It seems funny writing a blog without the proverbial countdown heading above. Not to worry a new countdown soon as the third Navajo Spirit book is prepared for launch. Exciting stuff coming up for KS1 too, although I don't want to say too much about that yet. Have an absolutely amazing artist for my new picture books. There's lots of things coming up for the future, uncertain things, risky things which seem more risky for the fact that there is little left here for me except family. The challenge of a five, possibly six county tour is exciting and I know I can deliver what I have to offer the schools and the children. The prospect of having a good look at parts of the country I have visited before is good too. The pace of life is appreciably slower and there is opportunity of enjoying it. By contrast I will miss my visits across the border to my home county of Sussex and the lure of the Romney Marsh.
There was a time when I was looking forward to summer this time round, the thoughts of sharing my passions with some of the people who have become close to me in the past few years, opportunities for that seem to be slipping away. still you know what they say, when one door closes another opens and the opportunity for slipping away before September is now a real option. Life can be a battle at times and sometimes you just cant win them, I recognise that, and the difficulty just drives me harder. If you cant go left then choose right so to speak. We are but pebbles in the oceans of the world, scattered by the tides of life to experience different things, places and other pebbles. I do believe there is something good for everyone in this world, whatever waits for me has yet to be revealed it seems. A few temptations along the journey but that is all they turned out to be, disguised as something else to lure and make promises they have no intention of keeping.
So by now you will have seen the cover page of my new book. Personally with my love of all things Marsh, it pleases me every time I look at it and reminds me that outside of Sussex it's my favourite place to be. I guess I'll be looking at it a lot when I'm away. I have high hopes for the sales of this book which will be officially launched in two schools in E. Sussex very soon. If there are any schools out there who would like to partake in the launch of my Navajo series of books, please get in touch with me through my website. The series is very appropriate for year 5 and 6 children and therefore open for primary schools to launch it.
For the next few weeks the blog will revert to every 3 or 4 days until the new countdown starts. I'm taking a little time off and getting some rest