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READING TO CHILDREN...

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Storytime at the library is aimed at 3-5 year olds. As often happens we do get younger children attending, and sometimes we may get an older sibling or two. But this week I had three children much older than my usual pre-schoolers.

One girl about 7 with a younger sister and two boys, about 8 and 9. For a second this threw me. I aim my program at the children that attend- and a lot of this group are in the younger age group. Two and three year olds.

Can I tell you how much they all enjoyed the stories.



We read to small children all the time. Building a great rapport with the child, promoting a love of books and reading.

Yet so many people stop reading when the children are school age. There is the assumption that now they are learning to read, they don't need to be read to.

These children, especially the two older boys, LOVED being read to. In fact both of them, and their young four year old friend, came to sit by my side.

Our theme was elephants and the stand out book was an Elep…

SUBMISSIONS...

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So, one of my goals for this month is to submit a piece of work. Very vague, as I have no idea what to submit nor to where. But I know it's time to start sending work out into the world.

So I began last Friday. Began is the right word...I started to search for places for submissions...got side tracked...ended up on a garden site.


Naturally I head out between showers to check out the garden. Yep still there. Still needs work.

Back inside, after coffee and snack (can you have a cuppa without a snack? ) then yes I have found a place to submit.

Then...


Over the weekend I paint a Very Hungry Caterpillar. This week we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this book, so I HAD to create a caterpillar that the kids at work can feed. How could I not?

Monday and I have a few hours before work so I carefully go through some poems. Which ones to send?
I have three selected to work on.

I then head outside because...


the rains have brought out a collection of funghi.



So far the submission has…

POEM A DAY FOR MAY....

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Every now and then I like to give myself a little push and choose a month where I write a poem every day. They don't have to be fantastic (let's face it, chances are they won't at all) but at the end of the month you have a slew of poems that you wouldn't have written otherwise.

Often called the Dirty Thirty... or there is a month designated for it such as NAPOWRIMO....I dither and dather and choose a month at random. I did like the alliteration of A POEM A DAY FOR MAY.


I have known of writers who are so organised, they set themselves up with a list of subjects and themes/ topics they want to tackle and so when they begin they already have a mindset.

I, of course, am not that organised. I stumble onto a few words here, few more there. Most of the poems occurred because of something I did that day, or saw, or felt.


There are poems about the wait for rain....how the world's problems are solved one sleepless night, only to recur the next night, and the next....


Poems…

REDRAFTING....

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Oh yes...the fun...the joy....the bitterness...the depths of despair...the OMG WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. All of the above happens when you are working on something you have written, worked on, and are now doing a big redraft.


The hard part, well ONE of the hard parts, is of course you begin a novel days ....weeks...months....  years ago. So the voice has changed, the tone has changed...rhythm and nuance have been tweaked.

I have also changed the names of two characters - which leads to OMG WHO IS THIS PERSON when I'm on page 197. I'm sure characters hairstyles have changed (and perhaps colour too)...



I'm also noting down time lines, character arcs...the whole IS THIS CHAPTER NECESSARY? And WHAT DOES THIS CHAPTER ACHIEVE?

All good things to focus on. It's often so difficult to see the big picture, no matter how long you leave a piece of work. In your mind you know what motivates that character, and why this character has an intense dislike of relationships...but does the rea…

TIME TO RELAX...

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I've just had two weeks holiday. Actually I have a few more days left of said holiday, but my two weeks are nearly up. Sadness 😢

It has been a very good two weeks...and even though I intended to sit back and do nothing, or as close to nothing as possible I have actually done a lot.



I went to visit my sister and her menagerie.

This trip I took my daughter and grandson.

Nothing like some time in the country with family.


Little Leobear loved it. So many animals to pat and see...

And most enjoyed it.

We walked...we played...


we sat on the front verandah and pondered the universe.


We went to the gallery to see some of my sister's art...




It was a very much needed respite by all three of us.

Then there was Mother's Day and I did this..



Mother's Day Classic...proving that I am fitter than I thought I was and that you do feel your legs after a very quick 8 kilometres are accomplished!

I have done a hell of a lot of gardening...and intend to do more. I have also had the chance…

PERSPECTIVES...

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I'm always fascinated by how people can see the exact same thing but view it so differently. It's all down to our perspectives.

One the weekend Other Half and I went for a lovely drive to Mount Macedon. We wanted to check out the autumn tones and it was so beautiful. *and yes I do live in the Dandenong Ranges where we have our own autumn leaves in full glory but we thought we'd check out some place different.


It was a beautiful day, even if grey, cloudy, misty at the top of the mountain and cold.

Other Half stopped at a few places to take some snaps and (I've known this for a long time) it reinforced how different we are. We can see exactly the same view, vista, moment in front of us...and we both choose a different angle.


We would be out of the car, he facing one way taking a photo, me facing the other taking my photo.


And if we did take a photo of the same thing, same building or tree or mountain...we framed it differently.

I really love the fact that we see the wor…

STRONG FOUNDATIONS....

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So I'm working on an edit of a WIP. I have given this work to a cold reader, so I have her notes as I go back and work through. Looking at the big picture stuff as well as all those tiny niggly details. Some details are not tiny, as I've changed two characters names already...OMG the mistakes that causes!

I have begun to research how writers go through this structural edit.


I have looked at the Hero's journey...and all the many variations. I have noted where my novel meets these milestones...the 'call to adventure'.....the 'threshold guardians'.

And I have...

Gone off to play in the garden and dream of what will be.
This appears to be one of the many problems I face. Getting down to it. I'm so easily distracted.
I know I should be doing work. Research. Getting my head around...


But frankly I would much rather...

Be on a beach. Somewhere. Anywhere.
I put down some more notes, work on a chapter. Realise that since I've moved chapters around, a descri…