Interesting, great day - lots to talk about!
Firstly, in Young Adult (Side note: Am I the only person in the world that calls 'young adult' 'YA'? I keep referring to it as YA at school and NO-ONE has ANY idea what I'm talking about! It's oh-so common here in blogging world, and in the lit world, but seriously kiddies from my school... YA= Young Adult!!!) class today, we had to bring in a YA book we've read in the past week.
I, of course, forgot completely that we had to bring it in, but obviously I've read a million and one YA books in this past week so I decided to talk about F2M - for more details, see this post I did reviewing it.
I'm going to assume everyone has read the ...
This morning I went to the launch of Kirsty Murray's new book, Vulture's Gate, at Fairfield Library. And it totally rocked for a number of reasons:
1. Kirsty came up to me, kissed me on the cheek and gave me a hug and said it was great that I'd made it. And called me by my name. Which is totally awesome! I had no idea she even knew who I was. I mean, I'd seen her at various other events and we'd progressed to the head-nod and acknowledgement that we keep seeing each other, but I didn't actually know she knew who I was!
2. She then introduced me as "Megan Burke" (OMG SHE KNOWS MY SIR-NAME TOO!!!) to Michael Pryor, and we - Michael and I - had a lovely conversation ...
Firstly, I have to apologise on behalf of BLOGGER, who, for some reason, wouldn't let me move the photos around. I wanted the other photos first and mine second, but *sighs* alas the other way around it must be.
Today I wanted to talk about Writer's Rooms!
The UK Guardian has a series on Writer & Illustrators rooms, and it's so fantastic to get an insight look into various author's rooms where they write.
In celebration of that, let's take a quick look at where I make my magic:
The door to my bathroom. Posters from Popular Penguins, and in the middle the brochure to The Independent Type: Books & Writing in Victoria. You can see a post on The Independent Type here. I love having snippets of my life over my walls. You can ...
A happy morning to everyone! Oh wait. It's the afternoon. And now it seems to be late evening. Hmmm. I seem to be loosing time here...
Today has consisted of a mini sleep-in (10:30am) and watching Hannah Montana clips on YouTube (like the current one I'm watching)while getting the new album! YAY! I had one of the songs from a PodCast download (It's All Right Here) and now I have the whole thing! YAY!
I didn't Live Feed from The Melbourne Writers Festival offices yesterday because I wasn't at a computer. No, I was sitting at a desk. Stuffing paper into envelopes. Then labelling them. And sorting them. It took me six hours straight to do around 500 maybe? 1000? Who knows. It felt like a million. I swear the pile didn't get smaller, only larger. At one ...
Today on Meg Cabot's blog she touches on meeting authors in real life:
One of the Margarets—either Atwood or Drabble, I can’t remember which (and maybe it was neither and I dreamt this, which happens to me frequently. Thanks, Ambien!)—once said wanting to meet the author who wrote your favorite book is like wanting to meet the cow that produced your hamburger. Basically, you’re only going to be disappointed.
I will admit there’s some truth to the hamburger quote: I’ve met authors whose work I’ve loved who’ve ended up disappointing me in real life. They’ve either taken themselves too seriously or had no sense of humor or both (although I have to hope there are two sides to the story, and that maybe those authors were just having a bad day. It happens).
Melina Marchetta wrote one of Australia's most iconic novels: Looking For Albrandi, which was also made into a hit feature film of the same name, starring Pia Miranda and Anthony LaPaglia.
The first time I met Melina was at the Melbourne Writers Festival last year. I was sitting front row while she and Robert Muchamore (Cherub) did a session and then she signed my copy of Albrandi.
The second time was at Simmone & Justine's event earlier this year at The State Library. The details of that can be found here.
Melina's newest novel, The Piper's Son, will be out March next year.
1 What can readers expect from your new novel, The Piper's Son?
I tried to use Saving Francesca as the model so I knew it wasn’t going to be a big book, ...
Well hello there!
I have a few bits of literary news:
I was invited by Tara Marinello to join a citizen journalist site, Allvoices! I had my first work meeting with Melbourne Writers Festival! It's going to be very full internship trust me! And shhh, top secret information on the authors attending! YAY! Let me just say the festival is going to be better than ever!I am going to the Emerging Writers Festival program launch tomorrow night! Should be a great night.I am currently reading "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon for one of my classes. I'm not that far in yet (don't tell my teacher!) but its....going okay so far. Some of the writing is annoying me, but I feel Haddon's doing a great job of capturing the essence of a child ...
Day 1: My Bedroom
I thought that I'd blog again on my bedside table, considering its growing quiet a lot. In fact, I have had to branch out onto my desk, as seen above. They are the two stacks of books currently on my desk. Which is also piled up with other assorted crap.
And I also have books in my walk-in-robe:
And under my bed:
And my real bookshelf:
How awesome is the "M"? My very good friends Mel & Jess brought it for me as part of my 21st present.
And I have the most awesome book posters in my room. Including:
Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden", and a poster advertising Simmone Howell's launch of ...
Simmone & Myself - LOVE HER!!! :D
Simmone & Justine Simmone & Justine
So currently I just got home from the Simmone Howell/Justine Larbalestier Event which was held at the State Library.
Thats all I can say.
When i got there, I walked in and firstly saw Simmone, who saw me and waved and smiled. So that was awesome as cuz Simmone is one of the most lovely people you will ever meet, ever. And it makes it all the more awesome that she remembers who I am! She invited me to the launch of "Everything Beautiful" a few months ago and as soon as I got there she ran up to me and said, "I have a present for you!" and gave me a Brigid Lowry book (which I already had, but LOVED). ...