About me

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?!
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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’m now studying illustration but have found myself simultaneously working in that field – the first book I’ve illustrated is being launched this weekend!

Three and a half 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 ;)

Thanks for reading.

Maddy

Contact details:

If you’d like to get in touch you can find me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram or email me at maddy@writingbubble.co.uk

Or you could just leave me a comment – I love them!

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Yes, this illustrated limerick is entirely based on personal experience. Except for the bit where I get to put my feet up.

10 thoughts on “About me

  1. Catherine Green

    Hi Maddy, nice to meet my Camp NaNo cabin mate over here! I am also working round children at the moment, but both of mine are pre-schoolers. The youngest will be one next week, which probably explains why I’m struggling to keep up the writing challenge. Anyway, see you around!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Hi Catherine, thanks for popping over. Yes, writing with small kids around is a challenge! My youngest is only 17 months but my older two are usually at school which makes things easier. Finding time for CampNaNo when summer holidays started was tricky. Hope you make your target!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Hi Jude, nice to meet you and thanks for your interest. I’ve had a look at the site and it looks interesting! I’ll keep it in mind for when I finally get my manuscript finished and edited!

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  2. Siobhan @ Everyone Else is Normal

    James Thurber is so right – I love this quote. It sums up exactly the same reason I started a blog and what motivates me to click publish when its often not perfect (esp when writing poetry which i’ve only recently started for fun, inspired by other fellow bloggers like Vic Welton and the Paper Swans ladies. I’m not planning on writing a novel, but creative non-fiction is something which has flourished for me since blogging. PS Love what I’ve read of yours so far!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Siobhan! Blogging is certainly a good creative outlet and the James Thurber quote is brilliant isn’t it?! Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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