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Read behind the scenes of Hazel’s earthly kingdom
on the island paradise
National Novel Writing Month is a global online challenge. The target: a 50,000 word draft novel in 30 days. The guinea pig mother blurted out the first draft of Pig Tails during NaNoWriMo 2010, in Hobart, Tasmania, thanks to the encouragement of C., a former schoolfriend residing in São Paulo, Brazil.
Excerpts from a conversation between the GPM and the Culprit:
27 October 2010
GPM: Hey C. – are you doing it? Have you done it before? I have just been looking at the site and it looks a scream! I think I should do it!!! That is less than 2000 words a day… :)
C: I’ll be doing it, or at least trying. Nano last year required me to cease all ‘normal’ function… you know… like eating, sleeping, going to the bathroom… minor stuff like that ;) . I’m out for a large portion of the day and writing with pen and paper is sooo slow. But yes, I try. One day, I may actually finish something too LOL.
And yes, I think you should do it :) .
28 October 2010
GPM: I have signed up!
This should at least make my friends happy who have nagged me for years – they want guinea pig stuff, and they want perils-of-internet-dating stuff – not sure if I could mix the two, hehehe!
Three weeks later…
22 November 2010
GPM: Hi C. … I could thank you for putting me onto NaNoWriMo, but it has turned me into a crazy guinea pig writer. I now know why all other (normal) functions stop. The first week I thought I would die. Now I have only 5,000 words left and the pigs haven’t nearly finished with me. I am exhausted. However I am losing some weight because I keep forgetting to eat the food put outside my door. ;)
C: I’ve been wrestling with seeds and life and a few alien invasions. Ok, I wish I could blame aliens. My excuses are far more ordinary :) … I’m dying to read the guinea pig sagas! … Now, please go and eat. I will not be held responsible for your starvation ;) .
Fullers Bookshop Hobart
10 November 2017
The Pig God does nothing by halves. To his quaking servant's horror he ordered her to approach one of Tasmania's MOST prestigious human authors to launch Pig Tails. Merridy did as she was told, and to her amazement (but not Hazel's), Danielle Wood said, 'Yes.'
His Royal Highness organised his Royal Portrait to be up-front, centre-stage, to keep an eye on the proceedings.
Hazel approved the guinea pig grandfather's introductory speech, and the guinea-pig-friendly fodder (fruit, veg, chocolate raisins) supplied to keep fans well-fed and alert.
Since the famed Danielle spoke eloquently about the sentience of furry creatures, Hazel offered her a cushion featuring Chickpea, an inferior but useful guinea pig, the 'face' of Pig Tails.
The guinea pig mother spoke alongside guest squeakers, Jupiter the Ginger Ninja and Zeus Nutkin Speedy Motors Pugh.
There was a ceremonial tossing-of-the-celery, whereupon the waiting crowd burst into spontaneous 'wheeks' of excitement as they tried to catch it. The catcher won a free copy of Pig Tails.
It ended with The Guinea Pig Song by Joe Pasquale, who knows his pigs. Performed to perfection by Mark Goninon and Angela Panarettos.
Merridy signed the books and stamped them with Hazel's proxy-paw-print (since he couldn't be bothered to be there in person, Zeus had donated a print). Then she lay down on the floor upstairs in the storeroom while kindly fans cleared up, and contemplated the various demands for Book 2. The Muse (HHH) is insatiable and will not be stopped!