Thursday, February 10, 2011

Exploding Cats


"When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.'"
- Neil Gaiman        



When working on a story, it's impossible to let it go.

It's there, in your brain, when you wake up in the morning.

It follows you to work, to lunch, and home again.

It interrupts conversation and  relaxation.

It helps tuck the children into bed at night and then prevents you from joining them in blissful sleep.

It's a little bird, pecking away in there, demanding attention.
And THAT's why people think writers are weird.       
Have a great weekend! 

33 comments:

Mary Aalgaard said...

Ain't that the truth! Peace, Mary

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

LOL

Pauline Barclay said...

So so true. Loved it. It takes over body and soul...eeek! xx

Jen Daiker said...

I love being weird. I love being a writer. Guess that's why it's a good thing I am a writer ;)

Misha said...

Lol that is so true!

But maybe they think we're insane because we are...

;-)

Amanda said...

SO true! I'll be driving somewhere and not realize how I got from point A to point B. I space out at home. It's ALL about the novel when you're working on it. And we're never NOT working on it! ;)

Laura Marcella said...

Hahaha! Weird is wonderful. :)

Heather said...

LOL! That's awesome, and absolutely true!

Carolyn V said...

Hee hee hee. I love that! It doesn't help when I talk to my writing friends about my characters as if they were real. =)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

ha ha! I enjoy being part of the club!

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh...so that's why people look at me that way. I get it now. Peck, peck, peck. I haves a big headache. Love you, bff.

WindyA said...

this is so true. now if only i could get my family to realize i'm always "working" ;)

Colene Murphy said...

Hahahaha! Yes! So true! I like being that kind of weird, though. ;)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Yup! I mean, I was weird before I became a writer, but it certainly adds to the effect. ;)

Pk Hrezo said...

No doubt! I have a ridiculously scattered brain, thanks to writing.

The Golden Eagle said...

I literally laughed out loud when I read that quote!

Racquel Henry said...

I completely agree! Whenever I tell my family that my characters are speaking in my head, they always look at me like I'm crazy! :)

Catherine Denton said...

Love this! Although, I was a bit worried about your cat.

Jessica Bell said...

This is so true, but um, does it still count that people thought I was weird before I was a writer too? I think I need to invent some excuses. LOL Have a great weekend too, Shannon!

Kelly H-Y said...

Too funny ... and so true!

Old Kitty said...

That and they tend to waffle to themselves alot too. Ahem.
:-)

Take care
xx

Kristal Lee said...

Dropping in to say "hey" to a fellow crusader. I'm always in writer mode. I carry a netbook with me, so whenever I have down-time I whip it out and start typing.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

So true! I think if a novel is easy to forget while you're making dinner or watching a movie, then perhaps it's not the novel you should be writing! Great quote!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it - weird = good! :)

Heidi Willis said...

So true! I think that's what I'm missing right now as I'm doing revisions. It's not with me all the time, because I already know the whole story and where the characters end up and how they got there. I love the thrill of the writing, when every minute is a discovery.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love that quote! I think I'll use it next time my husband wonders why the laundry didn't get done.

Duh! Because I'm writing!

Happy weekend, Shannon!

Madeleine said...

Ah yes writers are weird not least because they have such wild imaginations. People look at me strangely when I allow inanimate objects to take a life on all of their own. :O)

DL Hammons said...

I resemble that remark! :)

Shari said...

It's so true. I think about made up people more than I think about real ones!

Susanne Drazic said...

Glad to know that being weird is good.
: )

Carol Riggs said...

Haha, that's great! Yep, it's so fun to be weird. LOL

Ishta Mercurio said...

LOL! I was always a little weird, even before I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wonder if it's hard-wired.

Jen Chandler said...

Love it (and LOVE Neil!!). My exploding cat follows me everywhere...

~Jen

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