Worlds & Time

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Showbiz Moms & Dads

Does anyone else know who Christopher Paolini is?

Well, if you don't, he's a New York Times bestselling author, and he's 22 years old. His wiki page is here.

Somewhere in here, there is something that I find awfully painfully ironic. It's the same feeling that you get when you sometimes feel that somewhere out there, the entire universe is laughing at you, and no one has told you why.

I finished the first real draft of my book when I was a sophomore in high school. This is about the same time that I gather that Christopher Paolini would be starting Eragon.

And Chris is a best-selling author now, and I'm working the desk at a small hotel with no foreseeable future.

I can only wish that I'd had the kind of support that Paolini had from his parents. They self published his book, and then took him on tour to promote it. They spent their time on him, and they turned him into a star.

He's not the only one. Aside from the show "Showbiz" Moms & Dads, there are always more examples that I can think of. Just about anyone on American Idol has the support of their family. Watch "Inside the Actors' Studio" and see how many credit their parents, who may have moved to Hollywood, or perhaps took odd jobs so that their kids could have a chance to become big stars.

I'm not an actor, or a singer, or a musician, but writing is a pop-phenomena now. My hero is J.K. Rowling, but I know I'll never make it to here level. Chris Paolini's already got the secondary pop-writer spot covered.

I'm be okay with a David Eddings existence. Or maybe a Piers Anthony existence without all of the speculation about pedophilia.

Being a text only counterpart to Gabe and Tycho would be absolutely incredible.

But I have to wonder, if I'd had parents that would have gone to the floor for me and my writing the way that Chris Paolini's parents did for him, would things have turned out different for me?

Eh, we'll never know.

P.S. This a "blame my parents" without actually blaming my parents post. There are things that have happened in their lives which I imagine never happened to Chris's parents. The major sickness, the splitting up, the jobs that I guess kept them tie down.

This is wishful thinking. Nothing else.

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