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Someone mentioned to me earlier the desire to steal his girlfriend's attention away from a good book she was reading. After I'd overcome my horror at the very idea, I warned him that he might be putting himself in grave danger to do so.

Ultimately, the conversation led to this: a rubric for how to gauge whether my attention may be safely stolen away from the book in my hands, based on the answer to the question, "How's the book?"

I'm reposting it here because I find it slightly hilarious. ^_^

  • No acknowledgment of the fact that you've even asked a question = you hold your life in your hands if you interrupt me now
  • ".......Um...*drags herself away from the book* What? Did you say something?" = I may not kill you, but I'll probably maim you if you interrupt me now
  • "Good. It's very, very good," spoken in a daze without once tearing my gaze away from the book = I am going to be SERIOUSLY GRUMPY if you interrupt me right now
  • "Ooh, it's really good! Here, let me tell you about what is happening and why I love it so very much!" = You may interrupt me, so long as you are willing to listen to me enthuse about the book. Any change in topic will result in me going back to said book. You have been warned.
  • "It's great!", "It's good!", or any variation thereof = if you're determined, you can probably pull me away from it for a little while, but I won't thank you for interrupting my reading time
  • "It's okay" = probably safe to try to get my attention
  • "Ugh!" = "Oh dear god, I'd rather listen to a deaf cat in heat yowling in the middle of the night than continue reading this thing. Please, distract me from this atrocity!" (This is NOT to be confused with "Augh!", however, which is usually best translated as, "I can't BELIEVE you expect me to give you ONE SPEC of my attention whene THESE PEOPLE ARE IN MORTAL PERIL! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT LEAVE ME ALONE OR I SHALL THROW THINGS AT YOUR HEAD!")


Also, any hint of squeeing, bouncing, grinning like an idiot, swooning, sighing, or clutching the book to one's breast is a fit of glee should be taken to mean, "GO AWAY, I'M VERY BUSY RIGHT NOW."

Date: 2009-03-06 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rflong.livejournal.com
This could also be easily applied to some one writing, of course. Or to me writing, anyway.

eta The question would then be "How's it going?"

Date: 2009-03-06 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allichaton.livejournal.com
Heee! Point.

Except for me, I think with writing it's more of a bell curve. If it's going really really well, you interrupt me at your own risk. If it's going decently, I can probably spare the attention for a little bit. But if it's going really really poorly, I'm probably even more likely to tear your throat out for interrupting me, because when it's that bad, it's a struggle and a half just to get to the point where I can try to put words on the page. Dragging me out of that tenuous and hard-won brainspace? NOT. GOOD.

Date: 2009-03-06 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rflong.livejournal.com
Fair enough.

I'm the type that's too easily distracted by shiny things when it isn't going well to even put that sort of concentrated effort in. (Bad writer. No biscuit.)

The cat, of course, is the exception to the interruption rule. (being that he can't talk, but can lie across the keyboard).

Date: 2009-03-06 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamileigh17.livejournal.com
*ded of the laughing* Brilliant!!

Date: 2009-03-12 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My husband nearly killed me when he read this. I guess he finally understood what i really meant when he asks me how to the book is going. This is great for all of us book junkies of the world hehe

Date: 2009-04-12 07:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
win!

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