On Writing - Part Two
This is true.
My life started to get pretty crazy when I actually declared myself a “writer.” It was a matter of changing the lens through which I saw the world. The world—my world—became a chaotic book and a beautiful, well-directed movie when I changed lenses.
My new lens made me see the world like this: I was no longer in a freshman French class. I was in a freshman French class with a hot teacher, and I was sitting next to a hot girl who also spoke better French than me. I fell in love with both of them at the same time and hooked up with them separately. The prof started talking about moving to Paris with me, where I could finish the Great American Novel, while she worked in a Chanel store to pay for my booze, cigarettes, and sandwiches. The sex was great.
Meanwhile, the girl who sat next to me had just lost her father in a drunk-driving accident. She needed my strength and comfort. She needed a lot of sex and wanted to hold my hand all the time. Her father—her mother was already dead from cancer—left her a cabin in Colorado just outside of Durango. She wanted to hunt deer for our food, make moonshine, and grow tobacco, while I finished the Great American Novel. Of course, they found out about each other and I lost both of them. I also got an F in French. I had an anxiety attack about being broke and alone and dying in the cold outside of a homeless shelter that had no more beds that night.
That’s what was going on in my head anyway, so I wrote a story about it. In reality, besides asking for conjugation help from the teacher and accidentally dropping my Imodium AD Advanced into the hot girl’s purse, I hadn’t spoken to either one of them. Yet.
A week after I had finished the story, the crazy shit started. The Magic started, though I was sure it was only coincidence at the time. We had to write this paragraph in French about whatever we wanted. I wrote about losing my perfect girlfriend and love and shit like that. (Of course, I had a girlfriend; the chaos wouldn’t be chaos without at least three girls I was in love with.) The professor, Mademoiselle Ashley, asked if I would like to meet for coffee to talk about my paper. We walked across the street to the Karma Café and she bought me a coffee. “You’re writing is beautiful, even with the terrible grammar and spelling.” I thanked her. She went on to talk about my ideas of love and heartbreak. She said my ex-girlfriend must be an idiot and that any girl would be lucky to have me. She told me to keep writing, work on my syntax, and never give up my dreams. She hugged me and slowly slid her cheek across mine as she was pulling away. She walked out without saying goodbye. I was hopeful and totally freaked out about the coincidence of the story/real-life connection.
The next day, the hot girl who sat next to me, also named Ashley, asked me if I wanted to get together to study for the test. (Yeah, I couldn’t really believe they had the same name either.) We went to IHOP. Though our books were out, we didn’t talk about French at all. She told me how her father had died six months ago and that her boyfriend would smack her around sometimes. She asked me what I thought she should do. “Leave his ass,” I said. “Any dude would be lucky to have you.” I know what you’re thinking and you’re right: I was in totally in love with her from that moment on. I held her while she cried in the parking lot until three that morning. I drove home shaking, wondering what the fuck had just happened.
Nothing ever happened with either one of them, and soon enough, my shock and confusion wore off. I forgot that I seemed to have made something happen just by writing a story about it. The story and the reality weren’t that close, right? Right? I forgot all about it until it happened again.
To Be Continued…
Once again, this probably has typos.
The first thing I did when I got my smartphone was look at porn. I don’t usually look at porn, though most people think I do. I’ll check out some Solo Girl every couple of months, but that’s about it. Anyway, I was at the store with my awesome mom and my awesome girlfriend. The GF was helping me pick it out and shit because she knows about those things. My mom was there so I could get off her plan, like the grown ass man I was becoming. Baby steps, so to speak. Finally, the dude transferred my numbers and shit to my new phone and handed it to me. “It’s ready to go?” I asked. “Yep,” he said. I immediately pulled up the internet and went to my favorite porn site. Within nanoseconds, there were naked chicks on my phone. Some were at the pool. Some were on couches. One chick was about to have her pussy eaten on the kitchen counter. Fuck. Ing. Awesome!
You may be thinking to yourself, If this dude isn’t into porn, why the fuck did he go to a porn site first? Why didn’t he go to facebook or some gay shit like that? The answer is simple: I thought some law or morality clause with my phone company or some shit like that would prevent my new smartphone from going to porn sites. I felt like I got away with something. I mean, you never hear about people looking at porn on their phones—at least I don’t hear about those people. Goddamn, it felt good. I mean, fucking seriously good, like driving by yourself the first time. Holy shit, I’m actually allowed to do this. Unlike driving though, I had no desire to keep doing it, unless of course, there was some sort of Solo Girl Porn Emergency, which is probably not very likely.
Was I talking about pooping? Oh yeah…Pretty soon, I was doing all sorts of shit with my new phone. I downloaded all the apps and whatnot. I found myself looking up the French word for “asshole” while I was in line at Whataburger, for fuck’s sake. At the time, it seemed like I had to know how to call someone an asshole in French immediately. Conard. I also did all the other annoying shit that I hate people for. Facebook and email. Games with cartoon characters. I’d avoided the phone for as long as I could because I like to pretend I’m a Luddite and too cool for all that shit. Two days in, I was addicted.
Shit, I was supposed to be writing about poop. Pre-smartphone, my buddy, SB, and I texted each other from strange locations while pooping. “Pooping outside in a thunderstorm RIGHT NOW.” “Pooping at the Ballpark in Arlington RIGHT NOW.” “Pooping at work with a creeper looking over the stall wall at me RIGHT NOW.” It was fun as hell, and I would go as far as to say…special. The smartphone increased the power, beauty, and complexity of these fecal communications. I made us a twitter accout: @poopingRIGHTNOW #poopSTRONG. We also started to take pictures and add little characters, dialogue, and pictures of flowers. We weren’t taking pics of the actual shits. Just the floor with our feet in the shot or maybe an interesting toilet paper roll. Pretty soon, we let my fabulous GF in the club—though we were still hiding our activities from SB’s wife. I even had special poopSTRONG bracelets made. A year or so in, I upped the game to recording the poops coming out RIGHT THEN. That was a total game-changer. But the good times couldn’t last forever.
I started playing games and checking facebook and all sorts of other shit while taking shits. My legs would go numb. One time, I got so engrossed in crafting a sweet tweet that I forgot to wipe. Fucking awful. I might have even developed a tiny hemorrhoid. Jesus! Another time, peeing, I almost dropped my phone in the commode. There’s a good reason there is no bracelets that say peeingRIGHTNOW.
You may be wondering, What’s the point? The point is that it’s all fun and games til you grow a cluster of hemorrhoids and lose a leg.