July 16th, 2009

That silly game called Operator

Do you remember when you were young and you would sit in a circle and play that game called Operator ?(at least I think that's what it was called) One person would start by whispering a secret, like "Johnny and Suzie were sitting in a tree".  Each person would repeat the secret to the next until when it got to the last person the message had somehow become "Johnny saw Suzie kissing Billy and he got mad so he slapped her and Suzie climbed up a tree and now she won't come down."

Yeah.  Ever notice how a lot of times this happens in life. Like with gossip.

I was shopping the other day. And now that I'm less than one month from the release of LIPSTICK APOLOGY (small hyperventilation) the word is definitely out around town. So it is not unusual for someone to come up to me and say "Oh, I heard you wrote a children's book!"  And for some reason I always feel the need to clarify and I said, "Well, it's for teens." Usually the person will just nod, but this time they got sort of a strange look on their face.  "It's called Lipstick Apology," I went on to explain, and then they got a really strange look. "What? What did you hear?"

The person looked a little embarrassed, clearly realizing they were the last person on the end of an Operator game. "Well, I heard you wrote a children's book explaining what an appointment at the eye doctor's office would be and it would be in all optometrists' waiting rooms."


So I can kind of see where this originated - I mean I am an optometrist, I did write a children's book (TEEN!) but come on, really? Really??