I’m so sleepy…

… so damn sleepy,
I’m so sleepy and yawny and tired!
I’m in need of tea,
And lots of biscuits…
And a nap would be really quite nice…

*above is sung to the tune of “I’m so pretty”*
TOH puts tea and biscuits in front of me.

Ah. That’s better.

I’ve decided that my current set of up and down moods is entirely PW’s fault.
I will get this foot to my mouth

You know hormones and all that jazz, combined with lack of sleep and a drop of financial worry makes for an irritable mummy.

My mum keeps telling me to give myself six months and I’ll be feeling better… I suppose I can allow myself to be tired.

Anyway, this weekend Maria Kuroshchepova and I published another book. You remember Maria? She’s Mama Masha and the inspiration for the Lych Mistress in “The Tower and The Eye“.

As I was saying, we published another “Land Far Away” book at the weekend:



While all respectable fligaphluphs make a point to stay away from the enticing lair of the terrible and powerful Snafflewich,

Ahkoo is determined to do the opposite and pay her a visit.

An adventurous and irrepressibly curious Fligaphluph, Ahkoo’s parents have trouble getting him to go to bed at sunrise when all the other Fligaphluphs do. So his Granddad tells him about the Snafflewich, hoping to make him stay in bed when the sun is in the sky.

Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect and off goes Ahkoo to discover what the Snafflewich really is like…

This one was written when my son was about seven. He too was irrepressibly curious and adventurous at the time, so that particular year was heart stopping – we hurtled from one incident to another and  culminated in him impaling himself on a curtain hook  (don’t ask, I don’t know how he did it) and then trying to get himself run over on the way to school a few days later.

Ahkoo wasn’t finished until late last year however – I’d had a problem with getting the ending I wanted to the story to rhyme properly.  Then both Maria and I had a lot of other things taking our attention from publishing, so he’s been waiting patiently to hit the printed page.

But now he’s here and is eagerly waiting for someone to read about him!

Lulu – http://www.lulu.com/shop/maria-k-and-kra-morgana/ahkoo-and-the-snafflewich/paperback/product-21612591.html;jsessionid=0017495669C984F0B1DA3798820B4BC5

Now I am going to go have a shower and see if I can wash some of the fluff build up out of my brain…

The 7-Writer Challenge

7-writers get to strut their stuff (The Seven Line Challenge)

The talented Mary Ann Bernal has tagged me into the 7-writers challenge…
Well, never let it be said that I shy away from a writing challenge!
This is your mission:

Go to line 7 on either page 7 or page 77 of your manuscript and do a post with the next 7 lines, then tag 7 people to keep the challenge going.

*This a short and savvy way to see what others out there in the blogosphere are writing.

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Well here we go.  Here are my seven lines from my WIP – Book #3 of The Secret of Arking Down Series; The Second Door.
The Daemons from the Fire Realm are confronted by Hades, Lord of The Underworld…
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“I have been sent by my Master to retrieve the Shield, Lord Hades.” Lady Deumara curtseyed. “These others are merely my bodyguards.”

Nex rolled her eyes. “She says that as if we weren’t able to hear.”

“Well that is why we were sent with her.” Morbus gave a tiny whimper as he looked up at the full daemon.

Lady Deumara absently patted him on the head and Morbus wagged his tail.

“Control yourself brother.” Nex growled softly. “You’re not a lap hound.”

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I’m going to pass this challenge on to…

John Booth

Diane Nelson

Maria Kuroshchepova

James McShane

Greta Van Der Rol

Terry Kroenung

Steven Novak

Monster Monday: The Grungegogglers.

I am a woman of many facets. I write all sorts of things and sometimes I write things because I want to educate or entertain my children. This is how The Land Far Away Series  got started.

The first book was Pika the Phluph and the Gribblebid Tough, and my original idea was to show my son and daughter how the letters PH make the sound FF. They helped me create the creatures, both by describing them and sketching them as well as by lending certain aspects of their personalities to the  characters.

For example, anyone who knows my daughter will immediately recognise who Pika is based on and the Gribblebid has my son’s temper!

The stories are told in simple rhymes and many of the names that I’ve made up for the creatures, while they look difficult to pronounce, they’re easy to break down into phonetics in the same way that the children are taught to read at school.

I am the first person to admit that my rhyme schemes are not the most polished, but to entertain and teach a child, they don’t have to be. The important part is the story.

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It was nearly three years ago now when I first met Maria Kuroshchepova through a mutual facebook friend. It turned out that we both loved fantasy and we both adored nonsense rhymes, almost as soon as I started playing with one!

It soon turned into a working relationship that spanned the ocean between us. I’d write the words and Maria turned them into pictures. It was only a moment or two (or that’s what it felt like, anyway) before we started to turn the words and pictures into a book.

“What does this have to do with monsters? After all it is Monster Monday.”

Well the Land Far Away doesn’t really have monsters. It has creatures that may, from one point of view, be seen as monsters because of their behaviour or the way they look.

The Grungegogglers are one such creature and the easiest way to describe them is to let the Piskaphluph bird tell you about them:

A slick of bright colours floated out on the lake,
The Piskaphluph bird felt herself shake,
“Who is committing these terrible crimes?”
And over the building she flew one more time.

Trudging from the building some creatures appeared,
To the Piskaphluph bird they looked really weird,
Their bodies were green and covered with scales,
They had red spikes down the length of their tails,

But as she soon finds out, the Grungegogglers are creating this pollution for a very good reason. So she pops off to find help.

Sadly the Grungegogglers discover the damage they have done to the Land Far Away more than a little too late. I won’t tell you how the story ends – you need to pick up a copy of the book to do that!


It’s only in paperback at the moment – I am sorting out e-book versions and a-book versions as fast as I can, so if you want to find out more about the Piskaphluph and her adventure with the Grungegogglers here’s the link: