Wednesday, May 30, 2007
And what do YOU do?
I’m blogging remotely from a campground about two hours from home where the DH and I have a little getaway trailer. It’s a reward to ourselves for the years of raising two boys, all the parent-teacher conferences, Little League games, scout meeting, braces, ungodly auto insurance premiums that go along with two boys, college tuition and all the other expenses parents face. Now that we no longer have those expenses, we have some extra money to (1) dote on the grandbaby and (2) dote on ourselves. The campground falls under number 2. And this week I’m doting on me. I decided if I had internet access I could take care of business from here and well… here I am.
There’s a regular gang that visits this campground along with folks who happen upon it in their travels. We have standing Friday and Saturday night card games, shuffleboard tournaments, darts, volleyball, tennis and my favorite, the pool. My husband is a die-hard volleyball player and frequently captains competitive teams. I, on the other hand, tell folks that I’m captain of the suntanning team, a position I take quite seriously including my bottle of SPF30 face block and SPF15 body block.
In the course of conversations with both regulars and new folks, the topic of occupation regularly arises. And when asked, I tell folks that I’m a writer.
Them: Oh. What do you write?
Me: I write romance.
Them: Oh. Are you published?
Me: Not in book length, but I’ve sold some short stories to magazines.
Them: How do you know what to write about?
Me: I get ideas from all around me. I read newspaper articles or articles online and an idea will spark. I hear a snippet of conversation or see something on a blog and I ask myself, “What if?”
Them: *snicker and a sidelong glance at my husband* Do you use him for ideas?
Me: No, he’s too boring. But his wacky family is a hotbed of ideas.
Husband shoots me a dirty look at this point, but he knows it’s true. About his family, that is.
Them: How much money do you make?
Me: None of your damned business.
Actually, I don’t say that last part but I’d like to. I don’t ask them how much they make. They don’t ask any of the other people how much money they make, but my income is apparently intriguing and open for discussion.
Me: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
Them: Do you know Stephen King?
Them: Do you know the guy who wrote the book… you know, the one that was a movie with Matt Damon? He played a spy or something. Uh, something about identity.
Me: The Bourne Identity?
Them: Yeah. Do you know that guy?
Me: No, I don’t know him.
Them: Well do you know Jackie Collins?
Them: Do you know Danielle Steele?
At this point, I begin to sense a pattern and decide to stop it in its tracks.
Me: No, but I met Nora Roberts once.
Me: Yes. We attend the same writers’ conference each summer.
Them: I’d like to write a book. It doesn’t look like it could be that hard.
By this time I’ve pasted a smile on my face that’s as fake as Pamela Anderson’s bosom.
Them: I feel like I have a book inside me just waiting to get out. If I tell you my idea can you help me write it and get it published.
Me: *sigh* You really should write it yourself because it’s YOUR story to tell and it should reflect your voice.
Them: Voice? But this is a book, not a tape.
Me: *deeper sigh* Voice is how your personality comes across in your writing. Everyone’s is different..
Them: Oh. Well, if I write it in my voice can you help me get it published?
Me: I’m sorry, but I don’t have an inside track to publishing. You just have to submit and wait with the rest.
Them: Oh. And what do YOU do? they ask the next person.
Him: I’m a doctor.
Them: Oh. I have this place on my foot that’s been bothering me…
It’s different being a writer, isn’t it? And I suppose I ought to get back to being a writer and write since I don’t have a phone ringing and the usual household distractions.
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Posted by Playground Monitor at 5/30/2007 12:06:00 AM