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What I'm Loving

Apart from books and writing I have a habit of flitting from one hobby to the next. After all, there are so many wonderful things to explore! Below is a list of things I love- Blogs, Art, People, Books, whatever happens to take my fancy at the time. 

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Artwork by Tracey Verdugo

As a picture book writer, I am absolutely crazy envious of illustrators! Their ability to tell whole stories through amazing artwork in all types of mediums always blows my mind. Now people that are author/illustrators, well that's just a whole new ballpark. As a writer I am forever hoping that my words can trigger images, tug on heart strings, and stick in your mind long after you're done reading. To be able to wrap up a whole story in a few images is just amazing to me. 

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Stuff by Sunshine

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Illustrators I'm Crushing On

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For as long as I can remember I always loved art. Sadly, my artistic talent never really blossomed. Recently though I have been trying my hand at the wonderful world of watercolour. There is something so magic about the way the colours dance across the page, and it is always a surprise how it will look once it's dried. That's what they call a happy accident. If you're keen to try it out there are some great and affordable tutorials on sites such as Domestika and with Tracey Verdugo.  

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The Language of Flowers.

The idea that flowers can speak for us when we don't feel like speaking is a beautiful and wondrous idea. Between the symbolism of individual flowers and the idea that you can say a convey a whole conversation in one bouquet is so intriguing. My favourite book on the subject is Floriography by Jessica Roux, who also happens to be an illustrator, double the love! 

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