Te Papa Tupu Blog 2

this is a post in three parts. the first was written in early October, when I was wrangling multiple deadlines at once. the second, a week later, after I cleared those hurdles and didn’t stumble. and I’m finishing it now with a third part, in the last week of October, as I prepare for the […]

Falling in Love Again

My Te Papa Tupu journey continues, and I continue to learn about myself and my writing. In August I was able to meet up with my fellow writers and finally meet my mentor James George in person at the Auckland Writers Festival. James and I got along just as well as I expected we would, […]

It doesn’t have to be right; it just has to be done

Te Papa Tupu Workshop Two saw us mentees heading out into the wild world of the Auckland Writers’ Festival. It was a flurry of voices, words, and ideas. Immersed in the menagerie, new questions emerged each day about the characters we’re carving across our pages and our processes as ‘writers.’ It was an incredible opportunity […]

Sarai’s First Blog

My first book was written around 2004. When I was ten years old, we went on a family trip to visit some cousins in America. It was the first time I’d ever seen snow in real life. To be fair, it wasn’t high-quality, A-grade snow like the stuff I’d seen in the movies. The snow […]

No one cares about your manuscript

No one cares about your manuscript (An inspirational wero from Te Papa Tupu) An introvert’s worst nightmare is meeting people in person. Which is why I work in IT, so I can daydream about code and stories without interruption. But it was a sigh of relief to be welcomed into the first workshop with the […]

He timotimo noa!

He timotimo noa! Tēnā koutou ngā kaipānui o te wā, Ko Hinematioro ahau. E noho ana ahau ki roto o te awa whāruarua o Te Awakairangi me tōku hoa rangatira. Waimarie tonu au te whiwhi i tōku māmā me ōku karanga tāina ki tōku taha. Ko tōku tama irāmutu tonu tēnei, ko Tamati Nohotima, te […]

All day long I think about writing

Kia ora koutou! Ko J. (Jared) Wiremu Kane tōku ingoa and I’m humbled and honoured that you’ve chosen to share in my Te Papa Tupu journey. Over the next six months, I’ll be working with the singular James George on a manuscript currently called (the title is still up for debate) ‘King’s Crossing: A novel’. […]

There’s No Room For Imposter Syndrome Here

Just before I went through the security gates at the airport, I remember turning to my husband. “I can’t do this,” I told him, panic lacing its way through my voice. “Yes you can. Off you go!” he said cheerfully. He’s ever optimistic, positive to a fault at times.  The fear and doubt clawed in […]

Standing on the edge

Ashlee sets her intentions for 2021 and reflects on her Te Papa Tupu journey and the second workshop held in Auckland last month.     Oh, the joys of a new year – that heady feeling of a fresh start, new opportunities, the desire to be better, do better. Resolutions and reflections that may or may […]