Like the Dickens

“Why can’t you be more like Charles Dickens?” she asked.

I was unprepared for the question.

“Dickens? What are you talking about?”

“Do you know how long it took him to write A Christmas Carol?”

“No, I d-“

“Six weeks. It took him six weeks, Jenny.”

“Wow. But, I mean, did he have a day job at the time?”

“And what about Anne Rice? Interview with a Vampire? One month.”

“Geez. That’s… that’s impressive.”

I remember Kirsten Dunst’s hair kept growing back, every time she cut it.

“You need focus. That’s what you need.”

“I want to take a bee-keeping class.”

“Charles Dickens!”

11 Responses to “Like the Dickens”

  1. vahid Says:

    What about Sylvester Stallone? Script for “Rocky” in THREE DAYS. Maybe Sly needs to be our role model.

  2. Hilly Says:

    Hey, thoughts about bee-keeping are very important indeed!

  3. shari Says:

    Bee-keeping!! Yay!
    What? What did I say?!

  4. Dave2 Says:

    I’d take that bee-keeping class sooner rather than later.
    Our bees are disappearing. :-(

  5. jenny Says:

    vahid: what? three days? no wonder they built that statue of him in philly.
    hilly: thank you! see – you get it.
    shari: hey, i’m going to need an apprentice bee-keeper at some point. now accepting applications.
    dave2: i know! saving the world, one hive at a time – that’s my motto.

  6. sizzle Says:

    But bee keeping is so edgy. Who needs to knock out some novel in a few days when you can pursue such a cool hobby?

  7. Cheryl Says:

    It took F. Scott Fitzgerald nine years to write Tender is the Night. I’m assuming he did some beekeeping between drafts.

  8. churlita Says:

    Maybe you could write a book about bee keeping.

  9. jenny Says:

    sizzle: i could totally be an edgy beekeeper. i’ll paint the hives black.
    cheryl: excellent point! think of all the honey i’ll have in those nine years.
    churlita: that’s not a bad idea! kind of like an insider’s take on beekeeping. i could call it something like the secret life of bees. it has movie potential even. :)

  10. BeeBot Says:

    Q: What type of bees make milk?
    A: Boobies! (Boobees)
    Q:What type of bees eat brains?
    A: Zombies! (Zombees)

  11. shari Says:

    Jenny, bee-keeping is great I’m sure, but blogging is better. I’m just sayin’.

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