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March 24, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Career Day

Kate Hart
Borrowing a prompt from the illustrious Mr. Nathan Bransford, YA Highway wants to know:
Which writer's career would you like to emulate?

Stephenie Meyer and JK RowlingI expect a collective gasp when I say this:
My pick is not Stephanie Meyer.


Nor is it JK Rowling.

I swear.

Here's the thing. While I certainly wouldn't complain about pulling in that much bank, I also know it would be kind of miserable to live under that level of scrutiny. As my best friend told her mother the other day, "Kate would hate being famous." She usually knows me better than I know myself, so I trust her assessment.

Also, I'm ridiculously superstitious. About dumb things, to be sure, like the order in which I eat my MnMs, or how I always, always put my right shoe on first (because if I don't, the world will implode, obviously, why would you even ask such a stupid question). I compulsively knock wood every time my husband says something like "I can't believe our 15 year old Jeep is still running!" or "Wow, the boys haven't been sick at all this winter." (I also shoot him death looks until he knocks too.) So a small part of me really and truly believes that the second I say "I want to be so and so," every single negative aspect of so and so's life will enter mine, just to teach me a cosmic lesson.

I am fully aware this is not logical. At least not the shoe thing, anyway.

So at risk of sounding completely cliche... I'm not sure I want anyone's writing career but my own-- even if it never develops into an actual career. And I don't mean it in that pretentious "love yourself first," "I'm a creative genius la dee da" kind of way. I mean it in a "be careful what you ask for and be cautiously optimistic" kind of way. Because while riches are fun, public scrutiny is hard, and fangirls are freaking scary.


Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. We'd love for you to participate
PS. If that whiteboard joke makes no sense to you:


  1. lol write a really awesome book and u might just become as popular and rich as Meyer. Then what are you going to do hahahaha!

  2. hehe I love the pictures. I think I sort of feel the same way, and it's making it a little tricky to answer this topic!

  3. I love the Twilight and Pirates pictures. I couldn't stop laughing.

    Me, I'd rather be like Sarah Dessen. Slow and steady. Sure she wasn't an overnight success, but she proved herself over time.

    But in all fairness, JK Rowling wasn't an overnight success either. When HP first came out in the UK, it was word of mouth on the playgrounds to caused the books to sell. There was no big marketing budget. That came when the book hit the US.

  4. Dude, I totally agree. If I had five fans, I'd be happy. Hell, I'd be happy if I had a book published.

    I totally got the whiteboard joke. ;) Love the pics! So funny. :D

  5. I LOLed because I just linked to this video for someone else:
    She's the girl I want to win American Idol, & she sang "Superstitious" last night.

    ...or did you watch American Idol last night, and this is utterly not a coincidence?

    I'm tired.

  6. She was good last night, wasn't she Kirsten!

    *returning to post*
    Do you eat your M&Ms in twos, matched by color, and throw away if there's an uneven amount? I so knew we would be friends one day lol.

    But I love that a lot of people feel the same about the one hit wonder syndrome. Tons of money? Yes. But how scary would it be to try to write something AFTER that kind of success? And fangirls? I'd have to fake my own death to escape anything that crazy.

  7. Glen-- I will roll around in my money.

    Stina-- If I had to choose, I'd pick JKR. I couldn't handle the level of vitriol directed at SMeyer.

    Kaits-- I know, I feel like I copped out, but it's the best I could do w/ my current limited brain power. LOL

    Becca-- It restores my faith in humanity that someone got it. ;)

    Kir and Amanda-- Totaly coincidence! I never watch AI. The embarrassment by proxy is too painful.

  8. Oh and Amanda-- I DO eat them by color, in pairs, in a certain order (brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue). My husband eats the "orphans" for me.

  9. hahaha! great post! you're not alone on the m&ms...i totally eat them in pairs too and then give the lone wolves away ;)

    and now, you have that song stuck in my head! "what i am is what i am is what you are..."

  10. Yup, you nailed the reasons I wouldn't want JKR's or SM's careers. Having said that, I'm curious about their next projects, should there be any.

    I can tell you one thing, all the money in the world wouldn't stop these voices in my head. I'd still write, even if I didn't financially need to. Makes me wonder at those other folks . . .

    Mark of a true writer, I suppose (I hope).

  11. I'm a little superstitious, too, so I totally get where you are coming from there.

    @ Kristin - I'd buy JKR's next project regardless of what it is, but I've never read THE HOST. Then again, I'm way more of an HP fan than Twilight, so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.

  12. The whiteboard picture totally reinforced my love for you.

    And I'm with you on the ubber fame. The idea makes me a little nervous.

  13. Love the post, Kate. I wouldn't mind Laurie Halse Anderson kind of success either.

  14. kate i'm with you all the way. but i'd still like to be on oprah. buahahahaha

    loves youuuu

  15. Taherah- One of my lifetime goals was to be on Oprah, I was crushed when I found out she was ending her show. I was like "I'll never be awesome enough in time!"

  16. I used to eat MnM's in order by color.

    I wouldn't want to be under that level of scrutiny either.

  17. Kate + Samantha = separated at birth.
    Seriously: ya paranormal, the Black Crowes, AND an appreciation for crafting. It's uncanny.


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