You know you've made it when you appear in a webcomic. [Courtesy of the fabulous Sarah Laing]
It's that time of year again. Creative writing students are having bonfires and pashing each other and generally acting like fictional characters now that they've handed in their year's work. Meanwhile, ex-creative writing students spend their nearly-Summer evenings reading manuscripts and making notes in the margin like:
Is this necessary?
Not sure about this
You know you've made it when... No. 14
You know you've made it when you're browsing in a book store and a clerk asks you if you're you. When you answer in the affirmative, they ask you to sign some books. [In related news, there's probably still some signed copies of A Man Melting at Unity Books in Wellington].
This scene is a lost opportunity.
I have two manuscripts to assess this fortnight, both Whitireia students, one collection of short stories and one novel.
One for the Trainspotters....
My most recent column in the Dominion Post (Sat 6 Nov) has been posted online. Not sure if this is going to be a regular occurrence, or if this is a one off webular excursion.
You know you've made it when... No. 16
You know you've made it when you make man-dates with visiting French writers for Thursday evenings (and your fiancée says, 'A weeknight?' and you say, 'Yes,' resolutely, 'a weeknight.')
Needs more conflict.
It doesn't feel like you've earnt this ending.