The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Wait, This Girl Can Publish a Novel, and I’m Too Lazy to Submit Mine?

I was surfing around on this Internet thing, and I came across this gem of a tweet from a couple of years ago. Lauren Conrad – who I refuse to look up – I believe was on The Hills, and whatever other fake reality shows that MTV throws on the air. I don’t know, maybe she was a founding member of 16 and Pregnant. Honestly, I’m not sure, and I really don’t care; however, I do know two things, her computer was probably trying to tell her something, and someone gave this dumb girl a publishing deal? She was on reality TV, so that puts her in the same realm of “star” as Snooki (also has a book), or that new Farah chick from the other I Got Pregnant Way Too Early, and Now I’m Making Money Whoring Out My Child show, who just put out a sex tape. Hell, I’m sure she’ll have a book out too.

In a world where revenue runs rampant among reality stars, and corporate America no longer cares – did they ever? – about the literacy of the youth, it is obvious that I need to get off my lazy tuckus, and finish up the novel I started six years ago. If she can get something published, I know that I can. If I ever needed inspiration, this is simply one of the wake up calls I’ve received along the way.

And really, does anyone think that she actually knows how to turn on a computer? Was it the computer that froze, or did someone paste a picture of words on her screen?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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