Ted X Morning


For Deb, Justine and Renee


Ted X Morning

The light and zing of commercials
between my favourite shows
is not nourishing
but rather requires the mute button green
of the remote to take me into a greener zone
and better still a turning away from entertainment
that leads to momentary escape from the
sorrow, pain, and heartbreak.

Finding out my friends
favourite tedX talks
and watching them one by one
becomes the new forest I build
which will still have heart break
but the kind that’s a ladder
over the wall of sorrow in
watching or a doorway into inner understanding
and there’s a garden
where I can foster the self outside
my physical now reality.

Poets, Teachers, Parents
build insights that make me laugh
and know I am not alone
but all parents hearts can break
no one is perfect
it is okay to say I made
a mistake, I am sorry
and often those we love
may hurt us the most
although not through intention
but just because they know all the
weaknesses we think we hide
but to them are clear because they love us.

A silent clap
can bring me to tears
and reflecting on moments
of clarity and calm lived between
intense pain brings realisation
that need not be explained
but simply lived.

(c) June Perkins 22/03/2018

My Progress in PiBoIdMo

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I see this emu whenever I walk to work. He is looking weathered and split at the moment. Wonder if he will last. June


It’s the perfect time to be doing PiBoIdMo for me.   Why?  

No more tutoring for the year, family still at school, a quiet house during the day, my kickstarter that can’t quite start yet (few tasks but nearly there).  Finally the space to write.

So where are the ideas brewing.

This year is inspired by research.

When I have an idea I see if it has been done before, and if not, I  begin to brainstorm it. If it has been done  I see if I can put a new twist on it, and then persist with it. If not I put it in the ‘don’t bother with it pile.’

I might be inspired by some of the blogs over at Tara’s blog and see whether their ideas help me make it an even better idea.

I’ve been reading a lot of Pasifika mythology, while thinking about a lot of the world endangered creatures and creatures that might not be endangered but who I would like to know more facts about. Who knows maybe I’ll combine these ideas, but how – that will be a surprise.

I’ve been taking note of funny stories my family tell and stories from Mum that I must ask her more about, but which I have a vague recollection from as a child.  Perhaps in these conversations a story idea might be born.

Now if I am sick of my computer, I think a walk might inspire an idea, so definitely heading out for one of those.  The picture at the header of this post is an emu carved by a chainsaw.  Hmm maybe there is an idea in that.

In Australia we have just reached day 5.

Good luck everyone with the rest of your PiBoIdMo. May you find even just one wonderful gem of idea that you feel passionate about dedicating some time to developing and polishing.

Over and out,  June aka Pearlz.

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 2: Josh Funk Dares You to Do Your Worst (plus prizes!)

Hilarious – break all the rules – think of the worst thing you could write. Now that could be fun! Thanks for this fun post, and what lovely swag sets.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

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I know it’s only Day 2, but I want you to get all your BAD ideas out today. I want you to think of THE WORST idea you can.

Right now.

What would NOT make a good children’s book?

Maybe it has a horrible lesson.

It could be something completely unappealing to kids.

Or perhaps something adults will hate to read over and over and over again.

Make sure to think of something seriously flawed.

Okay. Have you got one?

Now let’s find a way to make it work—cause it’s bound to be unique and amazing.

A baby with a mustache? That’s absurd. Who would publish that?
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Clarion. That’s who.

A vegetarian vampire? Not a chance!
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Or maybe…

A canine with intestinal problems? Potty humor is just for adult novelty books …
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… and children with a sense of humor!

In fact, a book about a paranoid…

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Pre-PiBoIdMo Day 3: Tune In with Diana Murray (plus prizes!)

I just loved this post. I think making space to notice the inspiration all around us as we walk and live or view art or nature is so precious. What a beautiful tote bag. Thanks so much Dianne for sharing. Ha! I had to laugh at the messy part. I’m like that a lot when in the midst of creative projects like exhibitions, and creating things like rewards for kickstarters.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

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Inspiration is everywhere. It’s just a matter of tuning into it. And in order to do that, you need to switch on that part of your brain that reminds you to evaluate funny or interesting or poignant experiences and ask, “Could this be inspiration for a book?” If you don’t stop to notice it, inspiration can pass you by. Of course it’s also helpful to record things right away so you won’t forget. Official PiBoIdMo journal anyone?

Here are a few ways you can tune into inspiration:

1. Look to Yourself

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When I wrote GRIMELDA: THE VERY MESSY WITCH, I started with the character trait of being messy.

Unfortunately, that’s a trait I am intimately familiar with, so I know how frustrating it can be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked around the house wearing one flip-flop, desperately trying to find the other…

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