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Beverly Lucey from the other coast has found us, and entered our contest: You Didn’t Write That. That line must make an appearance somewhere in your story submisasion, and if you can’t take my word for it–I didn’t write that–just pull down the rules from the menu bar under (surprise) CONTESTS.
I don’t recall Beverly on our site before, but please remember, I saw her first.
Thanks Beverly, for risking it all to enter our playground, and remember our mission statement: Putting Gravitas on a Lo-Carb Diet.
Theme Park Ride Movies with Fast Food Tie-ins
by Beverly Lucey
About the novel under discussion you said, “I could have written that.” Written as a memoir about a failed novelist who hates everyone who has written a memoir, felt true. Hemingway might have said, “True and good.” You think he did.You feel writerly, send queries, force your successful wife to pretend to be both lawyer and agent in correspondence, and spend months waiting. All the right things, you think.
“I’m waiting for a call from the coast,” you say to the six of us at dinner, “about a pirate screenplay.” But, Johnny Depp cornered the market on pirate theme-park-ride movies, so you might be ten years too late to jump on that bandwagon. You think you suffer only from poor timing and placement: the suburbs, where people talk about books but don’t write them.
Dinner party conversations run to vacations, tuition gouging, long term health care. You think we are, at least, civilized. Your neighbors and friends. It’s your wife we like.
But, this book you just finished? Ripped off your thoughts. Plus, the writer? Son of a famous author. “Lucky bastard.” You father owned a small store. He was a small hero. But you didn’t write that.
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