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You’re a Big Deal…or Not

by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Published on: December 5, 2013
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flb-times-adWay back at Wordstock in October, I had the good fortune (thanks to Ooligan Press), to share a presentation slot on stage with Francesca Lia Block. Yes, the same Francesca who is featured in this ad from the New York Times. A friend on Facebook commented: “With Francesca Lia Block! You’re a big deal!”

Ta da! I became a celebrity by association. I will say that Francesca was thoughtful and supportive, despite her hectic schedule. She spent most of what little time she had at Wordstock with her many fans, who were clearly thrilled to see her. Every one of those fans stayed to hear my portion of the presentation, an action that, frankly, surprised me.

I will also say that it is highly unlikely I will ever be as famous as Francesca. No one will make a big deal about my wearing a Space Mermaid ring, although I must say I am hankering for Space Mermaid’s whimsical little bird ring.

Would I like to be as famous as Francesca? Yes and no. In my fantasy life, I would like thousands of readers to devour my books. I would like to get so much in royalties that I set up a charitable foundation. I would like to enjoy the writer’s fame that author Fran Lebowitz is credited as saying is the best. “It’s enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.”

Then again, I would like to be “a big deal” only one week a month. The rest of the time, I would like to go about my life unrecognized and unpressured. I’d like to have oodles of time to write and revise (and revise and revise), and watch Netflix in my pajamas, and enjoy my family. Would I feel the same way if I were 30 years younger with a career’s worth of writing ahead of me? I can’t honestly say.

In the meantime, while I wait for further enlightenment, I’ll end this meandering post here and get back to crafting the world for my next book. I wonder. Will anyone there wear a Space Mermaid ring?



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