Pants, Press & World Book Day

You could be forgiven for thinking I'm a bit lazy on the blogging front, as it's now March and I haven't written one since January. Sorry about that, well actually I'm not, because I've been really busy and if I was kicking out blogs left right and centre, boredom would likely creep in and you might fall asleep in your cup of tea. We can't have that because as we all know, tea is a precious commodity that needs to be drunk piping hot and in peace! 

It's been a great month as we've been featured in the press for Inky Babble and we have also signed up with our new literary agents, Merton Books. This is hugely exciting, as they manage the "Call The Midwife" books by Jennifer Worth, which have now been turned into an acclaimed television series on BBC One. I don't think we will see Maud and Inky Babble on the goggle box any time soon, but it's good to be with people who have a proven track record for success. They are very lovely at Merton Books and I'm actually extremely grateful that they are giving us a chance, so we are very excited about this and looking forward to seeing what might come from it. Rome wasn't built in a day though, which is a shame because patience isn't a virtue of mine, even though the world had been trying to teach it to me for decades! 

So we were in the press for World Book Day which was fantastic we got a whole page spread as well which I wasn't expecting. 

World Book Day is wonderful, I love seeing all the kids having fun and getting dressed up as their favourite characters. It gets them talking about their favourite books and authors, characters, plot lines and sharing stories, it's a wonderful day for the kids. 

What I really dislike though, is seeing parents getting competitive over the costumes, it puts a real downer on what the day is about. Does it really matter that little Peter is wearing a Spider-Man outfit instead of a character from a David Walliam's book in a homemade costume? No it doesn't matter, Spider-Man came from a comic book and comics still have words that children can read, it's not a competition. It's about getting their imaginations running riot, having fun and being introduced to BOOKS! It would be so nice next year not to see all of these snide remarks from parents, criticising other parents on their child's costume choice. 

If you want to spend six weeks hand stitching a "Gangster Granny" outfit good for you, you go and do that, that's your call, it doesn't matter what others do with their kids. Pants to it in fact, big fat Alien's Love Underpants to it, why does it matter? It doesn't, let the kids have fun and keep your knitting needles to yourself I say! 

So that's my World Book Day rant over, my son went as Funnybones in case you were wondering, he won't even wear a costume, so it was the tracksuit with the skeleton on it that did the job. It will be interesting to see what he wants to do next year.

So what else am I up to? Well I'm illustrating book two at the moment and I'm writing a young fiction book as well, which I'm quite enjoying as I don't know what's going to happen next, but I'm having immense fun developing new characters. I need to copy Terry Pratchett and get a card index for them, funny how all of Diskworld lived in an indexer.

I will leave you with a picture of Hester, my very grumpy goblin. The sun is shining, spring is almost here and the birds are tweeting, have a lovely day peeps and speak soon

Hannah xx

P.s. apologies for lack of punctuation or spelling I'm on the train, I blame Southeastern :) why not everyone else does! 

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