Monday, April 30, 2007


Tried to make a myspace page the other day. But then I gave up. Something about going out into the net to find a layout. Codes and generators. I grew frightened and gave up. Another day, I thought, I’ll make a myspace page.

Then, last night, a terrible thing. I discovered I had made a myspace page. By accident. Somehow, just getting started had made it happen. And there I was, half-formed, no photo, no interests, just a star sign and a Friend named Tom. I don’t even know any Toms. In the bottom left-hand corner of the page, I announced that I don’t want kids.

Well. The state I was in. Trying to close down that myspace. I think I did it in the end, I think I no longer have a myspace, and I worry about Tom, but mostly I feel chilled at what could have been.

If I had not found that myspace. If I hadn’t got there first and closed it down.

One day, I’d have woken up and Charlie would have been gone.

Hours, maybe days later, I’d have found him, crawling along the footpath, his little red elephant tucked under his arm.

"Charlie," I’d have said, "I don’t understand. Why are you running away?"

His lower lip would have done that trembling thing that it does when a toy makes a sudden, loud noise. Then he would have composed himself, turned his face away. "I saw it online. You don’t want any kids."

"What? What are you talking about! Who said that?!"

"It’s okay." He’d have given a proud, little shrug. "You did. It was on your myspace. You don’t have to explain. I’ll go live in that play area near North Sydney oval. The one with the spinning things and the drums for kids to play with? I liked it there. I’ll play with the drums. I’ll be fine."

My poor, confused, brave little boy.

In the end, I suppose it would have been nice. We’d have cleared up the misunderstanding and hugged, cried, and so on. Eventually, we might have laughed about technology and default settings, and then we’d have headed home for some mashed banana.

But still. It really makes you think.


Blogger Jazzyfrazzy said...

WOW, this is the real jaclyn moriarty!! or should i say JACLYN MORIARTY because your so important I have to use capitals! My name is Freya, I have found no other way to contact you other than through your fabulous blog. It made me laugh as your books did. I just devoured your latest book 'The betrayel of Bindi Mackenzie.' I loved it. Even though maybe I am a little old to be reading 'teen fiction'. I am 19. But nearly 20 which means I will no longer be a teenager.
Anyway as I was saying PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write more books!! I can't stop at four. four is not enough. Not only am I in love with all your characters but as soon as I finish the books I feel like im missing something. I keep falsely thinking 'yay I can read that book on the train' and then i remember. I finished it last night. A moment of silence in honour please.
I have actually read all your books more than once (excpet the new one(bindi)) I think I have read 'Feeling sorry for celia' about three times. I just finished reading 'I have a bed made out of buttermilk pancakes' for the second time. It was brilliant.
I don't know how you do it, but the humour you use is just so brilliant. so brilliantly brilliant. It makes me laugh out loud which is pretty good for a book. Anyway I think this is a pretty long letter that goes nowhere and im sorry i ramble a lot.
Anyway I am very very keen to hear from you.
I loved your books and are you writing anymore currently?
ALSO I have been interested in writing since i was 12 or maybe younger I can't remember.
You are a great inspiration.
Thank you.
Your sincerely, cordially, happily,

7:46 p.m.  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Freya, you are wonderful. Your letter makes me smile and smile and smile. Thank you very much, and good luck with your writing and yes, I am writing another book at the moment. Thank you for asking. In fact, I am writing three books at once. And if you are nearly 20, Happy Birthday. love, Jaclyn.

1:03 p.m.  
Anonymous simmone said...

Hi Jaclyn,
I love Bindy! And I'm so pleased to see you blogging. Don't let myspace freak you out. I felt very oldladyish the first coupla times I logged on but now find it a fun distraction (like I need any more). So get on it! Your fans await. Congratulations on your son too - he's v. cute.

9:03 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Myspace is evil. You dodged a bullet. Seriously.


3:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Loz said...

Today I went out and bought my first book written by you, Finding Cassie Crazy, and I've finished it already. It was so good!

But I couldn't help noticing you mentioned Baulkham Hills, Castle Towers and Castle Hill in your books.


I felt very proud that moment :)

AND I had also bought the book from DYMOCKS in Castle Towers. I was extremely happy.

Anyways, I will soon venture out again and buy another book written by you. For now, Loz.

6:52 p.m.  
Anonymous becca said...

No, myspace is great! I didn't add Tom at first, I thought he was some freak lol

6:21 a.m.  
Blogger Lisa Asanuma said...

Don't worry too much about Tom. Haha. He's nothing more dangerous than an annoying self-promoter. I'm not a fan of myspace, deleted an old account I had, but then was pulled back when a professor only put her syllabus up on a private myspace community, and I've been unable to extract myself again.

I just wanted to say I'm glad you're back to the blogging world. I felt a little silly a couple months back when I commented on an entry and then realized it was over a year old! But it's fun to see you back here, and your little boy is so adorable. :)

5:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to hear that you are writing again! I hope that the book you are writing will come out soon! Can you tell us what it is about? I read The Year of Secret Assignments a few years back and I loved it. Then suddenly a few days ago it occurred to me, SHE HAS OTHER BOOKS! So I rushed to the library and ordered myself a copy of Feeling Sorry For Celia which was brilliant and I could scarcely put it down. Upon putting it down I rushed to order myself The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie. The idea of only having two of your books left to read (I believe that even though they have different titles some of them are the same book?) saddens me so please write fast! :) Your son is so cute!

10:37 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a fabulous blog. Can you clarify sonething though? I tried to send you an email through the link on your blog, but the email bounced back to me as "not existing at the organisation". I guess you are too busy for email?

2:58 p.m.  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Thank you so much, Simmone, Kristin, Loz, Becca, Lisa, Kris and Anonymous, for being wise about myspace and kind about my books and my baby. Loz, you are right. The books are all set in the Hills District of Sydney. That’s where I grew up. Lisa, you must not feel bad for commenting on old posts. I like any comments on any posts. And it’s my fault that the entries are so old. Kris, thank you for asking what my new writing is about. I think I will answer that properly, in a post, in the next few days. And Anonymous, thanks for letting me know about the problem with the e-mail address. I’m so sorry that your e-mail bounced back. That was a mistake. I think it has been fixed and it should be working now.

10:36 p.m.  
Anonymous sabiya said...

i'm happy i have somewhere to write. i rarely get a chance to contact authors and sometimes i'm just dying to ask them questions!

anyway i've just finished 'listen taylor' and i really liked it, although i think my favourite one is 'bindy'.
i do love all of them though!

so i was sitting on the bus and thinking about which writers i admire most and who make me want to write.
and i thought of you and arundhati roy and kiran desai and roberta taylor.

there are more but i think that there are books that make me really happy to read and books that make me want to write.
the second list is not so big but your books are definately able to do both :)

i need to buy 'buttermilk pancakes' cos there is no chance of there being any in any of the london libraries - i've checked.
so i'll have to amazon it or something, but i feel like i should have read that before 'listen'. i dunno.

anyhow must go now, as i went and bought 10 bottles of shampoo cos they were on offer and our stocks are running low at home.
(sorry for boring you with that.)

thank you for your lovely books!


2:45 a.m.  

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