I’m Maddy, a writer, illustrator and cheese-lover living in Northumberland with my husband and three young sons.
I started this blog back in 2013 when our youngest son was only a few months old. My ‘Writing Bubble’ was the little bit of time I’d found – amidst the general chaos of life – to pursue my ambition to become a published author, and I planned to use the blog to write about that.
At the time it was a rather soft-focused ambition – I imagined drinking cups of tea and gazing dreamily into the middle-distance while amazing works of literature flowed magically from my pen. That vision turned out to clash with the reality – writing desperate poems about sleep deprivation in my head while sitting in the dark by my son’s cot… but what better therapy than to blog all about it?!
Over the years Writing Bubble has grown and changed: parenthood became a big focus for a while (my boys run enchantingly chaotically through many of its earlier posts) and I shared far more of my poetry and short stories here than I originally intended to – the archives could be considered my own rather ramshackle collection in a way. It also, at times, became a place to offload my emotional outpourings (2016 was a bit of a year for that!) and even – in a moment of activism – somewhere to run my own campaign!
But best of all, this blog became a way of connecting with other writers. Writing can be a lonely pursuit but through blogging I’ve found a whole host of like-minded people with whom to share the ups and downs of a creative life. I was an editor of the BritMums poetry and prose round up for over two years, have attended inspiring blogging and writing conferences and, what makes me happiest of all, have turned Writing Bubble into its own little hub of creative connection through my ‘What I’m Writing’ community. I have found my tribe (as they say) and I wouldn’t be without them for all the world.
And yes, you may have spotted the ‘illustrator’ bit at the start – that’s been an unexpected journey of its own! I have Foundation Degree in Art from back in the day and ran my own creative business before the kids came along, but I had rather abandoned that side of myself until a couple of years ago. But as I threw myself into writing, I was continually drawn towards writing for kids. Limericks and picture books increasingly became my focus and I started thinking about dusting off my pens and pencils and having a go at illustrating my own work. I’ve recently completed a Diploma in Illustration from London Art College and while studying for that I began working as an illustrator too – the first book I’ve illustrated is out on the shelves and I also run a small greetings card business.
Four years of blogging down the line and my ideal (future, dream) existence now involves me writing and illustrating my own work. I’ll get there one day, I hope. And it will absolutely, certainly, definitely involve drinking cups of tea and gazing dreamily into the middle-distance
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