By Cornelia The other day on Lee Child's forum, regular and Guinness-fond Reacher Creature Marcus wrote the following, in response to another poster's announcement that he had just finished the first draft of his first novel:
I think "What If" I wrote a book and "what if" it was really good and "what if" I became semi-famous. And "what if" they expected me to write another novel even better then the first? Right here is were I stop with the "what if" because I can see the future and it has FAILURE imprinted across my forehead. I don't have a second book in me. How can I when I don't have a clue as to where the first one came from! LOL
I thought about that for a nano-second and responded as follows: Here is what happens if you are me: You think OMG, I appear to have written a novel, and it might even kind of sort of be halfway decent if you kind of hold your head to one side and squint at it a little. And then you realize that you have a two-book contract and you're supposed to write ANOTHER one in the next twelve months, only you suddenly realize it's actually only ten months now because you've been holding your head to one side and squinting a lot. So then you call your sister and you go, "Oh, crap, I have to write another novel and I so totally suck." And she goes, "you don't suck. Pipe the hell down already. You are the epitome of not sucking. You are like the F. Scott Freaking Fitzgerald of not sucking, already." And I go, "F. Scott Fitzgerald. Oh great. No PRESSURE or anything. Thanks for bringing him up." And she goes "Dude, I'm kind of at work, here. Do you think you could not suck without me for an hour or so?" And I go, "Um. It's just that, you know, Fitzgerald died drunk and broke and four years younger than me, I think. So you're kind of freaking me out. Because I don't want to die drunk and broke FOUR YEARS AGO and besides with no talent and all the suckage." And she goes, "Call me over the weekend." And then you call your mother and you go, "What if I totally suck?" And she says, "Well, maybe you should try going into real estate or something. I mean, what happens if no one likes it? Maybe you only had one book in you, And you probably won't make enough money with the first book, anyway. Because it certainly seems that way so far." And then you go "I don't think I can come to the Tomato Fest and help you with volunteering at the salsa booth this year. So sorry. Gotta go." And then you call your husband and go, "I totally suck. Even Mom thinks so." And he goes, "I'm in a meeting. I thought you were calling about something important." So you hang up and consider throwing up for about an hour. And then you start typing, because, hey... you probably totally suck, but you have a contract which does not have a "Whoa, sorry, I completely spaced on the fact that I totally suck" clause that allows you to back out of the whole thing. And eventually you actually finish typing book two, and then your editor makes you rewrite it five times, and then they tell you it will come out in January, so you cross your fingers and start typing #3. And so it goes. Yee ha.

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Comment by Cornelia Read on August 13, 2007 at 3:17pm
Well, maybe when Keith Richards is done with his memoir, he'll be up for a little work? Not much help with keeping the bar tab down, though.
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on August 13, 2007 at 12:16pm
I've been working on that soundtrack for a while too. Just can't seem to get good, reliable band members. And the bar tab's pretty high too.
Comment by Cornelia Read on August 13, 2007 at 11:15am
I'm still waiting for the marching band to follow me around and play my personal life soundtrack, Daniel. I think popups might make me a little nervy, on top of that. But still....
Comment by Daniel Hatadi on August 13, 2007 at 10:55am
There must be a way to rig life so that photos like these pop up at just the right moment. It might make you fall over head first into a toilet bowl, but it'd be worth it in the end.

Cornelia's BACK!
Comment by Cornelia Read on August 13, 2007 at 6:34am
Thank you, Nikki... I'm still trying to figure out what exactly Sisyphus is pushing up the hill in that first picture. Looks like some nasty flu virus?
Comment by Cornelia Read on August 12, 2007 at 4:56pm
Aw, Evil K... you're the best, dude!
Comment by Evil Kev on August 12, 2007 at 3:56pm
"You are like the F. Scott Freaking Fitzgerald of not sucking, already."

You are just too cool for words Cornelia. And you scored zero on the suckage meter.

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