NaBloPoMo / Plinky

Strange Gift


Flashing Monkey

 

So Plinky decided to offer up an interesting phrase: Name a bizarre gift you’ve ever received. I originally jumped over the question and than jumped back instantly when I realized “Oh wait, there is that one present…” One of those moments.

This was years ago, I was in a relationship with a guy who lived in Quebec, yes “la belle province”, if you were. We had been in a long-term long-distance relationship for almost 2-ish years. I was young and didn’t realize how important a more face-to-face relationship was, but anyway. One year as a Valentine’s Day gift I had received in the mail was a brown box. It was a fair size, an armload, and it was well packaged but pulling it out I got quite an entertaining glance at a chimp dressed in rain gear. Yup one of those cheap, cheesy gifts that you get from Shoppers Drugmart. The ones that are highly entertaining and wind up collecting dust for a long time afterward. He was even more entertaining because when you pressed the button on his pedestal he starting shaking his hips and opened his jacket to show off his manly boxer shorts.

I can’t remember the song that played, but the dancing monkey was quite funny. Several years after this guy and I broke up I still have the monkey. Not because I was still hung up on him, but because I just never got around to doing something with him. Needless to say the year I moved a lot of my stuff out of my parents’ place, Mr. Flashing-Monkey was sent to the Sally Anne {Salvation Army}. I’m sure the ladies who unpack all the donations got quite a kick out of him.

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One thought on “Strange Gift

  1. Stross wrote on his blog a month or two ago that he gets an idea for a book, sells the book, and only gets back to writing it 1-2 years after he had the initial concept, at which point he’s usually less excited about the concept than he initially was. This strikes me as, first, a bad thing to admit to your audience on your blog, and, second, indicative of a problem. That’s just a fact of life for a writer. Terry Pratchett has said before now that the most fun part of writing a novel for him is the first few weeks of writing the first draft; after that everything for the next four or five months is a slog to finish the revisions and corrections and proof-reading so he can get back to that golden month of writing the next first draft. The way I interpret it, Stross likes having the idea, because at that moment it’s shiny and new and unsullied by contact with reality. After that it gets shabbier the more he thinks about it, and after that he has to write the damn thing up. Continue as above. Edit: Also, selling a book before writing it, sometimes long before it, is also a fact of life for professional writers. Only an amateur with a job to support them writes a novel before selling it. Once they’ve sold that first book, then they get a contract to write more books. And if the contract is for more than one book, then the last one on the contract may take quite a while to come to fruition. George RR Martin As to why he should admit this to fans (as opposed to anti-fans, like yourself), well, we know he doesn’t write by dictating to a stenographer while lounging on a divan, sipping wine and nibbling grapes off the chests of adoring fans. Anybody who’s tried to write professionally knows it’s a hard job. Why should he pretend otherwise?

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