Yesterday afternoon, a friend I haven’t seen in awhile asked me about Emmett’s book. I told her, but then, I told her if she asked me again next week, my response would probably be a little different.
This wasn’t the first time I’d been asked, but I’m noticing that when someone asks me what the book is about, I have a different response each time — not dramatically different each time — but the fact it isn’t ‘uniform’ worries me a bit.
Emmett isn’t the easiest guy to summarize in two sentences or less.
Also, this process bugs me: i.e., the hubris of my trying to sum up another human being’s existence in a Twitter-sized message, you know? (But Emmett and the writing gods know what I’m trying to do. No harm, no foul intended.)
My friend suggested I come up with an Emmett Wilson ‘mission statement.’ Not so much to sum up the man’s life, per se, but it acts as a guide. Also, she said I should think about doing this anyway, because one of these days, I’m going to have to make a case for Emmett’s book before a publisher.
I want to tell people about the book, but I also want to get the ‘mission statement’ right, you know. It’s hard to come up with something when the story is still (mostly) unfolding. I know generally what the story will be about, and so, that’s all that’s needed at the moment.
I’ll come up with something, and surprise you all with it in a few days.
PS: I haven’t forgotten that I owe the blog a lot of updates on the Florida trip. Now that I’ve finished up a class (and posted final grades), I’ll get to that too! 🙂