When Ideas Acquire Solidity, Part II

Almost five years ago now, I wrote about the strange feeling of going to the a local copy shop to print out copies of my novel in preparation for a manuscript workshop. More specifically, about the strange feeling of walking out of the store with them, that something existing only in my mind had now taken a physical form, had become a thing that existed in the world, like a rock or a highway or a batch of cookies cooling on the counter.

Yesterday, I got that feeling again  but more so, when I got home from work to find a largish box in my lobby addressed to me. I took it upstairs, noting its return address of La Porte, Indiana, which must be where HarperCollins makes them. (It’s reassuring that books at least are still manufactured domestically.)

Inside, I found eco-friendly bubble wrap and 20 pounds of The Jane Austen Project.  For some reason I was reminded of a Richard Brautigan poem:

The Net Wt. of Winter is 6.75 Ozs

crestThe net wt. of winter is 6.75 ozs.
and winter has a regular flavor
with Fluoristan to stop tooth decay.

A month ago I bought a huge tube
of Crest tooth paste and when I put it
in the bathroom, I looked at it
and said, “Winter.”




2 thoughts on “When Ideas Acquire Solidity, Part II

  1. Sounds fascinating. Austen can still inspire. As a fellow obsessive I understand and just this week have seen my own book, Austen’s Guide to Happiness hit Amazon as an e-book.

    I’ll look out for yours and maybe do a review. All the best.

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