When you know you’ve made it as a writer

You know you’ve made it as a writer when your career is the subject of one of the questions on the Buzztime Trivia game at Buffalo Wild Wings. We were “dining out” with our oldest grandson at B-Wild at Chandler Fashion Center when I glanced up at the huge screen on the wall connected to the tablet at our table and read a question I could actually answer. In other words, it wasn’t sports related.

The question was, per my recollection, “who writes about the nightmarish side of society?” I’m unsure who the other choices were but I knew immediately that Joyce Carol Oates was the answer. She may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I happen to love her books, as depressing as they tend to be. Wonder what that says about my psychological makeup?

I was fortunate to hear Oates read from her novel “The Accursed” at the Canaan, NH, Meetinghouse Readings on July 11, 2013. (Was it really almost three years ago?)Front Cover

Anyone living within an hour’s drive, or more, of Canaan, NH, please plan to attend the readings at least once. The Meetinghouse, built in 1793, is worth the trip alone. I don’t know how the moderator convinces such acclaimed authors to make the trek to Canaan but you are certain to find at least one each summer that has you sitting on the edge of your bench, pinching yourself to check that you haven’t ventured into an alternate universe.

If I had to choose between being a question on the Buzztime Trivia game and reading from one of my novels at The Meetinghouse, without a doubt I would choose the latter. On second thought, I’d prefer to follow in Oates’ footsteps and do both.

 

 

 

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About Karen Whalen

A contemporary fiction writer with an accumulation of incomplete novels and short stories, I consider NH "home," spending the summer through Christmas there with my husband. My youngest daughter and her family live nearby (as well as my mother and other family members). January finds us venturing to VA to visit our middle daughter and her family before we make our way to sunny AZ to live with our oldest daughter and family. We spend time in VA on our way home. I am fortunate that my daughters live in places I would have retired to all on my own! My 87 year-old mother asks if I will finish my novel (which one, I wonder) before she dies.....Even with that for a goal, I manage to excel at procrastination!

Posted on April 18, 2016, in blogging, Karen Whalen, Uncategorized, writing, Writing Group and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Eleanor, possibly it was American writers??

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  2. Heidi, I believe it is early for the program but you never know! I also looked for it and didn’t locate it. The issue for us is the readings are on Thursday evenings. And you know where we are supposed to be then.

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  3. Eleanor Ingbretson

    Oh, come on. It wasn’t Franz Kafka? I’m sure he could out creep JCO any day.
    Maybe they were looking for current authors.

    Enjoy the fun and sun, you are coming home soon. Then there will be dancing in the streets. Though that may be nightmarish considering the dancing abilities of some of us.

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  4. The readings sound great, but I’m having trouble finding a 2016 program on the web. Are we sure the program has survived?

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