The future’s bright, the future’s – emerald?

I’ve enjoyed this week. It’s been good. I’ve been able to get some writing done and have made considerable headway with my novel.

I do miss not being on the Roaming Roman Book Tour though. Yes it was hard work, yes it was tiring and yes there was a lot of pressure, but I loved it. I was able to meet people, see classrooms, teachers and children first hand, see how people reacted to my book and (hopefully) gave them something they can take away with them and use.

I think the most positive thing that came out of my experience was seeing how bright, interested and eager to listen the children were. Some (most) of the things they came up with were brilliant. Full credit to the children for that, but I also think that heaps of credit should be piled on the teachers, heads and other staff members. Every single school I visited was freindly and warm and pro-learning in a really healthy and rounded way. I had expected to be feeling, at this point, that there were one or two schools I’d rather not go back to, but that hasn’t been the case at all. Hugely impressed with them all, and very much looking forward to visiting them again, hopefully, in the not too distant future.


There was some sad news this morning; the Hungary legend Puskas died last night.


This morning I re-read this fantastic version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. My copy was a commemorative pop-up, designed by Robert Sabuda. Wonderful story and the art is breath-taking.

There’s a picture of it here, and another here.


And I’m still trying to work out how to upload the recording I made of my reading from my book. Hopefully it’ll be up here soon, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. I’m not all that great with technology!

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