As progress has been moving on with the first book in the Spiritual Heritage for Children Series, I have have been discussing it with my daughter and her boys, for whom the stories were written.
I felt it honored the boys to have the stories published with their real names – as the stories were written. After our discussions, we agreed the characters would have a fictitious name so they could develop with traits that did not reflect on the boys. As there will be a number of stories in the series, it gives me artistic license to develop the characters in any way I choose.
Finally, I have the application for the Regional Arts Development Fund grant almost ready to put in to the local committee through the North Burnett Regional Council. There was an article in the last local paper to announce that the NBRC had received $75,000 in funding from the main RADF fund, for distribution to local applicants.
THAT’S HUGE! I hope I will be blessed to receive some.
I have been thinking a little outside the box, for ways to raise funds to pay for more illustrations. Last week, I looked over the beautiful Pelargoinums plants ( known to most people as geraniums) in my bush house. There are eight beds of plants all in full flower. This is totally unknown for me at this time of year, as a usual winter will frost them so badly, I would normally be cutting off all the burnt ends to tidy them up; with not a flower to be seen. The local Monto Dairy Festival was held last week, and there was a farmers market in the main street prior to the grand parade. For the first time in seven years, I took and named cuttings for sale. I had a sell out day and made enough money to pay for two extra illustrations – it far exceeded my expectations.
This weekend we have a local market which is held monthly. Because it is a long weekend, with the end of school holidays and a reunion of one of the district’s small schools, I am going to see if I can repeat the experience of last weekend