Happy New Year – Another Busy-ness Week

Kung Hei Fat Choi
welcome to the
Year of the Tiger.


A week of more busy-ness and a little bit of writing has just blown by.

I finally got down to start writing again after the long school holidays here in Oz. The animation has been consuming much of the writing time abd this has involved taking over the dining room table, drawing mind maps and plotting. I try and confine myself to the office but sometimes extra space is needed.

Also a picture book manuscript that is years and years old needed work. This I dug out of the bottom drawer and attacked. That one now works – and I even quite like it!

Once again there was also time for sorting out all those things to do with the business of writing … and a few meetings too.

  • SCBWI (The Society of Children’s book Writers and Illustrators) took a little time this week answering a heap of accumulated emails, sorting out files, emailing members (okay that was a quick one), compiling information pages for the international website,
  • and I absolutely know that the schoool year has begun — a bunch (what is the collective noun … folder, letterbox, file?) of emails arrived asking me questions about being a children’s writer … one from a year 12 student was about book design and my input into the cover. Love getting the questions!
  • meetings … for our upcoming Australia and New Zealand SCBWI conference to be held in Sydney in September; another working meeting with e:lit, and then yesterday with a rollcall of Sydney authors:- Deb Abela, Susanne Gervay, James Roy, Jacqueline Harvey, Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Wendy Blaxland. With other folk this collective were discussing programmes and initiatives for Book Week 2010 for the NSW Children’s Book Council – hopefully the end result of the gathing of the brains will be some really terrific positive acitivites for the kids of NSW to do during Book Week (and surrounding weeks) this year.
  • and school bookings for 2010 have well and truly begun to be organised with enquiries hitting the inbox.

Another week gone!

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