Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia and studied in the United States and England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and is now writing full time. Jaclyn is the author of bittersweet teen bestsellers FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA, FINDING CASSIE CRAZY and BECOMING BINDY MACKENZIE.
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, a... - 4 months ago
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, a novel for 9 to 12-year-olds, out in Australia, November 2017. (US/Canada release is 2018)
Sparkles - 5 months ago
Night beach - 11 months ago
Box of new stationery arrived in the mail with no note. Only a... - 11 months ago
Box of new stationery arrived in the mail with no note. Only a card from the stationery company congratulating me on my excellent order. But I didn’t order it, I said to the card, and I worried that the correct thing to do was to send it back. First, however, I wrote a cryptic email to the Canadian friend who gave me the red notebook and coloured pencils that inspired the Colours of Madeleine trilogy. I mentioned that something marvellous had arrived in the mail with no note and then I sort of whistled and looked at the sky. She replied apologising for having sent me an anonymous gift of stationery. Misplaced congratulations and apologies in the mail. I love my new stationery so much and have been using it to plan next book.
Hula Hoop in TreeIt’s been months since I posted anything to... - 11 months ago
It’s been months since I posted anything to Tumblr! You’re not supposed to do that. You’re supposed to post regularly. I break all the online rules. As a child, I was very good. As an adult, I’m so DEFIANT (online)! See, I broke a rule right there. SHOUTING.
But I promised to keep posting, and breaking a promise does not give me the same giddy, reckless feeling as BREAKING A RULE!
Do you know, I have 38 draft posts here? I’ve started talking about so many things! A festival in Bendigo, the fact that my sister’s book has been made into an HBO TV series called “Big Little Lies” starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shaelene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgaard, Adam Scott and MORE, the fact that I WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN THE WORLD TO READ ‘BIG LITTLE LIES’ (trying to make it about me), my search for the pirate cafe.
And this one. The picture of the hula hoop in the tree. I remember when I saw this hula hoop in the tree, I photographed it because I was doing a blog about ‘circles’. The circles you see in your everyday life. I loved that blog. It didn’t say much, it was just a bunch of pictures of circles I’d seen in my everyday life, but i loved it. I posted it on a whole other platform.
More recently, I saw this photo on my desktop and was enchanted by it. The greens, the branches, the twist in the hoop. I decided I would post it to Tumblr, and would add some kind of clever caption. Maybe Tree Attempts Hula Hooping, or Tree Buys Hula Hoop on eBay, regrets Purchase. Ha ha. But not really ‘ha ha’. Nothing I came up with was clever or funny. Eventually I realised that I was like one of those parents trying to use teenage slang. I was trying to get in on the Tumblr vibe.
But I am not a Tumblr viber, I’m me! And you should always be yourself. So I gave up and left it as a draft, adding to the stack of drafts. Now I have decided to start going through my drafts, tidying them up, and posting them. I owe it to past Jaclyn, past hula hoops, past trees, and I owe it to you, past readers (hopefully present and future readers too if I haven’t lost you by breaking promises). Here, this is for you: A Hula Hoop in a Tree.