Posts by Z.R. Southcombe

Change or failure? A pep talk to myself

Changing direction can feel like failure. You know, we’re taught to stick to things and not give up, to persist,...

A new direction: Focusing on Non-Fiction

I’m starting a new publishing company called Blue Mushroom Books. Everything is still a work in progress right now, but...

Ramble On Book Launch

Thank you again to everyone who played a part in the launch! It was by all accounts a wonderful afternoon...

Keep doing what’s honest to you

Keep doing what’s honest to you

Lately I’ve gotten into the habit of watching the news in the morning, and the other day there was an...

Why a picture book on leatherback sea turtles? +augmented reality announcement

When I look at my backlist (yes, it’s exciting to be able to refer to my ‘backlist’) I see a...

It’s okay to not be happy with your work

When I was finishing off the formatting for Ramble On over the last few weeks, it was taking longer than...

Turtles, dollhouses, and plants – what’s next?

With Ramble On in its final stages (celebrate the release at Auckland Central Library, Sun Oct 15) I’ve been busy...

On bookselling: you get back what you give

I’ve been selling at events for a while now. The first was The Caretaker of Imagination book launch, then craft markets,...

New project: A miniature dollhouse style picture books

The Train to Nowhere is a story idea that has been waiting for attention for about the last five years....

On over sharing

Sometimes I’m aware that I say a lot more than many people would about the stuff that I’m struggling with,...

New books on the way (finally!)

Okay I know I’ve been super slack with getting these new editions done, which is for several reasons. One is...

Call for sponsors – Ramble On: A celebration of walking in NZ & around the world

I’m in the final stages of drafting Ramble On, and then I have a long list of illustrations to do –...