Book Reviews, The Writing Mum

World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

Our house is bursting with books, many of which are the picture books we have lovingly collected over the last 7 and a half years (and more) as well as others that have come to stay for a short while from the library. We have loved our journey into the magic of picture books, and… Continue reading World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

Flash Fiction, The Writing Mum

Friday Flash: Spilt Milk

You may think this is trivial but trust me, if you were me you too would be sobbing as hard as I am right now on the kitchen floor. Oh yes, you too would be letting the snot, the tears, the saliva dribble freely, as the cool stone presses hard into your hands and knees,… Continue reading Friday Flash: Spilt Milk

The Writing Mum

Here’s to Magic Mums

It’s National Storytelling Week this week. It’s also the week my Mum turns 70. I find that quite fitting. After all it was my mum, like many mothers before her and since, who introduced me and my three sisters to the magic of stories. Mum, full of warmth and love, her full bosom the perfect… Continue reading Here’s to Magic Mums

The Writing Mum

Inspired to be Phenomenal on Another Ordinary Day

Oh my... I have a story about how Facebook does sometimes have it uses and doesn't only suck the soul out of your body and the time out of your day... It was a regular morning, I set my alarm for 6:45 with good intentions to rise before my children, to write in a notebook entitled… Continue reading Inspired to be Phenomenal on Another Ordinary Day

Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, The Writing Mum

Snappy Easter

‘What time is it now?’ ‘It’s two minutes after you last asked, now shush’ 'So it’s two minutes past half past ... er' '...five, Kitty. It’s 5:32 in the morning. It’s not time for talking. Go back to sleep.' 'But I’m not-' ‘Shhhhh!’ ‘But I think he’s beeeen!’ ‘He?’ Ma opens one eye. ‘The Easter… Continue reading Snappy Easter

The Writing Mum

Our International Women’s Day

In true style, I am late to the party once again as I sit down here to wish you all a very Happy International Women's Day (for yesterday). I know, late again, but I would rather write it late than let it go altogether. I had very valid reasons for not writing my post yesterday, two… Continue reading Our International Women’s Day

Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, The Writing Mum

The Dandy Lion (Friday Fictioneers)

A short, sharp intake of breath. Then her small features all go to work. Eyes focus, brow furrows, and lips form a perfectly puckered pout through which her lungs can release their contents. Two fine full lungs let blow. Ten tiny fingers tightly clutch the stem as the seeds take flight. A swirl of life… Continue reading The Dandy Lion (Friday Fictioneers)

Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, The Writing Mum

This Beautiful Life (Friday Fictioneers)

Here's my second go at Friday Fictioneers 🙂 It's ended up being a bit of a play around with dialogue. This Beautiful Life "It's broken" Janet mutters, her arms embracing the contents of the wash basket. "What? The toilet?" My hands stop short at my belt. She's already half way down the stairs, a trail of dirty… Continue reading This Beautiful Life (Friday Fictioneers)