Singapore Surprise

The blog has been quiet, as I’ve had lots of time travelling, firstly to Brisbane, for school and bookshop visits, followed by an unexpected (short notice) trip to Singapore to catch up with our son (briefly!) and experience the richly diverse country that he is calling ‘home’.

One morning in Singapore I was delighted to discover a long-tailed macaque monkey in the bushes by our motel pool. Seeing animals in zoos (like the luscious Singapore Zoo, which we did enjoy later in the week – with monkeys!) is always lovely – but when they pop up, in the wild… that is super-something-special! I snapped lots of pics of our furry friend.

Singapore Surprise

Ruminating

Shakespeare

A little later, a comment on an Instagram post reminded me that this was Notables Day – when the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced the longlist of books for the 2018 Book of the Year Awards. I had been monkeying around, completely unawares… Curious, I checked Twitter to see who had made the list… My Notifications had gone a little crazy, (And so did I!) because ‘Too Many Friends’ was named as a Younger Readers Notable Book – the first time, I’ve had a book on the longlist!

I think the surprise factor will always be my favourite part of this memory – and the monkey! I love that I was hanging out with a monkey, blissfully unaware of this auspicious news!

(I hope there are many more monkeys in my future! 😉 )

It was so lovely to catch up with fellow UQP author, Pip Harry for a celebration at Sarnies the next day. Pip is an Aussie author living in Singapore, and her YA novel, ‘Because of You’ made the Older Readers Notables list, so there were smiles all round! And such fun to share the joy, so far from home!

There are so many great books on the list – from friends and writers I have long admired. I am still mighty chuffed to be sharing space with them!

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This post is a part of the Poetry Friday link-up around the blogosphere.

You’ll find more poetry posts, including Tips for Teachers, at Today’s Little Ditty.

Thanks, Michelle!

 

 

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30 comments

  1. I love hearing about that monkey, so near, and your poems/pics, but that second picture is absolutely fabulous! And, congratulations on the honor for your book. that, too, is fabulous!

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  2. Yep, the following sounds like you, Kat. 🙂 Congratulations!!!

    From https://trustedpsychicmediums.com/spirit-animals/monkey-spirit-animal/

    Do Monkeys Symbolise Good Luck?

    The monkey spirit animal is a powerful symbol of good luck. This is because it represents a playful and lighthearted version of yourself.

    The meaning of the monkey seeks to awaken your youthful and cheerful spirit, and the inner child in you. When you have all these wonderful things working for you, you can achieve anything!

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    • Youthful, cheerful spirit is an encouraging image to have, especially at this time in my life, Michelle. Sometimes I am more languid like a lazing lizard, frazzled like a flounder, or even (gasp!) grumpy like a grizzly! 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on being listed! I was quite taken with “Singapore Surprise” and the fact that all but one of the words begin with “S.” Well done!

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    • Thank-you! That little poem took more time than you’d imagine – on account of those ‘s’es. (Or maybe it was a brain awakening, after a break?) You spotted the connection to the palm frond ‘s’ the monkey is shaping, yes?

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