Archive | July 2011

Getting the plan for my story out there

A place for sharing plans and ideas to make them happen | PlanBigOK, so I’m now putting it out there. After my post last night, I have finished the story & my kids like it!

I would love to see this published as a picture story book, so I’m putting it out there on PlanBig.

For some background – this story originally started life as Toby’s Bedtime, a story about a boy who wouldn’t go to sleep. This was based on my years of babysitting kids who wouldn’t go to bed & some of their tricks. I submitted it as part of my VCE writing folio back in 1995 (you can do the maths to work out how old I am). Then it was called Mikey’s Bedtime after a little boy I babysat at the time (he is now 18!). I got an excellent mark for my writing folio.

When I finished Year 12, I tried to get my story published as a picture story book. It was rejected. At the time I was sad, however, looking back, the story really wasn’t ready for publication as there was really no resolution to the story. It ended and the kid was still scared to go to sleep.

In the last however many years, the story has been sitting in my filing cabinet gathering dust.

My Mum, however, has been at me to dust it off. So yesterday I finally did and rewrote a bit in the middle and the end, giving the story a resolution.

I think it’s ready for publication, at least it’s much closer than what it was when I first wrote it.

So now the big question is – do I find a publisher once again, or do I go down the self-publishing route?

If you want to follow my plan, click here.

Wish me luck, and if anyone has any words of wisdom, or tips to calm the butterflies in my stomach, please share 🙂

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Re-writing a story

Re-writing an old story

Back when I was in year 12, I wrote a children’s story. It was really good (if I say so myself). I tried to get it published, but it was rejected – numerous times. So I put it away in a filing cabinet, but didn’t quite forget about it.

Tonight I rewrote it, and it’s much better – except for the last line! That still needs work, but the rest of the story is much better.

Initially the story was based on kids when I was babysitting, now I’ve been drawing on my experiences as a Mum. I think that adds something to the story.

I’m also considering changing the name of the boy in the story…

I’m glad I’ve taken the time to rewrite it. So, watch this space for publishing details – I’m hoping to get it published, and this time making sure it happens!

Sleep in this morning

I had a sleep in this morning

My kids are early risers – every morning, even on the weekends. Thankfully they are getting old enough to get their own breakfast on weekends, but even with that, I don’t get much of a sleep in.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up and it was after 10am! And the house was silent!

It helped that the boys are at their Dads, but even then, I don’t normally sleep in so late – maybe until 8am instead of 7am, but not usually this late.

It was nice to have a sleep in – but here I am at 11:30am, still in my PJs and typing this post – half the day is gone already! Maybe it’s time to have a shower & get organised. Then again…

There is something about a book shop…

Something special about a bookshop

This evening, I had an Osteo appointment and then we were meeting the boys Dad. We left the Osteo around 5:50 with a half hour wait, so we wandered up the street looking for somewhere to grab a snack while we waiting.

Well, half way down the street, I spotted a sign for Readings bookshop and pointed it out to the boys. They got so excited, they ran to get in and find the kids section. We spent a lovely half hour browsing – I had to tell the boys in no uncertain terms that they weren’t going to get a new book until they had finished some of the books they already had!

Both boys have added some books to their wishlists, and we picked up a book to put away for my brand new nephew for Christmas.

I also had a great discussion with one of the staff members about bookshops – she had found my kids excitement amusing. We commented on the closing of Borders (my previously local bookshop) and how wonderful bookshops are, especially for finding new books.

There is just something about a bookshop that is special. It’s one of the few shops my kids and I love to share and all agree to go in and browse. We usually end up buying at least one book, and find a treasure trove of new books. The boys have also been known to go return to school and request books for their school library.

Now, to get them finishing some of the books they have started…

I know what my dream job is…

My dream job doesn't exist 😦

…I just don’t think it exists!

There is an ad going around for Seek, a job search site, claiming that if it exists, you’ll find it on their site.

Well, I don’t think my dream job exists.

You see, I am really good at coming up with ideas – the only problem is they don’t work for me, but when other people implement them, they do really well with them.

My dream job would be to come up with ideas for people – and be paid for it. Title something along the lines of “Idea Think-er-upper” or something like that.

I just wish my dream job existed…

Rainbow salad

What to do with purple carrots?

We had to pick up a few things at the supermarket after school today, and in the fruit and veg department, the boys spotted some purple carrots!

So, the conversation naturally moved to what to do with purple carrots?

After tossing around a few ideas, we thought a Rainbow Salad would be a good idea. Then we had to work out what fruit & vegetables would be in the rainbow salad.

This is what we came up with:

  • Red – tomatoes
  • Orange – “normal” carrots
  • Yellow – yellow capsicum
  • Green – celery
  • Blue – blueberries
  • Indigo – purple carrots
  • Violet – purple cabbage

They also needed to be arranged on a plate in order.

Now, I have no idea how this would taste, but it was certainly a fun activity to keep us occupied on the way home from school!

If anyone knows what you would actually do with purple carrots, please let me know.

I like hanging out the washing

I like hanging out the washing

I have a confession: I like hanging out the washing!

I get outside, away from the kids for a bit, and I’m still doing housework.

When my first son was born, I had post-natal depression (PND), and getting out and hanging the washing was suddenly important. I became obsessive about sorting the pegs – the same colour/style on the clothes, or the line. Sometimes even matching the coloured pegs to the clothes. My psychologist said this was a way of controlling something in my life that otherwise felt out of control. When I was getting better, this obsession left.

I would also get annoyed when visitors suggested, kindly, that I sit & hold the baby and they would hang the washing out. There were a couple of reasons I didn’t like this suggestion – the first was they would stuff up the pegs! The second was I had enough of holding the baby (Mr N had silent reflux and wouldn’t settle) and I wanted to get out & hang the washing!

Even now, hanging the washing is a job I enjoy. We have a covered porch where I can hang washing even when it’s raining, and I like getting out and doing that job. I have my own method of hanging things and it works for me.

The funny thing is that when the boys start to bug me, and I suggest they help, they run the other way and I can get some time away – some “me time”.

It takes more than 5 minutes, but it’s sometimes the thing I do just for me (in response to a blog post I read last night).