Hippocampus Redirect: Writing on the Edge of Crazyville

“The Lost Toy”, by Jiri Hodan

After I finished my first novel, I had several lengthy, insightful conversations with Oprah Winfrey. Our dialogue was the stuff of legends – and it took place entirely in my head. Oprah adored my literary masterpiece. She chose it for her book club – just before it won a Pulitzer. On national television, my comments were sparkling, my laughter magnetic. Oprah’s eyes welled with tears as I read aloud. The audience adored me.

Two years after finishing my first novel, I have yet to find an agent. I’m rewriting the book yet again – for the fourth? fifth time? – on the rare days when my post-concussion head will allow that much concentration. Strangely, Oprah hasn’t called.

I try not to spend too much time in Crazyville, but I know I’m not alone there. Most writers pay a visit . . . .


For more on my trip into — and out of — Crazyville, please join me over at Hippocampus Magazine.

10 thoughts on “Hippocampus Redirect: Writing on the Edge of Crazyville

  1. And I thought I was the only one who regularly visited Crazyville (and had conversations with Oprah)? Keep persevering, Lisa! It will happen. You’re just too damn talented for it NOT to happen.

    By the way: there is something strangely alluring about the photo on your post!

  2. Thanks Melissa. I’m so happy to have your company in Crazyville. Julia says she visits too. Yeah! (We really do need a writer’s retreat!!)

    As for the photo — I find it weirdly compelling too. I’m not even sure what it has to do with this post. Crazy. (So I guess that fits.)

  3. I hear you. When I was younger I spent time in Crazyville, but instead of Oprah, I was being interviewed for Vanity Fair. (?!)

    Now I just daydream at times about a new place to live — a four-flat where my daughter, my sister, and I have nice apartments in a cool neighborhood and we rent out the fourth to make sure we always have funds in reserve for taxes and repairs while I’m working on the next book. I hope that’s a little less nutty, even though I’d still like to be an interview worthy talent someday.

  4. I do so look forward to your Oprah interview. You’ll be sure to tell her about “Wing-Feather Fables” and your brilliant photographer partner, won’t you? I’m sure she’ll want a print or two for her Hawaii home. Oh wait a minute – I’ve just joined you in Crazyville. Oh, well – at least WE can have a nice chat and some dark chocolate.

    • Of course! Though I’ll also probably trip on my own feet, spill my coffee and say something really weird. That’s my life outside of Crazyville, after all.
      Where’s the dark chocolate?????

  5. Very wise words, Lisa. I find myself so often saying: ‘This is not what I expected my life to be…’, and it’s nearly always in the negative. But I forget to look at the positive things that came into my life unexpectedly. And it’s not just the writing.

    • True. I never could have imagined the last 10-15 years, both the difficult times and the blessings. It makes me wonder what’s coming next, but in a hopeful way. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  6. Yes, I also love my conversations with Oprah. During tea time. And she is checking her rolodex to find me just the right contact to make a movie from my book. These meetings with her are very productive.

    Next week, lunch is on my when we all meet at our favorite cafe in Crazyville! 🙂

    • Sounds great! I’ll order something decadent, because Crazyville has no calories either, right?

      And, I love the detail of the movie deal. I forgot that part!!

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