By Stephan J Myers FCIPD, MSc., Dec 6 2017 04:20PM
"with each stroke I come to know myself more completely yet die a little more" - Stephan
This morning I wrote a sentence, this evening I deleted it. It wasn’t my best of days. Yet through the process of writing I find myself growing, changing, ranging through a mysterious labyrinth of possibilities and it is the most sobering of thoughts, that through this most peculiar process, I give to each of my readers the chance to peer into the inner most workings of my mind. Such thoughts leading me to consider whether the process of writing is not infinitely more important than the completed book, for is it not through fiction and the unbridled imagination that we remake the boundaries of reality?
By Stephan J Myers FCIPD, MSc., Dec 6 2017 03:41PM
With the release of The Colour Red Plotters Edition, I thought I would deviate from my usual monologue and share this wonderful story with you.
I had just finished writing and I was busy illustrating the images when I thought it would be great to get a child’s perspective. A quick round robin, I had handed some twenty ‘books in progress’ out to friends and acquaintances with children and was eagerly awaiting feedback when I quite literally got a knock on the door.
By Stephan J Myers FCIPD, MSc., Oct 8 2017 06:00PM
It’s funny how we find ourselves on a particular train of thought. And today as I was rummaging through old notebooks I found myself reflecting on my love of books. No one encouraged me to read, in fact quite the opposite, but throughout my life, I have always thought of books as one of my closest companions. Silent yet reliable, and the one constant that defies life’s ups and downs no matter the kind of mood I find myself in. A source of calm and comfort when troubles taunt a restless mind, but how many of us take time to reflect on the great influence authors come to exert on us? I suspect that for you, like me, they fall into the minority but whether for good or bad, they seem to find us when our minds are most eager for escapism and respite from the doldrums of everyday living. And through the pages of their books they give us endless ways in which to grow and reflect on what we read.
By Stephan J Myers FCIPD, MSc., Oct 4 2017 01:30PM
Assisting with school readiness in your child is a subject widely considered in educational forums. Parents seek the best nursery provision for their children, hoping this will give them the best foundation for school.
However, there seems to be an even more effective 'grass roots' approach that proves even more effective in preparing your childs cognitive ability for school learning. These interventions require no great intellect or training, and are within virtually every parents capability.
By Stephan J Myers FCIPD, MSc., Oct 3 2017 02:31PM
If you love to read, you will likely want your children to share the same joy as you do. You will also be aware of the value of both reading to your child, and them reading themselves, in terms of their cognitive development in other areas. However, if your child doesn't seem to be drawn to books, or be a natural reader, how do you get them excited about books?
Welcome to my blog pages........
The funny thing about writing and illustrating children's books is that people rarely take you seriously but I've come to find that I do my best thinking with a pen in my hand. Writing or doodling I'm often drawn to a train of thought which I just have to get down on paper. Most of the posts here are inspired by discussions with parents, teachers and young readers and I hope you find them interesting. More importantly, I always value the comments you care to leave.
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