Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

$8 isn’t enough

Last week a woman sitting next to me on the train was reading my book. I’ve always wanted this to happen.
Last night I was at a party and realized the man I was talking to is the ex-husband of the woman on the train.
I’ve been depressed and I think it’s because I’m in school and don’t have a moment for my own thoughts and have only written one small paragraph of my new book in the past two weeks and also because I’ve started looking for a home for my novel, Watching Rhonda Honey, which is nerve-wracking, and most of all because we wanted to use our air miles to go to Hawaii over spring break but realized we only had $8 in our checking account and surely that’s not enough.

Categories: books, memoir, Oregon, poverty, reading, school, travel, writing

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2 replies

  1. $8 only!
    Looks like we better go to Mexico and not Hawaii.
    $8 worth of tacos is a feast.

  2. I loved your books and am anxiously awaiting anything new.

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