They take a little longer than I thought. It’s like applying for a job, each place has it’s own special way of what they want in formatting, etc. I think I’ll stop at two tonight. I’m not supposed to have more than 5 out at a time, but I’ll probably push it to 7 or 8 by the end of the week. I have an organized spreadsheet as well. This will keep track of who and when, and when I should fire out more. I fully expect rejection for months, but you never know.
McKenzie asked me if I’d ever quite teaching to do comedy full-time. I don’t think I could. It pays well in the holiday season, but the rest of the year, especially summer, it’s pretty slow. It wasn’t this way back in the early 2000’s, but the combination of the economy crash in ’07, YouTube, and Netflix has altered the industry and not in favor of little guys like me. The whole catch is, I need to keep teaching because that’s where I get most of my material now. When I was in my 20’s and didn’t have much going on other than comedy, I didn’t have much to write about that connected with people. Weird how that worked out.
I don’t think I could take the travel either. This fall has been rough enough on me. Maybe if I was single and still “out there searching for the one” I’d have the energy to do it, but comedy clubs aren’t where you find the one (trust me).
It’s lonely. You do a couple shows on a Saturday night, people love you afterwards (sometimes), and buy a book, get an autograph (I know, ridiculous), and then everyone goes home. A lot of the time the other comic isn’t someone I mesh well with (they’re drunk, on drugs, not allowed to drink anymore, too young, too old, not into sports, etc.), so I got back to my hotel room and put my Wendy’s drive-thru food on my bed. I like to set up the various nugget sauces and pretend I have choices. You don’t fall asleep until 2 or 3 in the morning, and then you wake up with 9 hours to kill before the next night’s show.
I used to find gyms, libraries, or tourist places. A bulk of my road days were before smartphones even, so you can imagine how tough it was to get around and find stuff to do. I had a bulky Dell laptop and hardly anyone had free wifi anywhere.
(Cut to Sunday)
I just sent two more queries. I found a freaking typo in the synopsis I paid for, so I’m not happy about that because I sent it to one of the queries yesterday. Big tip for Google Docs, download it to Word and see the squiggly lines that Docs misses.
It’s quite a process getting everything into the right font and format. The last one made me pick my favorite sentence from the book and asked which writer had the biggest influence with me. I chose Sol Stein because he’s more of a teacher/editor than a writer, and I’ve read more of his “how to write novel” books than novels. Though he did write an amazing YA novel titled The Magician.
Speaking of, I finished The Magus this morning. Trippy, but amazing book. The reward for finishing a book that large is how close you become to the protagonist. You really get to feel what he feels like by the end. Next, I should just finish The Things They Carried.
It’s funny–Every Wednesday morning when I work in the writing center I send out the daily schedule to all 18 English and SSD teachers who use it. I started a tradition where I include 4 Fun Facts, which are stupid facts that I make up for comedic purposes. Every week I get a few emails replaying “haha” or in passing in the hallway a teacher will tell me they enjoyed the fun facts this week. Well, on Wednesday, I included my usual fun facts, plus a link to my manuscript. No one mentioned a thing. Point taken.