Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft

The journey of the novel continues. There is a kind of poetry to it, and a journey.

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Using my plan and outline as a map and continuing to read books that inspire me when I become stuck, I am nearly half way through the second chapter of my first draft.

I am looking down the pathway of writing my way to the mountain of my completed first draft.

I am following the plan, but letting the characters help me construct them as I write them.  I look forward to seeing you at the other end of the first draft.

I was delighted to write two and a half chapters today.

At this point I am trying not to censor each sentence and perfect it but rather get the character and my  plot and scenes down cleanly and then I will work on other aspects in my second draft.

With this draft I am determined to get my structural plot, pacing and introduction of characters very clear.


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Stockings, Broomsticks and Friendship: Writing Inspired by Childhood books

So not too much poetry at the moment. Working on a novel for children.  Part of the journey includes rereading books I loved as a child.

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During February I spent the month revising workshops and resources about structure as well as beginning a quest to re-read some of my favourite childhood books.  I also began to locate more contemporary books for middle grades and youth to unravel for their structure and best features.

I am putting enormous amounts of efforts into outlining, researching, and structuring prior to beginning my full write ups of the first draft of middle grade novels. Furthermore, I am seeking to support this by my study of the books I love and admire, I am making my journey through the first drafts.

I especially enjoyed revisiting the Worst Witch, and examining the length of the book, chapters, scenes, and how black line illustrations were distributed throughout.  It is so well balanced, with just enough of  description, dialogue and humour to appeal to the young reader. This book still makes me giggle!

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Visual Poetry – A Summer of Reading Workshop

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These works were created in a two hour workshop with June Perkins and Helene Magisson for the Summer of Reading Program with the Brisbane libraries, held January 2018.  The host libraries were Chermside and Toowong.


The above photographs  are shared with consent of artist/writers and taken by Helene Magisson.

A big thank you to the staff at both libraries who assisted with the set up of the room and other practicalities as well as giving us warm introductions.

The following three photographs  of  the workshop in action are courtesy of the Brisbane libraries.


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A Celebration Date for Poets

Upcoming International Poetry Day!

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I am collecting a list of some special days to share the poetry of Magic Fish Dreaming  these might be either online or in person; one such day is World Poetry Day.  

Will you be celebrating that day too?

World Poetry Day – March 21st

“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages…

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Outlining Time

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At the moment my blogs will be brief as I settle in for outlining, planning scenes and then carrying out my writing projects.

I had a couple of weeks in Melbourne with extended family and visited the Art Vo Immersive Gallery.


I think after this experience I’ll imagine myself immersed in the worlds of my current writing projects and walk through the scenes in 3D.

I’m using KM Weiland’s, Outlining Your Novel to think through my writing projects in some detail before full on commencing the writing.

This year I am also planning to do a lot more reading and rereading of my favourite authors.


All the very best for your creative projects too!

If you feel like sharing the way you like to outline your novels feel free to do so.

As for me I am enjoying applying a number of methods from Weiland as well as things I…

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Poetry Postcards

My latest project has been to design five a5 poetry postcards featuring my photographs and words.  The plan is to sell these at poetry readings, markets, festivals, Magic Fish Dreaming book signings and workshops as I work towards my next books.  I’ll read them at open readings when they are on as well. You’ll see these for the first time at the Mt Alford Artisan’s Market if you can make it to that.

Magic Fish Dreaming News

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins, and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Magic Fish Dreaming is a poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland. Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems. It retails for $17.95 plus postage, and can be purchased within Australia and International Distribution is currently in process.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit and click on “Winners.”

Upcoming Magic Fish Dreaming

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  • MOUNT ALFORD ARTISANS MARKET  DECEMBER 2nd  June Perkins, author of Magic Fish Dreaming will be at the Mount Alford Artisans Summer Market selling and signing books and poetry post cards of new poems.
  • BIG B BOOKS CHRISTMAS AUTHORS EVENT DECEMBER 3rd  June Perkins will be alongside some other fabulous Queensland Writers, at Big B Books, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast,  on December 3rd.

Online sales portals are on their way to make it easier to order this book from anywhere in Australia.

In January Helene Magisson and June Perkins will be conducting some more library workshops, more on this soon!

If you live in FNQ and are looking for a special Christmas present this year the book is now available in more places in Far North Queensland thanks to the Local Authors Network

Gift Shop Botanical Gardens – Cairns

Cairns Crystal Ball Bookshop

Collins Bookshop


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