Friday, October 14, 2005

My Suitcase

My suitcase got a trip to Victoria. It went to Vancouver, changed flights, flew to Victoria, and then was sent back to Montreal. They delivered it to me at home, at 11.30 pm, three days later. It seemed proud at first, for its audacity, but then sagged in the hallway, frightened by what it had done. My mother said that everyone in Australia was in shock about the suitcase. That an airline had taken my luggage without me on board! Everyone was saying, What airline was it, we’ll never fly that airline! It was Air Canada, I said, and my mother said, Oh, but I like them.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jaci. I'm so sad to find out I knew so little about you. I miss you, please talk to me. Nic

2:08 p.m.  
Blogger Jess said...

Ahhh. That's how they do it here in Canada. Always attempting to force your luggage into being more of a cross-country tourist.
Air Canada's just self-important like that.

2:12 a.m.  
Anonymous Kellie said...

To Jaclyn.

I must say, you are probably my favourite authour. I just finished reading The Betrayal Of Bindy Mackenzie and I am in awe! Honestly, you just seem to understand how it is to be a teenager, and I am very thankful for that!
I have exams on at the moment, and I found Bindy to be very helpful. I actually glued index cards to my cereal boxes. At first, I was like, "Haha, this is gonna be a great joke, my parents are gonna see these cards glued everywhere, and laugh at me!" But it totally helped. I remembered (whilst in my exam, about Shakespeare) the exact meaning of the word "tragedy", memorized from the dictionary. All because of Bindy (so basically you!) I passed my English exam. Tomorrow, I shall mail myself an index card. I wonder if that will help me pass Science?
I've read your other books, too, Findig Cassie Crazy and Feeling Sorry For Celia. I enjoyed them so much. The girls you write about are so realistic. They're characters are so full. It's as if you know them.
My favourite character out of all your books would have to be Lydia. She's so funny and random. I can relate to her.
Also, I love to run, therefore love Elizabeth. She inspires me to go for more runs.
I really hope that one day you will come to Queensland so that I can see you. And get my book signed :)
I'd love to hear from you, if you ever have time. bonny_lass@msn.com
is my e-mail.
Love,
Kellie

6:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to jaclyn
i am currently reading the betrayal of bindy mackenizie, and it is incredibly good. when i first heard about it, i was a bit surprised and disappointed that it was about bindy, because bindy was so unlikeable and irritating in finding cassie crazy, and i thought even you would have trouble writing a book about bindy that people could relate to and enjoy. However, now that i have almost finished the book i admit i have completely changed my mind. I have fallen just as much in love with this book as i did with feeling sorry for celia and finding cassie crazy, and i think the fact that you have made this book just as excellent as the other two says a lot about what a talented author you are. i really hope you write another book for teenagers sometime soon, because you have an amazing ability to capture exactly what its like to be a teenager in a way that every single person can relate to, and i think thats a pretty special thing.

1:51 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Jaclyn.

I am in awe of your ability. How, I ask, did you manage to make me NOT hate Bindy Mackenzie by the end of the book ('the book' being The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie)? Well, I never really hated her, but I do not know how you managed to turn her character around and leave her so... likeable. I thought it would have been in possible, and yet, you did it. And so that's why I'm in awe.

I'm also in awe of everything else you accomplish... The emotion, the humour - everything. Seriously, if I ever manage to write something as moving (yet not angst-y) and humorous (yet not contrived) as you, I will be extremely happy, and then die. That is the only way I can see that situation ending.

I loved your other books, FSFC, FCC, IHABMABP (like my acronyms?) too.

And (in TBOBM) how you manage to make a conspiricy/murder set in a highschool sound beleiveable is beyond me, but yet again you pulled it off.

Anyway, I was in awe after reading it, and felt I had to write you a note... so here I am. Though, I'm not being quite as eloquent as I would like to be.

But what I'm trying to say is that your books are seriously something special. So good work.

And don't you love the sound wire coat-hangers make?

10:49 p.m.  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

To Nic, Jess, Kellie, Anonymous and Anonymous: Thank you so much for posting comments. I think you are all lovely, and you have all made me smile. Nic, you know everything about me. Let's see a movie tomorrow! Jess, thank you for explaining what Air Canada was up to. Now I understand. Kellie, you have made me very, very happy by using Bindy's study techniques. I hope you did well in your Science exam, and I hope to got to Queensland one day and sign your books because you are very kind, and Queensland is very sunny. Anonymous and Anonymous, you have also made me happy by saying you like Bindy, and by being so generous. Best wishes and thank you all again, Jaclyn

9:51 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished your book and it was a lovely read. As I am a Canadian I loved the Canadian next door. Your descriptions of his personality made me feel as if I knew him as well.

Thank You
Andrea

7:39 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jaclyn,
You probably won't read this, seeing as it has been almost a month since your last blog, but i just wanted to let you know how much i adore your books and you! Thankyou so much for all your writing; your characters are so easy to relate to and they make me laugh out loud! I received some very strange looks when i was reading Finding Cassie Crazy in public let me tell you. Congratulations on the pregnancy!! Your future son/daughter is very lucky. I am also very lucky because last year i had the pleasure of meeting you at one of your book signings! I can't wait till your next book and your next tour, and good luck with everything till then!
Thankyou!
Love,
Amy B
(Sydney)

7:17 p.m.  
Anonymous Eleni said...

Hello,

I'm a big fan of your books, and I recently finished The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie (I suppose that's the Canadian name? Because I've also heard a few others). It was amazing how easily I could relate to Bindy throughout the entire book. How do you get inside the minds of teenagers like that? You're very talented.

Eleni

P.S. I'm Canadian, but unfortunately I missed you while you were on tour. Next time, then!

7:37 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EVERY GIRL HAS TO READ YOUR BOOK FINDING CASSIE CRAZY IT IS HONESTLY THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ILOVE IT.IT IS SO FUN TO READ THAT YOU WILL FIND IT HARD TO PUT IT DOWN!

1:12 p.m.  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I just newly joined blogger, and I was thrilled to find you on here. I have read two of your books and you've really helped reawaken the YA-writing thrill that school and essay-writing was starting to sap me of. I really enjoy the way you put your books together. I've never been one for epistolary novels but you kick the genre in the pants and make it quite your own which I love reading.

Anyhow, just wanted to thank you for your lovely books. Some of them are hard to find here in the U.S. but hopefully when I've saved up a little money I'll be able to order the rest of them online.

5:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I go to Dunraven secondary School and we've just started a student magazine. We have a virtually empty spread for books and we were wondering if you'd answer some questions.

1. What colour socks are you wearing?
2. Which of your characters can you relate to most?
3. Generally which of your characters is most popular?
4. What is the last book that made you laugh? And cry?
5. Where do get ideas from?
6. Which chracter do you think of when I say cat?
dog?
gnome?
laughs?

Thank you.
Pleasde reply at Serian@psyctc.org

Serian, Dunraven secondary school, London

12:02 a.m.  
Blogger M. E. Halford said...

I love how you write your blog in the same way that you write your books. I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes (sorry I can't italicize it!) changed the way I look at everything around me. The idea that you could be reading that which I am typing at this very seconds is a thrill! Have a lovely day!
Yours,
~M.E. Halford~

3:55 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter is trying to do a book report on you, however we can't find the information her teacher is looking for.
If you could email me at lois.crawford@sasktel.sk.ca that would be great
she needs things like where did you go to elementary school, high school, favorite childhood memory, jobs you had - in highschool and up until what you do today
Thanks

2:57 a.m.  
Blogger Natalie said...

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4:24 p.m.  
Blogger Natalie said...

To Jaclyn

I loved your book (Finding Cassie crazy) I thought it was great. But, I have to say I thought that the characters you write in perspective from (Lydia, Cassie and Emily,) sound too young to be in year 10. eg. Emily's first letter I know it was for her teacher but chocolate, ponies and shopping, this isn't Barbie. I don't mean to be saying i didn't like your book, i did I'm just saying it was a bit hard to believe they were in year ten- they sound like they're in year 7-8 except for the bourbon etc.

Natalie

4:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jaclyn,

My in-test writing assessment piece for this term is “creative”. We have to transform an Australian novel (that contains Australian identities) via re-writing a section of that novel (I've chosen to re-write The betrayal of bindy Macken Mackenzie). We have to offer an alternative/resistant reading of the text by changing the sequence of events, character constructs or point of view from which the novel is told. As such I would be interested to hear any suggestion about what I should do.

Please help, I'm very bad at creative pieces.

Anonymous (Australia)

Ps. I think I forgot to mention that I think your book is astonishing good and that is saying a lot as I usually HATE Australian authors. Think Patrick White and Nick Earls *shudder* and you can probably guess why.

12:35 a.m.  

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