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Afterward.

It's a strange thing, but after you have a novel picked up... everything remains the same.

Maybe I was expecting cute girls to parachute from the sky, crash through the window and offer themselves to me. If I was thinking that, then that's my business, and it was only a little thought. But still, you have this sense that something is different. That the world has changed. In the words of my Mother and Friends, "You're a real boy now," and that should make a difference, somehow. I had the same feeling when I sold my first bit of short fiction ten years ago, and I suppose the truth of it is that something did change, but it was merely an internal goal satisfied, and that does not result in cute girls who crash through your windows.

When I woke up this morning, I was the same guy, it was the same world, and A Walking Tour of the Dreaming City still needed to be finished. But that's okay. It's certainly a better way to spend my time than any number of shit jobs I've worked.

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deborahb
Mar. 1st, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
When I woke up this morning, I was the same guy

I remember how disappointed I was when I sold my first story.

'Damn, I'm still me. *sigh* I thought I'd be cooler.'
lonewolf23
Mar. 1st, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
I was cooler. You should have seen me before. Whoooo-EEEEEEE!
benpeek
Mar. 1st, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
i woke up and thought, 'man, i still don't have a job.'
nick_kaufmann
Mar. 1st, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
Maybe I was expecting cute girls to parachute from the sky, crash through the window and offer themselves to me.

No, that only happens when your novel gets made into a movie.
benpeek
Mar. 1st, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
right. to hollywood i must go.

but if that doesn't happen, nick, i'll be looking for you to explain yourself.
nick_kaufmann
Mar. 1st, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Tell you what, if it doesn't happen I'll parachute into your house myself just so you can have the experience.
benpeek
Mar. 1st, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
jeez. just what i need: fat, smoker free authors breaking my windows.

;)

(best with the smoking, btw. it's a harsh thing watching people die from the related cancer.)
nick_kaufmann
Mar. 1st, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
Yes, yes it is. Thanks for the good wishes!
bodhichitta0
Mar. 1st, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Give it time, Ben. Would you be horribly disappointed if they knocked on the door instead? I mean, the whole parchuting requirement could put off a lot of folks with the XX chromosomes...
benpeek
Mar. 2nd, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
well, i mean, i don't want people to think they can just walk on up to the front door...
bodhichitta0
Mar. 2nd, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
So a cute, smart, funny girl who likes your writing STILL has to parachute in? You have to respect a man for his standards... I suppose. :-p
benpeek
Mar. 2nd, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
this is probably why i'm still single, but if you don't have standards... well, where are you in the world?
bodhichitta0
Mar. 2nd, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Okay, let's say she was cute, smart, liked your writing didn't parachute in BUT instead showed up on your doorstep with a monkey. Would that then eliminate the need for the parachuting requirement? The fact that your monkey and her monkey could also make monkey love? And the fact that she was cool enough to have a monkey?
benpeek
Mar. 2nd, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
well, of course. i mean, she has a monkey. but i think it might be a bit unrealistic to expect a girl with a monkey. i think parachuting is much more realistic.
studebakerhawk
Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
i fucking love monkeys. i want a big white gorilla that can carry me around. and hey, if i have a hot monkey-girl, so be it.
benpeek
Mar. 2nd, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
all i can think of now is that hot monkey girl anime. damn you. i'm trying to write depressing break up emails for my thesis! there's no place for hot monkey girls in that!

bit of a shame, really.
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