18 October, 2008

Good Fortune

Good Fortune, my second issue of Jacaranda zine, will be released into the wild in November at the markets. GF contains two shortish stories, four poems, related images and a treat. Michelle wrote A Christmas wish and I wrote Good Fortune and the poems.
It's 10.5 x 15 cm, 32 pages, printed on white paper and hammered card, stitched with purple tapestry cotton. Costs $3. A Christmas gift with zing!

The Jacaranda project is a collaborative effort with other local writers to showcase our creative work for local readers.
Did you enjoy the zine? Comment below.
Want to be a part of the next issue? Fraser Coast writers can Email me.
Exciting adventures await you


TEN ways to share your writing, my PowerPoint presentation is now on Slideshare. Right click on the button in the sidebar.
Links are in the notes for you to explore.
A very special thank you to Joanna for the moresome zine images on 10 & 11.

After viewing, please comment on why and how you share your writing. Merci.

After loading, checking, reloading, etc etc, I have just discovered that Slideshare cut the .com off my footer. But the link is in the final notes anyway. Frustration.

16 October, 2008

mary popped in

Today 6pm-7pm, City Library, Mary Poppins Literary and Art Awards presentation, followed by photographs*, tea and creamy delicious treats proudly prepared by the Proud Marys Association (lovely ladies all).

The MP awards have been going for some years now, and I've judged in different categories over four years. I always feel excited to read the stories because you can feel the energy that's been put into entering by both the kids, and their enthusiastic teachers and parents. This year two sisters were awarded in the primary category, and a very creative young lady from my school was awarded second in the secondary category (I judged primary). Nancy Bates, editor of the local newspaper, read a precis of each writers' fantasy story which drew ooohs and aaahs from the audience. We heard tales of haunted houses and destroyed planets, military standoffs, vengeful dragons and happy endings in a fairyland.
The story with time capsules drew a few appreciative nods as our city's time capsule from long ago was buried but cannot be found. Curiouser and curiouser.

Winners were awarded lovely large sums of money each and certificates, and the winning drawing was also framed. The children of Mungar School had produced a vibrant illustrated book, and two participating students gave a wonderful thank you speech.
After photographs the party moved upstairs to partake in tea and creamy treats. Yum.
A special thank you to the Annes and the Proud Marys for their enthusiasm for young people's artistic pursuits, and for making me feel so welcome.
Ten points to the sponsors including the Cherry Tree Foundation and Anne Russell, and to the Councillors who attended, including Debbie, also leader of a great writing group.

And a big hurrah to Robyn, a wonderful child-friendly City Librarian (or whatever her title is after amalgamation).
And lest you think it was all chat, consider our own Mary Poppins was in attendance so what do you think we sang?
Yes, of course we did. Now let's see if I can spell it. Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious... spell check!
And Spoonful of Sugar.

Nothing like a song to loosen a crowd.

* update Saturday 18th: 'Creative students reap Poppins prizes' in the newspaper. Congratulations!

And earlier today... remember Kyle McDonald's One Red Paperclip (ORP) swap from 2006? Today a young girl came into the Library and offered me a swap - her little star notebook for whatever I had. She and three others were involved in a class project ala ORP which perhaps the teacher had read about but the girls had no idea. So I told my swapper anyway. 'cause it was a cool project. I was in the Library though, surrounded by expensive, gorgeous, resources and none of it mine to swap. I can't just give away the latest YA book or a laptop can I? No. No I can't. But, aha, I found something to swap. A freebie from two years ago so it was swappable - a paper Queensland flag on a stick. So I got a notebook and she got a flag to swap on (and she learned what the Queensland flag looked like - so not a bad day in the Library).


12 October, 2008

library 2.0

Everyone* in libraries is experimenting with 2.0 apps nowish. I cannot believe the number of blogs I've visited that have started up in September, showcasing their ventures into LibraryThing and YouTube and RSS... School libraries, public, unis and TAFEs. Medical libraries?
This from BCC: Libary staff learning and developing web skills together.
I've been doing just the same through uni - made a gorgeous blog (10/10 for design), loaded it with apps. and reviewed a few articles. Had fun. Learned a lot. I'm writing a report now titled The twenty-first century TAFE Library: Creating learning possibilities by bringing together people, information and technology**. And creating a slideshare presentation.

The unconference is the thing (at SLQ, thanks Mary). And here are the 23 Things from PLCMC.

** adapted from TAFE Qld's Library Network mission statement.


08 October, 2008