Monday, April 16, 2007

Thank you

I guess you are supposed to update blogs more often than I do. It was 2005, and now it is 2007. I would like to apologise for the delay.

I would also like to thank the people who have said such kind and generous things in the Comments section. You people make me very, very happy. Thank you.

In the meantime, since 2005, I have had a baby named Charlie. Also, I have published a book about a girl called Bindy Mackenzie. It's called The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie in Australia, Becoming Bindy Mackenzie in the UK, and The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie in the US and Canada. And yesterday I learned that my Dutch publishers have changed Bindy's name to Scarlett.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Eleni said...

Thanks so much for updating. It has certainly been a long time!

Anyway, I have a friend who doesn't like to read at all, but I made her read one of your books and she loved it. I lent her the others and she loved them too. So you should feel very proud of yourself.

Eleni

P.S. Your baby is adorable!

7:43 a.m.  
Blogger Gel said...

WOW! My sister like NEVER reads, but yesturday I saw her READING at thr kitchen table. I figured that whatever book could make a shallow person like my sister read must be good so I read it yesturday and it was SO fantastic that I just could not stop! It was your book, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, by the way. I read the entire book yeturday and I'm already half way through The Year of Secret Assignments today. I thought it was really cool how you loosely tied the books together. Thanks so much for writing and being a magnificent, fabulous, fantastic, lovely, wonderful, (I think you get the picture) author!

P.S. Gosh, with all these !'s my comment is starting to sound like Emily. xD

12:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jaclyn,

Firstly I just want to say that Charlie (your son, not Emily's Charlie) is BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. He is one of those kids that you could just watch for hours.

So anyway. I read Feeling Sorry for Celia in year nine and I am now twenty and I STILL love it and pull it out to read every now and then. There's something very ... fulfilling about it. I read Finding Cassie Crazy for the first time about two years ago and I enjoyed that very much too. Emily was my favourite character and so I was pleased when she re-appeared in The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie. Which was also great and very different to the previous two and the ending was so happy that I almost forgave you for The Dreadful Break-Up of Liz & Jared (a.k.a. Grunge Boy). Almost.

Anyway, the point of all my praise is to let you know how very important your literature has been to my development (similar to Melina Marchetta, Meg Cabot and J.K. Rowling). I'm sure you may be thinking to yourself, "Didn't she say she was 20? Shouldn't she be moving on and reading Bryce Courtnay now?" And to that I would say to you, "No. Bryce Courtnay writes the same crap over and over and over and over again and it is ALWAYS depressing and EVERYBODY DIES and you go to bed at night and CRY YOURSELF TO SLEEP. So why, Jaclyn, would I read HIM when I could be reading about Lydia and Seb's missions to the Blue Danish?" And then you would say, "Oh yes, I see now. My mistake."

ANYWAY. All this is just my way of asking ... do you plan to write an Asbury High Year 12 novel? I am hoping yes. A novel in which Liz and Jared are spectacularly reunited and Bindy takes an hour out of each week to watch Grey's Anatomy and Emily becomes Dux and goes to a great Uni to do law.

Please say yes.

Sincerely,

Kristin Skennar

P.S I have ranting problems. My Psych lecturer says I have a particularly large Id and that this explains several things about me including why I have the ability to completely and conciously control my dreams. Whatever. He has a bowl hair-cut.

P.P.S I don't have a blog but I don't think I should leave my email here so that you can answer my questions (if you decide to. I need to work on being so presumptuous) ... hmm ... I know! I shall leave my uni email. That is practically obsolete as I only use it to get lecture notes so if any crazies try and email me and send me spam I will just ask the admin guy to create another account. Hurrah!

kristin.skennar@students.vu.edu.au

P.P.P.S But I don't think you're likely to have time to email me, what with Charlie and you being a barrister and all ... oh well. A fan's gotta try.

3:51 p.m.  
Blogger Maureen said...

Hi Jaclyn

Read and blogged Bindy a while back. I really enjoyed it, and I am bowled over at how you took on the challenge of Bindy.

Also? Charlie is adorabulus maximus. I goo-gooed at that picture for about a minute, and you would think I would've gotten my fill of babies since doing a workshop for that age (and their parents of course!) for the past two weeks. Apparently not.

The upshot is, you do good work. :) Congrats.

Maureen

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

Well, I am very glad I have decided to start this blog again. Because now there are these beautiful, generous comments. Thank you so much. You are all very lovely and kind. Kristin, I am working on a new Ashbury book at the moment and they will all be in Year Twelve and it will be a ghost story. But I cannot say whether they will watch Grey's Anatomy. They might. I just don't know yet. I'll wait and see and let you know if they do. Thank you again and best wishes, Jaclyn.

2:12 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to tell you that I love your books and my feeling of elation that lasted for about a week when a happened to be able to buy Feeling Sorry for Celia from the library when they were withdrawing it for a seriously lowered price than the copy I was considering buying from the bookstore. I just realised that you might be offended that your book was bought for such a low price as 20 cents, but please believe that the library was only withdrawing it because they already had about six copies. I was doing Work Experience in the library at the time, and they put me on the withdrawals, where I had to scan books, delete them from the system and then put them outside on the selling shelves. A very boring task (except for the occassions that the library ladies slipped away and i got to read a few pages of whichever book was in my grasp). However my day was very much BRIGHTENED by picking up Feeling Sorry for Celia, and turning it over very slowly in my hands, questioning its very presence in the withdrawals pile. My dedication and love to the book became clear when, whilst putting the books on the selling shelf, I hid it behind the rest, so that no one would see it and buy it before I could. And the very second I got off work, I went and purchased it. And went on woth my very elated feeling for about a week.

SO I would just like to say thank you for writing such an AMAZING book. And I hope your not upset it was sold for 20 cents. I would have bought it for the full price if I had the money. And Please write more, FAST.

2:21 p.m.  

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