Announcement?? Why yes, in a minute …
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, the day when insecure writers (which is to say, all of us) proudly step to the mic and shout, “I’m a writer! And I’m insecure about it!”
Every month, the Insecure Writers Support Group asks a question. Here’s December’s: what five objects would we find in your writing space? I could list hundreds, but I’ll look directly ahead, at the shelf from where my computer’s monitor stares at me with resigned disdain.
The dragon is for luck, and protection of course. The Tullamore Dew is self-explanatory. The Beast Mode patch was a gift from my Sig-O. The grenade was a gift from my dad. The Dilbert cartoon was a gift from a co-worker, back in the days when I had co-workers. The cartoon story goes: I had made a confession to my programming buddy, Ed, who lived in the cubicle next to me at Grunt Co., Inc. I had confessed that I was writing a novel. My first, but it was going to be big. A few days later, the Dilbert cartoon appeared, push-pinned to my cubicle wall, underneath my nameplate.
The cartoon is dated Wednesday, March 11th. I’ve looked back and the year would have been–I’m embarassed to admit–1998. I did finish the novel and it was big. And messy. And now filed under ‘practice.’
In 1998 Y2K was looming. A boom time for programmers with my particular skills. I kept my day job and didn’t indulge my fiction-writing addiction for another 10 years.
And now, here we are.
Ed and I are still friends. In fact, he’s throwing a Christmas party in 10 days. Maybe I’ll show him the cartoon. Will he remember it?
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And now …
If you’ve looked to my left sidebar, you’ll notice I’ve got a short story appearing soon on Amazon. A novelette, really. Is it only the sci-fi genre which uses that term? Did I mention the story is sci-fi?
Grehan, what’s it about?
Overnight, users of the popular social networking site, Know-Me, acquire a duplicate, but dissimilar, identity. Though he claims to be shocked by the doubles’ debut, Know-Me’s CEO, Jason Vrabek, has impressed even himself with this latest testament to his genius. He swears his company has not launched a massive social experiment, something Know-Me has been accused of in the past. While experts investigate the phenomenon, the doubles engage with their counterparts, and Vrabek collects the data.
Alice Merkanowsky, an ordinary office worker, is enthralled with her duplicate self, the glamorous wife of a celebrity chef. Her thrill soon turns into an obsession which strains her marriage, and threatens her grip on reality.
Alice isn’t the only Know-Me casualty. Hoax, or not, the phenomenon triggers consequences that are frighteningly real, even for Vrabek who soon finds himself outmatched by his own genius double.
Look for KNOW ME on Amazon next week!
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