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A feature spot for me!

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,20171019_192841 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!

Marion

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Christmas socialising …

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!!Setting up for Nerang Celebrates Christmas20171216_201656

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!

Merry Christmas!

Marion

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More signing!

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!

The countdown is on …

It’s no surprise that I am very excited to be receiving our first shipment of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic soon. Tomorrow is our last Ten Penners meeting to fine tune our marketing and get revved up for the book launch on the 4th November. Not that we really need revving up! See the previous post for the details of the launch and click here to make your free reservation for the library event. This is important for catering purposes! Or chat to us on our Facebook page and follow the event link.

In the lead up to the book launch, starting from the 15th October we will be having a blog tour. I hope you can join us and if you make a comment on the post you will go in the draw to win an autographed copy of our book! Comment every day for more chances! 🙂

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Author visit at Broadbeach Primary School

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Fellow Ten Penners,  Jill Smith, Kate Russell and myself are preparing our chat to year 4 & 5 students at Broadbeach Independent Primary School tomorrow morning.

After having a fun time at St Joseph’s in Brisbane earlier this year, we are really looking forward to this one. It had been a while for me and the first time for Jill and Kate, but it is so much fun to connect with the kids and promote reading and find out what they think of our stories. Tomorrow we will all be more relaxed (I hope!).

I’m back!

Getting ready for this years NA-NO-WRI-MO and getting excited about it.

I haven’t really been doing that much writing lately. I still co-ordinate The Ten Penners, a support / sub group of the Gold Coast Writers Association. We work in the adults writing for children genre. It covers quite a large audience, but we seem to stay in the young readers target of 10-12 years old.

For me, my writing never stopped. It was just simmering on the backburner whilst life took a few priorities out of my time. This November, I hope to get the literary juices flowing and I will be manifesting my steampunk story. It may or may not go into The Ten Penners’ next anthology. If I actually make 50,000 words and win my NA-NO-WRI-MO certificate, I will most likely try publishing it as a book. If I don’t get the count up, then I shall submit it for the anthology. Either way I guess I win because it will be getting my writing into action, instead of having it swirling around in my head.

I’m looking forward to sharing my new adventures with you.
Marion

Writing Weekend

Yay it’s the fifth weekend for the month!

I love it when we get an extra weekend for the month. I always have very busy weekends and as I volunteer my time for the Gold Coast Writer’s Association every third Saturday of the month and co-ordinate my The Ten Penners group (which is adults writing for children) every first Saturday of the month. That leaves the second and fourth for writing, which I do get to do sometimes. Sometimes, I drop my daughter at her drama and head home instead of the library to do …heaven forbid…housework! I try not to let it interrupt my writing time but it just screams out for attention.

Anyway, tomorrow I am looking forward to writing. I know my plans have already been interrupted with a visit to my sister, plus a couple of errands, a visit to the first Indy Authors festival, which is being held most of the day at Robina library. Unfortunately, I won’t be there all day but I will get time to support my fellow, local writers, including the talented Jill Smith, who wrote some short children’s stories for our Fan-tas-tic-al Tales, but she excels at Sci Fi drama! Her book Dual Visions is great and the draft I have read of her sequel is even better!

You may notice that my writing time is diminishing but I don’t see it that way. I see it like this…after I drop my daughter off I get to do my errands (import to maintain the order of my life and clear my mind by achieving my productive outcomes for the day). Then pop over to Robina library for the Indy Authors festival, I’ll be watching, listening and learning. Dash back home for hopefully some spring cleaning (more mind clearing) and visit my sister, then pick up daughter. In that time, even though pen has not hit paper I have cleared my mind from the things that niggle to be done, creating a clean mental slate. Then I will interact with like-minded people, absorbing knowledge and getting a buzz of enthusiasm. Hopefully stumbling across some interesting character profiling and taking in real life drama situations. All in all, a great writing day, then when I get home I simply need a bit of time to scratch some ideas and pen a story! Bliss!

Oh and another reason for the spring cleaning is preparation for NaNoWriMo, which is only two days away… I wonder if I will actually make the 50K word count this year?