Almost Famous

Everything good about modern action adventure cartoons can be traced directly to Batman: The Animated Series.  There’s no arguing that, so don’t even bother.  But that’s not what I’m really here to post about. 

The DFWWW had our annual conference this year.  This was the third year, and it was a smashing success.  A lot of people worked hard to make it happen, and things went smoothly.  I gave a presentation that seemed to go well.  At least, nobody yelled at me, and everyone seemed happy to see me.

Hardly surprising.  This was a room full of aspiring writers.  And, while the notion that I’m a role model might be a bit much, there’s no arguing that I’m doing what they want.  I’m getting paid to write.  Knowing how hard it is to be an aspiring writer, knowing the thirst for knowledge, advice, and plain acknowledgement, is it any wonder that they’re so eager to pay a few hundred dollars to attend a conference in hopes of meeting agents, learning secrets, and otherwise making connections.  The drive and desire in that convention hall was palpable.  It makes me realize how fortunate I am to be doing this.  That’s not something I forget, but it’s still nice to be reminded every so often.

I do my best to be friendly in these situations because I’ve been there.  I remember what it’s like.  I have friends that are there right now.  Although I have a feeling that some of those friends might be crossing over that line pretty soon.

I’ll admit that it’s somewhat bizarre on this side of the professional novelologist track.  I still can’t get over it.  In the span of a few years, I’ve gone from some guy who writes to a man of respect and influence.  The agents we had come down (all of them lovely, friendly people) had even heard of me.  Strange to be sort of famous.

Okay, so I guess that’s about it.  It’s been a long weekend, and I’m off to bed early.  Early for me, at least.  Later, gang.

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Novellaray
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Bummer that the DFW Writer’s Workshop is too far from me in Texas. At least the days of the internet allows me to engage with other author’s/becoming author’s.

    It’s a good thing that you feel that way though, you haven’t lost yourself into the spotlight. Success can change a lot of people and I’m glad that’s not happening to you. 🙂

  2. Posted April 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I was in your session Sunday morning. It was great, and your insight on stories being about memorable moments more than plot was eye-opening. At least it was for me, one of those aspiring writers. You were funny and the group that was there seemed to enjoy it. I liked the relaxed format your presentation took. Gave us more time to ask questions, something I wish we had in other sessions. Thanks to you and the rest of the Workshop for putting on a great conference.

  3. Rippley
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    This “almost famous’ spiel has gone too far. A. Lee Martinez, you are famous! Your days as an unknown writer are over. I realize you probably aren’t being stalked by the paparazzi, or aren’t a frequent topic of conversation at at family functions. Most people if asked, “Who is A. Lee Martinez? What is his occupation?,” won’t be able to give a correct answer. I’ll bet more people know of a Youtube famous person, than who know of you or have read your books.

    While these words might seem vicious and attacking, I am simply attempting to point out what fame is for the twenty-first century writer. Please do not take offense.

    You are famous as a writer in writing/reading circles. You have tons of fans and you will gain tons more throughout the years. The movies based on your books might make some people notice you more, but will they remain true fans? I don’t know–people have the memory-span of goldfish in this day and age.

    My point is, most people don’t even know who Salmon Rushdie or Anais Nin or Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett or Oscar Wilde are. The majority (I might as well be saying “they” in a conspiratorial tone) focus on a few writers, and could careless to know any others. These writers, writers like Nicholas Sparks, don’t even have half the talent you have, but they will be remembered…. They will always be more famous than you, because of the type of content you write and the type of audience you attract (fantasy and sci-fi readers, teens, and the occasional aspiring writer). Your fans love your work. They fit you into their discussions. You are famous. AND as famous as you are going to get.

    I understand my words are awful, especially since Nicholas Sparks is such a douche, but they’re true. So, let’s move on. You are famous. You are famous. You are famous. This is it.

  4. Zovesta
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    ..Rippley said what I wanted to.

    So, I’ll just say that that group you sent to sounds fun. I wonder if there’s something like that in Des Moines.

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