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The Picture Book Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a picture book writing workshop.

It was hosted by the fabulous 100 Story Building crew.

100 Story Building is a not-for-profit organisation that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to foster their creativity  whilst developing their literacy skills at the same time. Awesome!

Our “teacher” was Sally Rippin.

Sally is an award-winning writer and illustrator.

The Wifey and I have bought her books for our niece. Did I think to bring any of these books to get signed?….No.

During the workshop we were given numerous writing exercises.

One of the exercises required us to think back on our childhood.

We had to look at scenarios as if experiencing them for the first time.

We could either think of a….

  • favourite place
  • significant person
  • an event that felt like a big deal

Then we had 2 minutes to write.

I chose “an event”  and this is what I came up with….

The noise is deafening. I can’t see who’s winning, I’m too short. I’m surrounded by legs. Lots of legs. Coloured scarves and flags wave past me. I jump but still can’t see so I give up and sit on the hard gravel. A stone pokes my bum. I’m glad I brought my colouring books. The siren sounds. It’s so loud that I block my ears. The game is over. I look up at my Mum. We didn’t win….again!

100 Story Building is an amazing set-up complete with manhole and a secret reading nook hidden behind a bookshelf. Unbelievably, I didn’t think to take photos. So here’s a giant lunchbox instead….





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The Practice Run

It’s been way too long. 

I don’t want to let The Wifey down…. or her clients.

I definitely need to practice. 

I dust off my photography brain and reacquaint my hands with the digital SLR.

I need an interesting location, a variety of lighting scenarios and someone to be my model.

The Wifey and her office would make the perfect candidate. This is how I saw her morning….









I think I’m now ready for a New Year’s Eve wedding in the bush….Keep you posted.


The Trip #1

Last year, The Wifey and I were married in Vancouver, Canada. It was an amazing experience (if you so desire, you can relive it here) and since our trip started around this time last year, I’m having MAJOR withdrawals. Is it ridiculous that I am jealous of me from last year?

So, anyway, I thought I’d share some pics from our trip. Don’t worry I won’t bombard you with too many but at least you’ll understand why I’m going through withdrawals.

First stop on our trip was Disneyland because, well….why wouldn’t you? It was our pre-wedding gift to ourselves. With a 3 day pass in hand, this was:


Before arriving at Disneyland, a Melburnian must endure a 14 hour flight to Los Angeles. The key to surviving such a flight is to make yourself as comfortable as possible….


We’ve arrived!!!



Rides are a must. Especially ones that involve water on a hot day….


The Star Tours ride was not the GF’s (then girlfriend, soon to be Wifey) friend and it resulted in her throwing up in the bushes. It wasn’t all bad though….we scored some free badges!


A highlight of Disneyland is the parade. If you get there early, you’ll have unhindered views….


What an awesome way to start our wedding trip! Stay tuned tomorrow for day 2 and 3!

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The Awesomely Lame Joke #3

That last post was a bit morbid, wasn’t it?!

Here’s an awesomely lame joke to make up for it. (Please take the time to appreciate the use of props)

Donatello, Neo and Buzz Lightyear walk into a bar…..

You’d think one of them would have seen it!!

3 guys

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The Awesomely Lame Joke #2

Hi kids!!

Two blog posts in one night…WHOA!! Keep your pants on everyone!

If you follow me on twitter you would have already seen this but if not, ENJOY!

What do you call a dinosaur in high heels?

MYFEETARESAURUS!!!! (My-feet-are-sore-us!)


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The Awesomely Lame Joke #1

I love a lame joke. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone roll their eyes or mock laugh at an awesomely lame joke. You know you’ve succeeded in telling an awesomely lame joke when you get this reaction. It’s the best feeling.

So, because I want to spread the warm fuzzies, I’ve decided  to enlighten you with my favourite, awesomely lame jokes. I can tell you’re excited! I can feel it oozing from the screen.

And, just to make the experience that much more rewarding, I’m even accompanying these jokes with some awesomely lame drawings by yours truly! WOW!!

Ok, so my first awesomely lame joke is a 3 parter. If you follow me on twitter (which you really should because it’s me at my finest in 140 characters or less. An achievement in itself!), you would have already seen this so you get to relive the hilarity. If not, ENJOY!

Q1. Why did the koala fall out of the tree?

A. Because it was dead.

Q2. Why did the second koala fall out of the tree?

A. Because it was on the first koala’s back.

Q3. Why did the third koala fall out of the tree?


 BOOM BOOM!! Aaaaaaaaaagh, classic!

As you could imagine, the response from the twitterverse was positive (no face palms or non-smiley faces AT ALL!).

When a fellow tweeter stated, “Shouldn’t that be koalaball?” (instead of cannonball), a pretty amazing exchange took place. I revised my original drawing to accomodate the “koalaball” and the tweeter who asked.

Here’s the new and improved version…


Not to be outdone, the fellow tweeter (@alanapaints) even got in on the action with her own drawing…


See, awesomely lame jokes bring people together and I don’t care what you say, you’ll be telling this joke to your friends….you just wait!


The Competition

Here’s a shout out to any LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi or transgender) couples in Melbourne. My wifey, and professional photographer, Lauren is offering a FREE “Loved Up” shoot to one lucky LGBT couple. All you have to do is submit a photo of yourselves plus tell your story and where you’d like the shoot to take place if you won. Simple!!

Check out Lauren’s website, LJM Photography, for further details and, you too, could have photos as cute and adorable as ours! Hehe!

Images by Nordica Photography.