Maggie Robinson

Jun 2
Almost Famous

When my oldest daughter was little, she wanted to be “famous.” I think she saw herself on Days of Our Lives and dating all the New Kids on the Block (Not simultaneously, though. That would be wrong. And can I tell you she plans to see the resurrected New Kids in concert this fall with her sisters? They have their tickets already. Some things never change.). The other day we were commiserating about several celebrities who are in dire need of no more unflattering crotch and cleavage shots. I reminded her of her earlier wish, and she’s pretty happy just as unfamous as she is. And for the record, she wears underwear.

Writers do not have the glamor that movie stars do, but they still have to get out and meet and greet. The Internet has provided a wonderful venue to do so electronically. If you’re a blog-hopper like I am, you keep tripping over authors who are promoting their books. No red carpet or limos required. You can post in your pajamas. Or your underwear. Or not.

Would you like to be rich and famous, your every action recorded by the paparazzi? Are you comfortable meeting strangers? When you’re published, do you dread getting “out there?”

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~Lady Bird Johnson

12 comments to “Almost Famous”

  1. terrio
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 9:37 am · Link

    I never wanted to be famous. Well, maybe just a little when I was 7. For years my daughter has been saying she wants to be famous. Her goal in life was to walk the red carpet with all the glamour and flash bulbs.

    But this weekend she informed me she wants to be a writer and asked how many years of college that would take. She’s 8 so holding out that she sticks with this is probably a pipe dream, but I’m holding out anyway.

    I’m not shy and I have no trouble meeting people. In fact, if I wrote as well as I mingled, I’d be quite prolific. *sigh*

    Can’t wait until you start doing book signings and walking your own little red carpet to awards ceremonies. You’ll be the eccentric author who wears pajamas all the time like JR wears her shades. LOL!

  2. Belinda (Worderella)
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 10:07 am · Link

    I don’t really want to be famous, I just want people to enjoy my writing. If I wanted to be famous, I’d go into a profession that pays tons of money and has a lot of face time… which, incidentally, I don’t want because I like to keep my life pretty private.

  3. Trisana le Chante
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 4:41 pm · Link

    strangers? I’m still trying to overcome my fear of strangers – I’m so weird! You just watch me in Washington DC next year, I’m gonna totally freak *g*

    I could never be famous. I think having the paparazzi following stars around recording their every move is going overboard and I actually feel sorry for those stars who are just trying to live their “normal” life. And having them being popped whilst just having a burger (I know, it makes me feel that much better to know that even stars are human *g*) makes me wonder what in the world the paparazzi has gotten to today.

    Terrio, I can’t wait to see that day when Maggie goes out and makes her trademark like JR *g* Is it really gonna be PJs? =D

  4. Maggie Robinson
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 pm · Link

    LOL, Trisana, I’m pretty friendly and outgoing once I get somewhere—it’s the getting there that’s hard for me. As Terri pointed out, I’m the one in the PJs. My kids think I’m turning into a hermit, but I’ve explained I deal with hundreds of people (well, kids) every day and by the time I get home, I’m smiled out.

    Terri, yay for Isabelle! A baby Bon Bon/Pirate in the making!

    Belinda,the whole fame thing freaks me out too. Now the rich part of rich and famous would be okay. 😉

  5. Elyssa Papa
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 8:10 pm · Link

    Well, I wanted to be famous when I was younger… I thought it would be so much fun to have your photo taken, to act in movies, and to walk the red carpet.

    And then I realized I’m so not that type of person. I hate dressing up. I hate getting my photo taken. And the type of acting I like to do now falls into the category of mental sick days. LOL

  6. MistyJo
     · June 2nd, 2008 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I’ve never wanted to be famous…too much work involved. I’m too lazy. Also, I’m very picky about the famous people that I oooh-and-ahhh over. I’ve been known to give away back stage passes because I wasn’t impressed with the celebrity.

  7. BernardL
     · June 3rd, 2008 at 9:33 am · Link

    Famous is as Famous does. As to fear of the public if published, I’m more of a step by step guy. I see it as get published, then worry about whatever notoriety comes with it. 🙂

  8. irisheyes
     · June 3rd, 2008 at 1:28 pm · Link

    I fall into the category of wanting to be rich but not famous. I don’t see the advantages to having your every move documented and discussed ad nauseum. I’m kind of private and would hate that.

    Now, being rich that’s a different story. But even that would be kind of hard if it was too much. I’ll tell ya how messed up I am… I used to buy lottery tickets praying I’d only get 4 out of the 5 numbers. Just enough to be comfortable not too much to make life even more difficult. Because I’m a firm believer in “money doesn’t solve problems”!

    I’m not as shy as I am cautious. Once I’ve gotten the lay of the land and am fairly sure I won’t say anything to embarrass myself, I think I could mingle fairly well. I love to go to parties and large gatherings and people watch – it’s quite fascinating.

  9. Maggie Robinson
     · June 3rd, 2008 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Ely, I hate having my picture taken too. I always look so dorky with my glasses on or off.

    Bernard, I’m with you. But just in case, I’m starting my diet and shoe-shopping now.

    Irish, we keep forgetting to buy lottery tickets. I really don’t know what I’d do if I won. My life is pretty simple and I like it that way.

    Misty, you snob, LOL. I’m not much of a “fan” either…except for my Ioan.

  10. Maggie Robinson
     · June 3rd, 2008 at 6:20 pm · Link

    And that’s not LOAN but IOAN, as in Gruffudd.

  11. Stephanie J
     · June 4th, 2008 at 11:59 am · Link

    In terms of writing, I would LOVE to get out there an meet people! I’m quite introverted but most people are surprised by that fact since I am so comfortable meeting and greeting new people.

    I don’t suppose I’d mind being famous simply because there are so many opportunities that celebs seem to have. Think of all the cool things they get to attend or participate in (heck, even wear). I’ve never desperately wanted to be famous but it’s not like I’d run in the other direction from it! However, I’d run from the paparazzi….

  12. Janga
     · June 6th, 2008 at 11:51 am · Link

    “Famous author” sound good to me, but unless you are J. K. Rowling. I don’t think writers generally capture the public’s attention as do actors, musicians, and athletes. Writers have a more contained celebrity that I could live with, particularly if fortune came with it. 🙂