Fighting Windmills tagged me on Sunday with this book meme.
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
About 8 feet away from my keyboard is a stack of unread books, and the one on top happens to be bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott, which was a Christmas gift from a friend and one I can’t wait to read. The section on page 123 discusses jealousy of writers who are experiencing more success than you:
You are going to feel awful beyond words. You are going to have a number of days in a row where you hate everyone and don’t believe in anything. If you do know the author whose turn it is, he or she will inevitably say that it will be your turn next, which is what the bride always says to you at each successive wedding, while you grow older and more decayed. It can wreak just the tiniest bit of havoc with your self-esteem to find that you are hoping for small bad things to happen to this friend-for, say, her head to blow up.
Now, I ask you, who at one time hasn’t wished for their successful friend’s head to blow up??