Monday, July 10, 2006

Have a cigar


Every time I publish something, I become a father.No,it's not how I feel, the similarities are far too many: It all starts with the "pre-birth" anxiety: will the baby be delivered all right?Will some clumsy doctor/printer do something in the process that will scar the infant for life?
Then you have the social obligations: inform distant relatives and acquaintences of the "happy event": press releases, signings,posts in forums, the works.
And then there is the constant care the newborn needs:Frequent visits to the bookstores (preferably in the company of a huge, scarred guy named "Vitto") to make sure it is in stock.Frequent phones to the publisher to make sure he still hasn't left country for some obscure offshore tax haven.
And finally the unavoidable process of losing all your friends, as, one after another, they all become sick of hearing you obsessing about "how cute the little devil is" and what new extraordinary accomplishment it performed this day.("hey...a guy was reading it in a bus and laughing all by himself...can you believe that?").
Sick of it already? Τοugh luck: Ι have two more coming in September!

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