Three Amazing Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Writers

Hello Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

Well here we are halfway through December and with less than 10 days to Christmas. A bit late for my usual wish list of writerly gifts although you can find them here and here, if you won’t be seeing the recipients of your gifts for a while. Also …. HAS completely a 2020 list which I’ve reposted for you. Meanwhile, if you still need a gift for the author in your life; wife, husband, parent, child. . . um self here’s my three top quick gifts you can buy or order before Christmas 2020.

A New Membership – two of the wonderful KidLit organisations, I strongly recommend have had major revamps and memberships have been introduced or significantly added to. The first cannot be purchased now, but I’ve included it anyway as something to flag and diarise for March next year, and that is a membership to Jen Storer’s The Duck Pond. The second and equally exciting is available now until December 31st from Creative Kids Tales. With their 10th year beginning this month, the celebrations are going to be huge. The membership is going to include access to workshops from huge industry names like Jackie French, a revamp of the already highly productive, totally encouraging, motivating and successful Creative Kids Takes Critique Group and access to the Creative Kids Tales Network page and of course the always informative Creative Kids Tales website. As well as this owner administrator Georgie Donaghey has been hinting at other major enhancements to this already respected industry organisation.

Get in Early

The amazing, much loved and well regarded CYA Conference will be held online again next year in July, but you can get in now and book an early bird Editor or Agent Assessment or Bootcamp (a small group all day session with an editor exploring and developing the mss of group members). Having attended the Conference online last year and in person previously I recommend attending and if the budget will stretch- or as that must have Christmas gift, I highly recommend dropping some huge hints for a $92 assessment or a $258 Bootcamp.

When You Just Need to Chill

Finally, every writer needs times to just chill out, relax and rejuvenate their creative souls. A Creative Date is a great idea, in fact I’m off to see the Arthur Streeton Exhibition in January and can’t wait! (That’s my Christmas pressie, thanks hubby 😁) However, I’ve discovered something else which would also help wash away the writers block, rejection letters, silence after submission, writer’s guilt, you name it and see it float away as you do. City Cave Float and Wellness Centres have Christmas Gift Cards available online, so you don’t even have to go in to one of the many locations where as they say, ‘the perfect gift does exist’.

Well, that’s it from me, early to bed 🤣shopping to do in the morning 😉

Farewell fellow travellers,

Savour the quest,

Journeygirl

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Budgeting and Other ‘2020 Stuff’

Hello Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

I know it’s been a while between blog posts, but quite frankly I’ve struggled deciding what of the many things that have gone on this year to post about. 🤷🏾‍♀️2020 has been a year where everything and nothing seems important concurrently. I’m not going to go into my ‘2020 stuff’, I’m sure you have more than enough of your own ‘2020 stuff’ to be getting on with.

However, one of the things I’ve done this year is put into place a section of our budget for writing.💲✍🏽 Doing so has allowed me to take on several things I wouldn’t normally have and to do so, guilt free! Do you feel guilty when you spend some of the family budget on something exclusively for you that isn’t food, clothes or other ‘so called’ essentials. Trust me, some food and clothes definitely aren’t essential? If it’s at all possible, I highly recommend you try this method, ie putting creative pursuits in your budget. One of the ways I’ve made it possible is that other than absolute essentials (ie undies) I’ve bought no clothes this year- that’s right no, nada, zero, zilch and I LOVE buying clothes and👒👢🕶💍👚👠👗🧤💼 2020 has made that a little easier in that shops weren’t open and (unless I went online) I couldn’t then, didn’t want to go to them anyway. Anyone else suffer shop phobia this year?🥺

I’d been saving to have author photos done, but for various reasons these will now be delayed, plus I had some good ones taken 📸 at our parish First Holy Communion recently which will suffice for the time being. This left me with the opportunity to buy myself a little early Christmas present 🎄🎁and so today I start the Writing Picture Book Course with Zanni Louise. I’m very excited about taking this long-wanted course and rather than feeling guilty, as I often do when I spend money on my creative life, I feel proud of my good management which is allowing me to invest in my future. 😊

Speaking of Christmas, look out later this month for my annual(ish) Gift for the Writer in Your Life post. Be sure to print, screenshot, screen save and leave it lying around for your loved ones to see. Also if you have any great gift ideas🤶💡 be sure to let me know and I’ll include them.

Short and simple this month fellow travellers,

Savour the quest,

Journeygirl

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