If anyone else would like to be interviewed (happy to interview bloggers, publishers, poets, etc), just let me know. I have one with Sophie - Crazy Teenager lined up, and then I'm just waiting to hear back from a couple of others.
Things to do this weekend:
Clean out my car
Clean my bathroom
Write at least one more chapter of "Grand & Epic Adventures" into the journal I bought for Jayden
Write and schedule more blog posts for The Road To Elle
Approach some more authors about being interviewed
Add some more nominations to "Quills 2017 Nominations"
It's September 2 here in NZ, and tomorrow is Father's Day. We're catching up with my dad for lunch today (and hopefully going to play the song quiz!) and having dinner with my father-in-law tomorrow.
I have plans for the rest of this year. It''s actually scary how little there is left of this year!
First and foremost, I'm going to revise and complete "Grand & Epic Adventures" . It is the children's fantasy novel I started in 2012 for "October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge" . It stars my children, my nephew and my godchildren, and a variety of mythical creatures. I intended to give it to my kids as a gift, but the kids in the story are 11 and 7 years old, and my kids are now 16 and 12. Still, I want to finish it, and the sooner I give it to them, the better. I mean, better at 16 and 12 than 32 and 28, right?
Once the story is finished (and revised because all the reviews I got tell me it needs more conflict in all but chapter 3), then I intend to handwrite it into journals for the kids. See, the story centers around a handwritten journal, so it seems apt. For added motivation, yesterday I bought three journals (for my son, daughter and nephew's copies).
Because we're saving to go to my sister's wedding in the UK next year, we've decided not to do Christmas presents this year. So these will be perfect, yes?
I have a bunch of other stuff to do too, not even counting "The Twelve Labours of WDC" which starts on September 10. Wish me luck!
I've written a few poems lately, and am planning to write more. Some have potential, some don't. This one, I'm not sure why I feel compelled to share it with you, when I usually just leave them hidden in my portfolio for people to stumble across. Maybe because it feels so quintessentially Kiwi? Maybe because it made me feel all nostalgic, both the subject matter and the style. Maybe because I have a hankering to listen to Barry Crump recite his poems in that unique, but oh-so-rural-NZ voice he had, and it's not fair that I'm suffering the lack of his poetry by myself. *shrugs*
If there's anything in it that you don't understand, just ask. I was inspired to write it after a character in a book I finished reading last night mentioned 'The Man From Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson. Although that's a poem about the Australian outback, written by an Australian, the style of poem made me think about Barry Crump and rural New Zealand and how much I miss it now that I'm living in the city...