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Sat 15-Feb-14
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No way can I cut up that Chicken, Val, I don't have the use of my right arm, will just have to roast it, in it's entirety, can't see my morning Carer doing it either. I expect I will get some decent meals from it. Ghislaine says she will not want any tomorrow, but Louis and Ian will have some.

Sun 16-Feb-14
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Got my gas fire sorted yesterday and, as I suspected, it was a problem with the remote. Final tally - $200 for a new remote, $100 to get it "programmed". Thus the reason they couldn't just sell me a new one but had to send a technician to set it up! His response to my complaint was that some remotes only last 2 or 3 years, so I was lucky to get 5 years out of it! A bit of a scam in my opinion. My heating bill last month, during the very cold spell, and this includes my gas furnace, was $300+. Should be less this month as I haven't been using the gas fire as much.

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Mon 17-Feb-14
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The potato riddle was as described, however it was a large industrial type one, stood on 4 legs with a winder and conveyor belt, did have some pictures, but can't find them now.  Made a fair few bob at the auctions with it.

the weather hasn't been quite as bad up north, so my  poly tunnel and greenhouses are still standing I'm pleased to say.

Mon 17-Feb-14
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what_the_heck Blonde's bag of dog food proudly states " Not Tested on Animals " what_the_heck

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Mon 17-Feb-14
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Why not?  I certainly hope that it was not tested on birds!

I'll try that again!

Tue 25-Feb-14
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Well, see, it's like this.

I have written a children's book - 2000+ words. (for primary school age group)

It is a way of teaching the alphabet, written into a story.

Thing is, I would like it illustrated, and I haven't a clue - do I use a program to draw, do I use an illustrator, and how do I know the best way to go about everything that is required.

confused   brightsparklystuff   or perhaps forget about it   big_laugh   big_laugh

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Wed 26-Feb-14
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No Val, don't forget about it, have you an art college near your home?  Or a school which might give you an introduction?  Don't stop now, I want to read your book! big_hug

I'll try that again!

Wed 26-Feb-14
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Oh well done Val, you clever thing! big_hugwelldone

Toni's idea of getting in touch with an art college is a good one. 

I did a writing course some years ago (managed to have a couple of articles published in magazines), we were introduced to a book which was quite helpful, The Writers and Artists Yearbook.  That might give you some ideas, oh and they have a website https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/ which I notice has an article called 'Becoming a picture book author', written by a children's book author.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Wed 26-Feb-14
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Thanks Toni and Sue - and I've had a quick look at your link, Sue. Thankyou so much.  big_hug

The whole thing seems mountainous ......

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You're welcome, Val big_hughope it's of some help.

Well, mountains are put there for us to climb, aren't they?!

I'm sure you can do it, Val - you're resourceful, clever, savvy and inventive.  And you have a passion for creativity, especially when it comes to children's things.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Wed 26-Feb-14
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wave Oh I so want to read your book too Val.  

Over the years, I have encountered all levels of presentation in books for children.  First and foremost, children must be attracted by the book and want to take it off the shelf!  

The one thing I would say to you is make sure that the art work is nothing short of brilliant.  Children are so aware of good illustrations and as much can come from them as from the written word. The combination of good writing and illustrations can make the difference between a magical read to be enjoyed time and time again and one which is read, enjoyed and put down.  Sorry if this sounds as if the art work is more important.  Of course it is not!!  Just don't settle for second best just because this is your first book.  It may all seem daunting, but just think of your pleasure and that of children when you have it published.  Wow!!!!!  How exciting is that!!!!big_hug

 

PS  Wish I could draw!!!  big_laugh

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Wed 26-Feb-14
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well done Val, don't give up

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

Wed 26-Feb-14
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I have written to a literary agent, but I'm not holding my breath!

It's all a bit scary! ponder

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Fingers crossed!

Daisy and Donald (sorry) tucked up in their house after a happy afternoon on the pond. Good to see it being used again!

Two chickens managed to escape to the bottom field. I saw them as the light was beginning to go. Trecked round to the field, picked up the girls and carried them back. Think they were trying to get away from the young cockeral! All safely tucked up now.

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Ooh, so we could soon list amongst our virtual friends a published author, good luck val! it would also love to read it and have 2 grandchildren who could road test it for you.

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