As the year ends I'm celebrating all the good things that have happened in my writing journey in 2021. I'm taking pure goodness from these deeply appreciated moments that have been both big and small.
My most treasured moment was the release of my picture book Home, illustrated by Alisa Knatko and published by Daisy Lane Publishing. Due to Covid restrictions there could be no live book launch with family and friends. Yet, Home is out in the world and it's a truly beautiful book that has been listed on the Australian Refugee Council site as a picture book resource. Home has received many incredible reviews which warms my heart.
I had the honour of my short story being included in the Once Upon a Whoops Anthology that's doing extremely well on Amazon. The funds from this book support premature babies and I too was a premature baby. My webpage has been updated thanks to the wonderful Inge Walters who brought all of my ideas to life. I am a part of two wonderful critique groups and the members of both groups are now dear friends and are part of my professional family.
I have attended conferences and learning sessions online. I had the privilege of hosting story time for the international Global Learning Festival which was super exciting as I shared Go Away, Foxy Foxy with children from many different places in the world.
When Home was released I was fortunate enough to squeeze in a local school and library event which was heartening as it's what I do best. As a Books in Homes Ambassador I was able to attend an online presentation assembly which was loads of fun. During Education Week I was a guest author online at locaL preschools, primary schools and high schools.
I have ventured into writing a few newspaper articles and I continue to write book reviews. This has keep me busy and focused. As I learn new things about my writing journey I write quotes for writers on Instagram..
From this little snippet that I've shared I can see much growth, strength and resilience. My creativity may wax and wane but my passion for what I do is always there because I love it.
These are a few of my special writing moments and I want to thank you for being there with me and sharing them. A journey shared is one forever treasured.