Writing Can Be Murder

July 25, 2007

“Are you a writer?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 4:40 pm

I like to write at my local B&N. I get a drink. I plop myself into a seat. I pull out my alphasmart and I write for an hour or two. I don’t read. I don’t make small talk. I don’t even make eye contact with people. I’m there to write.

I was in flow today when the guy sitting next to me asked, “Are you a writer?”

Dread pooled in my gut and I thought, No, I’ve just been pounding at this keyboard for the past ninety minutes because I’ve got to type up a REALLY long “to do” list.

But I said, “Uh huh”.

This is my none too subtle clue that I’m not interested in talking. This only works sometimes. It didn’t work today.

“I knew it!”

Brilliant deduction

“I’m a writer too!”

Oh god, not just a nosy person, but a poser too. Save me!  And I say again, even though I now know I’m doomed, “Uh huh.”

Now he was probably a nice enough guy, but dammit I was in flow and I didn’t want to hear about his book. I wanted to work on mine. I was working on mine.

After giving me his card, he  proceeded to tell me how great his book was and all I could think of was a post I’d read on Rene Lyons blog the other day about gargantuan egos ( www.renelyons.blogspot.com ). I hate when people tell me how great they are. It’s a total turnoff, that coupled with the fact I was pissed about being interrupted, had me getting up and leaving the store just to escape him.

So much for my flow….



  1. LOL, sorry. I can just picture this exchange. When he said, “I’m a writer too!” I probably would have said, “Gee, I never would have guessed, considering that you’re talking and not, you know, WRITING.”

    Hey, at least he wasn’t stealing coffee. Then you would have had to follow him to the parking lot. 😉

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 25, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

  2. Actually he was reading and talking and talking on his cell (which is a whole other thing to complain about).

    True, no parking lot chases.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — July 26, 2007 @ 8:22 am

  3. You’re lucky–they usually ask me if I’m a student. Maybe I should stop wearing pajamas in public. Anyway, these days, I’ll say I’m a brain surgeon or stripper. No one ever says “I’m a brain surgeon too!”

    Comment by Kate Perry — July 27, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  4. I think the world would be a better place if everyone wore pajamas in public. JMHO.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 28, 2007 @ 9:34 am

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