Monday, January 23, 2012
Leaping with Sheep
Sheep #2: It's us.
Many Sheep: We're back.
Writer: (groans) Of course you are.
Sheep #1: Excuse me.
Sheep #2: Did you just groan?
Sheep #1: Don't lie to us.
Sheep #2: It's hurtful.
Sheep #1: And dishonest.
Sheep #2: We might spit.
Writer: You're not llamas.
Sheep #1: You don't know that. We could be llamas.
Sheep #2: In disguise.
Sheep #3: You never know.
Writer: Anyway... (runs hand through hair) why are you here?
Sheep #1: We're here to give you courage.
Sheep #2: To bolster you, so to speak.
Writer: I do need courage.
Sheep #1: You're standing there - on the precipice.
Writer: I know. It's scary.
Sheep #2: Of course it's scary. If it wasn't scary, everyone would do it.
Writer: What if it's no good?
Sheep #1: Then you'll try again.
Writer: Easy for you to say.
Sheep #1: I know. (winks sheepishly)
Sheep #2: Wait. Did that last direction actually say 'winks sheepishly'?
Writer: Yes. Yes it did.
Sheep #2: Cheap shot.
Sheep #1: I hope that novel is better than this dialogue.
Sheep #1: You had it coming. (mutters) Winks sheepishly, indeed.
Sheep #2: You need to be brave. Leap off the cliff.
Sheep #1: Start that second novel.
Writer: But, I'm afraid of heights. And I've written one novel. Now I know how high that cliff is.
Sheep #2: That's why we think it takes more courage to write the second one than the first.
Sheep #1: It's time.
Writer: I know. (grins sheepishly)
Sheep #1: (sighs) Really? (turns to other sheep) This is going to be fun.