This week began with my attending the exciting and rather overwhelming SCBWI Conference in Sydney. (SCBWI stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.) While my supportive husband and mum helped with the kids and their routines, I caught a train to the city. I rubbed shoulders with a HEAP of other writers, illustrators and editors, overnighted, went to sessions all day Tuesday and then returned home to crash!
This was my first SCBWI conference and although it wasn't quite as I'd expected, I did learn some new things about how the book industry works in Australia and some interesting differences between here and the US market. AND I got to hang out with writer friends I knew, like Aleesah Darlison and Penny Morrison (fellow shortlisted author for the CALEB prize I mentioned in my last post).
But it wasn't really relaxing - at least not for an introvert like me.
So I've spent the rest of the week laying low, soaking up the silence while the kids are at school and chipping away at one of my new stories.
And today, feeling almost normal again, I put my boots back on and drove over to Beecroft, where the lovely Children's Bookshop is, to celebrate the launch of the other Penny's Captain Sneer the Buccaneer!
What a fun book with lovely illustrations and a terrific sense of humour! It's certainly worth adding to the Christmas shopping list.
But as for me? It's time for a cuppa and feet up again - Oh, and maybe a bit of self indulgent reading while the boys are at the footy...
The Penny Drops
In high school I used to write what I'd call 'thinks' - little bits of writing about whatever topic or issue I was mulling over at the time. I still write these little pieces.
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