Day 13: A fictional book

Image description: A still from an episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns asks Lisa, "My God, are you always on?"

I am very tired today, so luckily, I’ve already written about “a fictional book” (a book that exists only in a fictional world… or, in this case, doesn’t exist), so I’m going to share a part of a post I wrote in 2017 instead. Thank you for your understanding.


Those two middle panels really speak to me, as it is never not amazing how productive you can be in other areas while you “should” be writing. In the past, I’ve cleaned my entire apartment to avoid a day of NaNoWriMo where I’m just not feeling it, or even done other, more painful writing for my classes so I don’t have to face a daunting personal piece I’d thought about writing that day.

It’s the final two panels that remind me of my brief stint as an English major, though. There was a Starbucks about a block away from my freshman dorm, and I’d go there to read, write, and people-watch, all because I had concocted this image of myself as the ideal English major: coffee-drinker, all-black-wearer, eclectic-fiction-reader, deeply-personal-piece-writer. So I’d head to Starbucks wearing a black T-shirt, order a hazelnut hot chocolate, and let Fight Club inspire my hashtag-deep writing. (The point here is that I was insufferable. Let’s not further mince words.)

It’s not even that Lisa is insufferable here as much as painfully relatable. When we’re deep in the “real writer” mindset, it’s so easy to not see it until it’s been a day and we’ve produced nothing of substance. But at least the CD collection we haven’t touched in years is properly alphabetized and sorted by genre.


This is an entry in my 30 Day blogging challenge. Read the first post explaining it here, or see all the posts in the challenge here.

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