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October 31, 2019

Did you ever wonder where Hallowe’en came from, or why we have a celebration about ghosts and ghouls?

A long time ago, I used to write freelance articles and short stories for a children's magazine series that has since faded from view. They were actual, physical magazines, and, for whatever reason, they went the way of so many physical, actual, hold-in-your hands magazines. Sad, because it was a great source of story and info...

September 19, 2019

So how does a page about illustration end up on a website about writing?

It’s a question that has to be asked

  why, thank you for asking 

and will now be answered in a round-a-bout sort of way because it starts with some quiet persuasion that took me, erm... years to respond to.

It starts with an egg and the beginning of something that became quite an institution – the 52 Week Illustration Challenge founded by Tania McCartney – a...