15 January 2007

Literary (blonde) Ambitions

I've decided to write a book. God, it took me almost ten minutes to type that sentence. Why? Well, saying it out loud seems so.....so....real.

Writing for Well Fed last year made me realize that yes, I can write, write decently, clearly, and I enjoy it a whole lot. I thought, when I started writing for Well Fed, that writing non-fiction would be all the further I'd ever take it, but all of a sudden it seems important to me to write down some of the stories that I make up all the time. I've an overactive imagination, always have, and I have I think a knack for telling a story. Often, when I'm people watching, I'll make up stories about the people I see, because it is fun. And I think imagination is like muscle tissue; use it or lose it.

The imagination has gotten me into trouble a time or two....most recently, I got the first season of Supernatural for Christmas, and watched it in about 3 days. Some of the TV show is scary, but mostly who doesn't want to watch those two hot boys? Mmmmmmmmmmmm. But I digress. One of the episodes about a soul-sucking witch has me wanting to leave the lights on at night, actually each episode has a moment or two that scares me. I don't usually watch horror movies because they scare me too much, nor do I read many things like Stephen King or Robin Cook because they scare the bejeeebus out of me. Dean Koontz's "House of Thunder" scared me so badly that I slept with the lights on for six months, and while it wasn't the last thing I've read of his, I did think it was the most terrifying.

What I'm writing may not ever be published; hell, who knows at this point if I'll even be able to finish it. At the moment I'm calling it chick lit, but it may evolve into something with a paranormal bent because I like that kind of thing. But the writing is a great release, and I can't tell you how much fun I've been having with it. Is it even publishable? Who knows. Maybe it is another dumb blonde idea of mine; and perhaps this is just something for me to do, but I've written about 30 pages so far and have been having a blast doing it. You never know!


Misha said...

For the sake of all womankind, I wish all blondes would ban the phrase "dumb blondes" from their vocabularies. But I digress.

Go for it! I'm writing a book now. It's hard, it's real work, it's much easier to just turn on the TV and zone out--but I think it's worth it. I'm really starting to get into it. Don't worry about it being publishable--it's taken me seven years to get over that fear. Just write it and worry about all that stuff later. Good luck!


Lucy Arin said...

Whenever I say 'dumb blonde' I am always thinking of the Dolly Parton quote..."I don't mind dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb. I also I know I'm not blonde."

In the post's title, though, I was thinking of Madonna; I think she had an album called Blonde Ambition.

Thanks so much for your encouragement, it means a lot to me. I'm really reluctant to share the story with anyone yet...

Misha said...

Ha! Dolly Parton is freakin' awesome.