Some exciting news to share today…
Back at the beginning of February I was trying to get an idea for a story for the 12 x 12 challenge. I decided to go look at the Bedtime Stories section of Australian Women Online to find out their upcoming theme. The theme for March would be ‘Green’. An idea started to form in my head about a green snake in a pet shop and the story grew from there. I was quite pleased to have my February draft done so early in the month and, after revising it, I submitted it to my critique group with the idea I might get it polished enough to submit to Australian Women Online before the deadline.
I’d got it fairly polished in the couple of weeks before I went into hospital to have bubs, and then I forgot all about it once the new baby arrived. I remembered it on the last day of February–the last day I could submit it for consideration. I gave it some more revision and I believe I e-mailed it off with only a few hours to midnight. Thank goodness it was a leap year or I’d have been a day too late!
The very next day I had an e-mail in my inbox telling me it had been chosen as one of their March stories. How exciting!
You can read it here (completely free):
Australian Women Online are running Bedtime Stories in support of The National Year of Reading.
I’m very excited today to have my rhyming children’s story ‘The Flower Show Fiasco’ published in the online magazine Australian Women Online.
When I decided to try submitting to Australian Women Online’s ‘Bedtime Stories’ section and saw the theme was flowers this month my initial thought was to write something about fairies in the garden, but then I got this idea for a disastrous flower show (which I think in part was inspired by a Hairy Maclarey book my children have about a disastrous pet show).
I love writing for children and for me many of my children’s stories naturally flow onto the page as rhyming stories. Which isn’t to say rhyme isn’t difficult to write as it needs to be perfect not only in rhyme, but in meter and rhythm as well. When you write in rhyme you gain a whole new respect for authors who do it so well, like Mem Fox, Graeme Base and Lynley Dodd. It takes a lot of work to make it flow naturally off the tongue.
It was a lot of fun to write, especially thinking up all the different flowers I could include in the story. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It is completely free to read on the Australian Women Online website (under Bedtime Stories) and is also printable if you would like to print it up for your child to keep.
Photo: Tania McCartney