A Non-writing Activity

Last week was one of ‘those’weeks! Full of meetings, YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Award) Award Celebration Day, Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian Branch) AGM and the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Victorian Gathering which I run four times a year in my role as Assistant Regional Adviser, Victoria.

In between the meetings and some writing, there has also been cause for celebration – a relaunch of ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’ for the paperback edition with the date set for January 22nd, 2012 (no further details yet) and then an enormous thrill to learn that Queenie will now also be published in hard-back in the US.

Friday night a dear friend had invited me to a ladies craft night at our local church (which I am ashamed to say I don’t visit all that often) and although I was tired, stressed and  totally ‘over it’, I had promised I would go.

I was greeted by a smiling girl with a showbag of Christmas goodies and I went on to spend one of the most enjoyable and relaxing activity evenings I have ever had. I am not at all crafty with the exception of a short burst of Paper Tole many years ago – just before deciding that the pen would take over my life.

I managed to come home with a mini Christmas tree made of toffees, a Christmas candle and a couple of Christmas gingerbread angels (not so successful) and a ChristmasTree card made of buttons. I was thrilled.

Sometimes, even when you don’t feel like it, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and escape for a while into something you’ve never tried.

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  1. Sue So very pleased for you and Queenie, Corinne. Congratulations and muchly deserved. However - stop doing Christmas stuff - you're freaking me out!!!! ;) Love Sue x
    November 16, 2011 at 9:32 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Sue and I promise to stop talking about Christmas.
      November 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm · Reply
  2. Kaye Baillie Corinne, loved hearing about what is happening with Queenie next. Very exciting and well deserved. Glad the craft activities turned out nicely. The heaviness of having to go out and do something sounds like it turned into something of a relief from the stresses of everything else.
    November 16, 2011 at 9:42 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Kaye re Queenie. Not sure I'll make a career of Christmas craft but it was a lot of fun.
      November 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm · Reply
  3. Chris Bell Thrilled for you and to hear Queenie, so deservedly, is to be published in the U.S. and being relaunched in paperback here. Congratulations and big hugs. Chris PS: Where's the pics of your craftiness? :)
    November 16, 2011 at 11:28 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Chris. I'm thrilled for the real Queenie too.
      November 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm · Reply
  4. Marjory Gardner Fabulous news about Queenie! Congratulations!
    November 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm · Reply
    • corinne Finally getting around to replying to these posts. Thanks Marjory and any time you want a traveling companion, I'm there.-
      November 27, 2011 at 9:14 am · Reply

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