The Cavewoman and the Crone: A Preherstoric Allegory

The Cavewoman and the Crone: A Preherstoric  Allegory written and illustrated by Jen Storer   Once there was a cavewoman. She was a busy cavewoman. She got a lot of shit done. She could slit a deer’s throat and skin it in under an hour. She stuffed wild ducks and roasted them with hazelnuts, yams…

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Want to be more creative? Do this!

  A few years back, I wrote a book about creative writing. It’s still selling on Amazon. But I never promote it. I want to tweak it. And it needs a new cover… Because. Shit. I know more now! I’ve got more to say. More to share. Maybe I’ll just write a whole new book.…

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Our Latest Website Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

Greetings, dear reader! Thanks for dropping by! I’ll get straight to it, shall I? This is a looong post. I hope you have a teapot handy… 1 Why another photoshoot? Since our tree change in 2018, I’ve changed a lot. I’ve become more ‘myself’ if that makes sense and I wanted girl and duck to…

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The Scribbles Creative Writing Awards Shortlist!

  Hello, dear reader! Today is Shortlist Day! So, what’s the big deal about a shortlist? Lordy lord! A shortlist groups together the best. It acknowledges the most accomplished in a huge collection of entries. It’s how we make literary awards (such as the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards), manageable — both for the judges and…

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Why My Depth Year Failed. Plus, My New E-Course!

  So dear reader, you might remember I wrote about my Depth Year here and here. (Just wanna know about the new e-course? Scroll to the bottom, sunshine!) To recap, mine has been a Low Buy Depth Year. What does that mean? I committed to going deep with what was important to me and letting…

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My Failed Romance

Dear reader, If you’re in The Scribbles Academy you might be familiar with my confession. If not… Have I ever told you about the time I wrote a romance story? OMG. I still groan with embarrassment. It was the mid 1980s and the Australian Women’s Weekly in conjunction with Mills and Boon, was running a…

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Word counts! Let’s nail ’em!

Hey sugar! Missed Q and Q Friday last week? Doh! We talked about loads of stuff from hand-lettering in picture books (divine and tricky!), to the submission quirks of some publishers, to how long is a middle grade novel? No. Really. How long??? Plus, I had me a little rant. I want as many kidlit…

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Twenty-one Reasons Not to be Visible

Twenty-one Reasons Not to be Visible (These are only some of the ones I’ve used but, hey, we don’t got all day.) I’m too old I’m too fat I’m not cool, hip or trendy I’m not creative enough I’m not successful enough I’m not wealthy enough I’m not clever enough I’m not articulate, qualified, educated…

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Don’t know who you are? This might help.

Years ago when I was nursing, we used to attach long cardboard labels to the patients’ bedheads. The labels alerted the staff to any ‘peculiarities’; anything the doctors thought the staff should be aware of such as Nil By Mouth, Allergies, Diabetic. I remember one patient well. On admission she tore off her label and…

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How to make your reader feel seen

In the world of girl and duck, I get this often: Jen, I feel like I’ve known you for years. I always feel like you’re talking to me, personally. This doesn’t happen by accident. When I decided to take girl and duck online, I knew I had a lot to learn. Especially about marketing. I…

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