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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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is almost here!

Excitement is building as The Ten Penners new anthology is almost here. We have worked very hard to bring a book full of interesting characters and amazing adventures to life! Ten Penners Poster Booklaunch BBch library 4th Nov2017

I would like to invite you all to our book launch at Broadbeach library see the poster on the left for details.

I have also included a little sneak peek of the proof, there’s only a few minor changes and we will have our order in for our books! Yay! Leading up to the launch we will also be talking at the Gold Coast Writers meeting on the21st October and doing readings at the Lanes Mermaid Waters for their Halloween market.  Looking forward to dressing up for that one!

Have a beautiful long weekend! Marion 🙂

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The Ten Penners new book cover

mmm coverI had a lovely writing day today! First, half of The Ten Penners met and we had some head shots taken for our author profiles in our latest anthology, ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ It’s adventure themed for young readers aged 8 – 12 years. Then our book cover was voted on and I am very happy with it. I feel like I am going for an evening exploration through a Tallebudgera Valley trail. I wonder what fun, interesting or weird things I may encounter? Guess I will have to open up the book and look inside…

Author visit at Broadbeach Primary School


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.

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?



New Gold Coast Writer’s committee line up

A new era begins as the Gold Coast Writer’s Association farewells president Jeannie Barker and welcomes new president Julie Boyd.

After two successful years as the Gold Coast Writer’s Association (GCWA) president, Jeannie Barker has stepped down to pave the way for new president Julie Boyd. Following their AGM newly elected Julie is enthusiastic about lifting the GCWA profile to a new height.  An accomplished writer, she has published professional learning books for teachers, articles and numerous national journals. Julie, together with her committee, will continue tireless voluntary work to make the GCWA a well-respected literary group on the Gold Coast. Workshops are being planned, guest speakers being booked and focus on their mission statement: to be a home for writers, a place to learn, a place to grow and a place to be heard.

The GCWA meet at Fradgley Hall, above the Burleigh Heads library every third Saturday of the month at 2pm to 4pm, they have guest authors, members book launches and afternoon tea with plenty of networking opportunities. Find out more at