19 May 2017 | Uncategorised

Swirling words

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Here’s how words have been swirling around me this last week or so.

  • I’ve updated my literary resume in preparation for the KidLit Conference tomorrow at the State Library. (It’s so much harder to write about myself than my characters!) I’m looking forward to meeting other writers, listening to some panel discussions and I’m especially looking forward to my meeting with Elise Jones, Allen and Unwin editor. Wish me luck!
  • I’ve been back and forth to our local library, returning some adult titles and borrowing some children’s books.
  • I presented a second Dreamtime story workshop to a couple of grade four classes last week. I love offering this workshop – the kids are engaged and their stories are so visual and imaginative. I’m looking forward to reading the finished stories.
  • I’ve booked into American author Kate DiCamillo’s workshop at The Little Bookroom – her writing has so much heart. I can’t wait to meet her. I’ve been reading and rereading some of her books like The tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie.
  • My manuscript is coming along with a few new scenes – thank goodness says Renee, my writing partner, who is tired of rereading the same old scenes each week!
  • I’ve discovered Michael Hyatt’s This is your life podcast – his words accompany me in the car, at the ironing board, in the kitchen, reminding me to stay focused and stay positive!
  • Mr 7’s words seem to only contain information about the Marvel superhero discs you can collect at the supermarket at the moment – can anyone else identify with this?

Have a lovely weekend – hope you have an interesting book to read and someone to share it with!

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Terri Dixon

Lots of words in my life too, Karen.

The very addictive word puzzles on my phone are all vying for my attention, Wordbrain, 7 little Words and Red Herring.

Renovation words: heating, paint colours, flooring, tapware etc etc

My bookclub book “The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson is giving me lots of chuckles with words and memories from the 50s.

Eagles, Bombers, Saints, Hawks, all words demanding my attention in footy tipping.

Most important of all though are the words I say when I shop “Yes I am collecting the Marvel discs”

Good luck for tomorrow.


May 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

Colleen Warfield

Good luck Karen, enjoy your week.We are starting our book club next month, looking forward to reading more words and sharing them with others.

May 19, 2017 at 8:10 am


Enjoy the conference tomorrow Karen. You will enjoy meeting and talking with other writers.
I am looking forward to meeting with other readers when our book club starts next month.
You have certainly helped to expand my choice of books.
I’ve ordered The Hate You Give (for me) and Raising Our Children,
Raising Ourselves (for Melanie, my daughter in law)
I look forward to your postings.
Thanks Karen.

May 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Karen Comer

    I’m glad you like the book reviews, Kathy. I’m interested to know what you and Melanie think of those books.

    May 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm


Enjoy your workshop. Be prepared for more words flying into your already brimming brain.

May 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

Wendy Muir

Enjoy the conference, Karen

May 19, 2017 at 11:01 am


Yes your writing partner is very pleased with the new scenes, although she still loves the old ones too. 😉

May 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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