1. My Teddy Bear once spoke to me. TRUE. Or at least, I believe she did. I’m a believe in dragons, believe in Father Christmas, believe that your toys come alive when you’re not looking kind of girl. This might make me a little strange to some of you, but hey-ho, that’s who I am! One day I’ll tell you about the time I saw a fairy!
2. I own a ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ first edition hardback book. FALSE. Unfortunately! I love the books, and wish I could have gone to Hogwarts. This probably doesn’t suprise you after reading the above!
3. I’m a synesthete. FALSE. I don’t have this condition – sorry Sian! I find it very intriguing though, as I teach a lot about using the senses in creative writing. Often our students find it hard to fit in descriptions other than what they can see, so it’s interesting to get them to push their boundaries and include other senses in their stories and poems. I found out about Synesthesia from this book:
It’s my Grandad’s birthday tomorrow, so I’ve made him this card:
It’s based on last Saturday’s Twisted Sketches card sketch, with the twist of ‘ruffle’:
It took me ages to get my sewing machine out and sew the ruffled ribbons on, but it was worth it! You can see what other people have made from the sketch here.
I had a great day celebrating my birthday yesterday, enjoying a picnic:
swimming in the sea:
playing with my daughter:
and being serenaded:
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We had a baby blue tit in our garden the other day, and its mother was flying down to feed it – me and my little girl were watching. I decided I wanted to make something to reflect how my feelings are probably similiar to the blue tit mother’s, so I thought it would have the words ‘fly free little one’ on the project somewhere.
I started with a wooden birdie purchased from Hobbycraft in the sale:
You can see I ended up just using the words ‘fly free’, as I decided I wanted it to apply to myself and others that I know and love as well as my daughter.
I began by painting two coats of white acrylic paint onto the bird, sanded the edges to reveal a bit of the blue underneath, re-painted the eye, and punched two holes with my big bite for the ribbon to go through:
…there was a young girl who devoured books. She read them one handed whilst eating dinner, she splashed them with water when reading them in the bath, and she hid under the covers at night with a torch for the last few pages of a story, so her mum wouldn’t see a light on and tell her to go to sleep.
Then that girl grew up … but not very much changed. Books still occasionally have spaghetti bolognese or bath water speckled on them. Except these days she can stay up as late as she likes, reading by a proper lamp. Now she likes writing stories of her own, and tutoring new book-loving children to write their own too. And, of course, she’s hoping her daughter will find the same joy in reading, reading, reading:
Reading and writing are a huge part of my life; I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Uni, and with my friend Rosie I run creative writing workshops for children. So I was delighted to be given this award by Sian:
I certainly wouldn’t call myself a liar, but I probably embellish the truth here and there when telling a story, the same way I embellish photos on a scrapbook page to make it look pretty and interesting! To accept this award I need to tell you a few creative facts about myself, and let you decide which you think are the real deal. You can see Sian’s post with her intruiging tales here.
I’ll follow the same pattern as Sian, by giving you 5 facts which may, or may not, be true. Leave a comment guessing which of them you think are fact instead of fiction!
1. My Teddy Bear once spoke to me. I was about 5 years old, and her name was Funshine Bear (one of the Care Bears). It was really late at night and I couldn’t sleep, when suddenly I heard my teddy say ‘Hello’. She never said anything else, so I can only assume she was talking to my dolly and had a bit of a shock when I sat up and tried to speak to her. I’ll never know for sure, and you don’t have to believe it really happened, you just have to believe that I believe it did.
2. I own a ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ first edition hardback book. Luckily it escaped being splattered with dinner or bath water, so is still in relatively good, though slightly thumbed, condition. It is now kept carefully out of reach of sunlight or toddler fingers! One day I might have to sell it, but for now it’s mine all mine.
3. I’m a synesthete. I’ve got a condition called lexical → gustatory synesthesia,which means that certain words bring an involuntary taste to my mouth, even though they may be nothing to do with the food or drink that I taste. For example if I hear or read words ending in ‘th’ like ‘bath’ or ‘faith’ it makes the taste of sherbet appear on my tongue. It’s kind of fun most of the time, and I’ve always had it so it doesn’t feel wierd to me!
4. I’m learning to speak Chinese (Mandarin). I spent 5 months travelling around SE Asia a few years ago, and met other travellers that had been to China and told me what an bustling, beautiful place it was. Next time I go travelling, on my way to New Zealand, I want to stop for a few months in China. It might be a few years before I get to go, but that’s okay as it turns out Chinese isn’t that easy to learn. Bu Hao.
5. I am a cover girl. Okay, not of a glossy magazine, that would be too far fetched! But if you find yourself wandering into the Jane Austen Centre in Bath you can spot me on the cover of a book called ‘Jane Austen TV and film locations guide’. And a photo inside the book too. So I grace the same pages as Kate Beckinsdale, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. Good enough for me.
Hope you had fun reading these, please let me know which you think may be true, it will be interesting to see how good I am a lying. If I’m really good I can start planning devious things like robbing a bank. Or maybe just telling my hubby I’m doing the housework when actually I’m blogging!
(P.S. Rosie – you can’t play, I know you know the answers!)