Dare to Dream – A Sustainable Life as a Creative

Guest blog.

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Our guest blogger is Dr June Perkins, who has recently published a beautiful children’s poetry book called “Magic Fish Dreaming”. To produce this book, June combined her artistic and creative talent, her academic qualifications in writing for empowerment, her poetic skills, her love of writing and reading, and her desire to make a financial success of her writing.  To do this, June turned to the idea of crowd funding and support from professionals in the field, and the results have been amazing. June’s exquisite poems are enhanced even further by delightful illustrations.

June has shared her experiences, as she wants to encourage others to follow their dreams and achieve success in their chosen creative fields.

Here is June’s inspiring story.

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June PerkinsI don’t know how many times I have heard people say, ‘Being a poet won’t pay the bills,’ and ‘Writers have a tough life. Why are you doing this…

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Day Dreaming

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Day Dreaming 1 – By June Perkins

This week the internet just made my

creative head space feel

so cluttered and

fuzzy, out of shape and

tired.

 

I decided I need a break from the grief

the news

the despair

the massive overload of information

even its joy can seem too much and

become over the top.

 

I just needed a break to

dream and bask in the sunlight

pick daisies for the guinea pigs

listen to my children’s stories

and think about stories

to write.

 

But before I disappeared,

I spoke to some friends

on line

because I was at home writing

and they said they felt the same way too

and we shared a story or two.

 

They had been to

to walk their dogs

and bask in the sunlight.

They too felt the power of the story

the book

and the day dream.

 

When I went off line I thought

about friendship across time and space

and how

the internet creates

hives of  connecting strength

and sometimes the opposite

 

hives that sting

 

and people are seeking to create

buzz

so they can have more time to write

and authors can’t just be authors

they are being forced to be products

to sell their book

and yet the genuine are the ones we

want to read

who don’t seem like they are being a product

they are just sweet and kind

 

and then I let go . . .

 

 

I had a day dream

of space

to think

and roam

and dance and CREATE

and simply be beyond the need

for too much of

everyone else’s head spaces.

 

June Perkins

  (30/5/2018)

PiBoIdMo Hooray

Hooray – made it with 30 ideas.   This time thinking a lot about environment, non-fiction, funny sayings,  fractured fairy tales with a twist,  and weird mixes of ideas – and ideas for cultural books.

Also some ideas for more poetry books.

Congratulations to everyone else who made it too, or even got close.  Just think now you have enough ideas to keep you inspired and follow through on for quite a while!  Which reminds me to look in last year’s notebook and see what gems are still there to be polished.

 

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PiBoIdMo Day 3: When Grace Lin’s Picture Book Idea Isn’t a Picture Book (plus a prize!)

I love that your picture book ideas sometimes cross over into other books – I have a few that is happening with too. It’s all a matter of going with the flow. Thanks for sharing your journey Grace.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

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I laughed a little when Tara asked me if I’d like to guest blog for PiBoIdMo. My last picture book was published over five years ago, around the time we were all trying to figure out if the report of the death of the picture book was greatly exaggerated. One might wonder that about my picture book career.

However, in the last five years, I have published two novels and three early readers (with a fourth coming out TODAY!). And when I thought about it, I realized that PiBoIdMo is about picture book ideas. And I realized every single one of my books has begun as a picture book idea.

For example, my first Ling and Ting early reader, was once a picture book dummy originally titled Ling, Ting and Ming (sorry, Ming, you got axed). In my youth, I had loved the Flicka…

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PiBoIdMo Day 1: Joan Holub Gets Fresh (plus a prize!)

Some really great ideas here. I especially liked the smashing two ideas together. Thanks Joan.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

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Yay, you guys, for taking part in PiBoIdMo 2015! Below are 3 things that work for me in my writing, and I hope you’ll find something in here that works for you.

1. Need a fresh way of inspiring new book ideas? Start with a title:

  • This is what R.L. Stine often does according to his interview with NPR. And about one third of my 130+ books began with a title (Goddess Girls series co-authored with Suzanne Williams; Zero the Hero).
  • Sources for titles you could tweak, mix-and-match, or reshape to inspire your next story include TV Guide, movie titles, book titles, idioms, fairy tales, folk tales, and nursery rhymes. Keep a list of intriguing, catchy phrases you dream up or overhear. Think: What could a book with this title be about?
  • Joan says to self: Little Red Writing. What could a book with this…

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