Who’d have thought it… an author & illustrator, and I’m an introvert!
The concepts, the writing, the imagining. The doodling, drawing, editing – all of it I love. I love watching as my imaginings take shape as a book. I love watching as people read my books and enjoy.
But I’m self-publishing, and here’s where it starts to get interesting. I have to publicize, plan and get these books ‘out there’ too! And then it gets scary. I’m so out of my comfort zone.
With ‘So many answers’ I have stepped up the pace a little, and really pushed myself. I have contacted other bloggers cheekily asking if I can guest post about my book. If you missed them, I have a guest post on #includedbygrace and on #flamecreativekids I have emailed people and asked if they will write words of endorsement, have contacted Christian organisations also seeking to support Christian families to let them know my book exists and how helpful it will be for families.
‘A little book that engages with some big theology. With honesty, intelligence and humour, ‘So Many Answers!’ takes us on a journey of words and pictures to remind us that God’s love and desire for his children is unconditional, unfailing and often unexpected.’ Bishop Paul Williams
Still in the pipelines are a launch party and visits to local schools with one confirmed, and others still to approach.
If you have read ‘So many answers’, I’d love it if you could leave a review on Amazon to let others know what you thought about it! (I told you, I really am pushing myself with this whole book launch thing!)
Well, this was an unexpected result of blank pages and new ideas and opportunities… I have been busy this week setting up a shop with Zazzle where I am hoping I can make some of my designs and illustrations available on a range of products.
If you like what you see, do go and have a look… I will be adding others.
It’s a new year! Inevitably I’m looking back over 2017 and looking forward to the writing adventures to be found in 2018.
In 2017 I got stuck into writing monthly devotions for a Christian SEND family network over in the States, and it seems that 2018 will introduce me to a bigger team, and bigger audience, over there as ‘Snappin Ministries’ joins with ‘Key Ministry’ and I continue to contribute as a writer with them. I’m not sure yet what that will look like but am excited to be part of something as it grows and expands it’s support of families like mine and the churches that they seek to be part of.
In the spring of 2017 I piloted a school experience day based on ‘My Easter Egg Hunt’. We had a lot of fun delivering it, and had some wonderfully positive feedback from children and from teachers. The story opened up the meaning of Easter very naturally. This material will be made available in the coming weeks – I’ll keep you posted!
I celebrated ‘My Jesus Family’ at Pentecost…
Of course another highlight was also launching ‘Angels Singing’, and being encouraged by stories of people of all ages finding it to be a book that created space for them to reflect and be still with God. We also explored the possibilities of communal contemplative colouring, and loved the way it included so many, often those on the edges.
So what will 2018 bring?
I am waiting to hear back from a publishing company about a submission – a book I am very excited about which explores what the Bible says about God answering prayer. So again I will let you know when I hear what’s next for that one!
I am working on collecting together more contemplative colouring, and imagining the possibilities of producing materials for children’s scrap-booking with God.
As I’ve said I will be writing regularly with ‘Key Ministry’, but am also talking with a UK based network to see how I might contribute too.
And then of course there’s the back burner project that I’m hoping to revisit this year – the book that began this whole writing adventure for me. It’s about time you met ‘My Curly Granddad’.
Plus all the little sparks and ideas that happen whenever I see a fresh blank page. I am officially loving this adventure – who knew there was a writer in me waiting to get a word in edge ways!
I have been so enjoying doing some designs for Christmas ‘contemplative colouring’ – don’t know if that’s a phrase in use already, if not I think it should be!
I find the process of doodling with a passage of scripture or a thought, or phrase from a prayer or worship song creates a space within me – and in my day – to contemplate things with God. New thoughts and insights occur to me, and I find my emotional responses to the words can be expressed in new ways.
Am so looking forward to finishing the last few that I have been putting together, and then I will be making them available through amazon, and perhaps other places too – will keep you posted!
So, how would you describe church?
Dictionaries say this:
building used for public Christian worship.
‘the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century’
‘some people go to church every Sunday’
‘after church we went to a restaurant’
in names ‘St Luke’s Church’
a Christian denomination:
‘the Methodist Church’…
Christians worshipping in a particular place
‘She is a member of this church.’
What would you say? How do you talk about church with your children?
‘My Jesus Family’ can start conversations, and has bible verses to look at together. Think about church from a child’s perspective…
At the moment I am working on some new ideas, which I love doing – it’s an exciting part of the process of getting a book out there, it’s the pioneer stage where anything feels possible and you can’t help but be excited about where it might all end up!
So I have been writing about our experience of prayer – more specifically asking prayers, and have been thinking and wondering how our feelings about these moments in prayer reveal how we picture God.
Next week I’m back in my gorgeous church infants school to show them where I have got to so far, and hopefully to imagine together. I can’t wait to chat together and find out what my words make them feel, and think and what they are reminded of.