9th June 2012: What I've Been Doing in April and May

* Finishing second draft of Quintana of Charyn and just about to go into edit. I tried very hard not to introduce new characters, but in saying that, if a character so much as sneezed in Froi of the Exiles, they’re back again in Quintana with a crucial role. Once again, it's mostly told from Froi's point of view, but this is how the novel begins (obviously not Froi's point of view):

There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley …

* Writing a short story for Review of Australian fiction called Ferragost. It features Lady Celie of the Flatlands and it’s set in a castle on the isle of Ferragost in Belegonia, where Celie is stranded with the Castellan of the castle and four other characters. So obviously there is a murder, as tends to happen in an isolated castle on tiny isles in Belegonia, and Celie finds herself investigating the murder and making a bit of a nuisance of herself in the eyes of Banyon, who happens to be the mysterious Castellan of the castle, who of course is harboring a secret or two himself and is also co-harbouring a bit of a crush. Ferragost will be online at www.reviewofaustralianfiction.com sometime in July with a Kirsty Eagar short story (who I’ll be conversing with some time soon on my website about point of view and curses).

* Writing an episode for Season 3 of Dance Academy. I love working with these people.

* Working on a pitch document for a 10 part TV series with Cathy Randall and our producers. A pitch document has to convince a network that they will invest money in the development of our idea and it takes weeks and days and hours to put together because you have to establish a story arc, as well as characters, as well as the setting, and convey how this is different to anything else out there, and it all has to be done in a couple of pages.

* Finally, always always always putting final touches on the Jellicoe Script to make it everything it should be.
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Published on June 08, 2012 00:18
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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate Gosh there is so much going on! Looking forward to the final results!

message 2: by Alexa (new)

Alexa So much exciting stuff! Your updates always make me happy. :D

message 3: by Louzel (new)

Louzel Thank you so much for giving us such awesome stories! I cried a lot when I watch S2 of Dance academy, it seems like, what ever you write, book or no, I'm always crying! Thanks so much!

message 4: by Kristin (new)

Kristin I am harboring an author crush on Melina!! I seriously can't wait for the Jellicoe Film (fingers crossed!!) and QUINTANA!!! *dies*

TheOneAndOnlySam wow!! so much goes on!!!!!! I am so excited for quintana!!!! and i know this is really delayed, but i only just realised a few weeks ago, that melina marchetta is an aussie author! same country as me! wow i'm sorry, but i was like whoa, i love jellicoe, francesca, etc. why am i able to understand the schooling levels??? oh wait. they're in australia!! duh!!!! melina, i love your books!! keep up the great work!!

message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura So much excitement right now.

Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun) This is all great news. I can't wait to see what kind of adventures Lady Celie has. And Quintana... oh Quintana, I'm SUPER excited for this.

message 8: by Tyla (new)

Tyla I cannot wait for the Jellicoe movie. I've read the book so many times it'll be great to see the characters come to life.

message 9: by Danielle (new)

Danielle time for book three in the US! Can't wait!!!!!

message 10: by silver (new)

silver wombat wow. i loooove dance academy and i got quite emotional in s2 in the end. Hope there is still lots of finnikin in quintana though... sooo eXcited!!!I also liked lookin g for alibrandi and i need to read jellico road. all in all; go melina!

message 11: by Ess (new)

Ess um, sorry 'bout this but im sisters with silver wombat, and i aciendtly used her account soo, i just want to say that me, not her. oppps!

message 12: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I am soo looking forward to the the Jellicoe Road movie. Even as I reading the book (the first time) I kept thinking what a great movie it will make :)

message 13: by Ess (new)

Ess i just read jellicoe. most amazing book. can't wait for the movie.

message 14: by Ess (new)

Ess just re-read should i say ;)

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