A March Blog

9781781321867-Cover.inddoceans front only jpgIt seems such a long time since I spoke of these two, my first fantasy duo. It seems such a long time since I wrote them! But recently I had to send off some extracts, and I thought I’d dust off their pretty covers again (the work of two talented folk, Derek and Rosie), to talk of life.

Now, wildlife conservation and sustainability have always been very important to me, as you will know if you follow my blog, and I try to write with these in mind:

“…Toxics, set in a world in which the environmental balance has been altered by the birth of a new species…This fantasy world will encourage older children (10+) to think more carefully about the environmental issues of their own planet.”

In March we have the beginning of spring.  A time of regeneration, and of hope. The world feels particularly precarious just now, doesn’t it? And yet there are always messages of positivity, of hope and peace. Mother Teresa once said,

‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.’

A pair of fantasy children’s novels hoping for balance, a new novel on its way dreaming of conservation…drip, drip…how can a few words help when I read the headlines? I don’t know…maybe something I say will inspire a budding conservationist…a brilliant ecologist…a wise peacemaker…who knows? …drip, drop.

I wish you hope, peace and joy this spring, and the desire to do whatever you can, in your own small or large way.




Mother Teresa on a Friday


“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”    – Mother Teresa


Tuesday Thesaurus of Thoughts – Sustaining the dream

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Welcome if this is the first time you have hopped in for a look!

Today’s post is mildly philosophical – I was thinking of reality versus fantasy.

That practicalities can challenge our dreams.

How to sustain the dream, then?

Walt Disney dreamed large, and if any of you have seen ‘Saving Mr Banks’, recently, it will have reminded you that he was, in an old friend’s favourite phrase – ‘A self-made man’.

Imagination spins the dream – Persistence and Resilience sustain it.

We can all dream. Ask any child.

I left ‘Saving Mr Banks’ thinking more of the cranky old author who had transformed a terrible childhood experience into a beautiful, inspiring story, and how hard it must have been for her, and yet she succeeded.

What will you do with your ideas?

Whatever you do – never give up! :)

Here are just a few, from all walks of life, who are a testament to the power of dreams. I am sure you can think of many, many yourself.

Albert Einstein

JRR Tolkein

Gerald Durrell 

JK Rowling

Bill Gates     

William Wilberforce

Mother Teresa  

Richard Branson

Walt Disney

St Francis of Assisi

Florence Nightingale

Leonardo da Vinci