Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Day in the Life *

By Lisabet Sarai




I read the news today, oh boy,

About a lucky gal who made the grade,

Although the news made me quite green,

Well I still had to laugh;

I read her biograph.

She was both lonely and unknown,

Older than I am by a year or two.

Six major pubcos turned her down.

A decade on, she scored;

Nobody expected her to win the Nat'nal Book Award... **


I saw a film today, oh boy,

Based on a novel I have always loved,

A crowd of people forked out cash

I couldn't bear to look

How they raped the book.

I'd love to turn you on.


Woke up, fell out of bed,

Brushed the cat fur from my head,

Grabbed a cup of joe and went to read my mail.

Found my keyboard blocked by a black tail...

Read my last day's work and winced,

Tried to keep myself convinced

I could write at all. I penned a line or two.

Checked when it was due and went into a dream...


I read the news today, oh boy,

The vampire lady made another mil.

The New York Times still didn't call

Two K seems awfully small

Now I know how hard it is to publish anything at all.

I'd love to turn you on ...


(to my books, that is....)

* With apologies to John Lennon and Paul McCartney

** For more on Jaimy Gordon and Lord of Misrule, winner of the most recent National Book Award, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/books/02book.html

11 comments:

  1. *snort* Oh yeah. *wipes tears from eyes* the cat part, actually all of it, hits homes.

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  2. Oh so true Lisabet!

    Jaimy's is an amazing story.

    I can so relate to watching movies after reading the books....can't do it anymore. Except Harry Potter of course!

    Maggie

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  3. Oh, that was just awesome, Lisabet. You cracked me up. Multiple times!

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  4. That was good. And fun. Oh boy.


    Garce

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  5. Thanks to you all...

    It was EXACTLY supposed to be funny... ;^)

    Warmly,
    Lisabet

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  6. "Read my last day's work and winced"

    oh I have been there!

    Great post, Lisabet

    -Rachel

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  7. Perfect. There is no other word.

    And thanks for sharing the link! Inspiration!

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  8. Sounds oh so familiar. Thanks for sharing. : )

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  9. Thanks to you all. I found Jaimy Gordon's story simultaneously inspiring and sad.

    Now I'm off to order a copy of her book. She definitely deserves it.

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