Well that poetry strategy, I've finished it. It makes small poems easy to generate- here's a small sample. Look at the way balloo...
No Bears Written by Meg McKinlay illustrated by Leila Rudge Walker books 978192152994 What can Meg McKinlay be doing calling a picture bo...
I've been busy, Grandma busy. What with swimming, toys, pictures and special treat food- (that orange blob in the photo is a mango!) a...
The sun came out in patches after rain last night and there was a festive atmosphere at Trafalgar square- as well as a May Day rally. We w...
I was fortunate to work alongside Melina, Elizabeth Honey and Adele Walsh ( Program co-ordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature) as th...
I've been to a local school- very special because it is in the area where I grew up and for some reason, the minute I drive into that ar...
We went with Rochelle to see the wholefoods shop, then explored a beautiful church and had lunch in the park attached to the church. We w...
Another drive out along picturesque green pastures, old stone buildings, narrow roads and hedge rows. We drove to the Lost gardens of Helig...
My big poetry collection- many many hours of work is out- and I can honestly say how proud I am of Walker and Mary (my editor) for producing...
I've had a few creative few weeks. One of the excitements has been my story "It's not your picnic Oscar' published in the ...
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I've had this diary for awhile now- probably garnered second hand- but I love the possibilities it presents. To explore the natural world however minute, around me.
And to start yet another diary- not sure if I can keep another diary of sorts, but it trains my skills of observation even more and these are the natural tools of a poet.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
There are so many phenomenal insect activities that happen in a moment and then are gone. If you're not in your back yard at that precise or spy something from a window, then you miss out.
Just as I was about to put the washing on the line one day last month- here was a swarm of big flying ants. They came quickly from the log and flew away in a matter of seconds. Amazing.
I love the quirks and impossible feats of the natural world. Great fuel for writing and an analogy of creativity and ongoing hope for one's own writing output.
A bit of writing news. 'Ratwhiskers and me' will be reviewed in the School Magazine "Orbit" this year, so that is welcome news. As an author it's always great to garner as much publicity as possible.
Here's the web link
Here's the web link
Monday, 12 January 2009
Not only has Kel beavered way at a completely new pantry with a bench, overhead cupboards, big drawers, but he has made a slide out rubbish bin in another cupboard in the kitchen. So here's a farewell to the bin that once held supermarket bags and worked hard for many years - in fact it's a relic from the farm and should hold many trashy memories for the kids. I thought it was a smart invention when I first bought it and when the new rubbish bin was installed this was decommissioned. As we still have a huge shed in suburbia, I put this little wire frame near the back door in anticipation of its trip to the shed.
"No way," said Kel. So before it goes into the council rubbish bin, here is a memorial to a well used everyday object.
You can really write about anything!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Maybe one of my resolutions needs to be to keep up with blogs... but what a great sight to see this shingle-backed lizard in our garden in November. I'm fascinated by nature.
Look at the wonderful markings. It's a sign of ecological health- well that's my belief. On the dairy farm we had snakes and no lizards so it's wonderful to be in town and the reverse happens.