Inspiration in Hibernation

Well, here we all are, inside and in hibernation like our friends the hedgehogs and butterflies. We too hope to emerge from our semi-detached and terraced cocoons, into the sunshine, en masse in a wave of happiness. Will people dance, sing or shout? Or will the world merely become a little busier?

For many, life is unrecognisable as they become accustomed to no commute for work, finding space to work at home with the whole family milling around and learning how to do school without going to school. It’s strange and frustrating. But it will get better.

When I began Home Schooling last July, it was all rather weird and uncomfortable; routines had disappeared and we desperately needed new ones. Parenting a child with SEN is challenging and rewarding and routines are your rock, your life-saver. Small things, like having a daily chart that we can blu-tac activities to and then remove, are a boon.

Try making one! Use an A4 sheet with ‘TODAY’ written on it: cut another piece of paper into squares and write/draw things like ‘dinner’, ‘reading’, ‘crafts’, ‘tablet time’ or ‘lunch’. Kids love to remove the activity once complete and it’s an easy way to set up a rota in the morning – sticking on your squares. Use coloured pens to liven it up.

We now also have some Home Holiday Rules (I don’t like using the term ‘isolation’): Every night is movie night; Good hand-washing; one item of breakfast each; family board games; elbow kissing is fun.

I’m also sharing some inspirational photos and poetry on my blog site https://elainemoxon.blogspot.com/2020/03/hibernation-inspiration-1.html

Stay safe, have fun together and the reunions will be special around the world.

Bright Blessings, Elaine xXx

 

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Into the New

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A lot has happened this year to occupy people’s minds. There will still be much to occupy people’s minds as we move into the new year. I have had plenty to occupy me, not least completing the first draft of my third Wolf Spear Saga, editing my second Wolf Spear Saga, putting the final touches to a special side project and becoming a home educator. I have had much pleasure from building my local writers’ group, seeing others flourish and progress. It’s so satisfying, being able to share experiences and explore writing with others.

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Finding a new life/work balance has taken a while, but I feel it’s always good to have some time to review where you are and where you are going. Well, going into 2020 I have several projects that I hope will emerge into the world. I’m not one to rush anything and like to know I’ve taken all the necessary time to ensure I’m happy with my creations. I look forward to releasing more of my work in the new year; of sharing them with you all.

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In the meantime, I wish you all a Merry Yuletide and best wishes for the new year. Remember to set yourselves achievable goals and, most of all, to enjoy writing and enjoy life.

Love & Light, Elaine xXx

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New Year, New Projects!

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Reflections

The new year is, for most of us, a time of reflection and decision-making, seeking new directions and exploring new territory. For me this mostly involved balancing my craft with parenthood, which has its challenges, but I can say proudly that I met them head-on in 2018 (even if all my personal goals were not met!).

A sabbatical from social media during 2018 aided me in my pursuits, clearing my thoughts and providing me with time and inspiration. I had time to write and time to nurture (my writing and my family). It has been an immensely fulfilling year for me and I trust you, my readers, will have been patient with my absence. I can promise you it will be worthwhile!

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Focus

We all need to take a step back from the rigours of life now and then, to re-assess priorities and gain focus for the times ahead. I am always in awe of others who seem capable of obtaining the ultimate work-life balance utopia. In the Moxon household family comes first, but we managed nevertheless to find moments where we could enjoy the pleasures of our craft: music and words filled our home and we have entered 2019 with renewed enthusiasm and new routines.

I hope you will join me in all the excitement 2019 will bring for the ‘Wolf Spear Saga’ series! The second saga is ready for editing, the third saga (first draft) is half-way and there is a novella prequel in the works.

In the meantime, I have an announcement coming soon for a special project I have been working on since last Autumn. Word-nerds and linguaphiles among you should be suitably intrigued and I cannot wait to share the news with you all!

Bright Blessings for 2019, Elaine xXx

 

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After the [Book] A-fayre

“A wonderful opportunity to hear new work and chat with book lovers.” LK

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It’s just over a week since the very first ‘KMC Book Fayre’ took place and, on reflection, it did well for a debut. The cold weather may have depleted the attendance a little, but it was nevertheless an affair to remember! There was plenty of mulled wine to warm the cockles for walking home and to stave off the winter blues.

“The day was made warm as much by the lovely atmosphere as by the excellent mulled wine.” DC

All our attending authors thoroughly enjoyed it, even finding time to socialise among themselves for a while, exchanging marketing techniques and discussing factors particular to their genres. For a few it was their first involvement in a literary event, so there were some that were nervous of presenting to an audience. However, the attendees were attentive during the authors’ talks and keen to chat with writers in the ‘meet & mingle’ section of the fayre. One author felt the best part of the afternoon was…

“To meet up with sympathetic and committed local writers who only live streets away from me and to find out that I am not alone in my endeavours. Cake was good as well!” SW

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The talks were varied and entertaining, personalities creeping into the narratives and the applause were generous. By the end of the event, almost every author had sold books and there were requests for the date of the next Book Fayre. Much cake was had, along with lashings of laughter and a sprinkle of shared wisdom.

“I certainly enjoyed it. Every big thing began as a small thing. Onward!” MK

It’s safe to say immense fun was had by all at the ‘KMC Book Fayre’ and there will definitely be another in the form of ‘KMC Book-Fest 2019’. Special thanks is also extended to Kiss Me Cupcakes & Cakes for providing top quality refreshments as always and being very gracious venue hosts.

“Fascinating to meet so many contrasting, talented local writers in such a cosy, welcoming venue, many thanks.” LB

 

Here’s to KMC Book-Fest 2019!

{Details will appear on this website nearer the time.}

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If you are a local author and wish to register for next year, please contact Elaine Moxon, the hosting author, at: info@elainesmoxon.com

 

 

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