Alida Whiteoak

Writer and Artist in Vietnam

Alida Whiteoak

Writer and Artist in Vietnam

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Alida Whiteoak is a grammatically challenged writer, who despite her technical inadequacies, has a daily compulsion to work on her craft. For the last SEVEN years she has been slaving away at a retro cookbook (real recipes linked with a fictional storyline about life, fashion and love/lust), a project she holds as dear to her heart as afternoon naps. She’s also written and illustrated a children's book. Neither of the above have been published. On the topic of her zero publications, Alida maintains that her career is making headways: “It may appear like I’m shuffling food around a plate, but in fact I’m working hard on alignment and strategy.” She went on to describe an old flame's meal time ritual - “He’d spend at least five minutes pushing all of his same same vegetables together into portions. None could touch. The whole time I’d keep thinking- everything’s going cold!!! But once the ceremony was over he’d chow down his food with such precision that we’d put down our cutlery together. You see, he got there in the end. Quite skilfully,” she added.

And when can we expect this book launch chow down to finally take place? Alida insists that she will (wants to) release a book this year. She explained that her peas and carrots are compartmentalised, and now all that’s left is to separate her sweet potatoes from her kipflers. And what will proceed her potatoes being suitably sorted? Alida informed me that she wants to release a children’s book. “It’s an explorative piece. It’s designed to encourage kids to look upon the human body with awe rather than judgement. I've certainly struggled to associate my own dents and bumps with feelings of rhapsody. The quest for body perfection is rife; and highly elusive,” she added. “Best to nip that in the bud at an early age.”

To conclude the discussion I asked Alida- with a lack of evidence solidifying your competence, why are you a writer worth following: “My mum's a huge fan, and my dating profiles have gained rave reviews. One perspective went as far to say that I presented much better on paper than in person. So as you can see, some favourable feedback,” she gushed.

When not overusing her spellcheck, Alida can also be found partaking in her other passions- yoga, travelling and writing in her personal blog.

If you want to watch her divide then conquer the above, click below.