When I was fourteen, I wanted to be a cartoonist. I have no idea how this came about, but I started filling up Safeway notebooks with pictures. I found one of them recently, which I had modestly titled ‘Alice’s A-Z Guide to Life’, from 1995:
As you can see, all the pages have annoying blue lines through them (it was, after all, a Safeway note book which I got for 30c), but I had an Introduction:
Our excellent designer at Black Inc, Peter, created the perfect cover for my new book about a fictional private all-girls school. As you can see, it’s an easily recognisable symbol.
When I was fifteen, one of the high schools I attended had a kilt very much like this one. It cost about $115 at the time. Neither of my parents owned any item of clothing that expensive. We had to get our money’s worth. So at the uniform shop when they measured me up for the kilt, I asked the tailor to lower the hem until it almost reached my ankles.
I had waited months for Wednesday evening to arrive, because John Marsden was coming to launch my book! Not only was John Marsden coming to launch my book, but he would be in my home at Janet Clarke Hall! All I had to do was come downstairs to be in a room full of staff, students, my wonderful publishers, bookish friends from all areas of my writing life and of course my family. Everyone was very excited to see John Marsden – we’d grown up with his books. He wrote not about teenagers, but to teenagers.
The next part of the dog anatomy we will explore is the SPINE.
(I am drawing these cartoons because I'm worried about pinching pictures off the internet).
The next part of dog anatomy I'd like to examine is INTESTINES. They lead to the colon but today we're not going to deal with punctuation.
Some American football coach named John Wilce made up the term 'intestinal fortitude' in 1917, and Urban Dictionary says it's a politically correct term for guts. I wonder how courage came to be associated with our digestive tract, in the same way I wonder about the baffling name for the product we use to clean our hair. I mean, why is it a sham and not genuine?
Hello, I'm Alice Pung and this month's INSIDE A DOG resident writer. I live in Melbourne, and until recently have mostly written non-fiction, including the books Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughter, as well as edited the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. My latest book and first novel is called Laurinda, about a trio of 15 year old girls in an exclusive girls' school who secretly 'run' the place.
Let's start the party with PRIZES! Congratulations to the winners of the Spark giveaway:
This is a completely self-indulgent post about books that I've enjoyed and books I'm looking forward to. Have a look/click and leave a comment below if you've read them too - let me know what you thought. Don't forget to end your comment with the hashtag #SPARKgiveaway to be in to win one of 3 Spark prize packs.
(you need to be a registered member of Inside A Dog and be living in New Zealand or Australia to enter)