip. They soon find themselves in an amazing adventure and a rescue mission when Alex’s younger brother is taken by a ghost. To get him back Alex has to solve a mystery from 50 years ago and face the most unique monster you’ll ever meet.

Get your spooky book here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513427

July – Winter Writing Time #getwriting

I am not really a fan of winter, yes it does indeed get cold here in Australia. We live in denial, but every year winter comes. We get freezing mornings, winds and rain. We still stand on the side of sports pitches, but it is really cold.

Although I am often freezing at work in the gym (there is a limit to how much running helps), I have found a great thing about winter. It is the best time to settle under the covers and write. That being said at the moment I am editing and formatting. Either way it keeps the brain working and that helps to warm the whole body.

I am hoping to have some big news by the end of this month, so watch this space.

My goals for winter – to complete a whole host of unfinished writing tasks. That’s the best place for me to start right now. I have so many projects on the go, I just need to start ticking off the list. I often think the middle of the year is a good time for that. You can revisit your goals and see where you are.

Right now I am going to see if I can tick off a few of those boxes…

Stitch has been busy reading too – remember to check in with Stitch Says and Chewie’s News. If you are an author who would like and interview or review remember to email me at ashley@ahowland.org

More soon – have fun!

Writing Buddies Workshop #amwriting @dogshelp

Wow it was a week ago that I ran my Writing Buddies Workshop at the local library. Clearly time has not been on my side over the last week. Anyway here is the wrap up…

There were quite a few people who attended. We had a great time chatting about writing and how to get ideas. I handed out some templates I use in my writing journals and the stories began to flow. The children who attended came up with some amazing ideas. While we chatted my two writing Buddies were on their best behaviour. Stitch managed to get tummy rubs from everyone. He’s not subtle at all, just finds a person and rolls on to his back to get a rub. Such a big soft teddy bear.
Chewie – well for a real goofball he is amazing when he needs to be. He can be very sweet and loves to wave at everyone. He was very good.

The boys were paid for their efforts…in icecream! Well done boys!

Overall it was a great success. The library was happy with the turn out and I managed to sell a few books as well. It was lots of fun and a great way to get my books out to the public. Not to mention a chance to connect with kids who love to write. Here’s to the next event…

Now I need to get back to work – have fun!

Getting Inspiration – Writing Buddies #writingworkshop

This weekend I am running a workshop with my two writing buddies:

It’s an interactive session that is all about getting inspired to write. We are going to have lots of fun. Stitch and Chewie are looking forward to working with everyone. They love to help me write and are great at inspiring others. I won’t give any more away now. Check out the session at the Cove Library in Adelaide on Sunday the 4th of June 1:30 – 3:00pm. Would love to see you all there. If you can’t come I will be posting some information after the session. In the meantime here is a photo to get your creative ideas going:

See you all there, have fun!

May Blues #itscoldoutside #timetowrite

May has arrived with rain and cold weather. There is nothing better than cold, wet nights to get the writing flowing. Well that’s my theory anyway. As long as the brain doesn’t freeze it’s probably sound…

I still have a lot of goals from previous months to complete. Who am I kidding, I have a lot from previous years to complete. The trick is to always keep moving forwards and keep the goals in sight. They just take longer sometimes.

That’s all part of the fun.

I have achieved something this month already… I submitted a flash fiction piece staring these two amazing characters,
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The first cuddle

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When he was sweet

I’m pretty excited about that for sure. I love being a part of anthologies, it makes writing a team sport. As sport is one of my other loves it’s great to combine them all. I haven’t just been writing though. I’m also in design and formatting mode. Which is a bit like trying to play soccer against an octopus. Certainly a challenge. Hopefully I will have some big news by the end of the month… We’ll see…

In the mean time – have fun!

Catching Up #toomuchtodo #gettingbackontrack

Ooops, I have been neglecting my blog. I do have good reasons. I have been really busy. Here’s the update on what I have been working on:
1. I completed the chapter book challenge – writing a ten chapter draft to go along with my super hero series. This is very raw and will of course have lots of work to do, but it’s done and that is great.

2. Reading books to review – I have just completed one book and have started another. My Stitch Says blog is back up and busy again. I love helping other authors promote their work, but it is time consuming. I have to be careful how many I take on at once. However I am open for more so email me if you would like a review or interview.

3. I ran a Book Busters Session at the local library – this was hopefully the first of many sessions at the library. There were a dozen kids who love to write. We had a chat and did a few activities. They were really keen to write. I love working with young people on writing and am looking forward to the next session.

4. It’s almost Easter and I have lots to get organised. If you are looking for some last minute ideas, you can always grab a book:

Way better than chocolate.. well okay, a book and some chocolate would be prefect.

I had lots of other plans for the month of March too, but life got in the way. Just like this blog there are always things that need to be done. I have some great ideas for April and school holidays. Hopefully I will get them completed. Wish me luck – have fun!

My Books #author #promotion

I am a children’s author, who loves to get young people (anyone actually) writing. There is nothing better than sharing stories, dreams and creating memories. Writing can do all of those things as your imagination runs wild. As such this year I will be running some writing workshops, very excited about that. It is great to have the opportunity to share my passion for writing and reading with others.

You can purchase and check out all my books here:

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=ashley+howland&sitesearch_type=STORE

They are also available on Amazon or if you live in Australia contact me at ashley@ahowland.org

Have fun!

Stitch Says: Cover Reveal #BeachBoundBooks

Hi it’s Stitch here:

Today I have a special Stitch Says post. It’s a Cover reveal, courtesy of Beach Bound Books, let’s check it out…

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BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Cover Reveal for Crystal Marcos’s new picture book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings. The cover reveal will take place on February 20, 2017.


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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings
Author: Crystal Marcos
Illustrator: Marie Marcos
Number of pages: 32
Recommended ages: 4+
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Book Description: A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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Order Autographed Copies from the Author

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Watch the Book Video

About the Author

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Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.

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Pretty cool, check it out! Keep reading, keep writing!

Been Writing, At Last #finally #lovetowrite

I have completely neglected my blog, but I have good reason. I have actually written something. That’s pretty exciting, because lately I have just been coming up with ideas, but nothing has flown. Then I had a hot bath… think that one came from Harry Potter. Take a bath, that will give you the clue. Well in this case I didn’t need a golden egg, but the bath did do the trick. An idea came too me and for once I got it down straight away.

Tonight I read the draft to my critics… I mean children. They loved it, so there is tick number one. It does need some polishing of course, but when I read it out loud I did realise something. It’s actually pretty good. I will be submitting it in a month or two for an anthology. Which is pretty exciting. I am looking forward to posting more about that later.

This draft has done something else for me. It has reenergised my writing. Just in time too. It is almost March, which means Chapter Book Challenge time!

I love this challenge. I have even now published one of the books I wrote a few challenges ago.

I am aiming to publish two more books written during this challenge later in the year. More about that later too. So much exciting stuff happening. I have lots to do and lots to share. For now though I am just happy that my Chewie story got the kid’s seal of approval and I can keep working on it!

What are you working on at the moment? Have fun!

Writing…where to start #ideas #notime

One of the best things about being a writer is you can escape into your own imagination… Just make sure you don’t drool. It’s great to sit there and pretend to listen, but to be thinking of characters and adventures.

Just kidding, it’s not that meetings are boring. It’s just when I sit my mind wanders. Great, to escape, of course until someone asks you a question. However there is a bigger problem, way more serious than not paying attention. the ideas buzz through your head during the meeting, but do they stick to when you get to your laptop??? Mine have a habit of reappearing when I can’t do anything about it.

What’s the cure? Well there are two options.
1. pretend you are taking notes and write down your ideas. I find this difficult because it’s one thing to be thinking ideas, when I write them down that takes more concentration. Sometimes I doodle them, that’s a bit of a compromise. drawing doesn’t take quite as much attention and I generally remember what I was thinking.
2. Keep thinking them over and over again until you can type. This takes practice and can lead to you talking to yourself.

That’s okay too. Writers are allowed to be a little crazy.

There are probably some other solutions too, would love to hear your ideas. Right now I need to get writing. The idea that popped into my head earlier is slowly disappearing. Time to get to work.

Have fun!