In the mail …

1 07 2013

Kill the music by Nansi Kunze

Look what came in the mail — a shiny new book. What you see above is the first book ever to feature my name …

… in the acknowledgements. 🙂

Kill the Music is a new YA title by Nansi Kunze and it’s just hit bookshops. (You can preview the first chapter on the publisher’s website — it’s free!)

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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?