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


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

  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!


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

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


  5. Thanks to you all...

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


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

    oh I have been there!

    Great post, Lisabet


  7. Perfect. There is no other word.

    And thanks for sharing the link! Inspiration!

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

  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.