It's one life
And there's no return
And no deposit
One life
So it's time to open up your closet

"I Am What I Am," Jerry Herman, from La Cage Aux Folles

I'm writing a book. Really. It's silly... but I'm doing it anyway. I have not been talking about it to anyone, except for a few people, because I was afraid of what would happen if I failed to finish, or if it didn't get published.

Which is pretty likely -- the not publishing part, that is. It's a trivia book. I'm not sure what the market is for these things. But I am going to finish it. I am compelled to do so.

I started telling more people lately sort of by accident, because I work at the local Starbucks,, and people keep asking me what I'm doing sitting there surrounded by reference books. I may be embarrassed, but not so much that I'd lie to people.

I expect it to take me another year, conservatively, to finish. The difference between something like what I'm doing and a novel is that I actually have to research things. Which means hours online and in the library. And, as I said, in Starbucks: it's removed from house, and the one closest to my house does not have wireless, so I can work from reference works without being tempted to waste time websurfing. Because, compulsion or no, there are days when nothing in the world looks interesting.

So here goes. We'll see what we will see.
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( Jan. 10th, 2006 03:40 pm)
From MVPL:
Movie History books are 791.4309

River Run Red, Ward
And So It Goes, Ellerbee
Adventures in the Screen trade, William Goldman
More Adventures in the Screen Trade, Goldman

MVPL Reference
The food chronology : a food lover's compendium of events and anecdotes from prehistory to the present / James Trager. 641.309
The Cambridge world history of food / editors, Kenneth F. Kiple, Kriemhild Coneè Ornelas 641.309


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