Saturday, November 6, 2010
Meaning? What meaning?
Last summer I held a book signing in Nashua, NH, for my brand spanking new paperback Strange Neighbors.
A woman approached me, glanced at the books piled high on the table and didn't even pick it up before she asked, "Are you ever afraid people will misinterpret your meaning?"
I was stunned speechless. What the heck was she talking about? I had to ask--"What do you mean?"
"You know," she said. "Do people ever not get what you're trying to say?'"
I was lost in an existential fog, but I figured I'd better wing an answer before she misinterpreted my silence and declared me an idiot savant.
Being the brutally honest person I am, I said, "There's no meaning to get. My books are strickly FYE...for your entertainment."
Now she was the one who looked stunned. Yet she wasn't held captive behind a table full of her books, so she just wandered away, probably deeply dissatisfied with my answer.
Shrug. It's not that I can't write books with meaning. I'm intelligent enough. I'm even capable of a rare moment or two of serious depth. I just choose to write for a different purpose. I have no intention of educating or prokoking serious thought with my words. I just want to give a few hours of pleasurable giggles, good for a healthy escape--no more, no less.
I did, however, write a free short story that's dangerously close to meaningful. If any of you would like to check it out, here's where you can find it: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8795-most-unpopular-workday-of-the-year.aspx
Or see it on the ARe site.
Most Unpopular Workday of the Year
By: Ashlyn Chase | Other books by Ashlyn Chase
Published By: Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
ISBN # 9990200018000
Available in: HTML, Adobe Acrobat, Epub, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Rocket
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About the book
Andy is the new nurse and has to work on Christmas Day. Sheâ€™s part of a skeleton crew taking care of one little boy with end-stage Muscular Dystrophy. As she reads to him, Jeff, a young intern, visits. Through their love of this little boy, Andy and Jeff discover a deep connection and love for each other.
So, how about you? Do you ever write books with meaning (like, on purpose?)