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Catch up time.

A bit of a catch up … it has, yet again, been quite a while since my last blog post but I have been busy, though not all writing. Here’s some of my highlights.

29th April I went to my first Supanova! I had a ball! I made sure to catch a couple of the presentations, one of which was Alan Tudyk from Firefly. He was great entertainment. Love seeing all the cosplayers in their wonderful creations. Hopefully next time I will be in costume too! I bought a couple of T-shirts for my daughter and also made a special stop to see author Samuel Colbran. Of course, I bought his book ‘Lake Merrin‘ which I am currently reading.

 

On the 2nd May, fellow Ten Penner, Jill Smith and I made a visit to Burleigh Heads State School, with our mascot Plinko to chat about the writing of stories in our latest anthology Mystery, Mayhem and Magic. The kids were fabulous and the librarian Janina was a delight. Thank you Janina, so many happy memories there.

 

15th June, Incredibles 2! I took my daughter and her boyfriend to see the 18+ session at Pacific Fair. The night time, adults only session was a great idea for Event Cinemas! We sipped sweet cocktails, whilst enjoying the DJ and watching big kids play in the jumping castle before seeing the movie with no screaming kids. And it was a very good movie!

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Wednesday 29th June, I won tickets from GC Weekend Edition to see the Australian movie Brothers’ Nest featuring Shane Jacobson and his real life brother Clayton. It did have dark undertones but it wasn’t as dark as I thought it was going to be. The pace was slow, but intriguing, it flowed well and I don’t think it warranted a quicker pace because of the unwinding of the story. The writing was good and the acting was good. It was rather disturbing but as one lady mentioned to me afterwards, “it was nice to not listen to an ocker accent from an Aussie movie. They just spoke plain Australian English.”

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If I paid for the movie, I don’t think I would have been disappointed but the movie isn’t up there on my great movie list. There were some sad parts in it and for once I didn’t cry but my daughter, whom I dragged along, did shed a few tears.

The ending was great and had a couple of surprises as the events unfolded. I would give it a 7 out of ten.

 

On the 7th July which should have been our Ten Penners meeting at Broadbeach library, we were kicked out by the library for one of their famous Writers Block sessions. 20180707_122947_003But being avid writers of more than one genre, most of us turned up to see the gorgeous Ally Blake give her talk about Romance writing! I loved her session. She has a wonderful conversational tone in her presentation and struck a heartfelt cord among most of us! I also had the opportunity to meet Ann Brady from the UK. Another children’s author she is delightful and joined myself and fellow Ten Penners for a chat over lunch at Pacific Fair after the workshop session.

 

21st July, I had a lovely windfall at the Gold Coast Writers Association meeting at Fradgley Hall Burleigh Heads. I won 2nd prize in the raffle – 3 books! “Flirting with the Moon” by Andrew McDermott and also his publishing guide “Yes You Can Publish Your Book!” The Publicious guide to self-publishing. Publicious is his publishing company and he was once our GCWA president. The third book “Inspire Your Fire” creative innovation through authorship by the current GCWA president Ocean Reeve and also a book publisher under his own name! Lots of talent here at GCWA.

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading these boys books but Andy’s Flirting with the Moon I had already bought a copy at last month’s meeting and devoured within a week, so I passed this one on to my friend Kate. Look out for my review coming up soon, it’s a wonderful read.

22nd July, our Gold Coast S.C.W.B.I. meeting at Crafted Coffee upstairs in The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre. I love getting together and chatting children’s stories with this group which is co-ordinated by the lovely Angela Sunde.

 

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I also had the chance to catch up again with Ann Brady a children’s author from the UK who is visiting her daughter. Jo Sandhu, and Candice Lemon-Scott pictured here with me.

So that’s my catch up, hopefully I won’t take as long with the next post. Have a beautiful winter. Marion 🙂

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Let’s kick off the blog tour!

As one of the original Ten Penners and co-ordinator of the group, I am pleased to announce our upcoming book launch and kick off our big blog tour!

My blog host today is the lovely Dimity Powell. Dimity blog host day 1use

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A very talented author of several books. I am very humbled that the blog tour is starting with Dimity interviewing me!

This is such an exciting time for any author and when you have a group of eight ladies who all have very different writing styles on offer, well, we all just get that little extra excited. I can’t wait for the book launch! We have a colouring-in competition for the kids and the best of their age category will win a fully signed copy of our book Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! We will be dressing up with a little cosplay from our characters inspiration and having some light refreshments too.

It sounds like a party? It is! It’s a celebration of seeing our hard work develop into a tangible paperback. And we are proud to be launching at Broadbeach library on the 4th November 10.15 am to 11.15 am. All our pre-sale books and books sold at the launch will be $15.00 (not the rrp of $19.95!).

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Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

The blog tour plan is as below:

15/10/17 Sunday -Me! Marion Martineer – https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com Dimity Powell – author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

16/10/17 Monday– Yvonne Mes, http://www.yvonnemes.com

Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com – author Lindy Standage

17/10/17 Tuesday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com

Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au

18/10/17 Wednesday– Kate Russell – https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com

Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com

19/10/17 Thursday –  Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com

Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words https://thoughtsbecomewords.com

20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs http://www.robinadolphs.com  interviewing Louisa Wright

Artelle Lenthall http://www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com  interviewing Sharron Alexiou

21/10/17 Saturday – The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com

We will also be attending the Gold Coast Writers Meeting at Fradgley Hall, above the library at Burleigh Heads 2pm to announce our book launch.

23/10/17 Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam – Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net interview Elli Housden

28/10/17 Saturday – we will be reading from our book at The Lanes, Halloween market, cnr Hooker Blvd & Bermuda Streets, Mermaid Waters, click here for details.

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!

There will be a giveaway copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

Don’t forget the kids colouring competition! Plinko-Colouring-In-Competition-2017_BooklaunchColour ‘Plinko’ our mascot, for children to send in via email. The winners will be announced at our book launch on the 4th November at Broadbeach Library. Please book through this library link to help us with catering refreshments!  You can download the book launch & competition form here.

Thanks for visiting me today, now go and see what Dimity has to say! – Marion 🙂

 

 

My first blogging interview!

This week, I have my first blog interview! It’s very exciting to be doing an interview and I am thrilled it is with award winning Nadia Sunde! Nadia recently won third place (children’s song category) in the International Songwriting Competition with her song, “The Goat and The Goose.” 

First of all Nadia, thanks for coming to my blog and I have to say, I am so glad you are my first celebrity! I put in my votes for the peoples choice awards, but you have managed to be awarded by the industry! How are you coping with all your new found fame?

Thank you for inviting me Marion! It’s so lovely to be chatting with you. Winning third place in the International Songwriting Competition was a huge affirmation for me on my journey as a songwriter. I’ve been writing songs for many years, but the songs I’ve written for my children are the ones I hold most dear and am most proud. The Goat and The Goose is actually based on a true story about two best friends! They live in Currumbin Valley, across the road from the little Valley School, and spend all day munching grass, wandering about (sometimes perilously close to the road) and laughing at each others jokes (honk honk, maaa maaa – okay, I made that bit up). Perfect inspiration for this songwriter! The Goat and The Goose is the first track from my album, Homespun, which features a collection of songs designed to appeal to people of all ages. It’s a bit like my family album, inspired by my children, full of playful, honest and heartfelt moments – I can’t help but love it. 

Your success has been result of lots of hours, days, weeks and years of hard work and dedication to your craft. Can you tell us some highlights of your journey?

In January of this year I performed the lead role in a children’s musical theatre production called Nadia’s Wish. The show was co-written by myself, Kerryanne Farrer (Pineapple Productions) and my husband Jeff. Supported by the State Library of Queensland, Nadia’s Wish ran a three week season at the SLQ auditorium. Talk about your wishes coming true! I got to play the part of a musical gypsy with a magic oven and my own GYPSY CARAVAN!!! The performance featured music from Homespun, stunning sets and costumes by Josh McIntosh, and the best supporting cast a girl could wish for: virtuoso guitarist Michael Fix on guitars and banjo, Silas Palmer on fiddle and keys, Andrew Shaw on double bass and Suzanne Hibbs on drums and percussion. Due to their worldclass performances, both in character and as themselves, and our delight in playing together, we’ve formed Nadia & The Best Band In The World!

Being a creative mum, how do you make time to practice your craft and balance a home life?
Jeff and I have two beautiful children; Mia (3) and Asher (6). My family life is huge inspiration for my creative soul and music is a natural part of our everyday. We make up songs as we set the table for dinner, while we’re putting away the groceries, getting ready for school or just driving in the car. Two days ago I took Mia shopping for new shoes – they are pink and sparkly and good for her feet! We were both so happy after our spree we sang all the way home…”Click clack, front and back. Sittin’ in the car with my best friend Jack, Turn up the music! Turn off the news! We’re goin’ to the city to buy new shoes!” We haven’t stopped singing it since! I think the extended version will make an appearance on the next album. 

You seem to be very busy. Do you get enough time to take care of yourself as well as the family?

That is actually the hardest part. This past week has been particularly stressful. I worked full-time filling in as a presenter on local ABC Radio, had two major festival applications due, a magazine article to finish, finished writing two songs and completed a full days recording session! All of it was incredibly good fun. But, even good stress is still stress. I wouldn’t manage weeks like this without my vitamins, my cod liver oil, my olive leaf extract, magnesium, down time with my children and support from my husband. He is among the very best. 

You do a lot of prominent concerts, do you have a manager to organise all your gigs? How do people book you for events?

 I’ve been blessed with the best manager in the whole wide world! I first met Kerryanne Farrer when she worked as an organiser for the Woodford Folk Festival and as a performer in The Mint Patties – a gorgeous cabaret act celebrating the music of the 60s girl bands in splendid style! These days she operates her own production company – Pineapple Productions – working in children’s music and theatre. She’s incredibly experienced, innovative and inspired and we’re having a ball together!
Where do we buy your CD?

Please visit my website – www.nadiasunde.com – and follow the links. It’s also available on iTunes. Alternatively, I’d love to see you on facebook! Our fan page is ‘Nadia Sunde Homespun Music’. 
Where and when will you be performing or appearing next?

You can find me performing regularly as a guest at various children’s markets, eg: Mathilda’s Market and The Butterfly Tree Markets. By subscribing on my website, or facebook fan page, you’ll also receive updates of Nadia & The Best Band In The World’s latest adventures and upcoming gigs. 

Thanks for being my very first interview and I am so pleased you won a place in the competition. I bet you will come first next year! 

It was such a delight to speak with you Marion! Thank you so much for your support. I look forward to seeing you very soon. xo Nadia

“The Goat and The Goose” is on Nadia’s new album ‘Homespun’.

 You can see and hear more here: www.nadiasunde.com      

 Thank you everyone for joining me in my first blog interview. I had fun and if anyone else out there is interested, I’ll be looking for my second interview soon!! Please feel free to comment below.

Thanks

Marion xo

A quick blog…

I love public hols! Today I have linked some friends blogs and web pages to my blog. I’ve only begun and if you want me to add you, please let me know. Please add me to yours too! I will be back on this afternoon and hope to post my first blogging interview, any guesses who it may be? She has won a prestigious international award recently! For now we are off to create our first you-tube video. This should give us lots of fun and frustration for a few hours, we haven’t a clue what to do but we’re going to find out!