Tuesday Thesaurus of Thoughts – A book signing and a lot of fun!


DSC_0011One Saturday, not so long ago – I attempted a book signing event!

Having managed to face up to this need, I threw myself, my family, and most of my friends into the arena!

Here is the fun we had – if you want to join in try the Recipe for Fizruffs at the end, and enter the Old World with us! :

I hope you enjoy the clips and pics from my talented family and friends – a great day for all ending with a delicious lunch, and hopefully even a few more Old World fans ;)

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FIZZRUFFS – A Food of the Old World – See Chapter 14 of Toxics.

(Or the best we can make of them, in our World!)

For approx 16 Fizzruffs, you will need: 

3 egg whites, 175g caster sugar, 150ml whipping cream, yellow, pink, blue/green food colouring, coated popping candy.

Line a baking tray with silicone paper.

Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add the caster sugar, a teaspoonful at a time, whisking well. Separate carefully into three bowls, and fold in 2 drops of food colouring, in each mixture, so you now have very pale pink, blue and green mixture.

Using two large teaspoons, spoon the meringues out onto the silicon paper, being careful to keep the three colours of tiny meringues well apart!

Put into a very gentle oven heat: around 50 degrees electric or Gas mark 1/4 . Leave for approx 3 hours. Remove and place on a cooling tray until completely cold.

When ready to eat, whip the whipping cream in a bowl until quite stiff. Place a spoonful on one meringue, sprinkle the creamy surface generously with the coated popping candy, and sandwich another tiny meringue on top.

Place in mouth, and wait for the fun to begin.


© Isabel Burt 2014

Tuesday Thesaurus – In honour of our children


‘Love is hard to do to people you don’t particularly like.’

Children – they are our future, and our past.

They remind us of how to behave.

They help us see the truth.

They live with all their heart and mind.

They have no veils.

‘I feel very sad for children left alone in war an I would like to love them but they never put their names in the paper,’

How many of us waste time trying to learn something that we once knew, all by ourselves?

How many of us are blind to the power of a child?

‘I love everybody and everything even ants, god made ants to be loved not trodden on.’

(With thanks to ‘God Bless Love’ Newman 1979)

WEDNESDAY WORDS – two little thimbles of news!

Here is an extra thimble of news or two…

3d4Thimble 1:

TOXICS BOOK SIGNING EVENT! Come to #Waterstones MK at 72 Midsummer Place MARCH 8th 11-2pm for a signed copy! Would you also like to find out what Felicity and Reuben are getting up to since Toxics? ;)

Safety!  Thimble 2:

As mentioned on my Twitter and Facebook page: I have done a little rant on a friend’s blog, so hop over to:


-and leave me your impressions of books you read as a child.

See you tomorrow!

TUESDAY THESAURUS – A slice of life, and of this site!


For new visitors, welcome! For old friends, welcome back!

You have found my twice-weekly posts meant to help new authors, inspire dreaming philosophers, and entertain readers from time to time ;)

I am a children’s author, and you can find out about me from my pages, just click on the links at the top of this page.

Toxics, my first full-length fantasy novel for children and YA was released December 2013, and its sequel, Oceans, is my current labour of love.

Tuesday Thesaurus is an eclectic mix of self-help links for new authors, mainly focused on writing skills, or self-publishing, but I remain impulsive so you may find a variety of topics in my links. I support the preservation of our beautiful wildlife, and their habitats, and the odd post of wild beauty may creep in – I aim to be mainly author/reader based, though!

Friday Fruitfulness is simply my favourite quotations. I love the power of a quote. It can transform a day, by humming silently in my head, and affecting all I do, think or say, when it is still fresh in my mind – resonating with the strength of a mother’s touch.

Do you agree?

I should say, that I love to hear from you,  by email, or comment below, or even on Twitter – see the feed at the right-hand side of this page.

You can subscribe to my newsletter by clicking the link at the top right-hand corner, and it will take you through a short form to enable you to receive my newsletter – a monthly round-up of the odd post, quotation, and any exciting news on my books!

If you would like to buy Toxics, links are on the Toxics page. If you are tempted, thank you, and I hope you enjoy visiting the Old World :)

Here’s this week’s link, then, a stunning overview of last year, from the very talented National Geographic teams:

National Geographic 2013