Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Imaginary Writing Process

The talented Jackson Pearce is responsible for this one. I saw it on YouTube (which I am informed by my horrified 14-year-old can never, under any circumstances, be abbreviated as U-Tube, never mind how fast and free modern youth play with other spellings) and felt that it was too good not to be shared with many, many people. So here it is, and if you have not tried to publish a book, stand back in awe at how easy -- and fun -- it is. Go on and give it a try!



Now I'm going back to sorting out dictionaries. Sigh.

And if on the off chance you get a book published right away, please don't ask me to buy it. (Hey, you never know -- it might just happen. After all, I've just learned to embed a U-Tube -- sorry, YouTube -- video.)

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21 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

Are you implying it isn't like that?

But...

but...

I've got my dance routine worked out and everything :(

Tabitha said...

I saw this, too, and loved it!! :)

Carrie said...

It DOES make me want to write a book! Hmmm...

Charles Gramlich said...

Oh, that was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Loved it. thanks for the link.

Jackson said...

Thanks for linking it, Mary :)

-Jack

Travis Erwin said...

I've spotted this one before but always get a kick out of it.

AnneB said...

Yup, spelling is very important when looking for You Tube. My non-tech-savvy spouse went looking for a Star Wars trailer on You Tube, didn't ask me how to spell it, landed on one of the U-sites instead, and ended up with a monitor full of folks in no clothes doing things with light sabers that George Lucas would probably not condone.

My husband was pretty upset about the whole thing and swore off You Tube entirely until I set up a bookmark to take him to the legitimate site right away.

It would just be funny if we weren't worried about the computer catching a cyber-STD from the faux site.

Mary Witzl said...

Kim -- I know: bummer, isn't it? My dance routine was pretty frisky, but I've pretty much abandoned it now.

Tabitha -- It absolutely made my morning. I don't even mind about the keyboard (the coffee didn't stain it).

Carrie -- I'm glad I didn't see this about seven years ago. I'd have been broken-hearted to realize it was tongue in cheek.

Charles -- It's a corker, isn't it? And yet, I've got relatives who wonder why I'm not out there kicking up my heels, an editor on one side and a frolicking agent on the other.

Jackson -- Thank YOU for making it!

Travis -- My youngest and I have watched it three times together. She really loves the part in the bookstore.

Anne -- Eek! What a story! I hope to God that wasn't why my daughter objected so wildly to my misspelling this! I had no idea there was anything dodgy about a site with 'U' instead of 'You' -- I just thought I'd done something unforgivably nerdy.

I love the idea of a cyber STD!

debra said...

So......if I wear a green dress and red shoes and dance to oldies with a guy in shorts I will have a book published??--------->even if I am not a writer :-)

Robin said...

Wow! It was like looking into a mirror image of my life. Freaky.

Lena Nilsson said...

Nothing is as it seems ... but I've heard that when you trust, magic happens ... I've got to believe that ...

Angela said...

HAH! I knew editors wore shorts to work--I KNEW it!!

LOL, that was hilarious. And depressing, cause we all know it ain't quite like that... *sniff, weep*

Mary Witzl said...

Debra -- You bet you can! I know I've got a green dress in my closet somewhere and I've got some red heels too from way back when. Soon, a publishing contract will be coming my way.

Robin -- Me too. I certainly pictured that at some point, someone would take a look at an ms of mine and say "Hey, this is hot stuff! I want it!" Reality sucks, doesn't it?

Lena -- You are right, and I do believe in dreaming. Deep in my heart I still nurture a fantasy that some day in the future, an editor and an agent will do a little public dance with me down summer streets. I'm not joking: I really do.

Angela -- (I know, I know -- sniff...)

My editor can wear whatever s/he likes as long as s/he does that happy dance with me. I used to wish I could wear shorts to work too, when I lived in Florida.

Katie Alender said...

That made me smile... especially the part with the cat.

Although I must say, the editor's office was all wrong! It's dimly lit with a green leather armchair and a Tiffany lamp, and the editor wears tweed and drinks martinis... right?

And after they buy your book for a million dollars, they share their martinis with you... right??

Marcia said...

That was great! Thanks for sharing.

Gorilla Bananas said...

The adjective "buxom" might have been invented to describe those young ladies.

Mary Witzl said...

Katie -- You're right about the Tiffany lamp and martinis. And I'm almost certain editors are supposed to frown a lot and have more reference books scattered about too. But what the heck, he liked the ms, and that's what it's all about, isn't it?

Marcia -- (I'm deeply ashamed. Jackson shared this and I merely poached it.)

GB -- That adjective might even be applied to me, but it looks a sight better on these two young women. I'm pretty sure they're single too.

The Anti-Wife said...

This is fabulous. Just as I always imagined it would happen!

Carole said...

I love this post because it is so true to life. Or at least to my daydreams.

Middle Ditch said...

Very funny and wonderfully creative.

If it only were that easy .... sigh (very deep)

Mary Witzl said...

Anti-wife -- Me too. We all laugh at this, but almost all of us have thought it could be like this at some point in our lives.

Carole -- Oh, in my dreams too!

By the way, I've tried to get onto your blog, but I haven't been able to! How do I get in?

MD -- If getting published were this easy, wouldn't that just be so great? If there weren't such a lot of great writers out there, I know I'd stand a chance.