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Starting a weekly vlog & a background to ‘I Am A Writer’

So I’m trying to get a weekly vlog going, for a couple of reasons.

One is that video is not really my thing and I’m trying to challenge myself.

Two is that this year is flexible for me in terms of my creative output and the media/formats I will use. I’m not sure what my journey as an artist / creator is going to look like, so creating weekly vlogs will be a way to reflect and try to join the dots in hindsight.

Three (and probably most important) is that video is a fantastic way to really connect with each other across the interweb.

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April A-Z blogging challenge: theme reveal

Okay so I’m a little bit late with this, but I was still deciding whether I’d participate or not. Last year I used the Caretaker of Imagination as my theme, as I had just released it.

this year I’m looking at the process of writing, and I’m using questions that students ask me to guide my content. I’m also doing this as a vlog, not a blog, because I’ve been trying (and failing) to get on top of my YouTube channel, and I think this will give me a good push. the plan is to publish one video blog a week thereafter.

I’ve decided to answer children’s questions about writing, illustrating, and publishing, because that’s really what I’m most interested in: helping people, especially young people, recognise the arts as something they can do. 

Right… let’s go make some videos!


Books & Reading, Lucy's Story

Zee reads an extract from ‘Lucy’s Story: The End of the World’ [video]

So, I finally managed to get my first vlog done! Well… I sort of cheated, because it’s more a reading of chapters 1 & 2 in Lucy’s Story, and less of a video blog, but it’s my first time so I’m cutting myself some slack.

Now, this is a huge step for me. Public speaking is far from my forte, and I’m camera shy (when we watch our old home videos, you can see my dad trying to catch me on camera – as soon as I realise he’s here, I run away!).

Over the past few years, I’ve challenged myself to do more things outside of my comfort zone. Public speaking and being in front of the camera is so far away from my comfort zone that I’m taking little steps towards being able to confidently speak to an audience. In university, I chose assignments that involved a seminar or presentation, and thanks to my filmie friends have had a little experience in front of the camera. This year, I’ve even signed up to be an extra! Talk about pushing boundaries – whew.

Making a speech at the my first book launch.

So without further ado (because there’s been enough ado, methinks) here’s my first vlog! I’m aiming to get a few more up before launch day this Saturday, and then do vlogs regularly – hopefully once a fortnight at least, but we’ll see how things go.

Please do let me know your thoughts on the video, as I’m super nervous about it! What did you like? What could I improve on?

And of course… do you think you’ll read the rest of  Lucy’s Story: The End of the World? You can pre-order the eBook from Amazon now.