September 1st, 2004

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I Was Warned It Would Happen...

Today it happened: A man walks in, looks around and asks:

“Is this a book store?”

Interesting question, indeed! One might have suspected that the prominent store name “Dragon’s Head Books”, the display of books in the window, and the room-encompassing, ceiling-high shelves loaded with... well, you get the idea, would have been adequate, but apparently there are those who refuse to make the easy assumptions and demand specific affirmation.

Even with warning that people will ask this, I was caught off guard. Naturally, I was heavily tempted by the myriad of snarky, snide, sarcastic, witty, sardonic, or rude responses possible, but went with the safe “Yes.” Maybe next time I’ll insist that the books are just for decoration, this is actually a Cheese Shop, but we’re totally out of Cheese this week. As amused as I am by the idea, I don’t know if I could carry it off.

To be fair, prior to being a location of bibliocommerce, the store that was here sold items usually referred to as “paraphernalia,” and rumor has it that the previous shop owner was arrested for selling consumable recreational products often used with said paraphernalia. Even though a year has passed, this transition may still be a little confusing to the shop’s previous patrons.
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lenser once told me a story of his Army days, when a soldier died during a live-fire exercise. The soldier had been separated from the rest of his unit, and crawled too far ahead, into an open field. The machine-gun teams were directing cover fire ahead of the advancing troops, shooting at pop-up targets. When the soldier stood up to figure out where he was, he was promptly shot. A tragic mistake, but at the distances they were shooting, he was indistinguishable from a pop-up target.

I was reminded of this, and had a moment of personal insight about the conflict between what I learned at school and my writing career, while reading Barbara Sher's "I Could Do Anything, If I Only Knew What It Was." If you're interested, it's behind this cut.Collapse )
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