Sitting Inside My Head

Inside a Dog catchup!

1) First Prize: Unlimited Supply of Diet Coke, where I discuss the magnificence that would be a reality TV show based on writers’ glamourous lives:

TONIGHT on Monkeys With Typewriters, the Outliners’ well-laid plans finally come to fruition! Can the Pantsers come up with a brilliant twist to avoid their rivals’ trap?

2) i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart), where I share some of my favourite poems:

This first is by Sherman Alexie, who you may know as the writer of the phenomenal The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I knew him as a poet first, and sat through a very confusing conversation with people talking about Diary, trying to mentally place him, until I saw it and exclaimed, “Oh! Sherman Alexie!”

3) Talking the Talk, where I discuss my fears about being a writer in public:

Tonight I am heading to the State Library of Victoria – which runs this very website, what a coincidence! – to do an author talk thing, about which I am predictably freaked out. YES, I am a drama queen from way back. YES, I once pranced across a stage in a tight leather skirt and my bra. But I was being other people then, and tonight I have to be me!

4) Getting Dramatic, where I discuss some of my favourite YA about teenagers and theatre:

Dramarama, by E. Lockhart, features two fabulous teenagers, BFF, off to drama camp in Ohio. But where gay, black Demi fits in better than he ever has before, finding acceptance, starring roles, and a terrific new boyfriend, narrator Sadye is having second thoughts about the whole experience. Her audition piece goes terribly wrong, she ends up in the much despised straight theatre play, and no one is listening to what she knows are good ideas. Sadye wants to be irreplaceable. She wants to be a person that matters. And that means that acting might not be the role for her.

It is my last week as Writer in Residence, and I am contemplating THINGS. If you have any ideas of what you’d like me to write about, please drop a comment here! If you’d like to comment on the posts themselves, I’d prefer you do so on the site.

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  • Laura XD

    Answer these questions on Inside A Dog:

    1. If you were stuck in an elevator, who would you want to be with?

    2. If you could have 5 people, living or dead, for a dinner party, who would they be?

    3. Where would you go if you had a time machine?

    4. If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?

    5. If you could bring one character to life from your favorite book, who would it be?

    6. What vegetable do you most resemble?

    7. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

    8. If you are a god what would you do to the world?

    9. What was the funniest incident in your college life?

  • Karen

    I was looking more for topic ideas than for interview-by-proxy, but thanks for your input!

  • karen, could you tell of your fave boarding school books? and what you read in high school? and if you have a book that you always go back to (I just rediscovered the book that affected me most … srrangely I’d forgotten it but i way I am rewriting buts of it every time I write … which sounds vaguely plagiaristic) and what do you think about all these movie versions of classic childrens books?