Monday, June 16, 2008

FINDING A COMMON THREAD

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Okay. Back to our regularly scheduled programming...

WARNING: The following is intended for mature audiences...

Nearly 6 am and I have three hours before I have to be at Leeward Community College to give a lecture (talk story).
I love living in Hawaii. I think you can get that. But what I REALLY love is when other authors come visit and I can mind meld with them. The very wonderful and very talented ANITA AMIRREZVANI (she was on the 2008 Orange Prize long list) author of THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS came into town for a little R & R.
I immediately corrupted her.

Afternoon Mojitos and an indepth discussion of writing.
THING WE HAVE IN COMMON:
1. We never expected any of the wonderful things that have happened to us this year- They all came as a complete surprise -- we just wanted to write a great story.
2. Mojitos in the afternoon are the best.
3. It's REALLY hard to concentrate on the next book when the first one won't let us go. It's like a kid that has graduated from college but won't get a job or pay room and board and you don't have the heart to kick him out into the cold cold world.
4. We LOVE LOVE LOVE book clubs.
5. It's REALLY hard to concentrate on that next book.
6. Sometime's a little R & R is a good thing. Leave your work and then come back to it.
7. Connecting with other authors is the best and we can compare notes on how we write. (Do YOU write the last chapter first? OHHH me TOO!!!! Do YOU second guess yourself and agonize??? OHHHH ME TOO!!!!)
8. We don't worry about whether we are commercial or literary...that's for other people to decide. We just like to tell a good story.
9. It's REALLY hard to concentrate on the next book?
10. Drinking with other authors is necessary for mental health and actually Mojitos at any time of the day are a good thing.
Any way we had good fun and I hope to reconnect again. So run right out and buy her book. It's VERY good.

(Did I tell you we agreed that it's really hard to concentrate and write the next book?)

15 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

Hey, Write the next book. Some of us are eager to read it. ;)

Lisa said...

I agree...write the next book! Glad you had a good time and you deserve all the success.

Roberta said...

I've heard the trick is writers are supposed to write in between drinks. Or did I get that wrong?

Chumplet said...

Yer funny. WRITE THE NEXT BOOK!

ORION said...

Write in between drinks? What a concept!
Right now I'm writing between Judge Judy and House Hunters...

laughingwolf said...

ah, pash da shalt, k? ;) lol

umm... er... whatsh a book? :O

Trish Ryan said...

Mojitos are such a happy beverage! A friend introduced Steve and I to them when we were on the book tour, and MY didn't they add a bit of sunshine to our summer!?!

That said, though...get writing. Perry is lonely on my shelf :)

David L. McAfee said...

Ditto what Travis said.

I've never had a Mojito. Is that a writing requirement?

Kanani said...

I'm glad you like book clubs. So do I.
And yes, I think any time you can spend, whether drinking or not, with writers is a good thing.

We'll call you this Saturday from whatever restaurant we end up at after our Crit and Grit.

Holly Kennedy said...

I feel the need to get bossy here so brace yourself...

Put that drink down and stop canoodling with fellow authors.
No, this isn't a race, but yer falling behind.

Write that next book!!!

ChrisEldin said...

I agree on so many levels with this thought/concept. You do need time with people who are in a similar place. It's healthy, healing, and sometimes even inspirational.

Sarah Laurence said...

Pat, Anita's novel looks very interesting. I think it came out right before I left for England. It's good to see it's out in paperback now that I'm coming back to the USA (soon.) Her website is gorgeous.

Sustenance Scout said...

Looks like fun...and so does Book Roast! Thanks for the link, K.

Carleen Brice said...

Totally, totally agree. Though I am (was due to unforeseen circumstances) more a margarita girl.

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