I’ve been so busy with all things book production and launch.
I’ve been delighted to be part of the Red Room Poetry and Queensland Poetry Festival projects. And to finish production on Illuminations.
I’ve put in several grant and fellowship applications to do my best to make this writing life more sustainable. There’s been a few knock backs, but I get back up and keep going. Thanks so much to everyone who has been writing letters of support. You are all awesome! We keep getting surprise grants, and the only thing wrong with this is you do not have long to put applications together.
My poor novel had taken a back seat. The last couple of weeks has changed that. I began to revise my novel. And now have nearly 50 pages I am happy with. I am going to do more work on it today and am feeling so happy with the direction it is going. This picture is a small hint of what the novel might be about…
I was so inspired by our beloved Guinea Pig, Buttercream who has been starring on my instagram lately, that last night I wrote the beginnings of a new picture book idea.
Recently I visited IN PERSON my dear friend Helene Magisson and met her pet chickens. Helene has her first solo book out! HOORAY!
More on that in another post. I really must get a photograph of the chickens! They were adorable. I was so relieved to see a friend NOT ON ZOOM. Don’t get me wrong, zoom is amazing, but I am so tired of not seeing friends in real space! How about you? How is the pandemic treating you?
Here’s a special pic, in the early days of us being friends. So, happy for my dear friend on her book. And so happy to be part of the kids lit community of Australia. They are so welcoming, inclusive, and kind.
I so hope I have some success with grants and applications soon. Working so hard, and definitely into the swing of story writing. I’ve also been enjoying observing the block and taking photographs of things, like pirate stickers on windows, tiny flip flops stuck in trees, and cars being renovated, not to mention all the beautiful vibrant plants of Brisbane.
Anyway that’s all from my blog for now. Thinking of everyone in America and also my family and friends separated by border restrictions all over Australia.
We love you Victoria!
Well that’s all for now. Keep well.
Love, June XXX