Monday, February 7, 2011

Oh say can you remember?

Geez, I feel kinda sorry for Christina Aguilera this morning. I know what it's like to be a mom and try to go out and do something cool. The ole brain just isn't in prime shape anymore. Not when you have to think about who's gotta do their homework, who's running around with the cat dangling from their hands, who's still not dressed and it's lunchtime, who's needs their nose wiped, and who needs their teeth brushed. The national anthem sort of takes second place after all that, you know? We'll let it slip this one time Christina. Just stop doing runs on every single note you sing and the whole thing will be forgiven.

So, I have a question. Do you tell other people about your writing? Do you find it hard to explain that you're madly in love with invisible humans? That you murder and lie and cuss all in the name of fiction? Sometimes I worry about how people will react to me when they read some of my more radical pieces, but it doesn't stop me one bit from wanting to continue. I loves me some fake peoples, ya'll. But I do hope the rest of the world doesn't disown me for the stuff I write.

How do you feel? How do you tell others you're a *gasp* writer?!


  1. Poor Christina. She's lucky in the end though.

    Very interesting thought you have there. I never really thought about it. I think this is because I tend to hide it. Just recently I've trusted myself enough to present my radical work and surprisingly people didn't think I'm crazy. Or they do without telling me.
    Does this bother you?
    Nahno ∗ McLein

  2. What happened with Christina? I feel so out of the loop!

    I used to feel that way about my writing, because it always led to the inevitable: What have you published? And for the longest time, I had nothing to say. A full-time writer with nothing published... yeah.

    But now I have something published, so I feel bit better!

  3. Poor Christina. She’s one of my favorite singers so I hate to see this happen to her.

    For the longest time, I would be too afraid to tell people that I write books as a hobby. There were some people who thought I was crazy for it when I told them. Now that I’m two days away from being published, it’s not so bad. That’s until everyone learns that I’m an e-published author, and I see the judgment again. But same as VHS was abandoned for DVD, eventually paperbacks will be replaced by PDFs and then I’ll (and all other e-published authors) will be having the last laugh.

  4. Nahno- Hello, first of all! Thanks for commenting. Yes, it does worry me a bit how people will react, especially as I was raised Catholic (and, before that, a cult with my dad's religion). So I have all these fears of rejection. But I also get a thrill out knowing I might shock someone. There's just something about pushing the boundaries that makes me happy.

    Talli- Christina flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Whoops : ) High five for feeling better after being published! That rocks!

    Angelina- Welcome!! That's interesting about the e-publishing. I think you're right. People who love hard cover will still want the real thing, and those who just love to read and don't care about format will go for downloads. Also, it's cheaper and that's a huge selling factor. Congrats on your book release!

  5. Well... one approach that I find works is to mention it, answer all questions until their eyes glaze.


    I also enjoy watching the faces of seemingly uninterested eavesdroppers when I'm telling my friends about how easily I killed Sammy...

  6. I didn't know that about Christina either but I'm not condemning her - No Way.I have to write myself notes and leave them in prominent places in case I forget! I love what you write and I feel a bit like Grandmother Carrie!

  7. Haha! I'd love to be telepathic like Emma and Grandmother Carrie : )

  8. So she forgot the words to a rather stupid song. Who cares? At least Quebec didnt' gain independence from Canada when the Montreal Expos were still around. Then we would have had to suffer through three national anthems at the all-star game.

    More importantly: I love you Amy, but what the hell kind of transition was that? Is this a double post? I feel like I got robbed. Like when Entertainment Weekly boasts of a double-issue, but still charges me for the week I don't get a magazine in the mail.

    Now then, yes, I do worry when I tell people that I write. Who want's to be judged? Especially when you've written a story that ends with a ten-year-old being forced to eat his Christmas puppy in a stew.

    Yes. I did write that.

  9. I'm in a weird funk lately, with perhaps too much on my mind. That might explain weird postings which may or may not include bad transitions. Hey, I tried!

    Yikes! Puppy stew. Did it taste like chicken? Actually, there's an episode of Lonely Planet where Justine Shapiro has to eat dog (or was it cat?) meat and she says it's very gritty. I personally could never do it. Wouldn't make a good diplomat, I'm afraid.

    Anyway, back to the point of accepting ourselves as writers. I always remember that quote from Willy Wonka, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

  10. Is Christina the one who sings a dozen notes when just one was enough?

    It's a good thing you're no longer a Catholic. All that sex and murder; you'd have to move into the confessional.

  11. I felt a little bad for her, because it seemed like she just got confused, not forgot the words.

    Could happen to anyone, right? Especially with the nerves she probably had since it was the Superbowl and all. But hey, I think the Peas said it was SB 35, not 45, during halftime, too. Mistakes. They happen. Apparently so does too much drinking in the dressing rooms. ;)

    I used to keep writing a secret. But now that I have an agent, I feel like I have enough ammo, so to speak, to keep people from calling my passion a mere "hobby".

    Working on some revisions right now, so hopefully I'll be able to call myself an AUTHOR soon!!


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