Sheesh, my blogging is horribly sporadic just now and has been for so many months that I wouldn't blame regular visitors for scarpering altogether. Tumbleweeds don't make for very entertaining reading. Assuming there are a few remaining stoic readers who still visit here I'm waving guiltily and offering a chocolatey sorry biscuit.
An article I wrote about Joan Aiken's collection of magical children's stories 'A Necklace of Raindrops' has been published over on the brilliant women's magazine Standard Issue. This is a very significant book for me. The necklace in question influences the weather, saves a country from drought and I wanted one like it so very badly that it inspired me to begin making jewellery at a young age. That overwhelming urge to recreate the necklace in Aiken's story would eventually transform into my day job and I write about what happened when I introduced the book to my daughters.
You can read about it here. If you like what you read on Standard Issue a quick click of the recommend button at the bottom of our articles would help the team who make this very new online magazine to know whether we're producing material that people enjoy reading. It would help so much. Thankyou.
Tomorrow I'll be back to explain what has stolen my time away from blogging. It will be appearing on the shelves of Sainsbury's (!) this very Thursday. It has been thrilling and exhausting and there's a link to it in my sidebar....