So another Halloween has passed. I’ve posted a couple of pictures for you.
Now I’m into Na-No-Wri-Mo and am counting down my 50, 000 words for November. Since I have never won this goal, I am determined to finish my Steampunk novel I have been working off and on for the past few years. Hopefully this year it will get finished! Wish me luck for no distractions and for will power to get the job done! I need it!
I must say, I have planned a little bit better than past years, My Preptober wasn’t as intense as it could have been, but I did make a more user-friendly calendar that is targeting my hours available more positively than in past years. With two big birthday parties to celebrate and my first Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) conference to attend all day next Sunday, on top of work and home duties, it will be an intense month. I have already knocked off the list of events, my Ten Penners meeting yesterday (which we discussed and worked on Na-No-Wri-Mo), and my daughter’s uni exhibit that was very interesting and entertaining last Friday night. One proud mummy here.
I’m very excited to be attending the SCBWI conference next week. I booked a spot for a manuscript appraisal and at the moment I’m very interested in the feedback. However, next week, I will probably have a plethora of emotional states running through me in anticipation! We shall see.
Have a great week everyone! – Marion
After a lovely creative morning with my fellow Ten Penners on Saturday, I have had quite a few cute little stories brewing in my mind. However, as usual, housework & gardening prevailed and today (Monday) I was bookkeeping again! Silly work always gets in the way. 😛
This afternoon though, I checked my email and wow, what a surprise! I am being featured in Pass It On (PIO). A fabulous ‘weekly, on-line, interactive, networking e-zine for those involved with or interested in the children’s writing & illustration industry.’ It’s a subscription e-zine so many of my friends and relatives won’t see it but I am so chuffed to be in there! Chatting about what I have done as a co-ordinator for my writing group The Ten Penners, a support group for adults writing for children, which is part of the Gold Coast Writer’s Association (GCWA). I love my group and love talking about what we are up to. After producing our third anthology Mystery, Mayhem & Magic last year, we are getting back to basics this year, with fun creative exercises and stimulating homework challenges. We always say we are the fun part of the GCWA! 🙂 And that is exactly how it feels.
So after an exciting end of the day. I think I should celebrate a little with some creative writing just to sharpen things up. I am hoping to get one little project of mine, up and out into the world this year. Wish me luck!
Have a beautiful week everyone!
I had such a lovely weekend!
Saturday, my daughter and I volunteered yet again to set up the Christmas Tree on stage for Nerang Celebrates Christmas. We’ve done it so many times now, it’s like a given that we will do it and we do it with pleasure. Waking early and watching a shower come down before we arrived made it a little steamy but thankfully that was all the rain we had that day! It turned out to be glorious and the choir who practice so hard, could certainly give every other Christmas Carols event a good run for the money. I think they excelled even more this year! To top things off I even had a job as cameraman, taking a prime spot in the front of the stage to film. I had so much fun!!
Sunday, I went to a S.C.W.B.I. meet and greet and had a ball meeting new and old friends!
Thanks Maria for taking me in the group photo, it was lovely to meet you and had lots of fun taking selfies. Only one of mine was good enough to show here. I look forward to seeing yours!
Today we had our highly anticipated book launch and it was good! We had lots of fun dressing up and supplying custom crafted book marks, and lollies as prizes. I am loving my cake toppers with our logo and book cover, very special.
A big thank you to Gold Coast City Libraries for supplying tea, coffee and biscuits.
We are all looking forward to a little rest, there have been mammoth efforts all round. I really have a great team to work with. If you wish to purchase a book, I will have a shopping link on my blog soon but The Ten Penners have a page to place an order and pay by credit card through PayPal. You can also buy direct from your favourite author, Bookface Pacific Fair, Big B Burleigh Heads, Amazon and Kindle.
But for a short time you can buy from the authors for $15 .00.
Now after all this hard work, I will be participating in Na-No-Wri-Mo. Hopefully this year I will make the 50K word target!
Wish me well – Marion
It really has been a big week. To start, on Monday, Jill, Elli & I went to visit grades 2 & 3 at St. Joseph’s Catholic school at Brackenridge. We had a ball and the children submitted their colouring in pictures. There are so many good ones it will be hard to pick a winner! The lucky winners will receive a copy of The Ten Penners new book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! If you or rather your child would like to be in the running to win a copy be sure to download a form Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_Booklaunch.
Entries must be received by email by the 1st November, 2017.
We now have our book for sale in two book shops.
Bookface at Pacific Fair and
Big B Books at James Street, Burleigh Heads. Yay!
To finish my busy week, tomorrow we will be at The Lanes Halloween market on the corner of Bermuda St & Nerang – Broadbeach Rd, Mermaid Waters. 3pm to 9pm. Come and say Hello! pull up a hay bale and listen to us reading from our book!
This morning we added more signatures to our first batch of books. It’s almost complete needing only Elli’s signature. Which we will get when we do our school visit on Monday. It’s not always easy to get everyone together at the one time with busy lives and family commitments but in the end it gets done! Hopefully when the rest of the books arrive we will all be together cracking a celebratory bottle of champers! Now we are off to the Gold Coast Writer’s Association meeting to announce our book launch on 4th of November at Broadbeach library. Yay!
What a grand feeling it is, to open up a box full of your own books! I love it! Tonight my fellow Ten Penner, Louisa and I opened our first delivery of our books. Wow, they do look good! Even if I do say so myself 🙂