School holidays minus 3 days.

27 09 2011

Twitter has been full of tweets about how blissfully wonderful the school holidays are or how the holidays are just starting and how blissfully wonderful they are about to be. WA doesn’t start school holidays until the end of the week. To say I am envious of you early schoolholidayers would be an understatement. It has been a very full term.

I wish I could send my Term 2 Self a memo: Don’t say yes to all that stuff, it’s going to be busy already without it.

Too late.

Between my busy self and my busy kids I had music exams, music eisteddfods, school cross country, school performing arts festival events, school sports carnival … and all the other busy stuff that goes on during every term time. Plus, winter was thrown into the mix, so there was the fun of winter viruses, too.

But I also had some good news. I entered the 2011 CYA competition with a picture book text (preschool category), and was TREMENDOUSLY EXCITED to find it was shortlisted along with four other entries. I didn’t end up with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placing but I was still thrilled to make it to the shortlist.

CYA in 2012 will be in July and entries for the competition open in January, so keep an eye on the website. All entries receive feedback from the judges—invaluable to emerging writers.

This week I also received a ‘highly commended’ in a poem competition run by Lorraine Marwood to celebrate her new poetry collection Note on the Door. You can read my poem here (second on the page) and read the fantabulous winning poem—by Janeen Brian—here.

So—a very busy term, but also a rewarding one. And I am really looking forward to the break from the frenzied activities … if you are on the eastern side of the country basking in schoolholiday goodness, save me a seat, OK?

 

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27 09 2011
Dimity Powell

Enjoyed your post Rebecca. Hang in there re; hollies. I love the holidays and hanging out with my girl. We have such fun, abandoning routines. Congrats again for the shortlisting with CYA too. What a buzz and great result. Every step forward is a winning step. BTW, didn’t you start that word jar thing a while back? Is it full yet? What ideas did it collect for you I wonder. Best Dimity

27 09 2011
boobook

Hi Dimity

Yes! The blog jar is calling to me and I will be posting the first few over the school holidays now the freneticness (is that a word?!) of term 3 is over.

28 09 2011
katswhiskers

Enjoy your holidays, Bec. Sad to say, I’m gazing at a fast-approaching END to ours. (A lovely way to end, though, having the delightful Katrina Germein and family popping in on us.)

Believe me, I will be envious when YOU start tweeting your blissfully wonderful holiday happenings!

But enjoy! xx Maybe you’ll have your very own cubby house project to admire. (Did you see the boys’ holiday home/shanty? http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/holiday-home-shanty-town)

3 10 2011
boobook

Hey Kat, we made it to the holidays! Your boys’ home-building is brilliant. Takes cubbies to a whole new level. 🙂

3 10 2011
Lorraine

Well done! Can we swap blogrolls I wonder?

3 10 2011
boobook

Hi Lorraine—of course! 🙂

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