Last Saturday The Ten Penners had a wonderful and busy meeting.
James Blomberg the son of our Lorraine Blomberg who created the covers of both ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’. She contributed stories including ‘The Big Squeeze’, a novella, and the memorable ‘Tree of Trolls’ a rhyming story with illustrations to match.
James brought in a large art folder of works she created during her lifetime. Several ready to be put into production as children’s picture books. We suggested ways James might be able to get her work published and that we would certainly hold her memory dear.
We intend to dedicate our next anthology to Lorraine.
Here is one of the intricate and memorable illustrations she created. I have a story idea that might go with this and be added to our next book.
The Ten Penners Christmas meeting will be at Marion’s pool side common area on the 3rd December. We are looking forward to sharing our joy of creating stories then along with delicious treats.
Marion has just seen her beautiful daughter Starla go to her school formal. She is now free to explore a graphic design course next year. And it seemed like yesterday she was in our little Fan-tas-tic-al Tales launch play at Gold Coast Writers meeting in 2009.
Reflecting that the children in our lives are growing up fast. My grand daughters are now six and seven and exploring the world in ways we could never have imagined in our childhood.
They have never known a world without colour tv’s, computers or iphones.
When Maria did a school assignment she asked me about my life growing up and one question was – did you have a horse and cart? I’m not quite that old, I replied. But my grandmother did.
So far our next anthology has a variety of stories from aliens visiting Earth and finding us too hostile. Some picture poetry, a follow up to a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called Red Beard the Pirate, another about a shrinking boy, a novella about a flying boy, a little girl who has a best friend in her talking teddy bear who manages to get her into trouble and then saves her – twice. It’s all coming together and we hope to be on track to publish in the first half of next year.
The Ten Penners are gathering new stories for the next anthology. It’s exciting and with Christmas not far away, the ideas are gathering momentum. I wrote another little story yesterday as a second adventure for Trinny. It’s all coming together!
This is Kate channeling her inner Kylie Cooper for Halloween. If you don’t know who Kylie Cooper is you need to buy a copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales for the youngster or young at heart in your life. It would be a great Christmas present and its only $3.99 on Amazon
The Ten Penners will be having our next monthly meeting at Broadbeach Library Community Room on Saturday 5th November from 10 am to 12 noon. We are working on our next anthology with cover ideas, new stories being written.
It’s a five week month. So, we have to wait a bit longer for our face to face catch up. But, there’s been a lot going in the Anthology Project page on FaceBook. Stories, titles, and cover ideas. It’s all happening! Our new members Julie Baythorpe, Elli Housden and Louisa Wright will add a new texture to our stories. Perhaps we could persuade Jill Ford (yes the other Jill) to return to add her wit and quirky stories to the mix?
I had been trying for some time to catch up with a former member of Ten Penner’s in Lorraine Blomberg. I took this picture of her when I presented her with a copy of my little story I wrote to accompany her drawing. It was an entry in the Gold Coast Writers Paint and Prose competition in 2012. She was ill at the time and I had hoped her health would improve.
I put a post on my blog on the 2nd November 2012.
Just days ago I managed to contact her father in law who informed me she succumbed to cancer two years ago. I was most upset. First that she had passed, and second that we didn’t know.
She was a wonderful person, a very talented artist and a generous contributor to the writing, editing and compilation of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. She painted the cover and was very fussy about the colour in the final publication. We will be dedicating our next book to her. The Ten Penners miss our dear friend Lorraine.