December In Status Statements

3rd of December

We will have some Magic Fish Dreaming books before Christmas to send out to all you wonderful kickstarter supporters! Will let you know the day we start posting them out and they may arrive Christmas or early new year. Hooray! Our apologies for the delays beyond our control.

The sky on the 4th of December after Storms.

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5th December

The Perkins trio for want of a better name are organizing their music performance repertoire.

Just wrote the prologue to my novel — now for a writing stint on the rest, I am truly ready to write it now !

8th December

What a year it was visiting: Melbourne (family and friends), Writing Group, Visits from Friends, Meeting Writers, and time with Ruha, Temily, Marika, Shirin, Nancy, Katrin, others, writing mentor, meeting lovely writers, sharing poems, youth group

9th December

Thinking of dear David and the KG lego robotics team competing at the nationals today. They have worked so hard, and may they have the most brilliant time whatever the final result.

Saw this online and told David!

Attention all Queensland teachers! You get free entry to #HadronCollider from today until 24 December 2016.

Help us spread the good news.

Teachers may preview Hadron Collider: Step inside the World’s Greatest Experiment free of charge from 9 – 24 December 2016. 
 

14th December

Just back from watching  Arrival. Such an intriguing story. Loved it.

15th December

Finally starting to pack the Magic Fish Dreaming kickstarter packages for mailing out. Helene and I are signing the books today.

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17th December

Best feeling in the world sending parcels of Magic Fish Dreaming out into the world.. Today it heads to New Zealand and France!

18th December

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(Our friend Bashir pictured here with David, who we haven’t seen for a few years. )

Had a wonderful chat and visit on a home delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming to a friend  (Persian background and her husband is Ugandan raised in Geneva) and her family, about life, the universe, diversity and so on. So happy she was then going to read a poem for bedtime to her children and keep working on her own poetry! Also saw an old friend not seen for years and he is going to take a book to deliver to other mutual family friends who supported the kickstarter! (love saving a bit here and there on postage when I can).

19th December

Milestone, reached the half way point with the kickstarter packages for Magic Fish Dreaming being posted out. Dropped book off for consideration for sales to second book store in Brisbane. Used up all the tracking stickers at Milton post office (sorry everyone!)

84 rewards now sent, with the book heading to Philippines c/- of the wonderful  Mel Irvine in January. Magic Fish Dreaming reaching out to more places but where to next? I think tomorrow we will do Canada and the United States now I have all my customs forms and have almost finished packing them!

20th December

100 Rewards now sent, and Magic Fish Dreaming now heading to the United States and Canada! If only Dragons were real and did home deliveries. . .

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21st  December

Magic Fish Dreaming is up on the shelves at Riverbend Books. If you are over there take a picture for us! And if you don’t have a copy yet that’s the way to purchase one now in Brisbane! The book will be up on the website in a couple of days! Yay so happy our book is now at this beautiful bookshop.

Wow, all our teenagers are off with friends and our Eldest participating in a wonderful service project over the university break, empowering youth in country areas, so proud of him.

(Visited the Hadron Collider Experiment Exhibition in the morning.)

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22nd December

Today we went op shopping, and came home with a brilliant pair of binoculars, a pair of sneakers for David, a dress my daughter likes (she normally hates dresses), two saucepans, and a lovely milk jug, a small nice looking formally bed side table which we will re-purpose to solve the lack of a cupboard in the bathroom, two pretty white wicker baskets, a set of small breakfast ceramic plates all in matching white (50c each!), a comfy ottoman (with storage and so comfy to sit on) (matches everything in our house), and were able to replace three or was it four David Eddings books from a series some members of the family are rereading which were destroyed in cyclone yasi. A fun day topped off with delicious lunch time kebabs and thanking my mum years ago for creating a love for bargains!

Handy tip if you want to find a cheap wedding dress or re-purpose an ivory (as many are more ivory and cream than white) wedding dress as a formal gown, check out Milton St Vincent’s. It has several of them for between $30 to $100 and they are just gorgeous!

From Mel:

Look what just arrived! Magic Fish Dreaming the wonderful book written by my dear friend  June Perkins. June’s kickstarter campaign earlier in the year made this wonderful book possible and my order just arrived. Lovely June packed it with goodies and little extras for Jerry and the kids of Botongon. Can’t wait to take it to the Philippines and include it in Jerry’s bedtime reading. He will be so thrilled when he sees it.

Thank you, thank you June.

If you are looking for a quality book of children’s poetry filled with the Australian landscape, that speaks to community, honours indigenous ancestry and cultural diversity; then please consider this wonderful book Magic Fish Dreaming. 5 stars from Mel xx

23rd December

It is just lovely hearing from people as their books arrive! If your book has arrived like this post, and if you like add a picture here or in our Magic Fish Dreaming space.

Jacque writes:

Look what arrived for me at the post office today  June Perkins, congratulations on the book, it is divine.

24th December

Lovely day visiting friends.  Visited three families who are friends today.

(We went to visit many of the families of the youth group that we facilitate – including for dinner and played a crazy but fun game of dictionary/Balderdash)

25th December

Spent time with the Lorenz family at the Gold Coast; they were visiting from Victoria.

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26th December

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Great time swimming in the ocean with my daughter yesterday. Loving these crazy reflective sunglasses too.

December poem – A Riddle

I love the moonlight
and fade by the dawn.

I peek out from beside volcanic rocks
with my beauty.

Neighbours gather ritually
to see me dance.

Shani Mootoo writes my story
Robert Haydn too.

What am I?
Where am I?
Will you write of me too?

By June Perkins

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Journey to the Days of Plenty

It began as a post about why I write and then it led to lots of memories, especially about going hungry…

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My earliest writing experiences were about nature and food.  These were soon followed by intense emotions. My first chosen forms were short poems and a set form for school – journals. Writing of food came from not always having enough food.  I wrote of food to experience it.  I wrote to alleviate hunger.

Writing made me taste what I couldn’t have.  Writing made me dream of a house full of food when you needed it. No more stomach aches.  Beauty on a plate.    Writing gave me a new hunger -the hunger for words that do magic – that say what you want them to say – take you where you long to be.

Later I was to find out about a poet named John Clare.  He lived in poverty at the end of his life.  He wrote on scraps of old paper.  He too wrote of nature. Nature was…

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Somewhere is the Memory of

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Somewhere is the memory of who I was – the wide-eyed child with serious looks, who was quiet many times when others spoke, yet a chatterbox with her closest friends.

Does she shape me now that curious shy girl and tell me how far I’ve truly come in the journey of my life?

She made imaginary worlds on paper, mapped their details, cultures and characters.

She listed all her pet cats, named them and drew them in various poses.

Gradually she grew into a teenager. She took to writing in multicoloured rainbow pens and decorating notebooks as if they were art.  Sometimes she wrote in purple inspired by her friend Isobel.  I think she might have wanted to be an archaeologist or a healer of some sort.

She scribbled down every crush and every detailed moment she thought the crush might be shared, followed by every detailed moment it definitely wasn’t.

She wrote journal after journal but one day she chucked them all out.

Goodbye to my teenage self she said ‘I don’t need to remember things that were sad or difficult, I want to move on.’

But within those books was the journey of her life of –  a brother in hospital, who might have never lived,  Sky lab landings, and all the times she was happy or fought with her family.  She listed books she read and food she liked to eat.  She was the historian of her own life.

Everything poured out onto paper, but then she released and detached.  She wanted to move beyond pages out into the world, because sometimes she felt trapped in her journals, like an Emily Dickinson, who couldn’t go beyond her home.

I look back at that child and teenager and know she shaped me now.  She lived, observed and wrote of all around her.  She learnt to let go of things she couldn’t change and she could look to the future.  Writing was her shaper, and she shaped her writing.

She grew up to be a mother, a wife, and blogger.

Yet, moving on, looking at the old woman I will become, I hang onto my present day notebooks, and blogs.  I photograph for memories and go back collecting my past.

I call to her that curious shy girl and say, ‘tell me a story from a journal you once wrote in.’

I call to the multi-coloured pen girl and smell the scent of her perfumed biro musings.

Past, and present me have made peace with each other.

I wonder if future me will be happy to leave her writings out in the world, I can’t know for sure as I reach her I will become present.

She is forever beyond reach.

Inspired by the Who Shaped Me project for ABC Open, this month’s  Pearlz Dreaming blog theme will be about the people who inspire me and there are lots of them! Goal 19 pieces on Who Shaped Me.