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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

PiBoIdMo Challenge

About PiBoIdMo

PiBoIdMo, or Picture Book Ideas Month, is picture book authors’ answer to NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.  PiBoIdMo is the brainchild of Tara Lazar who created it as a 30 day challenge for picture book writers who seemingly miss out on all the fun of NaNoWriMo.  The challenge is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days.  The ideas need not be entire manuscripts, but could include a title, a name of a character, or a silly idea on which to base a picture book.
To participate in PiBoIdMo, simply click HERE to find out more.  Registration  started on October 24, 2013 and is open through the first week of November.

It is no secret that I firmly believe picture books are one of the great elixirs of life. An art form like no other. I adore them and love writing them. I have chosen to participate, along with a number of friends, in hope of harnessing those ideas which until now are either lying ignored in various notebooks or else flitting around haphazardly in my mind searching for a way out. This is a brilliant incentive to gather them up, tie them down and create a little magic with them.

The PiBoIdMo Blog Hop

As a participant I am also taking part in the PiBoIdMo Blog Hop.  The idea is to answer 4 questions about writing, and then tag more children’s writers to take part.    I’ve been tagged by aspiring, and inspiring, children’s author Sam Sochacka.  Sam can not only fix things, write things, photograph things and illuminate the room in which she appears, she's also pivotal in her various roles within the Kids Lit industry.  Check out her blog HERE.


What am I currently working on?

I was fortunate to win a grant from the CAL Creative Industries Career Fund this year so am currently using it to work on a picture book project along with mentor Dee White. It's attracted a bit of acclaim in various competitions but I'm anxious to develop it into something more substantial and of course share it with the world. It is currently undergoing a major re-haul, something I'm finding both immensely challenging and simultaneously gratifying.

How does it differ from other works in the genre?

I pen quite a few short stories which normally appear in anthologies and school magazines. I love writing shorts for kids; for the discipline and to clear my mind of ideas that need instant exposure on paper. For me, a picture book takes considerably more time to get right. I'd also like to work more on my chapter books in waiting but the picture book is calling out to me. Many people are under the illusion that because they contain so few words, picture books are a snap to write. This couldn't be further from the truth. I sometimes wish I had the luxury of extended word counts...I tend to be a bit of a waffler.

Why do I write what I do?

I write in my diaryto release a need to record and share moments, memories and emotions internally with myself. I write for children (pretty much exclusively) because I have an unrelenting desire to provide the same kind of inexplicable magic I experienced from getting lost in stories as a child. Books and the wisdoms and whimsies found within them were and still are one of life's greatest discoveries for me. I also recently realised what pleasure I get from re-living my childhood as I write for kids. I don't know many non-writing adults who spend as much time lingering in their younger past lives as kids' authors do. It's utterly fascinating and so much fun.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I suffer from the usual lament: Time. Not enough of it. Getting the timing wrong in terms of submitting a manuscript idea before the rest of the world does first. And finding the right time and place and frame of mind to let the words flow. Writing is not really that hard. Writing something worthwhile and wondrous is more exacting.  


I believe the Queensland writing scene is one of the most supportive and vibrant in the land but I have cast my net further interstate and snagged and tagged this talented collection of authors (and illustrators).
Nicky Johnston
Nicky Johnston is the author and illustrator of children’s books. She is a mum to four boys, an educator and public speaker. Nicky is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in children, focusing on building self-esteem and resilience skills to help kids manage life’s ups and downs. Her first book Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! has been adapted into a theatrical production that is in its third year of touring primary schools. The production was recently awarded a SILVER AWARD at the national Mental Health Services Achievement Awards. Her latest book is called Actually, I Can and was launched in August this year .
Learn more about Nicky at her site, www. nickyjohnston.com.au 

Christina Booth

Christina Booth is an award winning children' author and illustrator working from her bush garden studio in Tasmania, Australia.With over sixteen books for children published Christina is best known for her story of Purinina, a Tasmanian Devil (Purinina, A Devil's Tale, Lothian 2007) and Kip, the story of a crowing rooster who disturbs his neighbours. (Kip, Windy Hollow Books, 2009).

Her work includes illustrations for many great authors including Max Fatchen, Christobel Mattingley, Jackie French, Colin Thiele and Meredith Costain. Her latest books include Welcome Home (Ford Street Publishing, 2013), Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker (Gina Newton, Scholastic, 2013),  and I Wish There Were Dinosaurs (Amanda Niland, Windy Hollow Books, 2012).

Christina can be visited at her website, www.christinabooth.com for an invitation into her life of writing and illustrating.

Kelly McDonald

Kelly is a storyteller/magician who has been weaving tales for the past 16years and sharing them with children at schools, kinders and parties as the Magical Faerie Crystall. She is also an award winning artist and hopes to combine her crafts into a real published book one day soon! www.gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

Monday, 28 October 2013

Compare Vote Simples

Want to compare meerkats? Then go to Compare the Meerkat.com. It's a pretty good site and Alexsandr has a certain quirky appeal.

Want to compare talented emerging children's authors and then vote for your favourite? Then go to Creative Kids' Tales and vote today. It's a pretty awesome site too and kids' author, Dimity Powell, is exceedingly quirky in spite of her dislike for mealy worms aka grubs.

For quirky reads and the opportunity to vote for Dimity, visit Creative Kids Tales now.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

On tour again - with Tania McCartney

Yep, I'm taking off again on another exhilarating ride with dynamic Aussie author, Tania McCartney.

This time we are zipping around Australia, from the 21st October to 21st November, with a handful of Aussie kids and a calendar-load-full of fun. Cruise on by here again on Monday 11th November and read all about the Write Stuff behind the author behind, An Aussie Year, Twelve Months in the life of Australian Kids.

Check out Virtual Tour dates here. No tickets required. There are nearly as many blog stops as months on a calendar so you are guaranteed not to miss out.

If you live anywhere near the SE corner of my great state, pop on in to Paddington in Brisbane, this weekend when Tania launches her new book at the Black Cat bookshop and cafe.

Visit Tania's site for launch details in a state near year.

Now off you go. Time to fill in your calendars.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Low down on the Inside Story

It's the Queensland Writers Week this week and it while would be nice to add to the small glut of words being written and celebrated, it's a question of needs must first and I must tell you about this...

Question: what authors and illustrators including; Christine Bongers, Pamela Rushby, Stephen Axelsen, Katherine Battersby, Judy Paulson, Michelle Worthington, Julie Nickerson, Christina Bollenbach, Angela Sunde, Candice Lemon-Scott, Jennifer Poulter and Dimity Powell have in common?

Surprisingly, it's not a cryptic fascination for green clothes pegs, although I find them personally alluring.

Answer: we are all part of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' inaugural, world-wide, multi-festival styled event - the Inside Story. It's going to be so fantastical that if there was a SCBWI chapter on the moon, the Inside Story would be taking place there too.

It's FREE. It's FUN. And it's coming to a specialist book shop near you. For Queenslanders, that's the Black Cat Cafe and Book shop in Paddington, Brisbane on Saturday 2nd November. Here are the essentials for you to remember.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators in conjunction with specialist bookshops launch across the world
Where children’s authors and illustrators give insights into
the inside story of creating their books.
Meet & be entertained by Queensland’s loved and acclaimed
children’s authors & illustrators.
MC author Angela Sunde will host:
Pamela Rushby, Stephen Axelsen, Katherine Battersby, Julie Nickerson, Samantha Wheeler, Dimity Powell, Christina Bollenbach, Judy Paulson, Michelle Worthington, Candice Lemon-Scott, Christine Bongers, Jennifer Poulter and so much more… balloons, book signings, cakes, prizes and the chance to chat with authors & illustrators in a
Free, Fun & Fantastic Event!
When:  10 am  Saturday 2nd November 2013
179 Latrobe St, Paddington Qld 4064 Phone : (07) 3367 8777 Fax : (07) 3367 2223 Email : info@blackcatbooks.com.au
INSIDE STORY will be also happening on 2nd November at The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft in Sydney, and The Little Bookroom in Melbourne in Australia.  

If you've ever wanted to find out more about the stories behind our stories, this is your chance. 
It promises to be as fascinating as bright green clothes pegs.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Your path to Enlightenment

Ever had a burning desire to increase your love of humanity believing that it will improve your chances of attaining true Enlightenment? A fool-proof way to achieve this is simply to make new friends. Not sure how? Read on...

Next time you're waiting in queue at the supermarket checkout or coffee counter or (here's the clever bit) at the book-launch line for the autograph of a revered author, turn around to the person behind you and say, "Hey, you'll never guess who I know!"

They'll start tingling with expectation and desire to find out; after all anything is better than just standing around, right?

Tell them you know this person. She's a children's author (No way. Incredible. How fascinating. These are probably the thoughts swirling through their minds right about now) "Yes way." you confirm. "And she's not bad either." (Now here's the amazing bit) Let them know they can even read some of her work at this site called, Creative Kids Tales - for FREE !

They most likely will want to buy YOU a coffee for doling out such useful information and revelations for nix. At this stage of the friendship, you may wish to point out that they can actually vote for Dimity Powell, as the Best Emerging Author of 2013 - at the same site. Simples. Who would have thunk it?

Now have a little think about what you've done here:

  1. You've gained a friend
  2. Introduced someone to the wonderful world of children's literature.
  3. Made one little children's writer very grateful.
If talking to complete strangers is too much of a stretch of your social fabric, maybe you'd prefer to just forward this post onto them. Either way, you'll be making a tremendous deposit into your good karma account and are therefore well on your way to Enlightenment.