Writer’s Group Meet #4 @TheYAPage

Heyo Bookaholics!

The best day of every month!

I haven’t had much time to write recently and to top it all off, I’ve been stuck at a single roadblock in my story. That was until Friday afternoon! Friday afternoon I somehow managed to fully outline my novel #REALISE, and on Saturday morning while I waited fifteen minutes for the train, I finalised my first chapter!

This is super exciting for me as I’ve been struggling so hard to perfect the plot of this novel and make it relevant to the YA audience I have directed it towards. It is my goal to make this my first finished manuscript and I just want it to be awesome!

The Writer’s Meet

We all met up at Mr Tulk on Swanston St in the city and had a hearty brunch and a wonderful chat about all the bookish things!

We let each other know about the books we are all reading and our feelings about them, as well as our current writing projects and how they’re coming along.

After we ate, we got to writing and I can now finally confirm that my word count is at 16,500 words! This is perfect and right where I want to be at 10 chapters in.

The Crew!

Photo courtesy of @TheYAPage on Instagram

There was a smaller group than usual this month, and it turned out to just be a girls brunch! I had so much fun and as I am going to these meetups I am becoming more comfortable writing with other people around me. Sitting in silence with friends is always a challenge, but when you are all writing and have the opportunity to workshop and discuss your work, it is truly something to be treasured.

As always I am so grateful for these events and I cannot wait to share my first chapter on the Facebook group and be open to feedback that may come my way.

#REALISE has turned into a partially own voices contemporary romantic-ish novel that is still being developed and currently will end at chapter 23 (if all goes to plan).

Comment below if you’re writing anything, or if you have a group that you write and workshop with.

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Underdog Book Launch! The Most Down To Earth Book Event <3

Heyo Bookaholics!

The Most Down-To-Earth Book Event Ever!

On Friday the 15th of March I attended the book launch for Underdog, a #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories based on what it is like to be an Australian. The novel is named after the new publishing company of the same name, started by the book’s editor Tobias Madden.

The event was held at Dymocks books on Collins St. in Melbourne’s CBD. It is the biggest Dymocks – and probably the biggest book store – in the city and maybe even the state!

Warning: Photos may be blurry because I was shaking a lot more that day and I was taking photos on my phone.

What is Underdog?

Edited by Tobias Madden (@tobias_madden), Underdog is a celebration of the once humble hashtag, turned global phenomenon #LoveOzYa! The anthology is a collection of diverse short stories of our wonderful nation’s ever-changing diverse and beautifully inclusive culture. The stories are sometimes political, very queer and overall, a giant love letter to Australia.

You can read more about the novel on the Underdog website!

The Launch!

Sarah from @TheYARoom lead the interview for the launch, with Shaun on camera and Bianca on social media duty. Sarah asked questions to each of the seven authors and did an amazing job with name pronunciation for that is always the hardest part, as all booktubers and bookaholics alike will understand.

My favourite part was when Tobias spoke about how Underdog started. How it exploded from a dream and just a sh*t ton about of effort and determination. He has people who have stuck by him throughout the whole journey and… well please watch the video 🙂

Melbourne Authors:

Photo from: Jes’ Instagram: @ageekwithahat

(left to right) Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Tobias Madden, KM Stamer-Squair, Cassi Dorian, Sophie L. Macdonald.

All Other Authors: Sofia Casanova, Stacy Malacari, Felicity Martin, Kaneana may, Sarah Taviani, Vivian Wei.

Favourite Part!

Jes Layton is known as @ageekwithahat on all social media and is someone who I have interacted with at many bookish events and is just wonderful to talk to. She was having her own copy of underdog signed by people who asked for her signature. I think this is the coolest thing ever!

The whole event was just so humbling. It was plainly obvious that these authors couldn’t even believe it themselves that they could now see their writing on shelves, let alone in the biggest Dymocks in the city! Everyone was just so down to earth and genuinely excited and awestruck that everyone had come out to see them and celebrate their little stories in such a big way!

I’m so proud of every single one of them and all the other authors who I haven’t had the chance to meet, and to Tobias who made everything from a single crazy thought. Amazing!

Look Out For My Author Interview with Jes Layton on my blog!

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Gemina Book Launch and Signing

 Hey Ho Bookaholics!

Today the theme is blue, because I have some amazing Gemina news to share with you!

Last night I went to the Victorian State Library to attend the Book Launch for Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I forced my dad to come along with me and he (surprisingly) enjoyed the event.

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Moomba Monday!!

(This post is a colab with Alexa.V.Photography.)

As you may have gathered from my recent Instagram spam; Alexa, Siobhan and I attended the Labour Day Moomba Parade which is an event that has been held annually in the city of Melbourne for 60 many years.

Moomba festival is celebrated over the four-day Labour Day long weekend, from the first Friday to the second Monday in March. The parade is held on the Labour Day holiday on Monday and consists of floats and performers which highlight the cultural diversity present in the city of Melbourne. At the end of the parade, the Moomba King and Queen ride by on the final float, waving to a cheering crowd.

 

 

The King and Queen of this years Moomba parade are Michelle Payne and her brother Stevie. In 2015, Michelle was the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup horse race, so it is only fitting that a champion should be crowned Queen of such an event like thi one.

My friends and I didn’t have good spots to watch the parade from, as we waited a while before walking down to where it was being held, so we ended up sitting a few metres away from the road and could not see most of the performers but we didn’t miss the floats.

 

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The floats thankfully were huge! We were able to see most of them from where we were standing at a tram stop.

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Australian Open

19/1/2015 – Australian Open Tennis; Day 1

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I know it’s really late, but last Monday I went to the first day of the Australian Open Tennis. I had a ‘court hopper’ pass that granted me access to all of the courts in Melbourne Park with the exception of Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena.

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