"So, is it ready?" A voice came from Amanda’s
laptop on a makeshift table. The wooden crates she found at what was left of a
yard sale. The board came from her neighbors down the hall before they moved.
The tablecloth was the only thing new she bought at a clearance sale at a big
box retailer. It was actually big enough to cover everything so unless
Amanda had Skype running and was talking to Todd, who she
met in the hospital while she was recovering. He went on and on about how his
father knew some guy at a publisher who knew the owner, and now he has a job at
She thought at first he was trying to impress her with
embellishments. However, when she had her draft ready for her first book, she
decided to try to give him a call. As it turned out, not only was he not lying
(or even exaggerating), he was able to help her get her book published. She has
been living off the royalties since.
"Yeah, I'm sending you the final now," Amanda
said while starting the upload.
This book was the second part to her "A complete and
total Moron's Guide to HTML with PH - what?!". It was a parody of the
dummies books, including humorous antidotes and jokes about people trying and
failing at web design. The first one was published three months ago and it was
"I still think it should be spelled 'Moran',"
Todd said with a wink, referring to a recent meme that went viral on the
"No, 'Moran' would be better suited for a book on
political satire," Amanda responded after a moment, "Or maybe a book
on internet Memes. Better yet, a book on the rise and fall of internet
"Great! You have an idea for a new book!"
"Actually, I think I'll just work on a space science
fiction novel this time," Amanda said, "I've had this story
percolating in my head for about a year and a half."
"Oh, really?" Todd seemed really interested. He
shifted forward, hoping that Amanda would tell him a summary.
"Well," She responded quickly, she had mistook
his sudden interest as mocking, "I hadn't gotten all of the details ironed
out yet. I may have the first chapter done in a few weeks. Then you can tell me
what you think."
Todd nodded, this time seemingly more serious. "You
know," he said finally after brief moment of silence, "A science
fiction novel might be a good idea, are you sure you are up to it?
Amanda nodded, "Of course! I've had some inspiration
from some dreams that I've had."
know. Some of my dreams seem to have a plot. So I took some inspiration from
them and ran with it. Sort of.” Amanda trailed off. She realized that it
sounded much better in her head.
Todd chuckled. A moment passed as Todd A timer beeped in
Amanda pointed in the general direction of the kitchen,
"Right. Look, I have to go anyway, I'll take a look on
your first draft and text you tonight," Todd said, "or maybe a
virtual date?" He had made that last sentence into a last minute question.
Amanda had been hesitant about dating outright, but agreed to 'virtual date'
Amanda smiled. "Of course! I'll just have to have
dinner four hours early… which would be in an hour?" Living on opposite
sides of the country did have some setbacks.
"No, I'll just have dinner four hours later. I
don't mind. I'm a night owl anyway." Todd said. "How does 5, your time