Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sandstorm in a Sleeping Bag

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Sandstorm in a Sleeping Bag (2001) Post 169

Sandstorm in a Sleeping Bag came into being after I worked as writer in residence at a school camp at the very venue in this story. Roscoe, the hero, is a boy from the Atherton Tablelands, and he finds the sea altogether suspicious. From school camp, a place he is not especially thrilled to be in, he writes some creative but misleading accounts to his parents, using the teachers' laptop. The fact that multiple teachers use the same laptop shows the story's age. After each dramatic account is a chapter telling the reader what really happened.
When Roscoe's parents come to collect him, his father tells one of the teachers, Mr Felix, that they must have had a hair-raising time. To prove it, he shows off Roscoe's accounts. He further suggests that he hopes Mr Felix doesn't take anything Roscoe might write about his life on the Tablelands as gospel truth.
This story, like Visiting Day, (post 92) plays with aspects of truth.

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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