Category Archives: Author

Writing Challenges #getmotivated #backontrack

Writing challenges are a great way to get yourself motivated to write. Unfortunately this year I missed the September Chapter Book Challenge Lite. Life got in the way, that’s not an excuse, but a fact. Working full-time, with two kids and dogs makes life busy. Unfortunately something had to give and this time it was writing.

It’s a shame because I feel like I have missed something. that just makes me more motivated to get back into it. I haven’t been completely idle. I have just released the first in my super hero series and am working towards publishing the second. I will also have a short story published soon too. So not idle, but just not as productive as I would like to have been. Still there is time this year. November is a traditional writing challenge month. However I am not going to go for the 50 000 words in a month. I do have goals though:

1. Write a chapter book 10 000 words
2. Complete my ebook 10 000 words
3. Get my second super hero book ready to publish

That sounds like a pretty good aim for the month of November. I have a week to work out the details and get my life organised so I can find the time to actually write.

Wish me luck – have fun!

Happy Birthday Chewie #greatdog #birthdayboy

Today Chewie turns four!!!!

He is an absolute nugget, but we love him. I think he’s too smart for his own good, but he is also so sweet that he gets away with it!

I was going to celebrate Chewie’s birthday with launching my book that will begin his adventures. However I am not going to get that one published this year. Life has got in the way. However Chewie’s journey to the pages has begun. This year a short story about him will be published and the first book in my super hero series has been released! This is important for Chewie because he will be in this series shortly.

So I guess I get to celebrate his birthday by releasing my newest book:

This is available on kindle or in paperback – check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO
Join me on this great day in celebrating my pups birthday by reading a new book!

More soon – have fun!

Book for Halloween #reading #betterthanlollies

A Ghost story with a difference…
GHOSTNAPPED!

New Cover
New Cover

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

Spooky Story #ghosts #getreading

A Ghost story with a difference…
GHOSTNAPPED!

New Cover
New Cover

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,
STITCH

The first cuddle

CHEWIE
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!