Friday, April 10, 2009


It has been 370 days since I posted my first ever blog post. Just over a year.

Here’s a link back to the pathetic paragraph I wrote 51 posts ago. As I look back over the year there have been some highlights in the blogging life. The post where I learned to hyperlink....the post where I learned to post video...the marketing series which became my reason to blog in the first place... I really think that I need a reason to life isn’t interesting enough to just talk about it. I have discovered amazing blogs by other writers in NZ and overseas and I have made great friends around the world.

It was a year ago since that momentous committee meeting at Fleur Beale’s where I opened my mouth and said “well how hard can it be to organise a conference?”

It is 162 days until opening day of the conference Friday 18th September 2009.

The major news release has gone out to those on the mailing list with lots of information about what I have been doing with my life since September last year when we had the first formal meeting of the conference committee.

Between April and September we were asking for feedback about what people wanted at the conference. Together the programme team sifted through all the response emails and worked out the strands and how we could address them and then we started to look for speakers to fit the bill. Along the way there have been mini drama’s, wonderful luck, serendipitous happenings and we have felt all the highs and lows of putting together what we hope will be a must attend event of the Children’s lit year.

An over riding concern of mine was to keep the cost as low as I could because I wanted to be able to afford to attend my own conference. The pennies are very tightly watched in our household and with the recession biting just as we were firming up the monster programme, this became an imperative.

When I look at the full programme I feel very proud of what we have achieved.
For $300 conference delegates will get four superb speakers, a choice of four workshops out of eleven, four panel discussions and that’s not counting the other goodies that are under wraps....and they are good. Any one of the workshops on offer would cost at least half the fee to attend and some very much more.

Included in the fee is all the food from 2pm Friday until 5pm Sunday night.
Staying at the venue (the cheapest place around) includes breakfast as well. The view from Capital House is spectacular. You overlook the two harbours and out to sea. It’s blustery, bracing and beautiful.

I have been lamenting to friends the conference has taken over my life so I have no other topic of conversation but the journey so far has been interesting much like the journey through a year blogging.

162 days and counting.....


The pic is the front door of Capital House. Opening for The Spinning Gold Conference Friday 18th September 2009
Below is some show how far I've come from my first post. If you can’t see the video - go here to enjoy it.

Book by Book: the making of Monkey Man by Jarrett Krosoczka
Jarrett made this entertaining video with the help of some very very good writer/illustrators who all played themselves in it. It is long but very funny and just look at the credit list at the end. This was played at the winter SCBWI conference in New York February 2009.

BOOK BY BOOK: the making of a monkey man from Jarrett Krosoczka on Vimeo.


Fifi Colston said...

happy blog birthday to you!
excellent post xxx

Maureen said...

Thanks Fi,
I've been having a quick trawl on links...clicked onto the spec fiction for kids blog (in my blog roll) they have some great posts but the current one links to Nathan Bransfords blog where he is running an amazing contest an agent for a day...he is posting 50 queries and the contestants have one week to respond to each one, and they have to spot the published queries and request five...
hey at the conference you don't think we could....
nah what am i thinking.....(LOL)

happy easter

Stacy Nyikos said...


Hey, that is awesome news about the conference! Sorry I haven't been by your blog in a while. Spent all that time in my head in New Zealand and got a little lost in reality. However, I nominated you for a Lemonade Stand award. Check out my blog. Congrats :-)

Stacy Nyikos said...

I'd love, love LOVE to come back to New Zealand. I'm saving my pennies as we speak. The general idea around our house is that I am going to sell Pelorus Jack and use the money off of the sale to take us all back to New Zealand. Great motivation to sell the book, believe me!

Melinda Szymanik said...

Oh, I am just too impatient. Sign me up. Sign me up NOW!!

Maureen said...

Ok Stacey you come in September for the conference. International exposure for your book does the IRSBaccept that?
Melinda, Thankyou for the enthusiasm it does give us a lift...

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