Guest post on Alison K Hertz’ blog

One of my rough sketches – inspired by a character I am writing about.

This week I appear as a guest on the blog of Alison K Hertz. A fellow writer and illustrator.  I met Alison virtually on the 12 x 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge organised by Julie Foster Hedlund. This challenge has become a huge community of aspiring and successful children’s writers/authors who are all giving each other support and great tips along the way.

On Alison’s blog I talk about my journey as a writer and my hopes and dreams of one day being published. The post also focuses on my artwork and the processes I go through to achieve my images. I felt quite privileged to be a guest as this is not something I have done before.

I also talk about the things I have done to proactively get my work out there, like entering competitions. Which reminds me to remind you that the closing date for  CBCA Frustrated Writers Mentorship Program is on Friday 1st June 2012.

I thoroughly believe that:

“You’ve got to be in it to win it!” 

I also feel that:

“This writing business is not a straight and easy Roman road, it’s more of a bumpy country lane!”

Liebster Blog Award

This week I received The Liebster Blog Award by Alison Hertz a fellow 12 Picture Books in 12 months in 2012 Writing Challenge participant. So, firstly, a big Thank You’ Alison!

I had not heard the term ‘Liebster’ before and therefore googled the meaning. According to a german to english dictionary translation on Dict.cc it can mean:

  • beloved
  • darling
  • sweetheart.
The award is designed to celebrate bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. By highlighting other fantastic blogs, more people will become aware of the world of knowledge, creativity and communityship (forgive me for making up this word but it just felt the right way to say it) that there is out there, I am hoping that you go check them out. So I pass on this award to the following Liebster Masters:

When you receive this award you are supposed to write five things about yourself…

  1. I love to research my family tree and started at the unusual age of 17 years old.
  2. I am a trained primary teacher.
  3. I went to the Eiffel Tower on a school trip as a kid and kept my eyes closed the whole time I was up there – I get dreadful vertigo!
  4. I can roll my tongue – something you cannot learn to do and I hate sand on my feet.
  5. I used to  paint to Leonard Cohen at College – I just found his music and poetry relaxing (and not in the slightest bit depressing as many believe). I watched him in concert in Sydney 2 years ago, and for a chap in his 70’s he was brilliantly entertaining and incredibly charming!
If you want to learn more about the 12 x 12 in 2012 Challenge to discover all more talented author/illustrators) go to Julie Hedlund’s Blog.