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    Just for fun: weird things you believed about writers/writing as a child

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by C. W. Evon, Jul 27, 2015.

    For example: for unknown reasons, I thought that all writers wore black turtle-neck sweaters. Always. A kind of author's uniform. I made my mom buy me a black turtle-neck, because I wanted to be prepared for when I was a writer (didn't realise I already was, technically). Didn't think it through though, because it obviously wouldn't fit me now.

    Don't know how authors would survive in summer with those mandatory black turtle-necks...
     
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    I believed they were magical people, and that I could never be one. Jury is still out....
     
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    A "writer" was always just the name on the cover of a book to me.
     
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    I believed then, and still do to this day, that all writers have a special cigarette that they smoke after they type that last word. I already knew this, and thus - still know, that many of my favorite writers succumbed to 'consumption' (an old school term for alcoholism). They're not alone, many have. One of my favorite composers, Chopin died from consumption.

    When I was seven, my Uncle sent me - "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. He, my Uncle, said if I could write him a two page report, he'd send me a pack of cigarettes. I wrote the two pages, my uncle sent the cigs, and they were confiscated.... A month later, my Uncle contacted me to see if I got the cigs. I said, "No, mom took them."

    All he said was, read "The Stranger" again... :)
     
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    This may sound silly but remember I was a child. I believed that books were just there. Just on the book shelves and such. I didn't really think about who wrote it or who took time to make this beautiful world. I just thought, "Hey, a story."
     
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    That is exactly how I thought of books, too. Actually, it is still how I think of them.
     
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    That they made money.
     
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    So, Daemon and the other daemon, never thought that there was a writer behind those tales?

    I remember after "Alice in Wonderland" or "Huckleberry Fin", who wrote that?

    I recall (a very long time ago) that after reading Where the Wild Things Are. I was suspicious when Mom put us into the car and asked, "Are you taking us to Maurice's house?"

    She looked at me like I was 'stupid'. :)_
     
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    This really cracked me up. So true! I assumed they were rich, actually.
     
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    I thought 'consumption' referred to tuberculosis.
     
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    You're spot on. Back in the day, consumption meant both.
     
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    It does. Another of those Victorian-era terms for diseases we now know by different names.

    My own great great grandfather died in London of 'apoplexy.' I once thought that meant he'd had a major temper tantrum! However, it turns out, we'd call that a 'stroke' these days.
     
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    Not that I never thought there was a writer, just that I never cared to learn much about the writer. (To tell you the truth, I still kind of prefer to know as little as possible about the author of whatever book I read.)
     
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    What can I say, we're daemons. Lol.
     
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    I dunno. Chopin didn't drink much and his death is attributed (so far) to TB. While the term was used for other wasting type diseases I've never personally come across the term to mean alcoholism. Not being a killjoy. Just sayin'. It's news to me.
     
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    I thought they were rich when I was in middle school.
     
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    Wow, see that's odd. I dig info about my favorite writers.
     
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    Oh, gosh. I used to get all tingly at the idea of meeting a real writer—not that I had much chance of that, where I grew up. But now that I go to book festivals I meet lots of them, but still need to be careful not to see them as magical beings. Storytellers. Wow.
     
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    There are Book festivals?

    And "be careful not to see them as magical beings." What's that mean? Lol :-D

    To me I never really thought about the author as a kid but when I grew up I began to have more interest for the people who wrote the books I read.
     
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    Young man (or woman), you're conversing with an expert on Chopin here. He died because he drank himself to death. (Lot of pressure from Solange and George).
     
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    Me too. It seemed surreal. This is the person who wrote 'this or that'. Now it doesn't seem as special.
     
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    I agree, but I still watch any special on my favorite authors. I saw something recently about Hunter S. Thompson on 24 hours and I watched it intently.
     
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    It's just that daemon life has got us in its sway.
    How do either of you feel when you learn something negative about an author whose writing you admire? Like, what if you learned one of your favorite authors -- especially one you dreamed of meeting at a book festival -- was a child molester? Would it change how you think of their writing?
     
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    It does color my perception -- Roman Polanski for example - I've never watched his movies since, and will not do so.

    Chis Brown -- I don't listen to his music, certainly don't buy it, and refuse to watch any movie he may be in. R. Kelly is on the same black list.
     
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    Yes there are! I regularly attend one in particular and have met some fantastic authors. Magical beings? I saw them as possessing some magical 'force' of genius that I just didn't have. I tried to write all the time, and it just came out crap. Whatever that force was, I didn't have it.

    I still have to be careful in the presence of authors whom I really love to not say something really stupid. You know, that little devil that MAKES you speak when you shouldn't, and yet converts any semblence of intelligence into incoherent, sputtering nonsense? As a teenager, I wanted more than anything in my life to meet John Lennon. I actually tried to meet John Lennon. Now I think ...shit, what if I had. I mean ...can you think of anything more embarrassing? What TF would I have said to him? Erm... I just love your music. AAAgggh. Sometimes life is cruel, sometimes it's really kind! I never met the guy—who, by all accounts, would probably have eaten me for breakfast had I cornered him in that kind of mood. Or made fun of me—which would have been worse, and pretty tempting. But he never got to see the drooling wreck that would have been frumpy old me, getting his autograph. There is a god.
     
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