Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Eaton’

Many thanks to the lovely Lynn Priestley of Zenquill for passing on The Versatile Blogger Award to me. And thanks to all who find the time to drop by. I’m being good for once and trying to follow…

The Rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award:

2. Share seven things about yourself:

3. Pass this award along to bloggers you have discovered who you think are fantastic for whatever reason:

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award:

Seven Things About Me:

1. I am disgusting: I let the dog sleep on my husband’s side of the bed when he’s not there.

2. I am secretive: I try to keep this lapse in standards from my husband.

3. I am competitive: my step-daughter says I am the most embarrassing mother in the world, even more embarrassing than her mum, and this has become a source of some pride for me.

4. I am grateful: I have had two novels published and hope to leverage this into a career that will see me into my dotage.

5. I scare easily: My kids boo me for fun.

6. I have regrets: I once threw a bucket of coke over the lady in front of me during a scary scene at the movies.

7. I am shameless: When she turned round to complain, I shushed her and pointed to the screen, just to let her know that some people were trying to watch a movie you know…

Favourite blogs (in no particular order)

The lovely Lynn has already nominated some of my favourites, so I’ll just add a few more of my own that are well worth a visit.

Kate Constable’s Blog

Julia Lawrinson’s Writing in the Margins

Karen Brooks’s Blog

Anthony Eaton’s Musings from an Outer-Spiral-Arm

My Missing Life

Hexebart’s Well

Angela Slatter’s blog

thesimplestgame

Have Chicken, Will Fly.

and of course, Lynn Priestley’s Zenquill.

“Thank you, Somerset Celebration of Literature, for four of the most joyous days of my writing life.” John Danalis, author of Riding the Black Cockatoo

“Missing you all. Sob.” Belinda Jeffrey, author of Brown Skin Blue

“Fabulous four days…Why can’t life be like that all the time??” Kate Constable, author of the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy

“Now that the music has stopped it seems a little embarrassing.” Gus Gordon, author and illustrator of 67 children’s books and newly crowned Dancing King of Somerset

“Sometimes the planets just align, don’t they. Nothing but magic…Couldn’t have hoped for a more meaningful, inspiring and wonderful four days.” Dave Hackett, author of ‘Unavoidable Family Outing’ series, and proud winner of the kids dinner performances.

“My little car kept forgetting to change gears in the hope that we might be able to go back for just a little longer.” Nette Hilton, author of Pyro Watson and the Hidden Treasure

“I touched Markus Zusak.” Chris Bongers, author of Dust

“Oh, it’s even better than I’d hoped.” Anthony Eaton, author of Daywards, the latest in his Darklands trilogy

“Best Somerset Festival ever. Thanks to all the organisers and the other presenters for a fantastic time.” James Roy, author of Anonymity Jones

Chris Bongers and Melina MarchettaQuick gush here…

Last night I was at Melina Marchetta’s Brisbane launch of her latest novel The Piper’s Son.

Melina is such a rock star; her launch at Riverbend Books would have needed bouncers but for the good behaviour of the crowd. Hearing her in conversation with CBCA National President, Marj Kirkland, was an absolute treat.

My autographed copy has been burning a hole in my pocket, but I’m not allowed to open it until I’ve finished Chapter Two of my new YA w-i-p, Intruder.

I can’t even look at The Piper’s Son or I’ll crack and spend the rest of the day on the couch with my legs in the air.  I’ve had the biggest literary crush on Melina since Looking for Alibrandi and have adored all her books, so my pitiful supply of willpower is being tested here folks; I’m hurting, believe me.

chris Bongers at Riverbend BooksBTW, I ♥ Riverbend Books. I had my own book launch there and have often admired their awesome book-covered verandah blinds. But it wasn’t until last night  that someone drew my attention to the little orange spine sandwiched in between Bram Stoker and Nick Earls…

Thank you to the lovely Lynn Priestley for not only pointing it out, but for capturing these Kodak moments on her trusty iPhone. Somerset Writers' Festival

In other news, I’m counting down the sleeps till Somerset Writers’ Festival at the Gold Coast from 17-19 March.

Melina will be there, along with an awesome lineup of literary talent including Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness, James Roy, Belinda Jeffrey, Derek Landy and Anthony Eaton.

If you click here you can book tickets to hundreds of sessions and dozens of authors, including little old me.  (I’ll be the one reading The Piper’s Son in an empty tent while fifteen thousand people stampede the rock stars of the YA literary world. If this pathetic image moves you, please come up and say hello. I’ll welcome you with open arms, I promise.)

Queensland’s Governor, Penelope Wensley, had travelled thousands of kilometres to be there, only to be upstaged by barking seals and audience members in pith helmets.

It was all part of the script for the launch of Book Week 2009’s Book Safari theme at the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year Awards at Seaworld on the Gold Coast.  (If you think there were a lot of books in that last sentence, you should have seen how many were represented at Seaworld today.)

Winners are grinners and Linsay Knight, Children’s Publisher, Random House Australia, and Leonie Tyle, Woolshed Press, looked pretty happy with their authors’ haul of gongs.

Sleep-deprived father-of-a-teething-baby, Anthony Eaton (Into White Silence), author and poet Catherine Bateson (The Wish Pony) and author/illustrator Colin Thompson (The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness) were all Honour Books for 2009.

Everest survivor Lincoln Hall was all but drowned out by honking seals as he accepted the Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for non-fiction for Alive in the Death Zone.

The charming and talented Shaun Tan added to his prize-winning haul with Tales from Outer Suburbia taking out Book of the Year for Older Readers.  Glenda Millard with Stephen Michael King took top honours in the Younger Readers Category with Perry Angel’s Suitcase.

For a complete list of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2009 Book of the Year Awards, click here.