The world is big, and small
The life of a writer can be a varied one. One minute you’re bemoaning the fact that you haven’t left the house for days and there’s no food anywhere. The next, you’re up before dawn for a daytrip interstate.
And the next next, if you get my drift, you’re headed up the highway into the rain-soaked countryside, simultaneously admiring the agility of a fox as it hotfoots it across the road and cursing those who thought it was reasonable to release these dangerous predators into our country.
Shortlisted, announcements and bookshops
While it hasn’t been as busy as my last post, it’s been busy enough.
The Prize announcements were in Sydney and I flew up to attend.
I also visited some bookshops, visited the State Library’s picture book illustration exhibition and caught up with good friend, Sue Whiting.
Conference and Donuts
I was a last minute substitute for a teacher-librarian conference called MANTLE in Newcastle. What a lovely conference. Such great energy. And there was a donut board!
I can’t say I saw much of Newcastle, but I waved to my friends and family as I was driven past their houses on the way from and to the airport. If only I’d had time to let them know I was coming …
Then there was a final full day school visit in Melbourne, and a three day writing camp in the countryside. Such enthusiastic young writers and illustrators and their indefatigable teachers.
Yes, there were heavy downpours and temperature plummets, but there was also sunshine and kookaburras.
But wait, there’s more.
My house became a film set for a day! Lights. Cameras. Action. (and all the people driving that) A clapper board and makeup too. And a shark costume!
It was such a treat to be part of Story Tools Season 2. And for this film novice, the wonderful team were very gentle and patient. I look forward to seeing the end product at Storybox Library in early 2023.
Next year is starting to book up (okay, pun unintended but appropriate) but first I’m looking forward to summer and some family time.
A very Happy Christmas to you all.