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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.

Comments

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.