Friday, 6 November 2015

There’s more than one way to get your children’s novel published ~Find your passion.




There’s more than one way to get your children’s novel published as Sharon Tregenza found out when she sent her first children's book into a competition.

Sharon saw the advert for the Floris Book’s Kelpies prize while already half way through a children’s book set in the Shetland Islands. Perfect, she thought I can finish this in three weeks!

A lot of hard work had to be crammed into a short space of time and as the final day arrived Sharon had worked non stop from six in the morning - all through that night - and up until five the next day to complete it...
Find out what happened on this Awfully big blog adventure
and see the book that was presented into the competition called Tarantula Tide.
Oh what a lucky spider! Lucky-spider-by-sharon-tregenza



And for those thinking of doing the same thing, please send in your completed stories and book to as many competitions as you find, you just never know, you may be the next lucky spider to win!
Never give up on a passion if you love it so much because when your job or work you love come together with your passion then great things can happen for you.







Never give up on your passion famous quotes 



  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
 – George Bernard Shaw


The belief that you can have a meaningful career is the first step to finding one.  – Sean Aiken, Author and Creator of the One Week Job Project


If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French Author

 You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. 
- Mark Twain


 To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
 – Sister Mary Lauretta




  Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success

 Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood; Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. – Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912)

 A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night. – Marilyn Monroe

 I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. – George Burns

  Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. – Brian Tracy, American Author

 If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French Author

  The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else…The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! – Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker




  If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. 
- Michelangelo

  Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. 
- Buddha

 If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. 
- Katherine Hepburn

 My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
 – Pablo Picasso

 Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer

  Any human being is really good at certain things. The problem is that the things you’re good at come naturally. And since most people are pretty modest instead of an arrogant S.O.B. like me, what comes naturally, you don’t see as a special skill. It’s just you. It’s what you’ve always done. 
- Stephen Jay Gould, Evolutionary Scientist

 If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. – Michael Evans

 He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche


 Many of us have created lives that give very little support for experimentation. We believe that answers already exist out there, independent of us. What if we invested more time and attention to our own experimentation? We could focus our efforts on discovering solutions that work uniquely for us. 
- Margaret Wheatley Author 

 Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
 – Abraham Lincoln

  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian born American Anthropologist and Author

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
 – Brian Tracy, Author

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.  – Federico Fellini, Italian Film Director (1920-1993)

I am not young enough to know everything. – Oscar Wilde

 In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. – Archie Bunker, from the television show ‘All in the Family’



  When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves. – Shakti Gawain, Pioneering Author & Teacher in the field of Personal Growth

  I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome, English writer and humorist

 Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. – D.H. Lawrence, English Novelist (1885-1930)

  Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade.  Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still. – Robert Sternberg, American Psychologist and Psychometrician

  Passion kept one fully in the present, so that time became a series of mutually exclusive ‘nows.’ – Sue Halpern, Author

They  may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner, Author

  We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it. – Che Guavara

  Rest in reason; move in passion – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American artist, poet and writer

  Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing…If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.  – Frank Sinatra

  If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. – Benjamin Franklin

  I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. – James Joyce, Irish Novelist




  If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following
 your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. – Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, Writer, and Lecturer

  I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. – Lou Holtz, American football coach and author

  One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. 
- Helen Keller



This is a poem that inspired me in November recently

Image and words by KarenEmmaHall