A lot of schools are winding down for the end of term this week (yay!). Is yours? Perhaps today is your last day or you are finished already (yay again!). Exams are over, teachers are exhausted, pupils would rather plan holiday fun than calculate the area of a circle (Well, obviously, duh!!). Lessons are pointless. Did you have an ‘activity week’ with author visits and workshops and fun events? Perhaps you were lucky enough to get a visit from a GHB author (we are awesome at workshops and talks, tell your librarian). 😉
I won’t be doing much of this
Well, there’s no such thing as a summer holiday for an author. If you’re and author you’re an author seven days a week and 365 days a year. In fact the summer can be the busiest time of the year with book and music festival events almost every day through June, July and August. And that’s as well as having books to write, homes to run and often children to entertain (though not the last one in my case, phew!).
My summer schedule started last week with two full-on days of workshops for Pop Up Festivals. The first was at Tudor Court Primary School in Essex, probably the largest primary I’ve EVER visited. It was VAST and so was their welcome! The second was with pupils from Elizabeth Garret Anderson School at the British Postal Museum and Archive in central London.
In between I went to London Film and Comic Con 2014 at Earls Court where everybody was dressed like this…
…and joined a host of other authors (and many of your own GHBers) at the first ever Young Adult Literature Conference, organised by Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, and it was AWESOME! I’m afraid I became a bit fangirly, spotting all my fave authors and illustrators, which is appropriate because, amongst others, the author of FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell, was over from America and attended the YALC! Woohoo!
So, as you can see, we got to rub shoulders with authors, readers, blogger, fans and just generally go wild about YA fiction all weekend. Oh, and wear costumes.
So, now I’m at my desk and looking at the rest of my summer schedule. All I have to do is…
Write three books, finish a fourth, illustrate a fifth and sixth, send a proposal for a ‘how to draw’ book (seven), work on some ‘visual’ ideas for my collaborative project with Jo Cotterill, sell my house, get planning permission for my studio, prepare worksheets for September, prepare talks for October and read my ‘to be read’ pile (currently as tall as Mt Everest).
What does your schedule look like? Will you be doing lots of reading?
P.S. If you’d like to read a book about the summer holidays, which starts on the last day of term and is full of surfing, movie stars, summer storms and a heart-breaking WW1 mystery then (here comes the big shameless plug!) you might put my book, EVERYTHING IS FINE (AND OTHER LIES I TELL MYSELF), on your reading pile.