It’s been awhile since I have been here. While the northern hemisphere enjoys their summer we are in the midst of winter. It’s been wet and woolly, with slippery roads and road works, power cuts, and with the odd beautiful sunny day thrown in, we have also experienced down south, two earthquakes. The second only a couple of days ago. It was good to hear drivers picking up stranded commuter passengers, when all public transport had been closed while aftershocks continued. It’s true kiwis do have big hearts. Spring however, is not far away as you can see by these lovely flowers in my garden, so hopefully the weather will pick up and everything else will stay calm.
During my absence from here I have been busy, having written drafts of two new picture book stories and they have been critiqued and reworked and also attended the NZ SCBWI held a few weeks ago when our guest was Jocelyn Watkin of The Storybridge, talking about successfully promoting your book on social media. There was a good turn out and I am looking forward to the next meeting in September. A very interesting afternoon. The Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation held it’s 20th Annual week-long festival this past week ending with a family day in the city centre. It is a day for the kids to show their talent entering drawing and writing competitions and reading aloud their work. There is a poetry corner and workshops for writers. Fun for all the family.
Music and entertainment has played a part in these past few months as you know. Including a Food Show, I also enjoyed an unusual evening at Slava’s Snowshow which was totally like nothing I had seen before. Entirely unconventional, one is taken on a journey that was frightening, exhilarating and touching. There is no one defining story but many skits by a main character, a yellow clown often the butt of jokes by the other green clowns in painted sad faces. It consists of intense feeling, excitement, and exquisitely subtle humour. Slava’s is a world in which the tiniest tilt of a head or wrinkle of a nose can have a theatre erupting with laughter. Expect the unexpected could not be more true. In a snow scene one is truly blown away… literally. The powerful opening and the ability to magnify the smallest detail I expected young ones to be terrified, but I heard no crying. Even sitting near the back as we were the clowns drew us in to this strange world. The ending, had the audience on their feet, not clapping but joining in gentle play and drawing the kids young and old from the balconies. Not one I would go again to. But I was glad I had been.
Well that has brought you up to-date with what I have been up to, and now back to some more revision…. See ya soon!