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Stay Up Late and Get A Cat: If you weren't a writer....

Welcome, welcome, welcome one and all to Stay Up Late and Get A Cat!

Tonight we have two authors on the couch. Double trouble people.

Scot Gardner recently release the #LoveOzYA Changing Gear and Wai Chim, author of Freedom Swimmer.

photo of author Scott Garder

photo of author Wai Chim












So we asked them the tough question – if you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Here’s Scott’s answer:

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be a builder.

I’d construct funky underground houses and tree houses (multi-storey, of course) made of wood and earth and glass and string and old teapots. Everything I built would be a major headache for the local council, but I’m in love with the idea of building being an art form and home being another excuse for adventure.

Thanks Scot. We love that any work you choose has to be an excuse for adventure!

Now over to Wai Chim.

What would you be if you weren’t a writer?

Here’s Wai Chim’s reply:

If I didn’t write, I would be Batman.

Like so many other small children, I had fallen in love with the idea of becoming Batman when I grew up. At age 10, I was sure that if I kept up diligent and regular, by the time I was 18, I would have the abilities I needed to don a cape and a secret identity in order to dole out justice to the world. My subsequent ‘training’ consisted of me brandishing a broomstick like a weapon – and resulted in more than one smashed lamp.

One of the biggest reasons I became a writer is because as an adult I still need that space, the freedom of a second sense of self to contribute to our broader society. I love my so called ‘day job’ as a digital producer/web developer and I don’t think I’d give that up, I love the skills I’ve learned and the complexity of it; being a writer is my ‘Batman’, the identity I don to consider the world and contribute to its betterment. While a tiny part of me might still fantasise about being the actual Batman, there were fewer smashed lamps to contend with this way.

Sounds like both our authors are adventurers and creative super heroes! No matter what they do!

1 comment


Awww. Very ambitious jobs!

24th Oct, 18