Thursday, February 4, 2010
For those of you who don’t know, Joris is my Dutch Boy (everybody needs one)… and okay, fine, he’s not entirely MINE, except if you were to use it in the form of MY friend, and he isn’t technically a BOY anymore—you’re 20, yes, Joris? But when I met him, he was only 16, so there’s my excuse. He does a ton of fabulous graphics things for me (which I am extremely thankful for because I ADMIT knowing nothing on THAT topic), frequently without even being asked, because he’s thoughtful (and I suspect likes to do graphic stuff when he’s avoiding term papers).
But I am the writer… (spelling mistakes corrected, fine, typos, okay… actual WRITING…. ME!)
This Particular Lesson
You may remember my requesting some reading on art thievery and spy training… I wanted fiction. I got some book recommendations.
Joris: “if you’re doing research, why would you want fiction?” (this would be where the mama cat smacks him)
Me: “er… because it’s more interesting to read?” (aren't I articulate?)
It’s true. I am painfully intolerant of the fact list version of things most non-fiction has. I like a nice story woven in or frankly, I just can’t maintain my attention span.
So I read my two Iain Pears’ Art Theft books first… (and enjoyed them!)
By Way of Deception
From the PROLOGUE this book has been teaching me stuff I need for my NaNo novel. When Joris is right, he’s right. And what’s more shocking, it is a FASCINATING read. I’m only on about chapter 2—not very far in, but already I’m a mini-spy!
1) Never do everything if you can find MINIONS to do it for you! (look at my nice minions! Okay, so they aren't so much minions as co-conspirators, but you see what I mean)
2) CONSTANT VIGILANCE! (which of course would go without saying, but it's so much FUN to say!)
3) Definitely carry a bar of soap when you go in a strangers house so you can copy their keys while they are getting you a snack. You never know when you'll need to re-enter to copy documents or plant a bug, and you can't count on being that sexy stranger selling perfume more than once.
4) Never use the same route going anywhere because the people following you will otherwise figure out where you are going!
5) And this I’ve been saying for a long time… people will do pretty much ANYTHING if you are really nice and get naked.
Seriously though, I am getting great fodder for the part of my book that felt so difficult to grasp before—the stuff I never knew anything about and so was so jilted in writing…
So Joris, THANK YOU!