Seven seconds in a writer’s life

As you might expect, being a writer is a life of excitement. How much excitement? Not to brag, but I think this seven-second video will give you some indication of the kind of pandemonium that breaks out when I arrive for a book signing. This was the scene yesterday as I entered Cottage Grove, Ore.

Indeed, this is when you know you have finally arrived as a writer.

Who cares if no one else knows? I mean besides the crickets and the guy I asked for directions…


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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

42 thoughts on “Seven seconds in a writer’s life”

  1. Well, well, well, I know a man with his name up in lights. They spelled your name right Ned but humour is spelled wrong. They forgot the second “u”. Funny, huh? I could see the very sign itself shaking from the pounding of the feet of the crowds. I was reading about this – apparently shortly after that video was taken, the sign was pushed over by the throngs demanding to see Ned and “NOW”. The cops thought they wanted to see Ned immediately but it turns out they were interested in an obscure but strongly followed series of columns on writing penned by the celebrity. Those writers can be a wild and crazy bunch. The cops were even further confused when the crowds began chanting “Ned take the Door! Ned Take the Door!” The cops thought something bad had happened and the crowds wanted Ned gone, but then someone explained to them that another column series concerned articles apparently posted on a real door somewhere and guarded by a troll-like editor wearing a witch’s hat. At this news, the cops threw up their hands in confusion and left. Cheering and jeering followed their backs as they fled.

    Ha! Congrats Ned! Your name looks very comfortable up there in lights. no doubt the beginning of a long line of such appearances. You deserve it.

    1. WOW! Clearly, Canada’s international news coverage is much better than it is here in the states. I mean, there wasn’t a single news story about thi anywhere. Not even on FOX News! Which would’ve been helpful for me, especially since it was apparently so overwhelming that I blacked out and forgot all of this. Thanks for setting me straight!

      And thanks, my friend πŸ˜‰

      1. Yeah, you have to remember that for decades we collected all the info on American citzens for the NSA – so we have all the antennas, taps, computers and such to monitor everything inthe US. Now, with the new laws the NSA can directly monitor any citizen legally. That left us with all that hardware and no one to spy on, so we check out all the news in every little town as reported by everyone right down to the grandmas’ knitting circle, collate it and publish it. It keeps us busy. So anytime you want to know what your neighbor, two houses down had for desert last night, feel free to ask us – we have all that info free for the asking.

      1. Well word has it crickets have been known to appear in other countries such as say…Canada. Also I’m from Canada so your fame is already on the move.

  2. Been there. My co-author and I found out firsthand why they didn’t call it a books signing, Ned. πŸ™‚ Your names looks great in lights. We had a nifty cardboard sign.

No one is watching, I swear...

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