Hello again, as indicated in the previous post, I expect my progress down the Thunder Road to be spasmodic at best this month.
That said, I can provide a quick update on some of the activities keeping me busy.
– The 90km Benalla bike ride had a real chatty, community feel for the first hour. One cyclist described it to me as “speed dating on wheels”. Once we hit the main hill climb the superstars took off and the bunch splintered. I rode the final 40km solo into a head wind. By the end I felt like I hadn’t ridden at all – just had my buttocks smashed by a meat tenderizer for three hours. Turns out the bitumen is a bit bumpier in the bush compared to the city.
– Booktalkers was a thoroughly fun night. It’s always interesting hearing how other authors come up with their ideas. The only bummer was that John Marsden got stuck behind a fallen tree and couldn’t join us on stage. You can read my report on the night, here.
– And yes, as is evident from that last link, I’m now blogging at insideadog and really enjoying it.
– The Coldplay concert was brilliant. All the hits and almost every song from the Viva La Vida album. Acoustic numbers, piano solos, electronica remixes, singalongs and bona fide stadium rock. All without the usual posturing. Superstars without super-egos. Fantastic.
– No news on my manuscript at present.
Will post other updates here as time permits.
Last week was massive. I’d been sweating on feedback from my agent on my current manuscript and was greatly relieved when her verdict came through as a big thumbs up. First hurdle crossed! I’ve subsequently made a few minor edits and that manuscript is now ready for market.
The other welcome news to filter through was that there’s some interest in Game as Ned in America, which is fantastic.
I was also approached about speaking at a Centre for Youth Literature event in 2009, which I’m greatly looking forward to. I have long thought Melbourne is blessed to have the Centre, along with its super website insideadog – both of which must have added punch to our city’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature.
Throw in my father’s birthday, booking Coldplay tickets, cycling approximately 100 kilometres, two School Council-related meetings, catching the latest James Bond flick, and my editing job, and it all made for an action-packed week.
Can’t wait to see what this week brings…
Confidence: Upwardly mobile
Reading: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book; an Indiana Jones Omnibus; and the Deathly Hallows to my son
Listening to: Coldplay’s Viva La Vida; Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad; four-year-old chatter
Watching: West Wing season 3 on DVD
Game as Ned made the 2008 Inkys Longlist today, which is brilliant news!
The shortlist will be determined by a panel of six judges. Voting, by readers aged 12-18, kicks off on September 12. Aussie authors vie for the Golden Inky while those from other shores compete for Silver.
Many thanks to all those who nominated GAN for the longlist – and to Insideadog for running the awards.