Blog! Stuff! Books!

Things are super busy here in my world. Working on my new book, which has transformed itself into also being part of my PhD. Also working on my thesis, which I'm enjoying so much more than I thought I would. I love literary criticism! Who knew? I'm also super busy at various schools, festivals and other events. I'm really enjoying being a host for The Wheeler Centre's Texts In The City program - I'm reading lots of things I've always meant to read, and rereading some old favourites. I do a lot of talking about my own books, so it's very refreshing to be able to talk about someone else's! And I get to do more of that on Monday night when I'm Q&Aing with the wonderful Patrick Ness at the Athenaeum.

And next Saturday I get to talk with Penni Russon at the Emerging Writers Festival, which will be excellent.

Other things that are going on include: I have an awesome new friend through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Achievers program, which I'm totally loving, except tomorrow we are playing laser tag and I'm a bit scared.

There's also lots of house and garden stuff going on around here, and to avoid boring you all with endless photos of plans and plants, I've started a garden blog. But there are some literary connections, because there is some sneaky gardening in my next book.

SPEAKING OF BOOKS. Remember how I wrote that book called The Zigzag Effect which came out two months ago? Well people seem to really like it, which is great. I'm enjoying performing magic tricks (okay, trick. I only know one) at schools and reading out scenes that contain buckets full of wee.