Book Week – Bookmaking in Junior Primary

I had a lovely visit last week to my daughter’s school. The students from Junior Primary, were very enthused about their current book making projects. I visited 7 classes, and read my book to each class, with many laughs and giggles. One student requested, ‘Could you read the blurb first?’ and no one had any idea what a navel was, as we all call it a belly button now! So while the teachers thought the ‘inventive Automatic Navel Fluff Extractor Machine’ was hilarious, the picture was essential for the children to understand. I thought it made a good discussion point on how important the illustrations are for ‘showing’ the story. Or maybe it should have been an ‘Automatic Belly Button Fluff Extractor Machine!

Then we had question time, and I gave them an activity. What would Delia invent next?  You can write it down and/or draw a picture. 

I was amazed by all the incredibly colourful drawings that were created as I went around and talked to the kids about how their inventions worked.  There were many re-invented earmuffs, alot of hot air balloons, tool boxes with magical things inside, treasure maps and portals into other times and worlds! Everyone was so full of smiles and enthusiasm.

Thank you to all teachers and students for a fun day. Keep up the great work with your wonderful writing projects.



The cutest thing happened……

Hi , I just needed to share this with you all!

We were enjoying a lovely sunny Winters’ day in the park with some friends and our children.

My friend’s daughter had purchased a cute pair of leopard print earmuffs. I was told Delia was the influence of her new fashion accessory!

‘Who is your favourite character from the book?’ I asked. ‘Delia!’ She replied. Then, on cue she turned to my daughter and they recited this in unison:

The little girl said loudly,
‘Mummy, those earmuffs look really nice.’

But Delia heard,
‘Mummy, those earmuffs look like bowls of mice.’

If that’s not the best review!

Thank you ladies!


If I had a year, where would I live? Timed Writing Challenge

Thanks to Priceless Joy, I am participating in this Timed Writing Challenge/Stream of Conscience Writing, of either 5 or 10 minutes. You may like to give it a go yourself, so I’m nominating YOU.

The topic is:

‘If I could live anywhere in the world I wanted to for one year, rent or mortgage free, where would that be?”

Easy, my favourite place in the world is The Grampians, Victoria, Australia. I always feel completely at peace with the world when I am here. I have done a lot of healing there over the years, and the mountain ranges ‘speak’ to me their magic. The hiking is fantastic, and the views when you reach the summit are breathtaking.

I have wonderful family memories of my Mother, there too. We were once looking outside the kitchen window at two beautiful blue wrens dancing with each other, and we marvelled at this sight we shared, I will never forget that. Many nights by the fire toasting marshmallows, talking about everything.

The other places would be Paris, a little apartment in a small town on the outskirts, eating fresh baguettes and cheese every day. Rome for its incredible daily walk in history. The Swiss alps in a log cabin, hiking, reading and lots of apple strudel and hot chocolate.

End of ten minute timed writing. (140 words approx.)

These are the rules:

Open an MS Word document (or Pages)

1. Set a stopwatch or your mobile to five minutes or ten minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat.

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you begin writing, do not stop.

4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS Word (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules).

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post, write down ‘No. of words = ______’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within that time frame.

7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least five bloggers).

8. Please put a pingback to this post on your completed free-writing piece.

My nominees are: YOU (Please accept this challenge)

I decided not to nominate anyone specifically, but to nominate anyone that would like to try this challenge. If you are reading this, then you are nominated by me, @Deliawrites. It is a lot of fun and really doesn’t take much time to participate. I hope you will accept this challenge.

Your topic choices to write about are:

If you could live anywhere in the world you wanted to for one year, rent or mortgage free, where would that be?


What is your most favorite book of all time? Tell me all about it.

OR BOTH, as I plan on doing. Enjoy!

Delia’s Perfectly Pink Earmuffs now at Dymocks Glenelg, SA!

Today, I managed to pluck up enough courage and ask my local bookshop if they sell self-published books. The Manager said he would be delighted to support a local writer! You can put your book on consignment for as long as it takes to sell. Who knew?

I have had many people ask which bookshop they can get hold of a copy of my book and tell friends, so now I can say, ‘Dymocks Bookshop, Jetty Road, Glenelg! Tell your friends!’

Dymocks Glenelg have a fantastic selection of children’s books (and grown up ones too, but I always end up down the back!) many new releases, and lots of classics too. They also have an upstairs floor with many great bargains. Check it out for yourself!

A BIG thank you to Dan and his staff at Dymocks, Glenelg for putting Delia’s Perfectly Pink Earmuffs onto their shelves!

PLEASE support your local bookshop wherever you live.