My goodness, how time flies! A year since I last wrote here, so Happy New Year!
The last year has flown by and I’ve had a break from blogging. Time to re-think and begin my writing life again.
I’ve been lazy!
Well, perhaps that’s an over simplification. 2017 has been a year of obstacles. Not only have I had to re-adjust to a new environment, with my family splitting and re-forming in a new way, but I’ve had to contend with hospital stays and operations. My mind just wasn’t in the right place to write. But I can now digest all my new experiences and begin to return to normal – whatever normal is!
Now, in the years of retirement, what do I really want to do?
I’ve got two chapter books ready to be edited and launched. One is for children (at present the title is ‘Petey” – maybe you can think of a better title – let’s look at that at a later date) and the other is for adults ( viewAuthor.at/MargueriteWellbourne )(written under my pen-name Marguerite Wellbourne, this is a novel about domestic violence – ‘Ordeal by Innocence). They’ve been sitting languishing in my laptop, waiting for me to polish and buff them into new books.
In 2016 I had written several more picture books in my ‘Alphabet Animals of Australia’ series for youngsters ( https://www.facebook.com/AlphabetanimalsofAustralia) and they’ve been in the hands of my illustrators. Now I can actively put them out into the world. This is the latest – ‘Kathy Koala’s Kerfuffle’ (soon to be available) and there are heaps more!
I’ve also decided to write a series of books for my Chinese and Cambodian students after getting the experience of living and teaching in both countries.
‘Learning Basic English’ is going to be a series of 5 books – maybe I will be able to earn some pocket money to shore up my retirement pension. In all my books I am very conscious that the children should learn something.
One of the things YOU can all help me with, is finding out what my readers actually want.
- Would you like some short stories?
- Would you like recipes for one? Gardening tips?
- Would you like to have some coloring-in pages for your little ones?
- Would you be prepared to pay a small fee for any or all of the above? How much?
- What would you be prepared to give me your email address for if something was free?
- If you could answer these questions, I will see that I can do this for you. I also want to commit to giving you an article here once a week. What information would you like from me?
Answer these questions, and I will be for ever grateful.
See you. Let’s start 2018 as friends, and spread knowledge, learning and peace throughout the world. Big dreams – but you’ve got to start somewhere!
Want to know more? send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you want. I will send you a little something free on your (and my) interest.