Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am a Writer. No really....

It's that wonderful week between camp and school where I'm left without childcare. Thank God for this amazing 12-year-old who lives up the street who came over this morning to help out for a few hours so I could escape to First Watch for some much needed writing time.

I love First Watch because they give you your very own carafe of coffee and there's free WiFi and it's relatively quiet. I mean, really what else can a girl ask for?

Well apparently, the staff are also well versed in writer shame because today this happened:

Waitress: Can I get you anything else?

Me: Nope, I'm all good. Is it ok if I hang out here for a while? *gestures awkwardly at computer*

Waitress: Oh sure, you writing the next great novel?

Me: I wish. I actually am a writer.

Waitress: (visibly shocked) Oh, how cool! What do you write?

Me: Mysteries for teens.

Waitress: Anything I've heard of?

Me: Well, probably not, but it's called The Liar Society.

Waitress: Oh, I have heard of that! (Editorial note: I'm 99% sure she's thinking of Pretty Little Liars, but I'm going to pretend that's not the case to protect what's left of my writerly ego)

Me: Oh, cool! *bobbles head awkwardly* (Editorial note: I never know what to say when people acknowledge our books and I almost always end up doing some weird nodding that probably makes me look like I'm having a seizure) I'm, uh, we're just starting the third book now.

Waitress: Nice...but um, you're on Twitter.

Me: *Looks at computer, flushes with shame* Oh, uh, yeah, but I was just going to um, I have the word doc open on here somewhere....*clicks aimlessly on computer*

Waitress: Oh, well, I guess I'll just leave you to it. You know what they say, butt in chair.

Me: Yeah. People do say that.

Right, so it's Thursday and I've been write shamed and my waitress is getting a huge tip.


Matthew MacNish said...

She had your number. Or your hashtag, whatever.

Loretta Nyhan said...

I love this SO much.

Nicole Zoltack said...

LOL This is why I don't open my browser when I go to B&N to write. It's too distracting.

storyqueen said...

Doesn't she know that part of being a writer is hanging out in twitter?

And it was an important twitter conversation, actually. Very writerly.

Okay, kicking my own butt off the web to get writing. Your waitress has shamed me into it, too.

Carolin said...

Ha! I feel shamed into writing now, too. What a cheeky waitress, doesn't she know that Twitter is an essential part of the writing process?!

Krispy said...

Since our earlier tweet conversation, I hope the shame has gotten you off twitter and down to writing. :)

Laura S. said...

Hahaha. Who knew a non-writer (unless she's a closet writer herself!) knows the term butt in chair?? Every coffee shop and diner writer needs a waitress like her!!

Jill Hathaway said...

She knew BUTT IN CHAIR!!!

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