blog 64: In which amazingly, I remember seven things.

Well it only seems like about 30 days since my last blog, but already a whole month has flown by!

Here are seven things I remember happening in that time.

1. A whole ‘marathon’ of brand new special 10th anniversary editions of The Running Man turned up at my door. As soon as they arrived I sat down and read every book in the box and I have to say, that the consistency across the board is amazing! In fact, I found it almost impossible to choose which one I liked the best. And I’m not just saying that because I’m the author.


2. My wife and I spent Easter with some friends at Tewantin near Noosa. This was not hard to take.

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3. I was back at the Sunshine Coast of Queensland soon after to take part in the Voices on the Coast Literary Festival along with a whole bunch of wonderful authors.  The festival was great. During my stay I shared a room with fellow author and lovely man Richard Harland and his fabulous steam-punk guitar.

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4. I went for my regular walks around my suburb and occasionally found something interesting to photograph. One of the photos below, to quote a well-known rhyme, is “a symbol of my native land. You can stick it in a bottle you can hold it in your hand.”  (Warning:  Don’t get the two of them mixed up. As I discovered to my horror, the water dragon doesn’t appreciate it.)

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5. We commemorated Anzac Day here in Australia which made me think particularly of my grandfather Arthur who fought at Gallipoli.

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6. Joe and I were thrilled to see Eric Vale Super Male make the 2014 CBCA Notables list for Younger Readers. Super effort Eric!

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7. At present I’m continuing to work on the second Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale Adventure and looking forward to the illustrator’s (my son Joe’s) wedding in under a week.



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