(Continued from Part 1 …)
On the journalism front, things have been relatively quiet. Not long after Saski was born, I was contacted by the head of Focus on the Family Australia about appearing on their radio show for a Mother's Day episode because of the article I wrote for Growing Faith: “10 things I learned about myself when I became a mum”. I declined because I was sleep-deprived (and therefore likely to say something stupid very badly) and also because I wasn't sure when I'd be able to talk to them given the demands of looking after a newborn baby. They went ahead and recorded the episode anyway with other mums and just used my article as a basis for discussion. You can listen to it here: it goes for just over half an hour.
I did manage to finally finish my article on parenting and rest (based on the talk I gave at beach mission in 2012): Richard very sensibly retitled it “Parents—get some rest!” and published it on the site in August. Then in mid-September, I re-did the talk for Music Time people (coming off the back of Oz Comic-Con too … what was I thinking …)
I still owe Richard another article for Growing Faith, but I don't know how to write it. I have plenty of material but no structure, and I also have a sneaking suspicion that I don't really have a point to make (aside from “All this stuff is really interesting to think about!”) Maybe it just needs to percolate a bit more. In any case, until I get some more time and space to work on it, it's going to remain in the back of my brain.
Even though I was unsuccessful last year, I decided to apply again to the Australian Society of Authors (at Bruce Mutard's encouragement). This year's guidelines included a very helpful FAQ about how to put together your application if you are submitting a children's picture book or a book of poetry, etc., but there wasn't anything there specific to graphic novels. After calling several times and emailing and then voicing my frustration on Twitter, I finally got through to someone who could help, so I ended up sending in my application with a copy of Eternal Life (Part 1) in print and on USB. I think it's a stronger application than last year's. We'll see how we go though; I won't find out until mid-December.
Nominations for the 2015 Ledger Awards are now open! I submitted Eternal Life (Part 1) and Coarse Play. Worth a shot!
Nothing is happening with this. (Oh the vanity …) Maybe next year …
Speaking of next year, with Astrid in preschool three days a week and Saski in childcare one day a week, I hope to use some of my six hours per week of completely child-free time (along with the time that grandparental babysitting grants me) to get back into writing again. On the front burner is the new comics anthology, Eternal Life parts 2, 3 and 4, plus a short story that's been kicking around the back of my brain for a while. If I can, I'd like to go back to my writing group as I really enjoyed meeting with them. And I'd like to do more cons and zine fairs. (I am definitely hoping to do Comic Gong, and I've even sent them an Expression of Interest about running a workshop on collaboration for them.) But we'll see …
A way of funding writing in the future: pitch and idea and get people to support it.
Place where you can hire play equipment for parties, etc.
How to recalibrate the home button on your iPhone.
Unsolicited manuscripts accepted by Pan Macmillan with certain conditions.
Thought Balloon is a group blog in which the writers tackle a new theme every week? month? with one-page scripts. This URL is for their Phonogram ones.