Just a gentle reminder for everyone - the 2022 LILIWIOFE Diary is already in print. ELK Publishing is taking orders for Christmas and the New Year. You'll need to place your orders pretty swiftly, if you would like to pop it under your Christmas tree, for someone extra special.
I would love to see this diary out and about - in the hands of so many, more people. I know every year is a new beginning, but I think if one can not make a pledge to make more of one's life, at the beginning of the year - when everything is fresh as a daisy - sitting along side all of those great ideas that just haven't yet been done - when is the right time to get started?
The time is now.
Publishing this year's planner/diary I have painted with watercolour and used pen and ink for my underlying design. The LILIWIOFE theme retains its colours of purple and mauve, with a highlight of black and white. Like all of the LILIWIOFE diaries, you will find lots of inspiring quotes to get you moving; to think about life and to appreciate all that you have. Yes, it's been difficult times of late - for me included. I don't think there is anyone on the planet, who hasn't been affected by CoVid and all the associated problems that come with this unusual world event. However, I don't think we can let it define us, in all that we do and want to achieve in life. One cannot just stand still, vegetate or hide away in the closet, hoping this will just go away.
We all must bite the bullet and just live life for what it is. I mean, really live life.
Every moment is a blessing; every sunrise a gift; every breathe a bonus.
So, make a difference in your life and share your dreams. Make them a reality in which to live and prosper.
Then, go out and lend a hand - make a difference in someone else's life.
Gift them a LILIWIOFE Diary.
Christmas doesn't come around everyday and you won't always have an opportunity to say thank you, to the people you care about. Personally, I think one should say thank you, I love you, I care and I'm sorry - whenever you think about it. Life is so fleeting and before you know it - another year will have passed, another life will have extinguished and gone will be that opportunity you said, you'd get around to... Leaving it until tomorrow will be too late - there is only now to say everything you want to say.
This year, the USQ Bookcase as in previous years, served to be a great hit for all who attended. Many participants keenly cueing at the entrance, so as not to miss out on all the excitement.
With eight author workshops in toe, three panel discussions, a memorial to the late Narrelle Oliver, Masterclasses, the Annual Writing Competition and a Charity Screening of 'Don't Tell' (for the awareness of sexual abuse) - participants had a great selection from which to choose.
The 2017 'Writing for Children' workshop theme - again presented by Selina Kucks was: 'Crafting a Tale Children Will Love'. Participants enjoyed the ins and outs of the structural processes of writing, touched on key elements to remember in the crafting of children's tales and discussed the importance of engaging the senses.
The workshop allowed participants to: view the illustrator's story-boarding processes; discuss the importance of using 5W + H as a rule of thumb - as one does for the writing process and look at establishing how much of the book making process one would be willing to give up, in order to bring a story to market. Writers and illustrators alike, enjoyed the discussion of appropriate selection of illustration paper, mood and character treatment balanced alongside age appropriate character development.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is done and dusted, but it's more than just flowers. The annual event is a draw card for international visitors across the world, in particular our sister cities: Paju and Takatsuki.
The carnival offers an opportunity to create and continue making good relations for not only trade in this region, but for small businesses, education, agriculture and government.
Exchanging conversation and spending quality catch up time with local councils on both sides of the fence, is paramount to continuing these relations.
Sketa stresses the importance of learning languages at the '2016 Korean Festival' King George Square, Brisbane
Sketa talks up the need for establishing Korean Language programs - Toowoomba International Multi-Cultural Festival