Tonight I’ve been back to school. That’s because we’re having a Book Week at Twizel Area School and I’m organising it! Tonight we had bedtime stories in the library. Kids came in their pyjamas and bought their teddies. We had 4 stories. I read ‘Who is Brian Bear?’ by Helen Taylor (one of my boys favourites when they were little) and First Snow by Kim Lewis (a story about a little girl who lives on a farm). Our Principal Mr Bill Feasey read one of Lynley Dodd’s wonderful books, Schnitzel von Krumm. Lastly Twizel’s doctor, Doctor Tim Gardner read Bad Jelly the Witch. He was fantastic at the character voices. After milo in the staffroom everyone went home to bed.
We’ve been doing lots of other wonderful Book Week things too. I might tell you some tomorrow. Anyway …
I was going to write more about my fascination with old house but instead I’ve been thinking about what makes a person a writer. Here are some of my thoughts:
* A writer is a reader. You have to read to write. They go together.
* A writer has stories in his or her head. Stories that won’t go away. Stories that need a home.
* A writer loves words and wants to make them dance.
I’m a writer.
I never knew that I could make words dance
Or make them walk through people’s heads.
I love it that I can!
Take care out there, especially you kids in Shaky Town. Sometimes life can be a bit tough. Remember the good times and look after the people that have a place in your heart (and other people too!).
From your August Star Author
Oops: I nearly forgot:
Here is a link to some information about H.M.A.S. Canberra, the ship in my book. It has some pictures of her, including one of her sinking the day after the Battle of Savo Island. She was scuttled. That means she was sunk because she was beyond repair. Eightyfour Australian sailors died the night of the battle, including the Captain.