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Back From the Mountain.





Home now.

For those keeping tabs, I had fun. In Bundaberg I swam in the ocean, drank mescal, and did not get to go on the Rum Factory Tour. I couldn't express to you the joy at seeing and being with my friends and, to add to which, it's a personal intimacy, so I won't try. Afterwards, I spent time on the Mountain, staring into herds of wildlife and learning about life and bugs and other important things that have altered me. I am lucky, yes.

Here, however, is the trip story I will share with you all, for I am incapable of traveling without something happening. Once my luggage was replaced by a bag containing towels and Richard Marx CDs.

This time, when leaving Sydney, I sat next to a middle aged woman reading Harry Potter. A sign? Perhaps. Still, I eased into conversation with her, a place holding person conversation without names, and she asked me what I did. I said that I was a student, then added that I was doing creative writing. Once I said that, she began to tell me about how she had these great two book ideas that I could write for her. Before I could say, "I don't write, really," she began telling me about her ideas. The first was about aid groups and how they steal money, and the second was about a middle aged woman who bred dogs, and who won the lotto. After winning this, she had everything she wanted, but found that hollow because, as you all should know, you need love and children and all this woman needed was love and children. So, with her dog breeding friends, she set out on the search for the man she could love and procreate with, treating men as if they were dogs and examining them like so. "It would make a great romantic comedy script," she said, and I told her she should write it. In case you're wondering what kind of life she had, let me just say that she was a dog breeder and her script was quite revealing into her life, I thought.

A week later, flying back to Sydney, I was seated next to another middle aged woman. She asked me what I did and I said, figuring that I would just leap into what awaited me, that I was a writer. Turns out she's an editor for tv and film. She had once written for Neighbours, she told me, but now instead did contract work as an editor. She was coming to Sydney for a six month contract.

"What are you editing?" I asked.

"Gay porn," she said.

I am home.



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chrisbarnes
Oct. 8th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
Those sound like fabulous book ideas, Ben, I can't think why you didn't go for them. You just need to jazz them up a bit: say, aid groups steal money because they're part of the Illuminati... or make the dog breeder a witch. It'd be Bewitched meets Best In Show. Perfect.

Either way, they'd still be better than the idea someone once tried to press on me of "rewriting Greek Legends but in modern settings". 'Cos, you know, no one's ever done that.
benpeek
Oct. 8th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
but i've never read a greek legend in modern setting book... ;)

anyhow, what was really surprising about the first woman,w as just how much she revealed her life in that second idea, i thought. or at least how much i thought it revealed her.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 8th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
awesome picture 2nd picture there.

everytime i fly back into sydney, i always realise, as much as it is a hole, sydney is also a very nice place to be. i guess family and friends rather than gang rapists and posers, help define that warm and fuzzy feeling.

john
benpeek
Oct. 8th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm always happy to return to sydney. family, friends, that stuff makes a difference. it really does. and i kind of like the city, myself. it's this big sprawling beast.
simplykathryn
Oct. 9th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
There's something special about flying in Sydney - the Harbour and the Bridge and that incredibly beautiful hunk of white tile there on the edge. It's going to cost me somewhere in the vicinity of US4500.00 for me & the kids to go home next year, but I need to do it.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
man, that's a lot of money. but it is good to see sydney, yes.
bodhichitta0
Oct. 10th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
I wish that second lady the best of luck. Gay porn could use some good editors. :-p
benpeek
Oct. 10th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
yeah, i've always thought it was all about the sex and not about the relationships, myself.
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