Win a copy of my book!

Hi guys and gals 🙂

Recently, I was delighted to receive limited edition copies of my doodle books and I’d like to offer you, yes you, the chance to win a copy!
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The competition giveaway is running on my facebook page and it would be lovely if you popped over there and said hi.

https://www.facebook.com/doodle2ink

all you have to do to be in the chance of winning is to ‘like’ my page by following the link above and comment on the pinned post ‘WIN book’ followed by your name.  Closing date for entries is Sunday 26th April 2015.  I’ll then select 1 winner who will receive a copy of my pocket doodle ink book!

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Competition time :-)

Morning everyone!  It’s tipping down in the UK and I’ve woken up to the sound of rain hammering on the roof, but I’m delighted to share with all you lovely people my latest doodle and competition giveaway. It’s time to celebrate!   Good luck everyone 🙂 xxx

https://www.facebook.com/squarebird

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Still time to enter – free Christmas Giveaway!

Entries are being accepted up until midnight Friday 12th December. Thanks everyone who has entered so far – mostly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarebird.co.uk
Tgis is just to remind you that entries are accepted here on WordPress too. All you have to do is comment on whether the limited edition print will be for you or a gift before the deadline tomorrow. Good luck.
Here’s a reminder of the prize:

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Lino print hare and free Christmas giveaway

Hi and welcome to my blog, if this is the first time you’ve come across squarebird :-). Hello to all newcomers and old friends in the bloggesphere.

Today marked the day when work put up the Christmas tree and so I decided to run a Christmas free giveaway! I’m also promoting this on my
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/squarebird.co.uk and my printing blog at http://www.theelevatorpress.wordpress.com

First let me show you the actual lino cut I sketched out and cut this evening, then I’ll show it to you inked up for the first time. Finally, I’ll show you the limited edition lino-gelli print you have the chance of winning for yourself or a friend.

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I chose to do a hare simply because I like nature and the hare is almost an iconic feature in the UK.

Once inked up with black, I found that I liked how the brown from the lino showed through against the acrylic paint.

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Finally, I began to play around with a Gelliprinted background and then printed the hare over the top.

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To win, all you have to do is comment after this blog post (or on my facebook page using the above link and commenting under the hare post) whether you would like to win it for yourself or if it will be a gift for someone. Entries will be accepted up until midnight Friday 12th December -all time zones and I will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Saturday.

Good luck everyone and thanks for stopping by 🙂

A further update on National Novel Writing Month …

My progress chart … This is one of the reasons why I like taking part: there’s a word counter which informs you how many more words are left to go.

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Although I’ve not been posting a craft daily this month, I’ve been busy beavering away at the keyboard and creating my first draft of a novel; working overtime at work and being a mum! Hope you lovely people who take time to visit my blog are all well and I promise there will be some more handicrafts in the run up to Christmas including a fun giveaway. Yay! 🙂

31,129 words … Still going in the right direction

NaNoWriMo update: today is the day we’re able to validate our novel by uploading and verifying our word-count – can you believe some people have already gone passed the 50000 word mark and we still have ten days to go! I can’t verify mine until I’ve reached 50,000 words (so for now, you’ll just have to believe me). I have some catching up to do over the weekend with a surge of writing and flexing my typing fingers. In the meantime, I’ve saved it all and it’s stored on here

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and on my computer. I’m tempted to print it all out and see what that many words look like on paper! I can always remember when I owned a computer which had a floppy disc drive and the printer was a dot matrix (very noisy and to create bold type, it would ink over the page once then go over the text again!). Not only did it go through a lot of ink, there was not much else it could do apart from play ‘Snake’ and word process letters!
When my son was about eighteen months (he’s now 18 years) I was busy typing up letters to publishers and sending out submissions and manuscripts. While busy typing a new story, my son became very inquisitive and before I knew what had happened, he’d pressed the power button off and I lost pages and pages of creative writing. I could only hope that the second draft was better than the first! Thanks son!

Nano journey continues…

Just over 28,000 words and reconsidering the title of my draft novel. It’s definitely a journey and I’m encouraged by the fact my twelve-year-old daughter is inspired. She’s currently on chapter 30+ of a novel she’s writing using the Whatpad app. Her friends can log in and read what she posts daily and comment. They tell her how frustrating it is when she leaves the chapter on a cliffhanger! She’s learning fast. The only snag is she won’t let me read it until it’s finished (I’m hoping it’ll be complete for my birthday in December, but she tells me she has no idea how long it’s going to be).
I wrote my first ‘long’ story when I was ten. It was called Beno. I also began to write a long tale as part of English at school when I was in year 6. There was a number of us chosen in the class to write about an imaginary family. When I joined secondary school, my English teacher organised for me to meet the author, Jean Ure, who went on to read and comment on three chapters of a novel I was writing. I wonder if my youngest child is going to follow suit? She says she wants to be an author … So watch this space 🙂

Just a quick update post tonight

My effort at writing a novel is progressing. Just reached 21,000 words in 13 days. Still a long way to go, but beginning to get into the plot now as I get to know my characters better.
29,000 words to go. I’ve done it before, so I know I can do it again!

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It’s intrigued the people I work with: I have a colleague who’s desperate to feature somewhere in the story. So, at 21,000 words, she’s finally appeared!

Dotty drawing and ten minute sketch

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A quick ten minute sketch in the office inspired me to draw in dots a more substantial drawing
As I’ve just announced a new contest giveaway calling for pets to draw and the prize winner gets to keep a picture of their pet, I thought I’d also mention that if you’d rather have a stippled dot drawing of your pet as a prize rather than a lino print, then please comment below and send me a photo of your pet to jhw.eng43@yahoo.com with ‘pet sketch contest entry’ in the subject line and state whether lino print or dot. Here is an example of one of my stippled drawings all done in fine dots! I hope it inspires you to enter. Entries to the contest closes at midnight on Friday 22nd August (all time zones).
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Free Giveaway! Teddy Bear Cutie!

Last call for entries for my free giveaway for June!  Please comment below on what you would call him/her and state where in the world he would live.  Currently, he is Somerset enjoying the sunshine, but he may be heading across the world to where it’s winter.  Let me know if you would like to win this cute and gorgeous handstitched teddy.  He’s made from a mix of felt and a remnant from a fat quarter I used to make a cat cushion for my sister-in-law.   He’s approximately 11.5 cm tall and even has jointed arms and legs :-). You have until midnight to enter.  Hurry, hurry, hurry! :-). Go on, you know you want to!

 

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