i like to play pretend

I read Donald Miller’s description of a writer in Blue Like Jazz (I must read this book once a year), and had to laugh, because I definitely saw myself somewhere within the description:

(p 187)

Writers don’t make any money at all.  We make about a dollar.  It is terrible.  But then again we don’t work either.  We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness.  We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words.  And for this, as I said before, we are paid a dollar.

Except, I’m not a writer.  I’m a pretend writer.  A baby writer, at best.

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3 thoughts on “i like to play pretend

  1. MaggiSaar says:

    Goodness Gracious if that isn’t me in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.

  2. Dionne C says:

    Hehehehe, I love this! And baby writers grow up to be awesome grown-up writers. So your day is coming!

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