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25 June 2009 ·

Good things come to an end..

Well, here we are again at the airport…it’s been a wonderful 5 and a half weeks, but now it’s time for home.

We’ve spent the last two days in LA, and good things have happened. Went out to Disney to have lunch with the screenwriter who’s working on a pitch for the House at Evelyn’s Pond – we’re gradually getting there. And it was fun seeing the Disney studios.

And though nothing’s official yet, the Nim at Sea movie idea is now also looking very good. I thought it would have been fun if I could have signed a contract while I was here – but I’m very happy to have just had the celebratory dinner with Paula Mazur! The friendships that have come out of this process are the best thing of all.

Also at dinner were Robert Mickelson, the producer of the Paradise Palace project, and the exec from Peace Arch; they showed me a trailer of work from the writers involved, which made me laugh out loud – and feel very excited about the project.

So, a very exciting end to a great holiday. And now, I’m ready to go home, settle down to work… and settle my little dog in again.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio