Lucky for Me (Less Lucky for the Horse)

Question: What do best-selling children’s authors have that I don’t?

(And no, you’re not allowed to say “talent”. My blog, my rules, I’m afraid.)

Answer: Luck. Or, more specifically, a lucky horseshoe rescued from the muddy tussocks of Dartmoor, lovingly de-nailed and de-rusted and polished to a satisfying sort-of shine.

Admittedly this is largely (OK, totally) conjecture on my part but I like to think it’s what separates the literary elite from the literary wannabes. “And why’s that?” I hear you ask (yes, you do have to ask that, I’m afraid… like I said, my blog, my rules). Well, I’ll tell you why (seeing as you asked).  It’s because I’m now the proud owner of my very own lucky horseshoe rescued from the muddy tussocks of Dartmoor, lovingly de-nailed and de-rusted and polished to a satisfying sort-of shine.  Ta-dah!P1120049

It’s up in my writing room, positively glowing with authorial luck, so all I have to do is sit back and wait for the offers from agents, editors and Hollywood to come pouring in.

That’s it… any moment now…

Does anyone else out there have any writerly superstitions? (You know, just in case the horseshoe’s having an off day…

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Interviewing Sheep: A Brighter Shade of Blue

Sheep interviews used to be pretty straightforward affairs consisting of three basic questions:

1) Can you baaaaaaaa?

2) Do you follow the flock?

3) Can you impersonate a cloud?  

1 and 2 were generally a given, so providing the candidate was capable of drifting across the landscape like a  fluffy cumulus on legs he got the gig. It was as simple as that.  But it turns out the rules have changed.  Due to the unseasonably hot weather we are experiencing at the moment, clouds are OUT and blue skies are IN. Unfortunately for would-be woollies this means no more soft white clouds grazing gently in fields.  No, we want sheep-shaped blobs of brilliant azure dotting our hills instead, thank you very much. It’s a tough ask but I think these Dartmoor chaps have got it licked:

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                            THE BLUE RINSE BRIGADE

And in further blue news today, my Bluebeard inspired teen short story ‘Welcome to Bluez’ is the guest tale on the fabulous Fiction Femme Fatale site.  You can find it at  http://www.fictionfemmefatale.blogspot.co.uk