ThirdCat is my blog name from when it seemed like I needed to be anonymous. I am Tracy Crisp.

I live in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is slightly north of Adelaide where I lived for many years. Adelaide is west of Auckland where I lived for some years and where I have never felt more at home. Auckland is east of Port Pirie (which is north of Adelaide) which is where I grew up and is the place I carry in my heart.

I caught the Trans-Siberian train from Beijing to Moscow and saw Lenin in his tomb. That was a long time ago. I once, unwittingly, caught the Love Boat from Vancouver to San Fransisco. I lived in New Zealand for four years, but never bungy jumped. If John Howard had won the last election, I would’ve moved back to New Zealand. And I would’ve jumped. If Tony Abbott wins the next election, I’ll be staying here.

If I could live anywhere in the world, I think it would be Mexico. Or Spain. Or Paris. Paris would be my first choice.

I have two boys. They don’t look like me. Not at all. I thought I was having three, and I guess that tells you something about my intuitive powers. I don’t have any cats, but I’ve had my share. For  a short while I had a Dog, but he couldn’t come to Abu Dhabi. Just because you’ve got a Dog, doesn’t make you a Dog Person. That’s something I’ve learned.

In February 2009, I turned 40. My, but it seemed like a big deal at the time.

I write short stories and essays and my first novel, Black Dust Dancing, was published by Wakefield Press in March 2009.

A few years ago, I started performing standup comedy. It feels good when people laugh and shit when people don’t. In August 2009, I went to the Edinburgh Fringe and put on my first solo show. It felt good when people laughed and shit when people didn’t. The mister was my tech crew, and we had a brilliant time.

In Adelaide I had a Real Job I never blogged about. Here, in Abu Dhabi, I’ve got myself a Real Job. My Dream Job. I’ll never blog about it.

I can get emails at: tracyqcrisp at gmail.com


4 Responses to “About”

  1. Jo Pankhurst March 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    just finished reading your book! you are even more amazing now than I thought you were! (and I always thought you were pretty dam good!) xx

    ps I think your boys look like you

  2. ThirdCat March 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    jo! thanks so much. we miss yous.

  3. candy June 4, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Hello Tracy,

    I just came across your blog when I was ‘googling’ my mother, Sophie van Rood, (The Banana Room) to see get some links for my own blog.

    This is quite wonderful. The picture on your blog of the black polymer clay hand earrings,
    were made my me in 1986-8. (I only have one pair left after all these years) Sophie used to stock some of my pieces there at times.
    I live in Melbourne these days, still making jewellery, albeit different from those early days.
    It was lovely to come across this, and your writing looks like I should explore it.

    Anyway, I wish you all the best,


    (aka Candida van Rood)


  4. blue milk December 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I think you might have the best ‘About’ page I have ever read on a blog. I am totally jealous.

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