Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Walkabout Wednesday... Embarrassing Confessions

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 22:

I have heard that confession is good for the soul. My soul is about to get the hook up of the century.

As a writer, I am a complete and total dorkwad. I have quirks--frighteningly strange quirks--when I'm working. Brace yourselves, this will probably frighten you and make you wonder whether or not the public is safe while I am wandering around unattended.

Pre-writing Prep:
I must have within arms-reach:
  • a snack-sized baggie of Cheetos that will be consumed as I write (my brain does not function without the presence of processed cheese-powder)
  • several paper towels (because of the Cheetos)
  • three Mike and Ike candies (always three)
  • bottle of water (probably because I grew up in the desert where one becomes parched every time one opens one's mouth)
  • music and headphones (not so abnormal if you don't know how dependent I am on these two things for basic functioning)
While I'm Working:
I do strange things. Here's proof:
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  • I read outloud (but kinda quietly) the things I'm writing or editing.
  • I read outloud in a British accent.
  • I read outloud in a lousy British accent.
  • I read outloud in a lousy British accent while acting out the things that I'm writing.
  • I read outloud in a lousy British accent while acting out the things that I'm writing while seated.
  • I tend to fall off my chair.
  • Sometimes I work in public places, like the Library. People stare at me.
After I'm Done Writing For The Day:
Yeah. I have rituals for that too:
  • I end each writing session with a "take that, in yo' face, oooohhh yeeeeaaaahhhh" kind of song. Yesterday's selection? Can't Touch This by M. C. Hammer ("bust them funky lyrics")
  • I tend to dance to the song. Again, public places. It's very awkward.
  • I get to eat the Mike and Ikes. They mock me all through the writing session and, pathetically, I am excessively pleased to get to eat them.

Whew!!! I'm so glad to get that off my chest. Confession really is therapeutic.

So, if you're in the mood to be thoroughly entertained, track me down at the library--just follow the snickering and the looks of utter disbelief.

PS-- January's Giveaway: There are over 100 entries in January's drawing! Dang people, you rock. Jewel and Rebecca Irvine are in the double digits for entries. Not bad, eh?

PPS--Tune in for I Need Friends Friday!! My new friend and I will explore the wonderful world of being a legendary hero. There are digitally altered photographs involved, and, quite possibly, the best stick figure portrait to date. Don't miss it!


Fenwick Family said...

I so enjoy reading your posts. You are so stinkin' funny!

Amie said...

I have a phobia involving libraries. I actually considered going in one to see the crazy people! I would totally stare.

Krista said...

So funny... falling out of your chair, ha ha. I like your Mike and Ikes. A chocolate covered cinnamon bear is my treat. And I would so snicker at you at the library. Fun post!

Aubrey said...

Um, which library would this be...? I could SO use a laugh right about now.

mormonhermitmom said...

I'd love to see those library security videos!

Kimberly Job said...

I loved your lists! Too funny.

Heather Justesen said...

Okay, your habits are way more quirky than mine. I especially like the three Mike and Ike's staring at you throughout your writing session. I'd never make it. I don't have that kind of self control.

Sarah M Eden said...

mormonhermitmom -- I hadn't thought about the tapes. I wonder what it would take to get those things destroyed?

Heather -- The Mike and Ikes make it through the whole thing. The Cheetos only last a couple minutes.

Steve said...

...Is it weird that i want to follow you just to see these things happen? If you ever hear a rustling in the fake plant behind you in the library...dont worry about it.

Jewel said...

Bwahahahaha....that's awesome. I want to follow you for a day. That's it.

Melanie J said...

If the Mike and Ike's are the tropical flavor, I totally get it.


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