August is know to me alternately as Hell Month, Fun Month, Party Month or the Month-Where-Everything-Happens.
That’s about the best I can do at the moment. You’re lucky I’ve managed to put pants on. My brain is so melty it’s inevitable that I’m going to turn to the all-soothing panacea of watching back-to-back episodes of America’s Next Top Model in bed (don’t judge me).
What August most definitely isn’t, is the month where I get lots of writing done. But it is the month where I get to run around to schools and libraries and give talks and workshops and be writer-in-residence and sign books, which is a whole lotta fun. Librarians are great! Teenagers are great! I got to visit Eltham Bookshop (which is a beautiful place: a true community bookshop run by the most passionate people) to talk to Steven Lochran about his new book Vanguard Prime: Goldrush (he blogged about that here).
And here are two places I will be in the following weeks:
Melbourne Writers Festival – for a fantastic half-day/full-day event called The Writer’s Journey. I’ll be attending with my publicist Steph Stepan to talk about the heady world of book publicity (and then very excitedly going to spoken word event Liner Notes that night to celebrate Ziggy Stardust)
Ballarat Writers and Illustrators Festival – this is such a fabulous festival. It’s intimate and cosy, and feels like one big far-ranging, fascinating conversation between authors, illustrators, readers, and editors. I’ll be speaking on Sunday about scary things!
Other than that, I would like to say that the reading has been GOOD recently. I’ve had a great run of inspiring, entertaining, thought-provoking and well-written books on my bedside table and in my handbag. Among them: Moon Over Manifest (Claire Vanderpool), Fire In The Sea (Myke Bartlett), Wonder (R.J. Palacio), Shadows: Rephaim Book One (Paula Weston), Alif the Unseen (G.Willow Wilson), Friday Brown (Vikki Wakefield), A Hero for Wondla (Tony Diterlizzi).