This year has been insanely busy but also very productive and rewarding. I launched my debut title, The Trouble in Tune Town, which went on to win two awards, most recently the ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s), and was also named Finalist for another two. I finessed my YA manuscript, Freefalling, as part of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW’s Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program that I won last year. As part of my KSP Fellowship, I spent a few weeks in rustic cabin in the Perth hills, where I worked on two of my plays. I started a Little Library which has been embraced by our local community, and joined the local CBCA committee and the review team for the national body’s online publication, Reading Time. I was awarded a grant to workshop and develop Fragments, my youth monologue project on mental health. The Australian Cultural Fund matched the funds I raised, bringing Fragments to the stage for one week in November, superbly directed by James Hartley. I’ll be digging deep into this work again in the lead-up to the Canberra production as part of Bundanon’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program. The downside: I’m tired … and very much looking forward to a relaxing break over the holidays before gearing up for a busy 2019! Happy holidays to everyone!