Wednesday, November 12, 2008


It's so nice to cross something off one's to-do list isn't it? And it's extra nice when that something is "write a novel"!
Of course, the whole thing becomes a bit less of a triumphant experience when the item is crossed off not because it's a completed task, but rather because it has become clear that it's never ever going to get done, and it's best to just be realistic and move on.
Ever since I was a child I thought I might like to write a novel. I had a romantic notion of living in a garret in Paris and scribbling with a quill deep into the night, pausing occasionally to argue about philosophical matters with my friends and fellow writers in the local cafe. Well it turns out that I don't want to actually write a novel - I want to have already written it. I want the glory of being able to say that I wrote a book without actually doing any of the writing. It turns out that even when I have an idea for a story, I have absolutely no desire to toil away filling in the details.
I do still want to live in Paris though.


Blogger Aunt Kirstie said...

It is just as good to figure out what you don't want to do as it is to figure out what you do want to do.

I like the after the book part too. Paris, cafe, money...

8:33 AM, November 13, 2008  
Blogger Gina said...

Funny, but my romantic notion of being "a writer" had me living in Maine in the autumn, writing, and having a romance with a rugged man...
In the words of a so-so Gen X movie -- Reality Bites.

9:33 AM, November 13, 2008  
Anonymous kirsten said...

Petula! You're back! And this little fantasy you described-- toiling away in a Parisian garret, subsisting on pain au chocolat as you write the most lovely volume of prose, stopping every now and then to have a delicious misunderstanding with Fitzwilliam Darcy--how it speaks to me! I've spent many a daydream on this very notion.

So good to "see" you again!

12:27 AM, November 15, 2008  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Petula!

I would love to see Paris. One of my favorite movies is Amelie, and I believe it takes place in Montmarte, France-it's SO beautiful. Anywhere in france would be exotic! (Except I hate to travel!)


8:57 AM, January 15, 2009  

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