June 29, 2011
I pushed Tully out into the world in 2009 and I hear from her every now and then. I heard back from her just last week — she’s found her way to Germany, hanging out with El and the gang from Chasing Boys at Arena publishing, which was very exciting news. Can’t wait to see the new cover — I wonder how different it will be from the Australian version which was designed by Regine Abos.
Talking about Regine, she will be speaking at the next Victorian SCBWI meeting on Saturday 23 July. Rege is an incredibly talented designer and her presentation should be a great insight into the design process. Hazel Edwards, one of the most inspirational teachers I’ve ever had, will also be talking, as well as illustrator Felicity Marshall who will be talking about her book The Star. Can’t wait!
November 14, 2010
I went to my first SCBWI meeting yesterday, smack bang in the middle of Lygon Street in Carlton. There was such a feeling of goodwill and warmth in the room that it nearly drowned out the waiters placing orders at the kitchen window behind us. Moving our seats forward two steps to the front of the room also helped with the noise.
I saw some old friends and made some new ones. Corinne and Claire were excellent hosts and kept us on track. Congrats again to Glenda Millard on winning the Crystal Kite Member’s Choice award for her book A Small Free Kiss in the Dark. Wendy Orr, whose book Peeling the Onion was one of the first legit YA books that I ever read, gave us an insight into the making of Nim’s Island. Her underlying theme was — letting go. Letting go of your creation and understanding that once it leaves your hands it will never truly be yours again. This is a hard thing for writers to learn, but it only gets easier once you do.
Still, I found it hard to read the prologue to Six out loud to the group. The first time I had ever read any part of six to an audience, and an audience of my peers, which made it daunting. It was an emotional scene and integral to the story – note to self, never read that scene aloud again. Also has been an emotional week in one way and another, so guess that didn’t help.
Note to George, sorry I made a fuss about you leaving, but it’s only cause I know you and figured that you would take the joke! Which you did with good grace, what a gentleman.