Paraphrasing Paul Simon song title—thanks Paul.
The writing life can sometimes go real slow like when you’re stoned and everything is alowly stopped even while life is flashing by like a subway train. I wrote the first sentence of the Great Australian Novel ten years ago:
The first time I saw Didgeridoo Budoo he was walking along Bungalow Street with a flowerpot on his head.
The working title was and still is I guess ‘Nerve Sprike Tan’ which is Australian for ‘nervous breakdown’ as in ‘He’ll ever nerve sprike tan the waze goan.’ — ‘He’ll have a nervous breakdown the way he’s going.’
The phrase is from the book ‘Let Stalk Strine’ (Let’s Talk Australian) by Afferbeck Lauder* (Australian for Alphabetical Order), the pseudonym of writer Alastair Morrison.
The novel is about halfway finished. At this rate I reckon I’ll be mailing the completed manuscript to God. I hope He likes it.
ADDENDUM: The above was posted around midnight after several drinks — at the time it seemed amusing, but in the sober light of day, not so much. I could delete it, but what the hell.