I have always loved writing. From as early as I can remember I used to write stories, songs and poems. They were scribbled on bits of paper, written in notebooks and tucked away in wait for the day that I would be famous. I am no longer waiting for that day.
Through different phases of my life writing featured more or less prominently depending upon other choices and distractions, but has always been there.
One thing I loved about teaching, in addition to the wonderful children and the opportunity to support them on their learning journeys, was the opportunity it gave me to be creative. My stories, poems, songs and lessons always had an appreciative audience.
Now I am preparing to share my writing with a wider audience. This blog is the first step in the process. My ultimate goal is to establish a website with a variety of resources for children, parents and teachers. These resources include ebooks, book apps, interactive learning and teaching resources, reading resources and support for parents and teachers.
The main focus of my blog is education but I also post snippets of other more recreational writing e.g. short stories, songs and poems as I enjoy writing in a range of genres and for a variety of purposes.
While I am proud of the educational writing that has already been published, and of much that I have written that is not yet published, I still dream of one day seeing my name on the cover of a “real” book, of being a published author. Whether or not I achieve that goal is probably of lesser importance than my ability to keep working towards it.
At the moment I am thinking more of self-publishing, mainly on my future website, as I am not sure how else to market the range of materials I have written. However I recently discovered the TEACHERSpayTEACHERS website and have initially set up a store there in order to gauge whether it may be a more viable option.
The drawer full of rejection slips for short stories and picture book ideas halted (but did not extinguish) my quest in that direction. I had more success with educational writing and was temporarily satisfied with writing I could do to enhance my teaching. Now that’s about to change as I stride towards my goal.
A Thank You For in Beauty Is . . . an Anthology of young Verse Refulgence Publishers (age 16)
Education is . . . Linkletter, Meanjin Reading Association, 1983 Articles
The Bionic Man – Cloze with a difference in Reading Around, Australian Reading Association, 1981
Baby’s Play Mat, Have Fun Will Travel, Australian Women’s Weekly, 1990
To School or not to School, Classroom Magazine, Ashton Scholastic, 1993
Materials to support educational software
Discovering Bush Rescue, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1989
Vegetable Patch, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1990
Fleetfoot Express, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992
Clockwise, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992
The Land of Um, Greygum Software, Brisbane, 1995 (Republished in UK by topologika software as Scally’s World of Problems; now also available in the App Store as The Land of Um.)
Saltwater Crocodiles (for the Spinout Stories) Greygum Software, Brisbane, 2002
Employment as a writer
At various times throughout my career I have been employed as a writer; my most recent employment being with Education Queensland as an early childhood science writer writing unit plans and overviews, lesson plans, and teaching and learning resources for use mainly in years one and two.
I was previously employed by Education Queensland for two brief writing projects in the mid-nineties; one involved writing maths and literacy materials for years one and two, and the other involved writing a support package for parents.
Writing Skills Years 3 – 4, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000
Writing Skills Years 5 – 6, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000
English Action 6, Oz Educational, 2001 Macmillan
English Focus on Text Level 5, Macmillan, 2001
Ausmaths 4 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002
Ausmaths 5 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002
Literacy Teaching Notes for Real World Maths Book Just for Fun, Mimosa Shortland, 2000
I am hoping to add to the list in the near future with some manuscripts finished and others on the way.