Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 2009

It is the end of the year all ready. It does not seem a whole year since I was sat here wishing you all the best for 2008 and if I remember rightly I set myself some targets.

Did I achieve these targets?

The answer is NO, not entirely.

I managed to give up the alchohol for eight weeks and got really ill. My theory is it was the alchohol killing off all the germs, so even with the aid of the liquer chocolates, I reckon I shouldn't try that again.

But, although I have written six books this year, I did not break into the children's fiction market and I did not earn enough money to pay the tax man. Wow! Now I feel like a total failure.

So, what are my targets or New Year resolutions for 2009?
I have decided not to set any. I am going to do whatever makes me feel happy and see what happens. Throw caution to the wind and see where it takes me. Wish me luck!

I hope 2009 brings everything you wish for.


And to give my blog that traditional international feel...

Nuovo anno felice!

For all those Italian readers who are looking at my blog.

Monday, December 22, 2008

I have now got a brand new all singing, all dancing website.

It was not that long ago that I updated my website myself but, since then it has been totally re-designed for me by a very nice man who lives in Italy.

I must say I am totally impressed with the new site and I am very happy. Riky is a graphic designer and designed the CSS template especially for me and he also runs his own web company: Riccardo Angelella

If you have not yet seen my new website please do take a look at

The site is due to be updated again in the New Year to include my new books. For more information about my latest book take a look at my blog post: Healthy Schools, Healthy Lives

You can also see my latest children's non-fiction book on Amazon: Diabetes (Explaining)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Healthy Schools, Healthy Lives

Tackling Obesity at School

Here is a copy of the information for my latest book from Hopscotch Educational's catalogue.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Lives: A Teacher's Guide to Tackling Childhood Obesity

It is absolutely packed with teacher activities and photocopiable worksheets that emphasise healthy eating and exercise. The aim is to teach the younger generation good eating, sleeping and exercise habits to help reduce the childhood obesity problem nationwide.

You didn't realise there was a problem? Take a look at some of these news reports:

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

An advent calendar of writing exercises

Hi All,
I know I've been a naughty, naughty girl and haven't posted for ages and I wont be on Santa's christmas list. But, I just had to make a post when I saw this...
My very good friend, Benjamin Scott, is posting The Advent of a Seasonal Workshop – December 2008
Take a look. Try some of the exercises, if not all of them. Use them as a warm-up before you get down to your novel.

Oh yeah, and you can share your response with the Gatehouse Community if you want too. Or you could post them in my messages on my blog. I like messages and it would be great to read your stuff.
Well hopefully see you all soon.
Love Anita xxx