So…what do you write? Lynn Huggins-Cooper

I get asked this question. A lot. All of the time. I find it quite hard to answer; I ‘um’ and ‘er’ quite a bit, because I write all sorts! I started as a young teacher, answering an ad in the Times Educational Supplement from a company who wanted teachers to write lesson plans for publication. This quickly blossomed into writing books for schools, and home learning – and my career as a writer began. Little did I realise that I’d end up writing features for the Times Ed within a few years…probably a good thing as I wouldn’t have thought I was capable. So – I am an educational writer.

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Soon after that, I started sending off manuscripts to publishers for non-fiction for children. Many were published. I wrote for many comics and websites for children too around this time. So – I write non fiction for children.

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I had my first picture book published in the US – ‘Alien Invaders’ – with a brilliant illustrator. I have had others published around the world, but am most fond of ‘One Boy’s War’ published by Frances Lincoln. So – I write picture books.

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I write series books (such as the ‘Too Ghoul for School’ series, along with Tommy Donbavand; I also write novels for teens, such as ‘Walking With Witches.’ So – I am a fiction writer.

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I also write books for adults – mainly self-help books about green lifestyles and downshifting, but also parenting and crafts…do you see my problem? I write articles for newspapers and magazines – I am a features writer for Green Parent Magazine, for example. So – when people ask me what sort of writer I am, I have resolved to stop mumbling and just say ‘one who writes.’

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The Ripples Jar

I love jars. My kitchen is full of them 🙂 An idea percolated through the gravel of my rather sleepy brain this morning, after seeing an idea on facebook – the ripple effect!

The lovely and wise Dianne De Las Casas shared an idea on her facebook page today and was gracious enough to let me join in. You have seen those jars that folks put a note inside every time something nice happens? Lovely to dip into on sad days, or at the end of the year to remember them all. We have another jar, Tom and I, where we both write little slips of paper with ideas of places to go or things to do that we can delve into on days when we want to go on a ‘date’. Well, this idea of Dianne’s is another ‘jar’ idea 🙂 She has put the names of people who have blessed her life into a VIP jar – and then will take a name out and celebrate each person, day by day.

I am going to create a ‘Ripples Jar’. Like Dianne’s jar, this will celebrate different people who have dropped into my life like a perfect pebble, their ripples moving and affecting me. I shall write a little about each person, and how they have affected my life, once week and sometimes more often. I shall also add places that are important to me – thinking about the things that have shaped the person that I am, at this point in my life. I have come a long way in 50 years and want to mark that in some way. I shall write about the ripples here on our blog, and also hand write excerpts of the notes to be used in a large composite altered art piece that I’ll add to over the course of the year. I am the sum of many parts wrought by the effects of many people and will spend the year thanking them with this project 🙂

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