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Ssshhh … genius at work

Ssshhh … genius at work | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Shut up.
No, really. Just shut up.
Zip the lip. Bolt your cake hole. Button your trap. Fermez la bouche.
That’s better.
Now turn off your iPod. Pull the earbuds out.
Now, do you hear that?
That strange whooshing noise in your ears?
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Hello from Sandy

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I'm proud of the work of Australian authors and illustrators (and thrilled to be one of them). OKYAI is where you can find out about all the wonderful things my colleagues and friends do. www.samuraikids.com.au www.sandyfussell.com 

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I’m in heaven … the writerly kind

I’m in heaven … the writerly kind | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I’ve settled well in my Fellowship Creative Time Residency in the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust‘s gorgeous apartment in Norwood. It’s cosy, roomy and well set up for their chosen Fellows.
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Clear the Decks to Inspire Creativity

Clear the Decks to Inspire Creativity | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Some people might see tidying up as procrastination to delay starting that new project, but I find that if I’m embarking on a new work I need to clean my workspace, and file away old ideas, old manuscripts.
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Choosing Character Names

Choosing Character Names | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Are you having trouble naming your characters?
At the moment I'm in the process of changing the names of the main characters in my work in progress.
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Meet me at Federation Square

Meet me at Federation Square | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
If anyone is in the vicinity of Melbourne on Sat 13 June, I’ll be drawing at the Books Illustrated stall in Federation Square Book Market and the fabulous Ann Haddon will be selling signed copies of Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein,...
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Riley and the Jumpy Roo is off to the Palace!

Riley and the Jumpy Roo is off to the Palace! | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Riley and the Jumpy Roo is off to the Palace!
The ACT Government have most kindly chosen Roo as their official gift for the new Royal baby, Princess Charlotte.
What a thrill! Thank you, Chief Minister!
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Not drowning, juggling

Not drowning, juggling | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
My, but I’ve been quiet lately, haven’t I? I blame it on the juggling. Sometimes I’m so busy watching all the balls in the air that I fail to look down and realise that my feet haven’t touched the ground in weeks.
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How to make a picture book in a day

How to make a picture book in a day | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Narrogin Primary School kids are creative legends. Last August I got to hang out with 20 of them, making a picture book in a day.
Impossible! I hear you cry. What form of sorcery is this? It cannot be done!
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Two guys, two girls and a weeping face …

Two guys, two girls and a weeping face … | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I was seven when the eighties ended. As a teenager in the nineties, I used to say this with a degree of pride – after all, the eighties were the era that style forgot, weren’t they?
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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Book Launch

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Book Launch | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
SQUEE! I’m launching my children’s picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as a FUN interactive children’s pantomime.  (I can’t wait!
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Flying by the Seat of my Pants

Flying by the Seat of my Pants | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Fleering … Shakespearian for grinning. Who would have thought? Do you know that you can paint in the bath using your ArtGraf water-soluble graphite block in its handy tin and a brush.
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The Risks of Research

The Risks of Research | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
After leaving Amsterdam, my head full of all the things I’d learned at the SCBWI Europolitan Conference, we headed to Paris to spend time researching for my next book.
This one is a YA adventure set in Paris called Paris Hunting.
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Poetry Friday: Repetition

Poetry Friday: Repetition | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
It’s Poetry Friday and I have been thinking about repetition.
It’s Poetry Friday and I have been thinking about repetition. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!).
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Poetry Friday: The Owl and the Pussycat

Poetry Friday: The Owl and the Pussycat | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I was very spoilt on Mother’s Day last Sunday: with company, with phonecalls, with flowers and chocolate and gifts.
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Author Interview - Feeling happy with Nicky Johnston

Author Interview - Feeling happy with Nicky Johnston | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
As the flurries of anxieties created by recent NAPLAN testings settle, I am reminded that even the youngest of minds can be beset with worries, which may manifest themselves so firmly within a child’s physchie that they become dangerously...
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Behold the Art Deco glory of the Padua Theatre, Brunswick!

Behold the Art Deco glory of the Padua Theatre, Brunswick! | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I’ve been doing some research on the great picture palaces of 1930s/1940s Melbourne.
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Inspiring Kids and Teens to Read and Write

Inspiring Kids and Teens to Read and Write | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
How do you get teenagers interested in reading and writing things other than text messages?
This is the question posed to me by ABC Brisbane Drive host Rebecca Levingston. And, above, you can click and listen to what I had to say.
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Melbourne High Tea at Leonda by the Yarra hosted by Dymocks Camberwell, Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and me!

Melbourne High Tea at Leonda by the Yarra hosted by Dymocks Camberwell, Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and me! | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I am soooooo excited to finally be able to announce our HUGE Melbourne High Tea event which will take place on Sunday 21 June at the very beautiful Leonda By the Yarra reception centre at Hawthorn.  Doors will open at 12.30pm for a 1.30pm start.
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Book TV

Book TV | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I've been touring recently and doing lots of TV interviews about Two Wolves' CBCA award shortlisting and the release of My Life & Other Massive Mistakes.
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On fevers, writing induced and otherwise

On fevers, writing induced and otherwise | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
This morning I decided I would become cooler and more restrained, not share so much. I put this into immediate action by announcing it down at the surf, at which point the crows fell off their bench because they were laughing so hard.
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blog 79: In which I discover that April actually wasn’t the cruelest month and so far May hasn’t been too bad either.

blog 79: In which I discover that April actually wasn’t the cruelest month and so far May hasn’t been too bad either. | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Yes it’s catch-up time again because as per usual I have failed in my commitment to blog more regularly.
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Spectacular School Presentations Seminar

Spectacular School Presentations Seminar | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
Want to expand your writing or illustrating career with school visits? Come join me for this intensive two-hour seminar at the ACT Writers Centre this Saturday 16 May from 10 to 12pm.
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Keeping part of the 'finish' mantra

Keeping part of the 'finish' mantra | OZKYAI | Scoop.it
I've had a few moments to unearth some early writing, to either recycle it physically or to recycle it into a new more vibrant poem, picking the best bits out for restoration.
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