There’s this awesome 80s film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which if I ever figure out how to get movies on-line we have to watch! Ferris wags and has the most amazing day off with his girlfriend and his best friend but it’s so much more than that…
Anyway, I know it’s kind of breaking blog rules by writing about something we both experienced but hey! as I’ve said before sometimes it’s worth recording the things we do together because they’re awesome fun and I want to be able to remember them when I’m old and doddering (ie. tomorrow)
So yesterday we had Rose’s day off together – it was official because we had school approval (which wouldn’t count in Ferris’ book) – to go up to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Man, I was inspired! Oh, hang on a minute – I missed the chocolate donuts!
So, first I embarrassed you (I’m not sure how) by asking at the box office – we had a little time to kill – where the nearest place for chocolate donuts was… The lovely box office girls obliged. Donut Time in DeGraves St. So off we popped. And this is what we had.
Okay, so by the time we got to our first session with YA authors Rebecca Lim and Leanne Hall I was feeling a little ergh! But not for too long because they took me on a trip down literary memory lane – they too enjoyed Trixie Belden, Alfred Hitchcock and the three investigators and (most shameful of all) Sweet Dreams novels!!
They spoke about diversity in YA literature and the importance of being true to your own voice. And even though I’m a boring Caucasian of long extraction, it was inspiring!
And then we heard another YA author Rainbow Rowell speak broadly about her writing career including stuff about her discussions with her therapist, writing about mental illness and her background as a reporter (inspiring stuff for me).
After buying books, getting them signed and you telling me I was a geek (after I gushed that I could live at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival all week!) we met up with my BFF, Robyn who is visiting from BrisVegas.
Then it was Grill’d for lunch and afterwards a not-too-painful clothes shopping trip in which we bought you your first leather jacket, you discovered that pants can zip up at the back (!) and we all boogied outside a shop called Out of the Closet!
What an awesome day!