Monday, January 5, 2009

writing... or not... in summer

The holiday blog....
Ah summer....when you take the kids away from their regular routine...insist they go to bed when the sun is still in the sky because you are knackered from being beaten at ‘Risk’ by the teenager, teaching swimming most of the day to the middle kid and convincing the baby that just because the place is different, the food is different and the bed is a BED... they still have to have an afternoon sleep.

However there are little gems...

My family pointed out that this weekends regional paper carries a nice review of my book BONES. 8 out of 10 Thank you Northern Advocate. Fleur your book got 8 out of 10 too.(what good company I am in.)

I scanned the New Years Honours list for familiar names...didn’t see any children’s writers...which reminded me that last year I did the same thing because a couple of us got together to nominate Jack Lasenby...imagine our disappointment when we found no mention and we had a stellar support letter and major published articles on Jack and his work...I found out later that he was offered a very nice award...(he could have accepted it....)

I hope to finish...get closer to finishing... my Mars novel while I am up here in the North. Well that’s the plan...but you know the best laid summer plans...I’m not even thinking about the revised budget for the conference (sorry Fi but you did send me away and tell me to work on the novel....)
So if I get an internet connection...if the novel is going OK....If I get sick of cocktails on the deck at four, pulling my waterlogged kids from the pool and endless sunshine I’ll post again before February.

pic is Martian dust storm over Phoenix in October 08...(probably more than you wanted to know but as I'm writing about Mars at 50 below while the temps here are 30+...)

This is an image of Mars taken from orbit by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). The Red Planet's polar ice-cap is in the middle of the image. Captured in this image is a 37,000 square-kilometer (almost 14,300 square miles) dust storm that moved counter-clockwise through the Phoenix landing site on Oct 11, 2008, or Sol 135 of the mission. Viewing this image as if it were the face of a clock, Phoenix is a shown as a small white dot, located at about 10 AM. The storm, which had already passed over the landing site earlier in the day, is located at about 9:30 AM. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Thursday, December 11, 2008

SPINNING GOLD- The New Zealand Children’s Book Writing and Illustration Conference

Here is the first news release about the conference.Oh we've got some goodies lined up for you! It's all still in the planning stages...but we are very excited!
If you are thinking about maybe looking in....there may not be room...
But enough blathering on...Read On....

SPINNING GOLD- The New Zealand Children’s Book Writing and Illustration Conference will take place at Capital House, Melrose, Wellington in 2009, September 18 (2pm)-20th (5pm)

Run by the Wellington Children’s Book Association, there will be opportunities for emerging and experienced Writers and Illustrators to learn new skills, network and take their craft to The Next Chapter- into the 21st Century.

The core strands in the conference will be,
New Technologies-Escape beyond the pen, the paper and the ‘puter.
Business –The money and how to legally keep as much as you can.
Marketing and Promotion- Getting your name out there... Beyond Traditional Marketing.
Professional Development- Publishing without paper- Ways to live without getting a real job.

There will be Master Classes, Workshops, Publishers, Agents, Panels and Informative Keynote Speakers.
There will be social events and a built in trip to a mystery location.

The venue, Capital House, is in an affordable location for a residential conference set in large grounds overlooking the harbour. Bed and Breakfast living in at the conference will be optional (but we recommend it) Come for a day or for all three.

Early bird registrations will open in April 2009
Spaces are limited to the first 80 people!

If you want to register your interest and get on our mailing list for updates and advance warning of registration opening dates... Contact the Wellington Children’s Book Association by email.

pic is spinning gold globe from we're out to make the world take notice.....mwaahhhhaaaaa.
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