I have fun news to share! This year I got to see my name in print!!!!
Actually I got published for the first time at age 14, or maybe it was 13- I forget. A little poem I wrote got to be in the national newspapers in Singapore. Note that I am using the word "poem" very loosely - it rhymed, it was a bit funny, and it was a satire of the reigning teen fashion culture of the day. I am also using the word "national" loosely, since we had only one newspaper in the entire country. I was barely out of primary school, myself quite awkwardly put together and there I was telling a great many complete strangers what I thought of the way other people dressed. The gall.
But back to the present.
While it isn't poetry, and it isn't the newspapers, the October issue of Disney's Family Fun magazine
ran a feature on my cardboard Faraway Tree!
And I really like their adaptation of it!
I was so excited that I showed the husband and told Mum and Dad and mailed them a copy all the way to Singapore, and did a merry little jig around the room and thought I'd tell you all too. Then the kids got sick and I got waylaid by Mother Duties. During that time, some of you emailed me to say you'd seen the article, and did I know that Family Fun had done a tutorial on the same thing that was on my blog? So here I am at last to say, "Hoo, yes, I did know, and I am thrilled!" Let me also tell you that I appreciate all those emails you guys sent - not only for your being happy for me, but because it sorta felt like you were watching my back. It's a nice feeling!
Here are a few more publications this year that featured stuff I've done.
The delightful indie magazine, CROQzine,
published my early post on drafting.
Plumetis Magazine, the beautiful French online magazine
featured a couple of my projects - that windblown outdoor pavilion
This is the UK-based Handmade Living:
There I am!
Lots of gorgeous crafts
and recipes I want to try
And finally, although not a print publication, those wooden mini donuts were in the Cardboard Tube Summer Crafts feature on one of Martha Stewart's blogs!
All very exciting and such an honor, each and every one of those features!
P.S. Alterations update: Down to the last and most tedious one - the husband's button-down shirt. Nothing like alterations to keep one's head deflated and out of the clouds. When I've finished it, I'll be like an animal uncaged. Already I've been planning a giant cardboard dollhouse for Jenna's birthday present. I took a look at her bedroom and decided we'll have to get rid of some of her furniture to make room for it. Eeeeeeeeeeee! Don't tell her!
P.P.S. Tune in Monday for another fun announcement and a giveaway I'm sure you'll love! No, of course I haven't written a book, silly. I can barely get my children's school forms filled out on time and sent to the correct teachers, let alone write manuscripts.