FIVE COPIES TO BE WON!
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I’ve had lovely visits today from Tansy & Finchy and the girls, followed up by Mr Flinthart, all of which leads to a more energetic, enthused me! Creative conversations with awesome friends for the win! So I managed to get a few more FableCroft jobs done this evening.
Job 1: An Aurealis Awards special on After the Rain, to celebrate Thoraiya Dyer’s shortlisting for her story “Fruit of the Pipal Tree”. Just $15 including postage!
Job 2: A class set special price on Worlds Next Door – 50% off or MORE for purchases of 25, 30 or 35 copies!
I mentioned it everywhere else but forgot to say it here! We had a very exciting bit of news yesterday, finding out that RJ Astruc’s story from Worlds Next Door has been shortlisted for the fabulous WSFA Small Press Award. I’ve blogged more about it here, and am terribly excited! The winner is announced in October.
And on the home front, we received Master Eight’s NAPLAN results yesterday too. NAPLAN is national testing conducted with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, so this was his first year and I’m DELIGHTED by his results. His Reading (comprehension) is pretty much off the chart, his Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy are all above national average, with only his Writing coming in under national average (though still above school average and within normal limits). So proud of him!
I think I also may have forgotten to mention that Miss Five’s class performed at assembly last week – she was a singing star and had a speaking part. Okay, maybe I did mention that, but wanted to have a positive in this post for her too :)
Am proud mummy.
Yesterday we launched Worlds Next Door at the local public library. Simon Haynes came down and hosted for me, and I was lucky enough to have a couple of local authors come along too. There was a great turn out (kicking butt on that four per launch that Simon talked about!) and lots of food and drinks and kids and friends and fun!
Things ran *fairly* smoothly (I forgot to take my famous zucchini muffins that everyone loves that I’d spent hours baking on Wednesday; and I really MUST write a running order for next time!) but wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the help of so many fantastic friends. Let’s see who I manage to forget!
* Simon was fantastic, and it was great to see him too :)
* was awesome doing the sales – she even sold books to people who should have had freebies!
* who ROCKED in the cupcakes and cakes! Omigosh, SO good!
* ‘s kiddies, who helped set up, wrangled (and thoroughly entertained) smaller kids, and did some videoing.
* Leith, for helping set up, and picking stuff up from work for me (and my school, for letting me borrow said things). And for his reading.
* Jen Banyard, for reading so beautifully!
* My husband, who supports.
* My kids, for being great!
* Sandy, Helen, and Sam, for set up, baking, loaning, kid wrangling and cleanup duties!
* Joycey, for brilliant photos and super quick sending some, and Jen & Sam, for more photos!
* Rockingham Community Library (particularly Deb) for letting me have the launch there and being so helpful.
* Everyone who came and said nice things!
I had a great time and am very grateful to everyone who helped make it happen (and that includes the authors and artists in the book!). Thanks everyone!
Day started with an interview with a journo from the local weekend paper (with a pro photographer no less!) – the article will apparently lead the Arts section of the paper this weekend! After that it was full on delivery mode for me – two boxes of mailing to the Post Office (where I bought the rest of the parcel bags I needed to send the rest off), followed by deliveries of Worlds Next Door books and launch posters that took me (with various children in tow) from Port Kennedy up to Greenwood! Was quite fun, although sadly didn’t catch up with a couple of the people I delivered to, which was a shame.
Am now in final organising mode for (semi-work, with side track for family visiting and Neil Gaiman!) trip to Sydney, while still trying to get a bunch of stuff done for launch, Worldcon and all that jazz – busy busy busy!