The past few weeks have been incredibly busy and lots of fun. Alice-Miranda At Camp is finished (September release) and I’ve just read the page proofs for Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend (October release). I’m about to do some work on Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break In (January release), in between working on the draft for Alice-Miranda At the Palace (February release).
Most excitingly we’ve launched Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box and it has been so well received. To celebrate there were high teas in Sydney and Newcastle, events at Dymocks Charlestown Square and Westfield Penrith and a fabulously fun treasure hunt launch at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. This week I also conducted a writing workshop for students in Years 5-8 which was brilliant fun – loved their enthusiasm. But I’m a little bit tired just thinking about it all. On top of that (as if it wasn’t enough) I’ve been packing up our kitchen, main bathroom and laundry for the start of a big renovation – which is slightly scary and exciting too. My washing machine, which has been on it’s way out for months, completely died two weeks ago. That was probably a good thing, seeing as though it sounded like a helicopter landing in the loungeroom for the past month at least. I didn’t want to get the new one until the renovation so I’ve been carting loads of dirty washing to a friend’s place and my sister’s. The kitchen isn’t faring much better as the hot tap on the kitchen sink snapped in half about 3 months ago and is currently workable with a wrench and there are numerous other appliances which have seen better days. So, the renovation is much needed. It’s never a good time trying to fit that sort of thing in but I can’t wait to see it finished.
What has been truly amazing about the past few weeks is meeting so many fabulous children and their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Emma Ernst and her little girl, Charlotte who came all the way from Adelaide for high tea. Justine, who is such a gorgeous girl and came to two events – and became instant friends with Charlotte! The beautiful girls who travelled all the way from Wyong to Penrith and the lovely family from Newcastle who attended high tea in Sydney. The girls who loom banded Clementine Rose and so many more. Families who have travelled great distances and those who treated their children to a lovely day out. It is the most incredibly humbling experience to meet the readers and I will freely admit that this past week I cried! Tears of joy and disbelief I suppose – that my two girls, Clementine Rose and Alice-Miranda have become so important in the lives of so many people beyond me.
I have taken lots of snaps – hope you enjoy!