Search, Soak then Scribble!

Well hello again dear fellow Children’s Writers and friends,

In some ways I know this post is late, by a long way too. But in other ways it’s just on time. As you know this blog is about my journey to publication, hopefully repeated publication and sharing the things I learn and experience along the way, in the hope of helping those who are journeying with me. The interesting thing is that while this has been a lengthy period of self examination for me, there is still not a lot to share that would be of benefit to anyone else. That is, with the exception of these two things. One self examination is best not done when physically unwell and two, I and most likely you, need to actually physically write more.

When you are physically unwell as I have been on and off for much of the last few months, it isn’t a good time to examine achievements, goals, purpose as a writer- oh yes, I went there. My advice- don’t! Not if you’re physically off peak, or at least physically off crest. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been physically on peak since my twenties! Still, feeling poorly colours your perception of things far beyond the physical.

In this period I also did a five week PB Course at the wonderful WestWords Parramatta and despite not being at my best, I don’t regret it, and with a bit more work I may have even gained a viable manuscript out of it. Naturally being a person who loves to learn and one who wants to help others, which is after all the purpose of this blog, I constantly find myself taking on the role of professional student in the KidLit Industry. Are you like me, always searching and absorbing? Another course, book on craft, website, festival, conference? I seek out and soak up knowledge, share it and advise others as a result of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love it- I am a teacher after all and being willing to seek and share knowledge has earned me the honour of becoming one of Jen Storer’s Duck Pond Moderators, an experience I honestly wouldn’t trade.

Nonetheless it is definitely time now, before my next ‘scheduled learning experience’ in October to simply write, write, write and in case you or I need reminding write!

Well that’s it for now, fellow travellers,

Savour the quest

Journeygirl

P.S. To honour my promises to both myself (focus on writing) and you, to keep you up to date on Publishers Open to Submissions, next month’s post will be a reblog on that very topic and don’t worry it will be much earlier in the month than this. Be sure to drop by. JG

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Checking In and Sharing Some WestWords News

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

I don’t have a great deal to say today, it’s like that on the journey sometimes. Just more of the same. However, I did think I’d check in and say how thrilled I am and how much I’m looking forward to an initiative by the wonderful team at WestWords Parramatta who are hosting a second, more in depth look at Writing Picture Books. I attended last year’s three week one with amazing illustrator and book designer Wayne Harris and can’t wait for this new course which starts here next Wednesday. It’s a five week course with Alison Giles and the final week includes a visit from a Children’s Book publisher. It’s a free course in Parramatta, which actually makes it truly accessible to Western Sydney Children’s Writers and I cannot applaud them enough for making this opportunity possible. While I’m raving about WestWords Parramatta they are also offering a residency at Pinerolo for a children’s book illustrator and an after school program for young Western Sydney writers, which are also just a fantastic initiatives and may appeal to some of you who are either illustrators or parents. Maybe you’re even both of these and have just hit the trifecta!

Short and sweet from me today dear fellow travellers,

Enjoy the quest,

Journeygirl.

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