Deadlines and writing

7 01 2012

When it comes to writing, I’m a deadlines girl. I look at a deadline and somehow the creativity scrapes itself together and finds its way onto a page. No deadline, and my writing … mostly just doesn’t get done.

You can tell 2012 is off to a good start—this month I have signed myself up for two deadlines. I’ve signed on for Month of Poetry and (while I was in the mood for grabbing at deadlines) I have also signed on for 12X12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge.

Month of Poetry (coordinated by Kat Apel) involves writing a poem every day for the whole of January. It’s surprising how hard it is to come up with a poem every day and just as surprising how it can be done when you actually sit there and decide it must. be. written.

When 12X12 (coordinated by Julie Hedlund) turned up in my facebook feed, I knew it would be a Very Useful Deadline. So —ta da!—I will be writing a new picture book manuscript every month for twelve months. Luckily it only has to be a draft, not a polished product.

And look! There’s a badge! (Anyone joining me?)

12X12 badge

So far 2012 is looking pretty good. Happy New Year!

PS Both of these challenges have twitter hashtags: #MoP and #12x


Poetry tips from Fred (aged 7) (via Soup Blog)

21 01 2011

What an inspiring poet!

Poetry tips from Fred (aged 7) We were thrilled to discover a new poetry blog this week, called Fred’s Petals. We liked it so much, we asked Frederique if we could interview her, and she kindly agreed. Fred, can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Fred, I live in the bush. I’m seven years old and I have a sister called Una, and a little ba … Read More

via Soup Blog

Bid on signed copies of books and more …

17 01 2011

If you’d like to bid on signed copies of books, manuscript appraisals, mentorships and/or heaps of other booky things, head on over to Authors For Queensland auction site. All money will go to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. Bidding ends 11pm (EST) Monday 24 January 2011.

(There are Alphabet Soup magazine subscriptions open to bidding too, but they’re still updating the site so those should be up soon.)

Happy bidding!

Free Literacy ezine

1 12 2010
"LitLava 7 cover"

Free Literacy ezine: Literacy Lava

Issue 7 of Literacy Lava is out now! As usual, Literacy Lava has great tips for parents, and suggestions for literacy activities to share with kids. This issue features a new writing tips column with author, Dee White. There’s loads of other stuff too, including an article from me about catering for your budding young writer. 🙂

Download your free ezine now, via The Book Chook’s website. Yay!


1 11 2010

PiBoIdMo. Day 1.

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year but I have signed up for PiBoIdMo*—Picture Book Idea Month. Everyone taking part agrees to come up with a picture book idea for every day in November. That’s 30 ideas for picture books. *looks optimistic*

If you’d like to take part, you can find out more over at Tara Lazar’s blog. And here’s the cool PiBoIdMo badge, to show I’m officially thinking:

"PiBoIdMo badge"

I’m not sharing what my ideas are, assuming I can dredge up 30 good ones. I don’t like sharing too soon before a story is fleshed out—but if I come up with an idea while I’m doing something interesting, then perhaps I will share about what I was doing when inspiration struck. 🙂

So, to kick start my 30 ideas, I got my first idea when I was listening to a group of 8 year olds this morning. They were chatting about possible titles for stories they were writing and my brain went off on a tangent. Now … only 29 to go.

Are you in?

*Thank you for not making it NaPiBoIdMo. I can sign on without feeling like an interloper.

Sally Murphy’s Writing For Children Blog

23 07 2010

Today I am over at Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog, talking about why I blog. How exciting! See you over there. 🙂

Interesting blogs: Mr Squiggle

6 06 2010

I came across Mr Squiggle blog a few days ago, and went back to it today for another look. It’s run (I think!) by dueling artists Campbell Whyte and Briony Stewart using the idea of the tv show from childhood, Mr Squiggle (take a squiggle, and turn it into something).

One of them presents the other with a squiggle to turn into a work of art, and then that one has a turn at setting the squiggle challenge. The only disappointment is that it appears that they stopped in August 2009. But I really enjoyed looking back through all the posts before that. Worth checking out.