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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-17 06:12
Subject: A classic publishing anxiety dream
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Tags:dreams, funny, publishing, writing
Last night I had a very funny publishing anxiety dream. I had gone to visit Tor in New York. casacarona had arranged a reception in my honor, and I was to speak for an hour. I wound up in a room full of people from Tom D all the way to the newest intern, and I just freaking died. I mean, dead house. Jay not funny. Audience not laughing. People wandering away or chattering amongst themselves.

It was hilarious in a humiliating sort of way. Painful, too. Sort of like the beginning of Funny Bones imdb ] (a movie I highly recommend).

In case you don't know me in real life, I have pretty much zero fear of public speaking, and am in fact quite capable of being a terrible mic hog. In other words, this wasn't a speaking anxiety dream, because I simply don't have those. I do however have some perfectly lovely publishing anxieties, which apparently decided to go out for a walk in the dream park last night.
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kara_gnome
User: kara_gnome
Date: 2007-04-17 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I've had dreams like that--not publishing, natch, but where I woke up, realized it was just a dream, and felt very relieved :-) It's amazing how real those are.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2007-04-17 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That explains the company-wide email from Tom D in my office inbox this morning:

"Next time, get Scalzi."


:)
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2007-04-17 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No. Mean would have been if I'd written:

"Next time, get Sawyer."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-17 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Man, I can feel the hate from all the way over here...

:: laughing ::

(You are aware that I know and like both those guys a lot, right...?)
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2007-04-18 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(You are aware that I know and like both those guys a lot, right...?)

So do I. Besides, what fun is it if you can't rib people you like?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-17 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh yes. My actual attention is on my next book. (ahem)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-17 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, that ahem was directed at me, not you...
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2007-04-17 18:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was hilarious in a humiliating sort of way. Painful, too. Sort of like the beginning of Funny Bones [ imdb ] (a movie I highly recommend).

Yay for Funny Bones! A movie that is shamefully neglected and little known. (And, obviously, yay for us who know it...)

Also, publishing-anxiety dream dressed up as speaking-anxiety dream? Odd...
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