HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
Hiya! It’s Christmas morning and I wanted to wish you all a fab day… I hope Santa was good to you!!! Have a cool Christmas and don’t forget to tell me your best/worst pressies, fave Christmas food, festive traditions… and send a shout out greeting to other readers on this column… have fun!!!
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a great day anyway… why not tell us a bit about your festivals and celebrations, too?
Merry Christmas Cathy!!! I'm on my new laptop that i got for Christmas!!!! I love it... Merry Christmas everyone
Happy christmas ! thanks for writing on christmas morning!
Hope all of u had fab Xmas, coz I totally did...I got your prezies 4 the comp a little time be4 xmas eve so it was like "early santa" and I a red electric guitar and a blue camera and some oÂ¨ther coool stuff...gosh i am just lovig it..anyway, best wishes 2 alll people on the whole world and Lucky 2009...
Lots of Love, Huge Hugs,
- E says…
ALL I WANT FOR XMAS...
Only a few weeks left until Xmas… woo! Have you got your Xmas lists written? Don’t forget to add in any CC books you don’t yet have – and if you don’t have a copy already, check out the Cathy Cassidy Dreams & Doodles Daybook!
It’s not a story, like my other books, but a cross between a diary and a writer’s notebook/doodle book. It’s the perfect way to get creative – scribble down ideas for stories/poems/song lyrics, sketch out a cool new character or turn your crush into a cute manga-pic!
There are even a couple of pages taken from my own writer’s notebook to show you how I jot down story ideas and build up cool characters! And then there’s the diary bit, so you can practice your writing by doing a little bit every day… You can even fill out all your secret hopes ‘n’ dreams… and work out how you’re going to make them come true! What are you waiting for? The Cathy Cassidy Dreams & Doodles Daybook is available in all good bookshops now, in UK and Ireland. Got to put it on that Xmas list!!!!
How about my Xmas list? I’m wishing for a white Xmas, and a New Year full of daydreaming time and cool new books…
What’s on your list, and why? Send your comments through the link below and I’ll post the best online!
thanks for all the great info on the dreams n doodles daybook, it was already on MY list! I'm also getting ginger snaps and indigo blue which will finally complete my CC collection!! I need some more books soon or I'll have a boring b-day, Josie
All i want for christmas is...
BOOKS! I know who has me for secret santa in my family so i gave them a list of books i'd like, including your Dreams and Doodles Daybook, though i wonder why its called a daybook, it's more a nightbook for me, i like to read and write during the night, burning the midnight oil!! So basically all i want are books. Oh and i would like a hassle free fun christmas, but then again, no hassles means life would be extremely boring!!
i love christmas!!!!!! my whole family comes round to our house for dinner and presents!!!! this year is going to be evben better tho because at new years we are having a HUGE party!!!! its going to be so fun!!! i already have all your books so i cant put any of them on my list but im going to see scouting for girls tomorrow for my xmas prezzy and im so excited!!! just thought someone might be interested in my little ramble!!!
- Josie says…
JOURNEY COMP RESULTS....
At last, the results for the ‘JOURNEY’ writing comp are online… just click the WRITERS WORKSHOP page and scan down to see them. The standard was as high as ever, so well done to everyone who entered… I just wish there could be more winners!
If you’re inspired by reading the winning stories and poems, why not enter the new writing comp? The theme is CELEBRATION, and you’ll find that on the WRITERS WORKSHOP page too… go for it! If you prefer not writing to a theme, take a look at the YOUR WRITING page – you can submit your own poetry there. No prizes on this page, but some amazing poems… check it out!
Congratulations again to the winners and runners up in the ‘JOURNEY’ writing comp… your prizes will be winging their way to you shortly. Why not take a look at the winning entries – and tell me which one is your fave and why, in the comment box below?
they're all awesome! what do the people win though? i'm going to enter the celebration story comp, but their is really firce compation
Annabel Platt says…
I won! Are you sure ! WOW that is unbelievable! Thank You So Much xx
wow i saw the entries, they were all greaat!! well dun 2 all tha winners!
- Anna says…
WHAT WOULD YOU DO???
Most of us spend our time rushing around, trying to get everything done that we need to but often way too busy and stressed to manage it… and sometimes, we forget the really important stuff! I had a very cool email recently from reader Duck G from Scotland… whoa! Take a look!
“a little while back everyone had a theory the world would explode. i didn’t believe it, but it made me think. What if it WAS proven the world was gonna go boom and you had 24 hours left… what would you do? i’d fly down to england to visit my half-nieces and do at least 5 good deeds for the planet… i’d send all of my friends cards and buy a big fat notebook as a present for myself. i’d give each member of my family a big hug and throw glitter and shiny stars out of the window…”
Hmmm. I love Duck’s ideas… and maybe we shouldn’t wait until the world is ending to do the things that matter! What would YOU do?
*** topperZz*** says…
if the world was gonna end in 24 hours id give all my family a huge hug and make sure they knew how much i loved them all!! id tell my friends just how much they mean to me and id got my my friend from primary school and tell him how i really feel!! id do something special like have a huge party just so it go out with a bang!!!
if i had 24 hours left i would make myself feel good about everything i've done.I woul make a huge fuss over everyone (including my dog and Hamsters)I would pray to God saying thanks about the good things i've done in my 11 years. I would ring up all my close friends and say goodbye and mabey say bye to their family for lcking aftr me on various occasions. I would visit dogs trust as i love dogs and i've alwaysed wantd to go there. The last thing i'd do, in the the last hour i would shout out of my window and shout as loud as i can goodbye. Oh and watch the news see wha there doing.
What would I do? Well, If it was possible i;d fly to Srilanka and meet my family there. I'd also spend some good quality time with my mates! We'd go shopping, and I'd spend all my money on things I've always wanted, but never got round to buy. I'd also eat chocolate, under the stars at night, and feel the sweet sensation on my tongue for the last time....... Last of all, I'd tell my parents I love them a lot, and give them mega hugs. That's what I'd do Cathy
- *** topperZz*** says…
Need cheering up after the half-term break? We’ve got a fab new comp that will get you all set for winter! You can win VIP tickets to the Hyde Park WINTER WONDERLAND... try out London’s biggest outdoor ice rink and ride on the Giant Observation Wheel, the Christmas Roller Coaster, The Toboggan Slide, The Haunted Mansion and lots more – go for it! Just click the WINTER WONDERLAND link for all the details!!!
You don’t have long to enter – the closing date is 7th November, so don’t waste any time! This comp is open to readers in the UK and Ireland only, but overseas readers still have time to enter my fab book giveaway… just click on the LUCKY DIP link to find out more!
Hope all these comps put a smile on your face, even if it is snowing outside! Why not tell me what YOU think is the best thing about Winter? I’ll post the best comments below…
my favourite thing about winter is having snow fall around me becuase when you see it you can almost beleive there really is magic. . .
I love your books cathy and i have entered the comp good luck to every one who is entering
I entered the comp as soon as I heard about it- It sounds soooo cool!
Thanks for giving us such an amazing chance Cathy!
- S says…
I’m back from my tour and my fab holiday in Sorrento, and as promised, here is a book giveaway ESPECIALLY for overseas readers, as they weren’t able to enter the Back To School Blues freebie comp… well, this time, OVERSEAS readers are welcome to enter. This one’s for you!!!
We have ten signed books up for grabs. All you have to do is send your name and postal address (include postcodes and country, too) though the link below (the comments box) along with the NAME of the book you’d most like to win and why. On November 10th, I’ll set my computer to randomly select 10 lucky winners, who will be sent the book of their choice. Easy!!!
Remember to include your postal address – entries with no address included will be DISQUALIFIED. Entries will NOT appear on the website so your address will remain private… and tell me which book you want to win and why. What are you waiting for?
The 10 winners have now been randomly selected. They are: Alexandra H, Canada; Eugenia, Gran Canaria; Paige F, Australia; Betsy R, USA; Lishani R, Sri Lanka; Robyn, Tenerife; Lalla P, New Zealand; Ashley M, USA; Isobel W, China; Tara H, Portugal. Many thanks to all the entrants – and well done to the winners! the Lucky Dip comp is now closed.
wow-wicked! I would enter that but I don't live 'oversea' so I'll let them have all the fun!! cya, Jo
Hannah Shaw says…
My faveourite book my you is Driftwood, because it is so amazingly emotional and helps people to realise just how bad bullying is and the pain it causes. I also love the characters in it, they are all so brilliant.
Thankyou so much for these comps Cathy
heyaa. i have sent in loads of reviews on your books!! x so glad i have seen lots of them on your website! you are such an amazing author! i asked yuu a question about your new book doodles and daydreams and i was so happy because yuu replied! thankyou sooooo much. wow back to school blues comp sounds fab! wow wow wow... its only 4 days till the results of the journey competition!! i cant wait. Thankyou again for everything, Jessie
- Josie says…
IRELAND... AND ITALY!!!!
I’m away from home for three weeks, first in Ireland, then Cheltenham and finally on hols in Italy! Yay! And don’t worry, I’ll be taking Angel Cake with me on the laptop!!! I’m looking forward to writing while sitting under a lemon tree in Sorrento… sigh!!!
I had LOTS of fun at the Queen of Teen ceremony recently – Louise Rennison was a v. deserving winner, but hey, I got a sash and tiara… to keep! Thanks to everyone who voted/nominated me and especially to Rhiannon for her winning nomination.
There’s still time to win a bunch of free signed books, so check out the Summer Stories blog for details… and if you’re planning to enter the ‘Journey’ themed writing comp, get your skates on, as it closes at the end of October… details are on the WRITERS WORKSHOP page in the YOU section.
Keep in touch – but be patient, ‘cos it may take me longer than usual to respond to emails while I’m away! I’ll catch up once I return. See you soon,
Heres a poem I wrote for your break,
Over the water
Weâ€™ll miss your writing
Your regular replies
Enjoy your break
Hello cathy! Could you please tell me what part of Ireland you are in. I'd pay just to see you and get your autograph, you're my idol!!!!
Wow! Italy, Ireland, Cheltenham! I'm soooo happy for you that you get to go to these places. My friend, Tim, went to Italy and he said he loved it... I hope you do too! The Queen of Teen ceremony sounds GREAT! I'm sorry you didn't win, but in our hearts you'll always be the Queen of Teen!
<3 Y'all around the world! (Even if I Don't Know you!!!)
- Bethany says…
We’ve decided to extend the closing date of our Back-To-School-Blues giveaway to the end of October… so there’s no excuse not to enter!!! Free signed books AND a goody bag too… what’s not to like? 20 people will win a copy of Dizzy & Sundae Girl, plus a fab little goody bag… sounds like the perfect way to brighten up your week! And if you already have all the books, then remember they’d also make excellent pressies for friends!!!
All you have to do is tell us – in 50 words or less – your best summer story, snippet or memory! For more info on how to enter, check out the Back-To-School-Blues comp page... and if your entry is really cool, we might even use it online! Entries must be postal only, and sadly this time the comp is open only to readers in the UK & Eire… but again, all the details are in the COMP section. (I PROMISE there’ll be a giveaway especially for overseas readers next month!!!)
I’m still on the road at the moment, heading for events in Redbridge, London & Bath, and then the fabby Queen of Teen ceremony… woo! And yes, I’m still writing too…
I can't wait for the overseas contest and Angel Cake.Also please consider touring in America,That would be brill.I hope you win Queen of Tenn my friends and I all voted for you so that was like 20 votes!Thanks for reading!
cathy ,whenever i read your books it makes me feel sooo happy!you have brought soo much joy to my life youve made me a better person!i used to be a grump all the time , but now i have written soo many stories , thanks to you ! ill have to share some of my stories with you some time !
cathy you are a brilliant writer. when i read your books i just dont want them to end. My favourite book is indigo blue ithink it is so meaningful i love it. your books are the best.
- Betsy says…
TOURING & WRITING....
That’s summer over… and it’s STILL raining! Grrr! Hope you had a sunnier time than we did in Galloway, and that you are settling back into school… if you have any cool cheer-up tips to liven up the autumn, send them in through the comments link below!!!
I am busy writing my next book, Angel Cake, but also jetting about on various mini tours… I’m just back from beautiful Islay, so hi to all the fab kids I met there! Next I am off to Perth, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeenshire & Stirling, then Redbridge, Bath, Cheltenham & the FABBY Queen of Teen ceremony near London… wooo!!!! Last but not least, I’ll be in Ireland, touring around Tipperary & Cork.
Let me know if you’re going to make it along to any of these events… and don’t forget to pass on your best cheer-up tips, too! It may be raining outside, but we can make our own sunshine, can’t we?!!!
WOW! another book. i cant wait i love your writin xx
its the only readin i get attached to.
Hi Cathy! This rain is really horrible, can't it just disappear please?? Anyway I think you should enjoy the rain instead of moping about it, so I'm going to go pick up my umberella and go singing in the rain to cheer myself up!
Love Sarah x
PS I think your new book sounds really cool :-)
I totally agree. I can't make the events, unfortunately - Would have loved to. Wow! Writing a new book. Thankyou for replying to my last email, you really inspired me.My friend + I are very grateful. Big fan, Tone.
- Bethh says…
I had the coolest email this week, from a girl thanking me for the books, and for writing back to her when she emails… and it got me thinking. We don’t say thank you often enough! So let’s do something about it….
Here is Emma’s email, which started me thinking….
Thanks Cathy for writing to me the way you do. You’re an international writer who has loads of fans and yet you still take time to write back to each one of us personally. You answer our questions and help us out. I know no other author who does that so thanks!
And thanks, too, because your books are so inspirational. They help me understand and believe and want to stand up for myself! Thanks, Cathy!
So… who would I say thanks to? Lot of people, for lots of things!!!!
A big THANKS to my fab family, for putting up with me… to my friends… to all the fab crew at Puffin books & also to my agent, for making my dreams come true… to my writer-gal pals, Fiona Gibson, Lisa Clark, Magi Gibson & Meg Rosoff, for patience, laughs & understanding… to Fluffy Puffin, for everything… to Kitty’s Tearoom, for having the best cake in the known universe… to the cool kids who came to the EDINBURGH BOOK FEST recently, to see me…. to everyone who emails me with feedback & support… everyone who voted for me in Queen of Teen… to Daisy & Kelpie (dogs), Midnight & Snowy (rabbits) & Lily, Pickle & Pepper (cats) for letting me stroke them… to llamas, for existing… and lots, lots more. Including Emma N, for giving me the cool idea for this blog!
What would YOU say thanks for? Let me know in the box below… keep your comments short, & I’ll post the best online!
I totaly agree about saying thank you we don't say it alot and think about it it only takes a second to say so...I'm going to say a big thank you to my mum and dad who buy me all my cathy cassidy books,a huge thank you to my best friend Erin who lends me her cathy cassidy books and thank you to the one and only Cathy Cassidy who writes the books I love so much love amie xxx
I think that thanks is really great! As Emma said it is wonderful for you to reply to us, Cathy! Will you ever be in Inverclyde, Scotland any time because I live in Inverclyde and think it would be really great to meet you. I have your new book, Gingersnaps and i got it for Â£9.99 out of WHSmith but I can tell you, it was worth it! Love all your books, especially Lucky Star as it is so emotional! If you are able to reply i would love this as you are my favourite Author!
I have never thought about saying thanks to you, so thank you loads for replying to my e-mails and for signing my books at the ultimate FF I really enjoyed it, I think its great that you take time to reply nicely to every ones emails !! xoxo
- amie says…