When I was in Year 3 (age 7 years old), there was a national competition where students were asked to write/illustrate their own original story. While some chose to have their story printed (on paper, cut for the pages) and do their own illustrations..I chose to both write by hand and illustrate my story. Just like all the other kids around me, I was into the Dinosaur-phase, my favourite being the Tyrannosaurus Rex (no idea why, it just was). I decided to call my story, “Dimity meets a dinosaur” (quite appropriate).
The story was about a girl called Dimity, whom meets a Tyrannosaurus Rex, become friends and do things together including playing Cricket and video-games (Nintendo, I never had one but always did want one). At the end they got married, had babies (how? I will never know but it’s what was in the story) and that was it. I’m not an illustrator so the pictures weren’t special but I tried my hardest, but I paid more attention to making my writing as perfect as I could.
A couple of months went by (honestly I have forgotten how long exactly, but long enough for a competition), and I found out that I came second in my division for the competition. The prizes for the competion (at least what I and the others received that won) are: a gift certificate with the local bookshop, some free children’s books, a certificate (I think) and reading the story out loud onto the local radio station. My consolation prize at the time was that I had the Chicken Pox. I remember clearly being all spotty and itchy, standing in line with the other kids and shaking someone’s hand before receiving a book.
Sadly now I have lost my only copy of the book, although fortunately still have a a copy of the recording from the radio. When I was in Year 1 (5 years old) I received a medal from the Government for reading over 100 books in a short period of time. Books, Book Week, reading/writing, libraries, author meetings, etc are a huge part of my life. I’m always making notes when I hear, imagine or read something interesting and have them compired in a safe spot for my writing adventures. I’m never giving up on my dreams, never have then and I never will now. My journey started early.