Journey of a Book


Paulien and I have been talking about a book – a collaboration of my poetry and her illustrations.

Now we are finally to action it.

Why have we talked about this? Because in highschool she used to illustrate my poems for a backpage of the school newspaper we were both involved in.

Our friendship has been, partly, because we both love creative things.

Why have we taken so long?

Hmm good question, life in general and perhaps needing to have an added impetus to ‘make it so.’

Our deadline is to have it ready for the end of this year.

It is almost the end of March.  Will we make it!  We are going to give it a go!

The poetry and short stories are written. Many of the pieces have been published in scatterings all over the place. Now it’s time to bring it all together into a collection.

Some preliminary illustrations are done.

Now I go over the poems and stories again, and perhaps have a mentor look them over.

Then it’s back over to Paulien who will illustrate and design the book.

I showed her some of the ideas of what I liked whilst she was visiting.

She did her own research and took many photographs of North Queensland, my poetic and story home, and drank deeply of the NQLD environment.

I am to send her some my photographs to add to the design and be part of the illustrations.

She will be able to have it ready for a printer or ebook transformation.

At the same time I have to do the isbns, book blurbs, library catalogue and sales space.

It’s time for our journey from idea and chatter, to finally become a book.

I am so glad to have my friend on the journey with me. I hope we can both do each other proud!

As for finances, I have saved a bit from having a job the last 6 months with ABC Open, and I hope to put a portion towards our creation.

Onward we go.

The idea for this book began with Ripple.

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Koala and Mouse

koala's dance by mail
Koala – By Paulien Bats

For Tamsyn, Sandon, Rowane, Byron, Cheyenne

Koala found a rainbow stone
And left her tree, which was her home.

She went far to see a mouse
Who trampolined from house to house.

Koala and mouse went out to sea
They surfed and sang then danced with glee.

The grass was blue, the sky was pink
Koala was jumping with her gum leaf drink.

Mouse jumped way up in the sky
He trampolined to eat cheese pie.

By June Perkins