Thursday, September 5, 2013

I Wanted to Be a Writer

I thought about posting some stuff I've written up here, but I thought that would be weird (and maybe I could actually publish it for real somewhere else!), but I read Smoking Needles tonight and got inspired. See, after the initial desire to be a stewardess, then an architect, it was "author." The doctor thing came along after that, then the acting thing, but that didn't work out. I wrote some things in college that got published in the literary magazine, but this wasn't one of them. I was flipping through a folder of stuff I wrote (yes, didn't you save stuff you wrote?) the other day, and I don't remember writing this. I have a feeling it was after a big fight with a college roommate.

We went to a "summer scholars" college program between 11th and 12th grade, and were strangers at the outset. We were both taking French, though, so we spent every moment together. She got ticked off that I was a studious nerd (she was a party girl, I found out), so one night in our dorm room she pulls my chair away from my desk, where I had been studying. I'm sitting in the chair, and she starts slapping me about the head and saying "Whatcha gonna do about it?", while I sit in disbelief. All of a sudden, my right arm shoots out and I punch her right in the stomach. Shocking behavior for young ladies. I couldn't believe it happened. It's the only time I've ever seen red - you've read that in books? I got so mad that my vision got all shaky and everything literally took on a red tint, like I was having a stroke or something. (I realized at that point that I had a little bit of an anger problem, probably handed down from my dad.) Anyway, this is kind of funny, but really how it feels.



Now you think that was weird? Wait'll I post the one I wrote about being depressed!

10 comments:

Pam said...

This is fantastic. I just finished a Novel Writing 1 class at night at UCLA -- it was very good -- it forced me to write.

That's why too my blog posts have been so sparse I've been writing other creative stuff for 10 weeks.

Pam said...

P.S. There is another Pam H. in the class and she is a pediatrician! So we call each other Pam H. and other Pam H. Fun!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Wow Your roommate had issues but she must have been so shocked when you did that.
Good story but I hope I never get on your bad side ;)
Can't wait to read the next one...

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Pam, how cool, and that's funny about the other Pam. Now how far along are you in writing the novel?

Ann, she did have issues, but she kept them to herself after that! ;)

Pam said...

Well, the class forced us to finish Chapter 1 -- with certain rules to follow for that chapter. I think mine was about 3500 words. And, we had to do an outline for the book. And, I changed my story completely four weeks before it was due.

By the way, the classes are taught by UCLA Extension (I took an in person) but they have online courses in their writing program. I am very impressed by their program.

Your roommie did sound a little cray cray.

Pam said...

Plus, I never do anything unless I have a deadline which the class gave me. Sad. But true.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Sounds like a great class - I'm impressed you have time for that with everything else! Let me know if you get your book finished - I'll have to buy one!

Anonymous said...

Cool, not often one gets to use the word "roiling". I wanted to be a journalist and I think that is why I enjoy doing the publicity for the Christian Service Center. I just tell a short story about whomever we are featuring, try to fill in some of the blanks I would like to know about.

Pam, what is your book topic???

Robbie

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

I don't think I've used "roiling" since I wrote that, but it's a good word. Maybe you can use it in your next feature - "The Christian Service Center's holiday party was a raucous, roiling affair!"

Pam said...

Robbie -- It's a commercial adventure story that takes place off the Coast of Djibouti, Africa with some Naval Office sense of duty and guilt thrown in! I've always wanted to write some literary fiction, but this class pushed us toward the commercial -- more likely to be published. So, we had to follow some very specific rules for the first chapter. Therefore, literature out -- adventure in:)