Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Voila!

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.





4 Comments:

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!)

Em

8:57 AM, January 15, 2009  

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