Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Real Life Plot Twist

Once again, the fabulous Lynn Emery has provided more food for thought. She recently sent a link about real life plot twists in the lives of a number of famous writers. Of course, this got me to thinking about what people will write about me when I become a famous writer. Yes, this girl has big dreams. :)

I thought it was cool that one of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes, while still a struggling writer working as a bus boy, decided to slip a few of his poems under the plate of poet Vachel Lindsay. That would be equivalent to me staking out Harpo Studios and trying to slip a copy of DELIVER ME under Oprah's door. No, I haven't done it and don't plan to. Unless I get really desperate, of course.

One turn of events I would not enjoy is serving prison time like famous writer O. Henry. He found it to be great fodder for characters and story lines, but I like my freedom. When it comes to character development, I'll stick to people watching at Starbucks, thank you very much.

Being a pet person, the closest parallel I found to my own life was the great Charles Dickens, who was inspired by his two ravens who were both named Grip. Hey, don't ask me why he had two birds with the same name. When you're Charles Dickens you can do that. I like the thought of finding inspiration through your pet. Then again, the only thing my new puppy, KoKo, inspires these days is thoughts of murder. You can only chew so many pairs of my slippers before I retaliate.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see what my real life plot twist will be. my last job I did have my computer raided by the FBI. That just may qualify if I ever write a suspenseful FBI thriller.

What about you? What would be the plot twist in the story of your life?