Blog 72: In which I quickly recap 20 highlights of July, August and September.

ONCE AGAIN I have failed to keep my resolution of regular blogging and so I am forced to rapidly and haphazardly retrace my steps over the past three months.

So here goes:

1. In July, Joe and I launched Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale and The Case of Animals Behaving Really REALLY Badly at Black Cat Books Paddington Brisbane – with the help of my wife’s delicious cupcakes. A great day and a huge thanks to everyone who turned up to support us.

10527473_10152173404541516_7493185817685530944_n  2014-07-12 10.34.222014-07-12 10.50.18

2. Soon after, Derek started popping up in bookshops.

10343480_10152196916112218_5358897825779953847_n

3. Following Australia’s shock exit from the World Cup before the Final, I threw my support behind the Bauers’ ancestral homeland and came up trumps. YA!

10389327_10203703954426808_5249821799047489466_n

4. Over a 6/7 week period, mainly in August, I visited around 30+ schools in Cairns, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Melbourne, meeting heaps of fantastic kids along the way.

sis  10592955_10203937503705394_2395327036208936933_n

5. I also managed to take some of the world’s worst selfies.

2014-08-15 10.01.45

6. During my travels, I was lucky enough to catch up with some awesome  writerly colleagues, including …

2014-08-11 16.09.26  10527863_10152637838949717_5610144088226229597_n

Oliver Phommavanh                                              Nick Earls & Isobelle Carmody

10614127_10204104108270404_8772713333788722199_n   2014-08-28 13.04.46

Caroline Magerl and Lucia Masciullo                                     Glenda Millard

7. I also met lots of dedicated, hard-working, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly teachers, librarians and library staff who went out their way to make me feel very welcome and special.

2014-08-14 21.31.28 2014-08-05 15.47.15

8. I also checked out some of the school libraries’ wildlife including some great bush turkeys from St Joseph’s Primary School Bardon in Brisbane and this weight-challenged rabbit from the Glennie school in Toowoomba.

IMG_20140908_164327  10563188_10204101205357833_713373228925654941_n

9. I had these as part of my morning tea at Fintona Girls school in Melbourne. Lego + Chocolate. Does it get any better?

10646890_10204050151961530_5543662863229357219_n   10149830_10152090856911309_7135309123590525581_n

10. I got to stay a few days with my daughter the Megstar in Melbourne which as you can see, delighted her no end.

2014-08-26 17.29.19

11. I had another BIRTHDAY! Same thing happened last year. (Never too late to send presents!) Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to my 40s.

10569015_10152319028928691_1207090411899124663_n

12. I saw this frog in a toilet at Oakey Council Library and it just about made my year.

10409423_10204095362651769_2215913758450793473_n

13. Joe and I did a presentation on the Eric Vale series at the Brisbane Writers Festival. It was the first time we’d worked together and it was Joe’s first ever author/illustrator talk. The session was a sell-out in front of 250+ people. It was a lot of fun and Joe was awesome. Plus we made the Brisbane News magazine on Fathers’ Day. Proud Dad!

10603726_10204109818973168_8707532703462802428_n  10565286_10203881802992911_8323168002129803950_n

scan0167

14. I went to the launch of Sam Wheeler’s new book Spud and Charli and had a great time.

10628579_10204162566011811_9126915882655862905_n

15. I briefly considered a career as a Fairy Godfather.

10629826_10204060822028365_8702339828537479598_n-001

16. I finished writing the third Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale adventure, while Joe continued to work on his fantastic illustrations for the second one.

scan0020

17. The Eric Vale books continued to do wonderful things that thrilled Joe and me. Eric Vale Epic Fail was shortlisted for the Children’s Choice Awards along with a bunch of wonderful books/authors and won the Bilby award in Queensland.  Meanwhile, Eric Vale Super Male was named as a CBCA Notable Book.  Also the Eric Vale books had their 9th overseas sale, this time an English language edition destined for Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.) Amazing.

Picture1   10599315_10204113855554080_824458662167054089_n

18 I spent a lazy three and half weeks waiting for my computer to update.

1551723_10204049834633597_3560323785246531045_n

19. We installed an expensive new security system in our house.

10455845_10203596695465401_3349601379576815010_n

20. And finally I had a well-earned break for a few days at Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast where I stood beside a lake at dusk for no apparent reason, and my wife was harassed by the local bird-life.

10635887_10204193930795911_2218005493180961669_n 10245572_10204194018118094_9154620231035164832_n

Cheers
Michael.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Blog 72: In which I quickly recap 20 highlights of July, August and September.

  1. elaineouston says:

    Maybe you should lend your security system to the police for G20, Michael. They need all the help they can get. 🙂

    Like

  2. Gabbie says:

    Hello again Mr Bauer 🙂
    Sorry, my internet has been temperamental for a while but I am just saying thankyou very much for meeting me at MSM with the year nines (I swear I must have the best music teacher in the world for her to have let me out of the lesson that day).

    The Dugong’s CD was fantastic – the German audiobook publishers had a seriously good idea there!

    Also, I think you got to meet my younger sister at your St Joseph’s visit who got a Derek ‘Danger’ Dale book (I think) signed for a younger brother Alessandro’s birthday that day.

    Thanks again!

    Like

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Gabbie
      No problem at all. It was lovely to get the chance to meet you in person and have a chat. And yes I definitely remember signing a book to Alessandro for your sister (although I didn’t realise she was your sister) because I was being very careful to get the spelling correct.
      Thanks for writing. Glad you liked the CD. Hope you’re enjoying the holidays.
      Cheers
      Michael

      Like

Cot a COMMENT or QUESTION? Love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s