The squeaky pig

There’s a squeaky pig in my book group. Let’s call him Fluff (just because).


Book group philosophy!

I’m pretty sure Fluff was my suggestion. One of the quieter members of our group brought it to our notice that some people, ahem, hogged the limelight while the others didn’t get to put across their views. She was particularly disturbed by people talking over each other – something that happens a bit during the frenzy of excitement which is caused when talking about books.

The thing about Fluff is he’s invisible. I just suggested the idea that we needed a ‘squeaky pig’ – the kind you find in the pet aisle at the supermarket – and we could squeak said pig when things got out of hand. So what happens now is, someone starts talking, someone else butts in, a couple of others start a conversation up the other end of the table and before you know it one or more people are yelling ‘SQUEAKY PIG!’

And it works!

Every now and then I see an actual squeaky pig at the supermarket and I’m slightly tempted. Then I think, what a waste of money (yes, I’m a bit of a tight-wad – it’s hereditary).

But I also think something magical would be lost by having an actual object.

So, here’s to Fluff. And, you know, if you have this problem in your writer’s or book group this is an idea that is free to good home. The more Fluffs, the merrier smile



About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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2 Responses to The squeaky pig

  1. Diana Lawrenson says:

    Calling ‘Squeaky pig!’ is wonderfully effective because it crescendos as others chime in! Nice piece, Heather.

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