Apr. 10th, 2011

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I remember this story from when I went to the writing festival. Was meant to write this earlier, but it slipped my mind. Anyway, here:

There was a dinner where there was an actor-turned-writer speaking. He was talking about his book, about how he wrote, etc. - you know, normal things authors spout on about. ANYWAY, he then said, something along the lines of, "When people ask me what I am, I don't answer that I'm a writer. I'm a writer-slash-actor. Or you could call me an actor-slash-writer."

Of course, he meant it in the sense of the "and/or" rather than the "John/Sherlock" type of slash, but HE DIDN'T STOP THERE.

I'm paraphrasing what he said, because he literally went on about this for five minutes.
"No one is just one type of person, everyone's slash-somethings. For me, it could also be actor-slash-father, or writer-slash-actor-slash-father! [Several additional examples edited for brevitity]. There are so many combinations. I consider myself a giant slash-writer, because I'm not just an author, but an actor as well. Blahblahblah SLASH SLASH SLASH blahblahblah."

Okay, so the entire time I was choking back laughter because of course I was thinking about it in that way. BUT, the funniest thing was I wasn't the only one. Two lovely ladies beside me (other state winners) were clearly also trying not to crack up laughing. I wasn't the only one who heard it!

God, if it wouldn't have killed me with embarrassment I would have sidled up to him and told him what slash meant online. But I didn't. And now I amuse myself thinking he still gives that speech somewhere and people, like me, are laughing silently. :-D

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