Everyone’s doing it. Entire sections of the bookstore are dedicated to it. Blonde-woman-leaves-routine-life-for-abroad-or-the-wood memoirs. Think: Cheryl Strayed. Elizabeth Gilbert.* To stand out from other travel memoirs, you need to set sail all by yourself to Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton-style and survive something horrific like eating your own dogs or do some peyote in the desert and be able to clearly WRITE about that experience. Pen name: Huntess S. Thompson.
For the reasons above, I’m starting a new genre: the stay-put memoir. Lists of dull things we do everyday, written with a certain flair.
Consider the untold story in the soggy French fries curled on the bottom of my CRV, in the struggle of trying to get to my dry cleaner before it closes, in bagel dust between my keyboard letters. That’s real stuff. Bonus: I don’t have to do anything difficult to write it. I just keep on keepin on. It would be relatable, that’s for sure. Low-risk. Yes. Dull? No way.
Future memoir titles:
- Is It Weird To Smell Your Own Hair On The Bus? And Other Concerns
- Skeptical Of Your Gluten Allergy, So Totally Sure Of Mine
- Copywriter’s Dilemma: Having A Nervous Breakdown One Exclamation Point At A Time!!
- Checking The Door Twice: Confessions Of A Public-Bathroom Phobic
- Fear And Loathing On A Train. Mother + Daughter Ride The Rails Cross Country. (Read the sneak preview here).
- Tears On My Mcdonald’s Cheeseburger. What Happens When You Get The Wrong Gender-Specific Toy.
- Facebook Lies: That Time I Said I Had A Great Time Kayaking When It Was Actually Just Ok
Which one should I start on first?
*I like Elizabeth Gilbert.
**I’m actually headed to the desert next month (New Mexico + Texas). Where should I go? What should I do? Comment below.
September 2, 2014 at 7:07 am
I would read those books. Fine: I would read those chapters.
September 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a reader. Now if I could just find a publisher 🙂