On holiday … sort of
November 23rd, 2014
I am sort of on holiday. I handed in the manuscript of Fetcher just a couple of days before the Sunker’s Deep launch, then went to Melbourne for a week of visiting bookshops and schools. Now I’m back at home, reading manuscripts for the Erica Bell Prize, writing a couple of speeches that I have to give the week after next, and wondering whether my cat Harry might like his own blog. 🙂
So I’m moderately busy, but don’t feel it, because I’m not beavering away towards a deadline. The speeches are short, the manuscripts are almost read, and Harry is nodding vigorously in the background (he really wants his own blog). This morning I went for a long walk, then spent a while tying up the bottoms of the nets that go over the fruit trees, so the blue tongue lizards won’t get stuck in them.
This sort-of holiday will end fairly soon, of course. My editors at Allen & Unwin will read the m/s of Fetcher and email me with lots of suggestions as to how to make it work better. And I’ll be back to writing. But for now I am feeling relaxed and contented.
One of the things I did in Melbourne was at Bookworld, for a giveaway of Ice Breaker.
I also went to a number of schools including Marri Creek Primary in North Fitzroy, It’s always tricky putting up pics of school visits, because most schools have a policy of not allowing children’s faces in public photos unless you have permission from their parents. So there’s actually quite a lot more to the photo below, but all the faces were showing so I cropped them out.
And finally, here are some more photos from the wonderful Sunker launch, courtesy of my other official photographer, Maisie Teniswood.