How I Can Tell I Am a Writer

Because when I look at this picture, what I spend most of my time looking at is whether any of my books are on the shelves.

(Picture possibly NSFW, as it features painted nudity)

P.S.: I found three.

32 Comments on “How I Can Tell I Am a Writer”

  1. There’s an illegible one painted on her ass that has the same color scheme as The Android’s Dream.

  2. One way to get people’s attention on a business without paying for advertising.

  3. I envy all of you your visual acuity. I can read a total of three titles and the first line of the sign in that picture. There’s not enough contrast on the last book cover I *might* have been able to read the title on. Beyond that … well, I can see the colours, and I know there *is* text, but I might as well be standing across the street for all I can make out any details. My sulking aside, however, it’s a very nifty picture, and yay for three books of yours in it. :)

  4. My compliments to the bookseller on her well-stocked shelves and fitness regimen. My presbyopia is keeping me from picking out the titles on the spines and if I got caught staring at that photo with my reading glasses on my wife would never let me here the end of it. How come Cory didn’t find any of his books on the shelves?

  5. And you know you’re a reader if you spent most of your time trying to a) find books you’ve read and b) find books you haven’t read (yet) but want to.

  6. I don’t buy your “I’m a writer; that’s why I like books.” It seems much more likely that you’re a bibliophile first, and that led you to writerdom…ness. Like a crack user who winds up as a dealer.

  7. Arensb:

    It’s more like, “I’m a writer; I’m looking for my book in the shelves” rather than “I’m a writer; that’s why I look books,” actually.


    I would not deny it.

  8. Got the same editions of 2061 and the stainless steel rat for president.
    Well makes me happy anyway.

  9. @jeroljohnson – because there aren’t any- or at least there are no hardcovers, and the place where “Doctorow” would be in paperbacks is blocked by the left half-shelf; Dickson is on the second-to-bottom shelf and Drake right below it. Easy enough to tell (with only nearsightedness) in the large version of the image.

  10. Did you show this picture to George R.R. Martin? Because he should be even happier, being prominently displayed.

  11. Definitey on the higher end of “booth babes”. (And booths, for that matter.)

    We’re gonna miss these, when they’re gone. (The used bookstores, I mean.)

  12. As my first reaction was “I wonder how many of those books I have,” I cannot criticize.

  13. I didn’t even know there were sf only book stored… I guess she has to get publicity.

    I tried to find the bookstore, but all I could find was the woman’s website. Wasn’t loading… May have been the traffic.

    Anyone know of other sf bookstores?

  14. The great Cici James and the GREAT scifi book store in Brooklyn, NY, singularity and company!! She’s great, her 7 of 9 is awesome.

  15. Speaking of used-book shops, the one within walking distance of me is getting swamped with product. Some of it even looks good. They could do with some relief, I’m thinking, in terms of room for the customers to walk and browse and the staff to breathe.

  16. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me

    This picture tells me I am a heterosexual male writer because this is where my eyes went in order: booty, breasts, face, books. And now I want to go to Brooklyn for the books. Honest. Just the books. Shut up. I hate you guys now!

  17. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    I think a few of Tammy’s books were painted onto her! :)

    Naw, Scalzi – nothing weird about looking for your titles at all…. Clever promo idea,too!

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