Here are a few of my favourite moments from 2011. I had a cracking year. Hope you look back on it fondly, too.
|I met and hung out with lots of cool authors and kidlit folks. From L to R,|
Kristina Schulz, Tristan Bancks, James Moloney, Wendy Orr, James Roy.
|With author, John Danalis.|
|Taking Simon Higgins' sword for a spin.|
|We revamped my website, designed by my lovely wife, Amber Melody. Here's one of the early design concepts. |
I wanted it to feel like a work in progress, like something active and vigorous and fun.
|I travelled a lot.|
|I visited the locations from my second Mac Slater book in New York.|
|I visited a bookstore outside L.A. where Henry Winkler (The Fonz) had recently been! Woohoo.|
|New York Public Library|
|My favourite building in the city... The Chrysler.|
|A misty, wet morning spent wandering Central Park. I felt like Holden Caulfield.|
|I spent a few days writing at the beautiful and very grounding Varuna Writers' House|
in the Blue Mountains.
|I swung on a rope swing at some stage.|
|One of my two new books... the very first copy. I am smiling as I take this.|
|I did lots of speaking about my books and children's literature and the creative process.|
This is at Byron Bay Writers' Festival. Picture by James Roy.
|At Voices on the Coast Festival. (I told them to go wild like this in order to give the sense |
that my sessions are perhaps the most fun thing you are likely to encounter at a kidlit fest.)
|I did a lot of Skype sessions.|
|On tour with Get Reading. From Townsville to Sydney to Wollongong to Melbourne to Geelong in five days.|
|Delivering 'My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up' talks at Ipswich Fest of Children's Literature |
with my mate and the other half of Tom Weekly's brain, Gus Gordon.
|I loved seeing the books heading out into the world and chatting to kids about what they liked|
and what was slightly too gross..
|Being interviewed in a school's own TV studio!|
|People-watching and freewriting with kids at the State Library of Queensland.|
|I loved offering tools like modelling clay and drawing paper and toys and the web and magazines |
as stimulus for stories in writing workshops this year. Cool critters and Jack Sparrow!
|My jealousy of other authors' stamps became too much and I had one made. ;-)|
|Opening night of Brisbane Writers' Festival was incredible.|
|Nit Boy creation by a student!|
|And, of course, Bertie Bots Every Flavoured beans pilfered from Adele at the State Library of |
Victoria's Centre for Youth Lit.
|I finished up 2011 with three months of fairly solid writing and developing some new app |
and TV projects for 2012. Looking forward to diving in but, first, two weeks screen-free. Sweet justice.