1. Being Amongst an Incredible Community of Kids' Authors
|Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Authors 2010|
Pic thanks to John Danalis.
|Pic thanks to John Danalis|
2. Jumping Castle Art
Today I donned a yellow zebra striped suit and hit 'The Cell' by Brook Andrew, a giant jumping castle artwork at The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation space in Paddington, Sydney.
|Pic by Amber Melody|
3. Proactive But Conscious Web Use
|Pic by Thirsty in LA on Flickr.com|
Zen and the Art of Twitter: 4 Tips for Productive Tweeting at Mashable
20 Strategies to Defeat the Urge to do Useless Tasks on the Zen Habits Blog
4. Room to Read and Camp Quality
|Back: Sarah Charles, Linly Goh, Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela, Ian Mclean|
Front: Gus Gordon and Tristan Bancks.
Photo thanks to Susanne Gervay.
This week I met and interviewed an amazing 13-year-old cancer survivor, Sinead, and her mum, Pauline, at the CQ national conference, as well as Steve, the main camp leader. Their stories were happy-making and inspiring. It felt so good to be in a room of people who dedicate their lives to kindness and doing positive work.
The Room to Read Sydney Chapter meeting saw the launch of Zak the Yak With Books on His Back, John Wood's (RtoR founder) brand new children's book. Deb Abela read the book to a rapt crowd. I'll be launching Zak in Brisbane with a ton of fun games and quizzes for kids:
Wednesday 25 August
Coaldrakes at The Barracks
Petrie Tce, top of Caxton Street
4 - 4.45pm
At the Sydney Meeting I also shared my Top Ten Room to Read Actions For Kids and Teens, a call to action for first-world children and teenagers to reach out a hand to their peers in developing countries by giving them the gift of books and education. I'll post the top ten here soon!
5. Being Here Now
|Tristan Bancks throwing frisbee on beach. Pic by Amber Melody|
Right now my life is the best it has been in years. Finally, I'm letting go and being present right here, right now. I'm no-mind guy, refusing to let chronic thinking strangle my life. I work pretty hard, writing, managing my biz and speaking about kid's lit. And when I'm not working I often find myself thinking about it, non-stop, every moment - in the shower, when I'm driving, eating, sleeping. But not anymore. I'm working on the idea that, 'You are the space between your thoughts' and it's working. I'm alive. Sweet justice.