Thursday, June 03, 2010

An Artesian Well Of Material

Today my mother and I were talking about how people come up with subjects to write books about. Do you write what you know, as they say? Or do you research a subject you're not familiar with? Do I somehow tie trucking into the story or do I come up with something completely random?

I've often thought of writing a book about some of the things my mother says. I have a catagory here, which when I re-read it, I crack up. My brother has said the same thing about it. And my mother, of course, thinks it's hilarious. But that may be just because we all know my mother.

I told my mother about Sh*t My Dad Says, a book that Justin Halpern wrote based
on his Twitter page by the same name. I just saw it in the bookstore last weekend.

She said "See? People think parents are funny."

"Yeah, I know." I said. "But his Dad is really funny."

"Well, I think it's a good subject. Even people who don't have parents will think it's funny." she said.


"What kind of people don't have parents??" I said.

"Whaaa?" she said.

"You said, 'even people who don't have parents will think it's funny'. Who do you know that doesn't have parents? I mean, techinically, even test tube babies have parents."

Silence. As if she were thinking about it. Then, as she usually does, she laughed. And I laughed. And then I took notes.

Because I'm going to need them someday for my book.

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Gil said...

I wish my mother was still around to argue with! Now my wife has to do.

all things bradbury said...

your mom reminds me of my own....i think she'd make for a great book!...i love reading justin halpern tweets...i didn't know he had done a book...i will have to look for it.....i swear, salena, you are just a wealth of information!!!

Ms. Crawford said...

Your mom sounds too cute! And the relationship you have together is obviously something great. You totally should write a book someday, you are a great writer and I could see you writing about various subjects. Even things that anony you, you could make it really funny.

Things that parents say reminds me of Kendall's Dad. He often creates words and their meanings and before long you really start to wonder if, "this really is a word?" lol I think we could write a book about him too.

Lipstick Trucker said...

LOL to funny