2020: the year of time simultaneously racing by and standing still. It is hard to believe it is late August already, and yet so much has happened this year, and looking back to February (when 2020 was just starting to look interesting) seems an age ago.
So what have I been doing since I last posted? Quite a lot – my day job (I teach future teachers at university) has been busier than ever this year, mainly because of the impact of the pandemic on my students’ studies. I’ve also been working on what I hope might be a new verse novel, and I was lucky enough to actually visit a real school last week. Thanks to the staff and students of Yanchep Beach Primary School for welcoming me so warmly.
Although it hasn’t been the ideal time to launch a new book – no booklaunch or other physical events during a pandemic – Worse Things has been read and shared and talked about lots online, which is really pleasing. Some highlights:
- Tamara at Tamara Reads admitting she sobbed uncontrollably while reading it.
- Writing WA calling me master of the verse novel genre in their review.
- Being interviewed by my wonderful friend and writing colleague Teena at In Their Own Write
- And chatting my other wonderful friend Rebecca at Alphabet Soup
I have also been delighted by the people who have told me they’ve read and enjoyed it, and lots of posts on Instagram and other social media by readers spreading the word. Thank you!
Lastly, in between all this busyness, I have been walking lots. I am fortunate to live in Western Australia where, although we must remain cautious about Covid 19, our current situation means I can move around the state. My daily walks, mostly to my much-loved beach, are a form of meditation for me. If you are on Instagram, you can see the glimpses I share, hoping to spread the beauty to those who can’t wander far from home. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of a wintry beach.
Thanks for dropping by.