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End of Year Admin and Plans for 2016

19:21:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

End of Year Admin and Plans for 2016


Another year is coming to a close and what a year it was! More best sellers, awards, challenge winner certificates.... 2015 was full of awesomeness :)

The most important (work related) thing I learnt in 2015


The most important thing I learnt this year was about my vision for my brand, and where I see myself going in the future. With each year that passes I get a clearer idea of just what I want to be doing, and how I want to do it. This is important for creating a successful career in this field (well, actually in pretty much any field). 

As I look back over the past year I can clearly see what has been working for me and, more importantly, what hasn't. I can say "clearly see" because this year I finally got my game together in measuring my results, and checking my analytics. I can't stress how important this has been. Seriously people, start measuring your efforts! 

Those of you that are signed up to my monthly newsletter will already know about the research I've been doing into various branding and marketing tactics this year. I plan to continue down this route in 2016, and already have some new ideas to try out. I can't wait to share them with you so, if you're not signed up yet, do it now! 

Plans for 2016


2016 is set to be another busy year. I have several non fiction books, and children's picture books scheduled for release, as well as some collaborations. I can't wait!

I'm also hoping to finally finish working on my novels TwiceVengeance, and Family Secrets.

I'll be taking part in some more challenges too. I just LOVE a good challenge ;) 

I'll also be finally launching my ecourses. I'm so excited about this! I've been working on putting these courses together for a while now and can't wait to share them with you all. 

Right now, I'm enjoying some time off with my family though. It's important to have some down time once in a while too (even for a workaholic like me ;)).

I hope you're all enjoying the holidays, and wish you all the best for 2016. Thank you for your continued support. I really appreciate every comment, share, review, and purchase. You guys rock!

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 13th-20th December 2015

19:16:00 Jo Linsdell 2 Comments

Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 13th-20th December 2015 #LibraryReads #ToRead

This week the boys picked:


- Spoon

- That Stripy Cat


- The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:







Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.


Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:




Week 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015


Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 6th 12th December 2015

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Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 6th 12th December 2015 #LibraryReads #ToRead #AmReading

This week the boys picked:

- Birds in the Town by Peter Gill

- What's Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks


- Stanley Mows the Lawn by Craig Frazier

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:






Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:



Week 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015


Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 22nd-28th November 2015

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I can't believe I forgot to post the last Library Reads update here on the blog [slaps wrists]. I did upload it over on my YouTube channel though. Posting it here now for you, and hoping you forgive me for being slack. 


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 22nd-28th November 2015 #LibraryReads #AmReading #Books

This week the boys picked:


- The Queen's Feet

- Why do I have to eat off the floor?


- Super Daisy and the Perils of Planet Pea

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:



Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:




Week 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015


Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

Check back tomorrow for this weeks Library Reads update! 

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SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99!

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SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99! #ToRead #Books #AmReading


What better way to start getting into the holiday mood than with a special offer! I really appreciate all the support you've given me this year and as a thank you I've set up a special discount deal for m international best seller Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From Your Own Home. The book normally cost $4,99 but from 6th-12th December you can grab a copy for just $1,99!

The book is full of information, tips, and resources to help you set up, and run, a successful virtual book tour. 

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What people are saying about it:


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Jo Linsdell has written some of the greatest ideas, tips and information on how to hold a winning book tour.
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"Virtual Book Tours is well structured, easy to read, and it makes learning about blog tours seamless. You will understand what a tour is, how to determine your target audience, how to set your goals, how to find hosts, schedule stops, promote your tour, and, extremely important, how to measure results.
If you haven’t been on a tour and have no idea where to start, this book will definitely explain it all for you. If you have some idea about what’s what, Virtual Book Tours will clarify everything for you and give you the resources you need. If you’ve even organized tours, this book will help you do it better the next time around.
I highly recommend you try it, regardless of your experience with virtual blog tours for books of any kind."

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Please let others know about this special discount offer too :)

SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99! #ToRead #Books #AmReading

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November Challenges: What happened during the challenges

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November Challenges: The End  #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


WOW! What a month! 

This November I decided to take part in not one, but three, writing challenges (crazy I know!). 

- NaNoWriMo AKA National Novel Writing Month, goal to write a 50K novel in 30 days.

- WNFIN AKA Write Non Fiction in November, goal to write a non fiction book in 30 days.

- PiBoIdMo AKA Picture Book Idea Month, goal to come up with 30 ideas for children's picture books in 30 days.

We've finally come to the end of this roller-coaster month of highs and lows. It's been 30 days of writing frenzy, but I've had a blast along the way.

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


Here's a quick look at how things went:

NaNoWriMo

This was hard this year. In fact, I didn't win. Both kids got ill, I got ill, life happened and well, my novel stopped happening. I'm still pleased though as I'm 30K into a novel that was just a blank page at the the start of the month. That's still pretty good going.

I love the characters I came up with, and the story, and will be working on finishing this first draft of Family Secrets over December and January.

WNFIN

Ta da! My winners badge! :)

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo
I successfully managed to finish the first draft of my non fiction book From Idea to Published. Loving how it turned out, and can't wait to jump into editing it this month (more about that soon).

PiBoIdMo


And another winners badge! :)

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


Not all the ideas on this years list were amazing but there were a few diamonds in the rough that I'll be turning into books in 2016. One thing that did surprise me was the number of non fiction picture book ideas I listed as in past years I'd always listed mainly fiction ideas. That said, the ideas I'm most excited about are fiction ones.

Want to go further behind the scenes? Watch this video of my day by day diary of the highs and lows of; writing a novel, a non fiction book, and coming up with 30 ideas for children's picture books, all in just one month.


Did you take part in one, or more, of these challenges this year? Did you reach your goal? Share in the comments below.

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 15 - 21

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 1- 7 #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo

I'm not going to lie to you. This week did not go well. It started with my youngest off school ill, then had my eldest off school ill, and to top it off my husband was on holiday from work (a good thing don't get me wrong), which meant time I would usually have spent writing got used for other things.

Here's a quick run down of how things went this week:

NaNoWriMo


I started off on a high, hitting 25K. To celebrate I went and cut my hair off for charity. Yep, no more long hair. It's now on its way to The Little Princess Trust to make wigs for kiddos with cancer. A good cause I think you'll all agree.

Here's some pics:




Unfortunately for my word count, that was the only high of the week. In fact, I had several days of 0 words after that. I did get an idea for another book though whilst we visited Civita di Bagnoreggio... maybe next year I'll try my hand at some young adult?

Here's a few pics from Civita di Bagnoreggio so you can see what a beautiful place it is, and why it was hard to feel bad for not writing whilst we were there:



Hoping for a better week ahead.

WNFIN


A slow week on this too, but I did do some little bits in and here. I had hoped to have this finished by now, but at least I'm not far off now.

PiBoIdMo


This is the only challenge where I'm actually ahead of myself. I really like some of the ideas I've added to my list too.

Are you taking part in a challenge this month? How's it going so far?

In case you missed it you can check out last weeks progress report here :)

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Special Offer: How to be Twittertastic only $0,99!

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Special Offer: How to be Twittertastic only $0,99! #Books #Amazon http://amzn.to/1H2dpR6

I've decided to put together a limited time, special offer for you all. Partly because you're all being awesome showing your support this month as I work on my challenges (you guys really do rock!), partly because Christmas is just round the corner (I know, scary huh? So not ready!!!), and partly because the end of year is fast approaching too. This means now is the perfect time to give yourself a last minute boost and/or great ready to start the new year with a bang.

So what's the deal?

I'm discounting How to be Twittertastic down from it's normal price of $2,99 to just $0,99! That's 2 whole dollars off! Pretty cool huh?

The good news doesn't stop there though....

I'm running the discount for a whole 5 days, from 16th - 20th November 2015.

Grab your copy here: http://amzn.to/1MIWH9G

What people are saying about How to be Twittertastic:

"Jo Linsdell's How To Be Twittertastic is awesome for newbies and not so newbies to the twittersphere. She walks you through step by step how to set your twitter profile up and how to get it running off to a great start. Chock full of hints, tips, tricks; this is a must have guide to any author or writer that wants to know how to use twitter to reach out to their fans and engage new readers. This lady knows her stuff guys! I've also had a chance to read her series on Virtual Book Tours... I see a great series in the making!" - Virginia Lori Jennings
"Good ideas about how to market yourself and book on twitter. Did gain some valuable information. Worth my time to read and take notes." - C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog

And because it's always nice to have a graphic to share to Pinterest....

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Take advantage of this special offer now! 
Limited time only!

Grab your copy at http://amzn.to/1MIWH9G


Ready to take the Twittertastic challenge?


Now you've got your copy I want to tell you about a special project I want to do. I'm looking for a few people to take part in a challenge. All you need to do is take some screenshots of your Twitter profile showing your number of followers, and make a few notes about the amount of engagement your tweets get.

You then take your copy of How to be Twittertastic and put the tips into practice. As you go through the book I need you to do some more screenshots and make a couple of notes about changes you notice.

The great thing is that anyone can take part. You can even do it if you don't have a Twitter account yet, as the book takes you through how to get started and set up your profile.

If you're interested in taking part in the challenge, please leave a comment below with your Twitter handle, or drop me a tweet at @JoLinsdell.

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 8 - 14

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 1- 7 #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


Here's a quick run down of how things went this week:

NaNoWriMo

This week had its highs and its lows. Mainly lows... This week did not go brilliantly. Starting with a weekend of birthday parties, my youngest getting ill in the middle, a visit from a friend from the US, a night out at WWE.... I'm amazed I actually found any time to write!

I did though, and my word count is still looking pretty good all things considered, although I am slightly behind with my word count at the moment, just not so much behind that I can't catch up again. In fact, I did have one really good day where I boosted my word count nicely, making up for some of the slow (or just plain nothing) days of the week.

My characters have continued to take over the story, and I've added in several scenes, and some new characters, that weren't in my original plot outline. This means I've also had to add in a few extra scenes to my plot outline to be written over the next few days to fill in some gaps. One of my characters who was just an extra kind of role before has now been promoted to a more involved role. I'm also now not sure about the ending I had planned. The story may not stop there anymore. 

WNFIN

I had hoped to have finished this by now, but I've neglected this project badly this week, and done next to nothing on it. *Slaps wrists* Must do better.

PiBoIdMo


Still bang on track. Finally added some fiction ideas to my list too.

Doing one, or more, of these challenges? How are you doing so far?

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked this Week 9th-14th Nov 2015

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Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked this Week 9th-14th Nov 2015 #LibraryReads #Books

This week the boys picked:

- The Red Rock

- Tell Me a Dragon


- Lost and Found


Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:



Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.


Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:


Week 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015


Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

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Quick Tips: Add a Photo to Your Business Card

13:54:00 Jo Linsdell 11 Comments


Quick Tips: Bringing you tips, tricks, and strategies in bite-sized format to help you build your author brand, and market your books.

Quick Tips: Add a Photo to Your Business Card #QuickTips #Marketing

This weeks "Quick Tip" is to add a photo to your business card. 



Think about it, you give out your business card during events. Hopefully you'll have had the chance to exchange a few words with the person you're giving it to. This has probably happened to them a hundred times over throughout the event with others giving them their business cards too. 

Now fast forward to day, week, or month, later. What are the chances of them remembering your name? Chances are slim. They go through the pile of business cards they collected and find yours. They remember you because your photo is on the card. That's right, they remember your face. Much more likely than just your name.

Do you have your photo on your business card? 

For more Quick Tips, and other video content subscribe to my channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jolinsdell

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 1- 7

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November Challenges: Progress Report Days 1- 7 #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


As you probably know by now, I'm doing 3 writing challenges this month. Here's a quick run down of how things went this week:

NaNoWriMo

This first week went well. I'm on track with my word count, despite falling slightly behind on the 5th. 

My characters have taken over a couple of times and made some changes to my original plot outline. Nothing that can't be solved, but it's messed with my timeline a bit. Will just have to see further down the road, just what it means for the story.

At the moment I'm feeling optimistic about picking up my winner certificate at the end of the month.

WNFIN

This week has been good. The book is starting to take shape, and coming on quite quickly. At one point, I had even hoped to finish it in the first week. That didn't happen. I am at a good point though and if I can get in some good sessions over the next few days, I should be able to write THE END.

PiBoIdMo

This challenge is going well too. So far I'm bang on track with an idea for each day.

One thing that has surprised me this year is the amount of non fiction ideas I've added to my list. I've always been mainly fiction in the past so this is new ground for me. I like the ideas I've had though and will definitely be developing some of them further. Will be interesting to see if I carry on with this non fiction streak or whether the fiction ideas start rolling in too.

Over all I'm really pleased with how the first week went :)

Are you doing a challenge this month? How's it going so far?

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked this Week 1st-8th Nov 2015

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Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked this Week 1st-8th Nov 2015  #LibraryReads #books

This week the boys picked:

- Bridget's Book of Nursery Rhymes by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

- One Windy Wednesday by Phyllis Root


- Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss


- Counting Colours and Shapes by Valerie Mendes

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:



Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.


Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:

Week 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015


Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

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Disney Illustration Study: The Aristocats

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Now that the Drawlloween challenge has come to an end, it's time to get back to my Disney Illustration Study.

This weeks sketches are from my husbands favourite, The Aristocats. These 3 little kittens are so cute. 

Disney Illustration Study: The Aristocats #Illustrations #Sketches

Disney Illustration Study: The Aristocats #Illustrations #Sketches

Disney Illustration Study: The Aristocats #Illustrations #Sketches


Which is your all time favourite Disney film?

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Quick Tips: Take Part in a Challenge

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Quick Tips: Take Part in a Challenge

Quick Tips: Bringing you tips, tricks, and strategies in bite-sized format to help you build your author brand, and market your books.

This weeks "Quick Tip" is to take part in a challenge. 


 


Challenges are great for motivation, but have other benefits too. They can be a great way to build our network and make new connections, and can lead you to new opportunities too. e.g. being interviewed, featured on a website, or invited to take part in an event. 

Are you doing a challenge this month? 


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My Challenges This Month

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My Challenges This Month #NaNoWriMo #PiBoIdMo #WNFIN  #AmWriting

November is going to be a busy month. For the next 30 days I'll be taking part in 3 creative challenges. Yep 3! I know I probably seem completely crazy but I'm pretty sure that at the end of the month I'm going to feel awesome. Tired, but awesome! 

In just 30 days time I'll have the first draft of a 50K novel, the first draft of a non fiction book, and 30 ideas for children's picture books. Not bad for one months work.

I know I've raised the bar on myself and made this month super hard by doing all 3 challenges at the same time. That said, I did all 3 back in 2013 and collecting my winner certificate for both NaNoWriMo, and PiBoIdMo. I didn't quite finish my WNFIN project but I did get over half way with it. That's a lot closer than I was at the start of the month.

If you're taking part in any of these challenges this month please reach out so we can support each other as we go along. Post your profile links below or just comment with the challenges you're doing. 

I'll be doing word sprints over on Twitter throughout the month, so feel free to join me there too.

Let the writing frenzy begin! 

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#Drawlloween: The Whole Collection

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#Drawlloween: The Whole Collection


Today marks the final day of the Drawlloween challenge. 

It's been a fun month of Halloween inspired sketching. I've drawn some things I never would have thought of drawing without the prompts from this challenge. 

I've also discovered loads of amazing artists, and made new connections through taking part in this challenge. Some of which, even invited me to take part in some illustration contests (I'll be looking more into those).

As today is the last day I thought I'd post the whole collection here in the one place, so you can see all of this months sketches together.


#Drawlloween Day 1 Ghost #Drawing #challenge
Day 1 Ghost

#Drawlloween Day 2 Devil #Drawing #challenge
Day 2 Devil

#Drawlloween Day 3 Goblin #Drawing #challenge
Day 3 Goblin

#Drawlloween Day 4 Vampire #Drawing #challenge
Day 4 Vampire

#Drawlloween Day 5 Werewolf  #Drawing #challenge
Day 5 Werewolf

#Drawlloween Day 6 Pumpkin  #Drawing #challenge
Day 6 Pumpkin

#Drawlloween Day 7 Haunted House  #Drawing #challenge
Day 7 Haunted House

#Drawlloween Day 8 Zombie #Drawing #challenge
Day 8 Zombie


#Drawlloween Day 9 Eyeball #Drawing #challenge
Day 9 Eyeball

#Drawlloween Day 10 Alien #Drawing #challenge
Day 10 Alien

#Drawlloween Day 11 Raven #Drawing #challenge
Day 11 Raven

#Drawlloween Day 12 Moon #Drawing #challenge
Day 12 Moon

#Drawlloween Day 13 Frankenstein #Drawing #challenge
Day 13 Frankenstein

#Drawlloween Day 14 bat #Drawing #challenge
Day 14 Bat

#Drawlloween Day 15 Amulet #Drawing #challenge
Day 15 Amulet

#Drawlloween Day 16 Grave #Drawing #challenge
Day 16 Grave

#Drawlloween Day 17 Demon #Drawing #challenge
Day 17 Demon

#Drawlloween Day 18 mask #Drawing #challenge
Day 18 Mask


#Drawlloween Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon #Drawing #challenge
Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon

#Drawlloween Day 20 skull #Drawing #challenge
Day 20 Skull

#Drawlloween Day 21 8 bit zombie #Drawing #challenge
Day 21 8 bit zombie

#Drawlloween Day 22 candy #Drawing #challenge
Day 22 Candy

#Drawlloween Day 23 Gore #Drawing #challenge
Day 23 Gore

#Drawlloween Day 24 skeleton #Drawing #challenge
Day 24 Skeleton

#Drawlloween Day 25 Mummy #Drawing #challenge
Day 25 Mummy

#Drawlloween Day 26 Rat #Drawing #challenge
Day 26 Rat

#Drawlloween Day 27 Witch #Drawing #challenge
Day 27 Witch

#Drawlloween Day 28 Black Cat #Drawing #challenge
Day 28 Black Cat

#Drawlloween Day 29 Scarecrow #Drawing #challenge
Day 29 Scarecrow


#Drawlloween Day 30 Spider #Drawing #challenge
Day 30 Spider
#Drawlloween Day 31 Dragon #Drawing #challenge
Day 31 Dragon

Did you do the challenge? Share the links to your illustrations in the comments section below.

Which was your favourite from the month?

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