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13 October 2009 @ 09:37 pm
so will ye…  

We have a regular cabbie, Gerry, who knows I’m a writer. Which is to say, he knows I write. I have a vague and desperately incorrect assumption that when I say I’m a writer, people take it to mean I’m, you know. Published. Because that’s what *I* mean. But today in the cab on the way home he said to me, “So will ye be finishin’ yer first book soon?”

“Actually,” I said, somewhat bemused, “my thirteenth book came out in September.”

The man nearly dropped his teeth. After a bit of spluttering with astonishment he asked questions–how do I get paid, and, “I don’t mean to be cheeky, but are ye doin’ well?” Upon being told URBAN SHAMAN has sold some forty or fifty thousand copies, “Jaysus,” says he, “thirteen books! I never met a writer before! And are ye writing the fourteenth?”

More spluttering ensued when I said no, I was writing the nineteenth. “Nineteenth! What happened to the rest of them!” So I explained that some were on their way toward publication and others hadn’t been sold yet, while he goggled in amazement. I said to wait a moment when he’d dropped us off, and I’d give him a copy of one of my books. He said, “Sure and I’ll never read it, but that’d be grand!” I gave him a copy of URBAN SHAMAN, and he liked the cover *laughs*.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Kate Kirbykirbyk on October 13th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
But would Gerry help you save a woman you saw from an airplane window, or is that just Gary?

And did you tell him that the main supporting character is a cabbie? :)
kitmizkit on October 13th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, I didn't think to tell him that! I should've done!
irishkateirishkate on October 13th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh you should tell him - especially with the name - he can tell all his friends you based it on him (never mind where you were living at the time)

I love this - I suppose with writers it can be like actors (you know, in LA every waiter is an actor in waiting and oh god I didn't mean the pun when I started that) so since Ireland is the place for writers and all, he just assumed you were *that* kind of writer..Or something.. People never think the person they are talking to might be a successful writer/actor/singer/whatever - since if they were that they wouldn't be here living life like the rest of us...right?
Pamela: It is to laugh...jeditigger on October 14th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
No, no, he'll find out when he reads the book!!! Goosie.
kitmizkit on October 14th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Except by his own admission he'll never read it. :)
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kitmizkit on October 14th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
And "Gerry" is pronounced "Jerry", not "Gary"... :)