Thursday, September 03, 2009

Melbourne

Last night, I dreamed that I was on a flight to Melbourne and somebody phoned from the airline to tell me that my flight would be free. This meant I had to sit on a long, purple, comfortable couch.
I saw my friend Michael. He was coming to join me on the couch, because the same thing had just happened to him.
‘Isn’t it great?’ I said. ‘I’m just thinking of all the things I am going to do with the money now that I don’t have to use it for this ticket.’
But Michael said he wasn’t sure he liked it.
‘Yes,’ I said, thoughtfully, ‘I see what you mean. If we are not technically passengers, then are we really here?’
‘No,’ Michael said, ‘it’s more that I’m concerned that the airline will go under if it gives away too many free flights. And then how will we get home?’
At that moment, the pilot said we should prepare for descent. ‘We’d better let Melbourne know we’re coming,’ Michael said, and walked away.
So I dialled Melbourne. Somebody named Miranda answered.
‘Just letting you know that we’re about to land!’ I said.
There was a long, hostile silence from Miranda.
Eventually - uncertain - I hung up.

15 Comments:

Blogger Tez Miller said...

‘No,’ Michael said, ‘it’s more that I’m concerned that the airline will go under if it gives away too many free flights. And then how will we get home?’

He's onto something there. Is he as smart in real life as he was in this dream? ;-)

10:26 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Michael? Is that you? Borrowing Tez Miller's identity?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Eng Composition said...

Mirandas are always bitches. Or so I gather from the one I know and the one in your dream. I feel that justified this generalization.

11:23 PM  
Blogger mick said...

No, this is me. I solemnly declare that heretofore I have had no knowledge of nor connection with this disarmingly bright person of considerable charm and devastating character-reading acuity.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Jimmy said...

Jaclyn,

You have a serious talent for writing. You can make a simple dream you had completely hilarious.
Furtheralsomore, I just wanted to say how much I love your books, and even more, your writing style. I find it constantly entertaining to read, and the way you can instill emotions in the reader amazes me. I remember feeling extremely sad for Bindy Mackenzie at some points during her story, and also remember finding most parts of The Year of Secret Assignments utterly (really like that word) hilarious. The fact that you can manage to do that by only writing through letters, philisophical musings, personalized stationary etc. is amazing.
I can't wait to read your new ghost story you're writing. And after that, please keep writing even more Ashbury books!

1:56 AM  
Blogger Emily Gale said...

I also had a plane dream this week, except I was trying to leave Melbourne, only I didn't have my passport. This is a bit of a recurring one since I emigrated.

Nice to see you back on the blog!

E.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

House in a mess and a tissue in the washing machine and the mailbox has come right off its hinges again, but who cares, I am all cheered up and happy on account of Jimmy's comment. Thank you so much, Jimmy. And Emily, I'm sorry that your dreams are trapping you in Melbourne, but coincidence, eh? Our dreams. And Eng Composition, what about Miranda in Sex and the City? I always liked her.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Kristi said...

Haha I just finished your book :) you're a really good writer.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Lana Harris said...

Forgot about her. Never mind then.

4:08 AM  
Blogger Lana Harris said...

Lana Harris = Eng Composition, btw.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Jaclyn! Only a few weeks till the new book comes out! Sooo excited

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

‘Just letting you know that we’re about to land!’ I said.
There was a long, hostile silence from Miranda.
Eventually - uncertain - I hung up.

I love your writing style, I read "Finding Cassie Crazy" due to the book club at my school and it became one of my favourite books immediately. A while after reading it, I saw "Becoming Bindy Mackenzie", and had to borrow it from the library, because I (despite myself) loved Bindy in "Finding Cassie Crazy".
My favourite part of the way you write is the way all the little things that go on in the characters' heads are so relatable. It's like great observational comedy, but printed on paper, and from great characters, but put into a plot.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

THANKS, Kristi, Zoe and Joe, for your lovely comments. Jx

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Wizardofstorm said...

Thanks ... you made me laugh today. Your words touch my heart and hold it in their hands.

Vanessa M.R.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Kyniska said...

The second time "The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie" fell into my lap, I decided it must be read. So far, I love it!! You are an awesome writer. I plan on reading more of your books =)

9:01 AM  

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